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Personally, I'm gonna be watching Thabo tonight. In the last contest with LAC, he got shredded by Reddick and Crawford on the curl plays. We're a lot better when he's a lock-down defender on 2's. Let's hope he shows us a little of that tonight.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Clippers vs. Thunder: Pregame Primer
I LOVE the idea of getting Iman Shumpert here, but I can't think of any way it actually happens. Everyone in the league knows that Thabeet is a bum, meaning a draft pick would probably have to be thrown in. But, if Presti could figure it out, I could see Shumpert, at 6'5", running as a defensive stopper with that second unit, and potentially pushing Thabo for minutes.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Thursday Bolts – 11.21.13
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Andre Iguodala crushes souls as the Warriors top OKC, 116-115
A few things that had me pulling my hair out these last two games. First and foremost: Steven Adams needs a serious education on how to play defense. He has the size and athleticism, but the guy gets caught ball watching so often that it's hard to imagine that other teams aren't noticing. Not only is it a problem that he's leaving his man wide open to slash the lane or receive a pass right under the rim, but his on ball defense on smaller players is horrendous -- swiping for steals and failing to simply stay in front of the ballhandler. Perk and Collison need to really tutor this guy on when to stay home and how to move his feet. Honestly, the way GS and LAC were shredding up the lane, I actually kind of missed Perk's defense. Adams' ball-watching goes for rebounds too. Way too many rebounds were looked at rather that attacked, and I think that speaks to him needing to come off the bench. Adams has all the makings of a great rebounder, but it seems as though when he gets in foul trouble early, he gets tentative about crashing the boards. Second, what's up with Thabo? The dude's defense has seriously slipped these last two games, as he's been unable to keep up with his man -- whether it was Reddick, Paul, Curry, or Thompson -- and left guys wide open on a number of occasions. What's more, his newfound desire to score is resulting in several missed buckets and turnovers. Combined with his horrendoues 3-point shooting, I've been wildly disappointed with him thus far. Third, TOO MUCH DRIBBLING. Jackson, Sefolosha, Westbrook, and Durant are all guilty of turning the ball over too much because they're trying to dribble around the three-point line like Globetrotters. On the bright side, I think in general the pick-and-roll offense is wildly improved. If you look at what this team is severely lacking, it's that 2-guard who can hit threes. Thabo's defense has slipped enough that his offensive insufficiency is actually a problem.
Could not agree more with Scoop Jackson! I've been thinking about this ever since Brooks said that KD needs to become more of a distributor. That is INSANE! Did anyone ever ask Dirk at the height of his powers to distribute the ball more? Of course not, because that would be ridiculous logic for a 6'11" guy who can't be stopped from scoring. Sound familiar?
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Thursday Bolts – 10.24.13
To me, Adams still looks a little lost out there, and I could see him getting only about 15 minutes a game for the first half of the season. That being said, Brooks needs to coach him up on finding his "spot" (which looks like it's right there in the low post) and getting there. Yes, he needs to set screens for everyone, but when you have a guy with his athleticism, his hands, and his size you need him hanging out in the post drawing double-teams, ripping down boards, and clearing out space for guys like Jackson and Lamb. I fear that Adams, much like Aldrich and Mullens before him, will fail to take the next step (which I don't think is all too far away), because Brooks has him running around like a chicken with his head cut off around the perimeter.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Preseason Thoughts: Bulls 104, Thunder 95
A couple things. The thunder should have really tried to get a big man who can play with his back to the basket. That's what this team is missing, and losing Harden without acquiring that is a problem.
On the upside, yes, Martin is an expiring contract, which means that he could be a trading chip in a few months.
1 year, 1 month ago on Deal the Beard: What just happened?
The Thunder may not be a totally "complete" team. For example, they completely lack a post presence. However, it's hard to imagine any other team being able to keep up with them for 48 minutes. It's not just the pace that KD, Westbrook, Ibaka, Sefalosha put on you with the first unit, but you're looking at a second unit that's unparalleled. When the Lakers inevitably get worn out, what is their second unit going to do against Maynor, Harden, JonesIII, and Collison? The only move that would make them stronger would be to offload Perkins for a big man who can keep up with the rest of that first unit, because he becomes a non-factor when they really want to turn it up.
1 year, 1 month ago on Tuesday Bolts - 10.23.12