Daily Thunder Rumblings – 23 August 2017

img_4133-5So Kyrie Irving is a Celtic and Isaiah Thomas is a Cavalier. We are all officially living in the Upside Down. Here are the Rumblings for this Hump Day.

Another member of the Oklahoma City Thunder finally got his 2K rating. This time it is Alex Abrines.

In a bit of comedy gold, Abrines acknowledged in a tweet that his character finally looks like him. The tweet basically translates to “This year, yes!” (For reference, just look up Alex Abrines 2K17). 

Albert Dadson of Thunderous Intentions looks at 5 goals for Steven Adams in this upcoming season: “Steven Adams is going into his fifth year and now is the time to become more vocal. This is also his fifth straight year with the team. The younger players will now look up to him. Adams has the capability to step up and be a player that says more during big moments.”

Rookie Terrance Ferguson got a lot of praise from his fellow rookie brethren: “The survey polled 39 first-year players on questions like, who will win rookie of the year? Or which rookie will have the best career? Ferguson finished third in “Which rookie is the best shooter?” He received 10.8 percent of the vote and trailed the Detroit Pistons’ Luke Kennard (48.6 percent) and the Charlotte Hornets’ Malik Monk (13.5 percent).”

A little bit more information on Westbrook’s upcoming book.

Nat Newell of the Indianapolis Star looks at what penalties the Lakers could face if they are found guilty of tampering: “Article 35A of the NBA Constitution defines a violation of the league’s anti-tampering rule as: any person affiliated with an NBA team directly or indirectly enticing, inducing, persuading or attempting to entice, induce or persuade, any player, coach, GM or other person under contract to any other NBA team to enter into negotiations for or relating to that person’s services or to negotiate or contract for such services, or otherwise interfering interfere with the employment relationship between that employee and the other NBA team.”

Rohan Nadkarni of Sports Illustrated looked at 6 line-ups designed to defeat the Warriors: “The Thunder made arguably the most game-changing move of the offseason by trading for Paul George, but they still have the same problem that’s plagued the franchise this entire decade: Finding a fifth player that makes sense on the floor. The lineup above is probably OKC’s best from a shooting standpoint, but it leaves one of its better players—Steven Adams—on the bench. Playing two non-shooters against the Warriors puts teams at a serious handicap, which is why Adams is split from Andre Roberson here.”

Enes Kanter loves playing off-season basketball with J.R. Smith.

Kanter stays forever loyal to Oklahoma City: “LeBron James and Kevin Durant would be joining them, it read. Giddy, Kanter punched in a response. “I told Chris, ‘Just make sure you put me on LeBron’s team,'” he says. A few days earlier, James had posted a message to his Twitter followers.”

Congrats to the newly wed, Josh Huestis.

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