NTTB Rumblings – 23 Oct 2017

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Tough one last night. But we move on…

Royce Young (ESPN) on the crazy finish from last night’s game: “It was the perfect finish, the ideal answer to the first crunch time test for the new look Oklahoma City Thunder. Russell Westbrook remained the clutch-time king, hitting three 3-pointers and scoring 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting in the final five minutes. But in the biggest spot, after Karl-Anthony Towns put the Minnesota Timberwolves up two with 8.9 seconds remaining, Westbrook did what many within the team claimed he’d do, but many outside were skeptical of — he found the open man. He drove right at Carmelo Anthony’s defender, and dropped a pass off to an open Anthony, who splashed the go-ahead 3-pointer with 4.9 seconds left. Then, Andrew Wiggins went and messed it all up.”

Kent Youngblood (Star Tribune) gives a recap of the game from the other side: “Andrew Wiggins did not call glass. After the game was over, surrounded by reporters, taking all sorts of abuse from his teammates, Wiggins admitted that much. “No,” Wiggins said, smiling. “I did not.” A few lockers down, Karl-Anthony Towns laughed. “He called ‘game,’ ” Towns said.”

Berry Tramel (NewsOK) on Andre Roberson’s struggles this season: “But all of that was overshadowed by the revelation that Andre Roberson remains a psychological mess and at times can’t be on the court, no matter how badly the Thunder needs his defense. On the opening possession of third quarter, Roberson was fouled on a shot under the basket. He went to the foul line and air-balled the first shot. Then Roberson air-balled the second shot. A few minutes later, Roberson missed a layup, though this one was somewhat contested, unlike the tap-in he missed in the first quarter.”

Fred Katz (Norman Transcript) on how last night’s loss may have been an epiphanous moment moving forward: “Moral victories might be a fallacy. But learning from ebbs and flows throughout the game’s 48 minutes is a reality. “I just thought, life or death situation. Not that deep, but we needed those stops,” George said of the late-game execution. “We needed to change something. We just stuck to our principles…That’s who we got to be.”

Dakota Crawford (Indy Star) on Pacers players still rocking the PG1’s: “Fans were bitter all summer, and George has since trolled them on Twitter. But his former teammates aren’t fazed. “They’re the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn,” Turner said. “I don’t go by what people think, I go by comfort. That’s what my whole career is about — how comfortable I am out there.”

Nike/Jordan capitalized on the Hoodie Melo phenomenon and they sold out in 7 minutes.

Erik Horne (NewsOK) on Steven Adams’ development as a defensive center: “That defensive disruption often started with Adams, who had a team-best five steals and was second in deflections (four) to George. Adams will tell you when he first arrived in Oklahoma City, his true education began. He wasn’t always the guy who could sniff out players’ tendencies or body languages. Westbrook always says “the game will tell you what to do,” but Adams wasn’t literate in those basketball nuances as a 19-year-old rookie.”

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