Thunder @ Suns preview (Game 40 of 82)

okc logo Vs.  suns

  • When: Sunday, 07 January 2018 at 7:00 pm CST
  • Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ
  • TV: FSOK
  • Radio: WWLS The Sports Animal (98.1 FM, 640 AM, 930 AM (Spanish))
  • Line: OKC -8.0 | O/U – 222

The Oklahoma City Thunder kicked off the New Year in resounding fashion, taking care of business in Los Angeles on a back to back against the Lakers and Clippers. The Lakers game was a blow-out, while the Clippers game was more of a close, back and forth affair that necessitated an assist from the bench in the fourth quarter to eventually close the game out.  Continue reading Thunder @ Suns preview (Game 40 of 82)

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NTTB Podcast (Episode 23) – Terrance Ferguson and Jordans

IMG_4109On Episode 23 of the NTTB podcast,we discuss the following topics:

  • Weekly Recap – Games against Dallas, Lakers, and Clippers
  • Terrance Ferguson coming out party
  • Westbrook signature shoe
  • Paul George’s PG2s
  • Trade talk
  • NBA News
  • All-Star Voting
  • Sooners talk

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Thunder @ Lakers preview (Game 38 of 82)

thunder v lakers

  • When: Wednesday, 03 January 2018 at 9:30 pm CST
  • Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • TV: ESPN/FSOK
  • Radio: WWLS The Sports Animal (98.1 FM, 640 AM, 930 AM (Spanish))
  • Line: OKC -5.5 | O/U – 214

As the Oklahoma City Thunder embark on a new year, the ship seems to be sailing in a much more positive direction than it just a month ago. The defense is still playing at a high level, while the offense seems to have figured most of itself out. Russell Westbrook appears to be over his late November/early December slump that saw him uncharacteristically look like he was questioning his every move on the court. Carmelo Anthony looks to have discovered what his role with this team will be and seems to be reveling in that role. Paul George seems to still be teetering with his role, but has found enough of an identity to average 27 points per game in his last 4 games played. And Steven Adams looks intent on making the Big 3 a quartet with his surprisingly good play in the first two months of the season.  Continue reading Thunder @ Lakers preview (Game 38 of 82)

NTTB Rumblings – 03 January 2018

Fred Katz (Norman Transcript) says the Thunder could end up with three of the league’s best defenders: “It’s rare that three teammates make the All-Defensive Team in the same season. The most recent trio to do it was Ben Wallace, Tayshaun Prince and Chauncey Billups of the 2005-06 Detroit Pistons. What could help the Thunder, though, is that the rest of the league is going right for them, too. Many of the usual All-Defensive candidates around the NBA have had some unfortunate luck.”

Heather Koontz (Thunderous Intentions) looks back at some of the giving the Thunder did during the holiday season.

Brett Dawson (NewsOK) says defense is limiting Alex Abrines’ effectiveness: “Abrines has remained a steady shooter for the Thunder, but his defensive deficiencies have become more apparent, to the point that it’s becoming difficult for coach Billy Donovan to keep him on the floor. In four of the past six games, Abrines has played 10 or fewer minutes.”

Dawson also reports that Andre Roberson will miss all 3 games of the upcoming road trip.

Erik Horne (NewsOK) looks at the year that was for Russell Westbrook: “Before his nine 3-point attempts against Milwaukee with George injured, Westbrook had averaged 1.9 per game in his last seven. The Thunder went 6-1 and Westbrook shot 55.5 percent from the field. “Russell was the MVP last year and he’s having to play different,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “Carmelo, an incredible scorer and an elite player in this league for a long time, he’s had to change. Same thing for Paul, Patrick Patterson or any of these guys. Everybody’s had to change a little bit for the betterment of the team.”

The Jordan Fly Next shoes may actually be Russell Westbrook’s first signature shoe.

Paul George has no regrets about the “Lakers’ chatter” earlier this offseason.

Don’t forget to vote for all your favorite Thunder players for the All-Star game. Vote via Twitter and NBA.com.

NTTB Podcast (Episode 22) – Refs, We Have A Problem

IMG_4109On Episode 22 of the NTTB podcast,we discuss the following topics:

  • Weekly Recap – Games vs. Houston, Toronto, and Milwaukee
  • Referee issues throughout the league
  • Return of MVP Russ
  • Sacrificial Melo
  • What’s going on with Alex Abrines?
  • NBA News
  • City Jerseys

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NTTB Podcast (Episode 21) – Talking Thunder and Marvel

IMG_4109On Episode 21 of the NTTB podcast,we discuss the following topics:

  • Looking back at the 4 games from this past week: vs. Charlotte, @Indy, @Philly, @NY
  • Looking back at how the Thunder Big 4 did (Russ, PG, Melo, and Adams)
  • The Good, Bad, and Ugly from this past week
  • The Thunder’s City jerseys
  • NBA News
  • And a surprising 40 minute conversation on Disney/Marvel’s purchase of Fox

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NTTB Rumblings – 11 December 2017

cropped-nowthatsthunderbasketball_sheriffbadge1.jpgJimmy Do (OKCThunder.com) looks at Paul George’s Christmas party for stroke awareness: “Through the Paul George Foundation, the friendly zap session was part of the fun and games at Main Event Entertainment during the inaugural PG Christmas Celebration for seven local families with stroke survivors. With a red Santa hat sat cocked atop his head, George arrived with a large bag full of gifts slung over his shoulder doing his best impersonation of Jolly Old St. Nick.”

Brett Dawson (NewsOK) on Carmelo Anthony’s recent offensive struggles: “But Anthony is known — and sees himself, first and foremost — as a scorer. And in that regard, he isn’t just in a rough patch. He’s having a difficult season. Anthony is shooting 40.6 percent from the floor, which would be a career low. He’s hitting 33.8 percent of his 3-point shots, which would be ranked in the middle of his 3-point shooting seasons but is his worst mark since 2012.” Continue reading NTTB Rumblings – 11 December 2017

NTTB Podcast (Episode 20) – Frustrations

IMG_4109On Episode 20 of the NTTB podcast,we discuss the following topics:

  • The Week in Review
  • Games against San Antonio’s G-League squad, Utah, Brooklyn, and Memphis
  • The mounting frustrations of this season
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
  • Billy Donovan
  • New Around the NBA
  • Baker Mayfield winning the Heisman

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NTTB Podcast (Episode 19) – Players’ Only Meeting

IMG_4109On Episode 19 of the NTTB podcast, we are joined by Tee (M3Tee) and Ryan (Triple R) of the OSC Podcast Network where we discuss the following topics:

  • Four game losing streak
  • Recap of the Clippers game
  • How the Big 3 played over the last 5 games
  • Worrying trends
  • Is Westbrook okay, healthwise?
  • Refereeing the Thunder
  • Eastern Conference
  • Eric Bledsoe trade
  • Liagenlo Ball controversy
  • Ric Flair 30 for 30

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Thank you for listening. We will be doing a podcast once a week. If you have any Thunder or NBA related questions, make sure you hit us up on Twitter (@alexroig_NTTB or @Montero_A13).

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