NTTB Rumblings – 25 Oct 2017

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Kyle Wagner (FiveThirtyEight) on the Thunder’s sudden inability to rebound: “However, the George and Anthony moves do seem to have had an effect on another piece of the team’s core identity: For the first time in a decade, the Thunder are struggling to rebound. The Thunder have grabbed just 47.5 percent of available rebounds in their first three games — about 6 percentage points lower than last year and 24th in the league. As a team, the Thunder haven’t finished outside the top 10 since they moved to Oklahoma City.”

When the robots finally attack, they can point its genesis to the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Clifton Brown (Indy Star) on Paul George facing his old team for the first time: “There was no way to reconcile those conflicting emotions, as George prepared to play his first game against the Pacers on Wednesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena. George was smiling and had the aura of a man at peace after Tuesday’s practice at the Oklahoma City Thunder’s practice facility. But George admitted that the timing of his departure from the Pacers was awkward and that if he could do it again, he would have handled some things differently.”

Fred Katz (Norman Transcript) on how Carmelo Anthony can help prepare George for what he’ll face today: “Anthony’s previous team, the New York Knicks, came to Oklahoma City for opening night. “I’m pretty sure he’ll be excited about playing tomorrow. I would be,” Anthony said Tuesday. “I think the mindset that he has is trying to get a win, especially after dropping two in a row, and try to get back on the right track. If I sit here and say he’s not excited about that game, I’d be lying to y’all.” Yet in some ways, the emotion isn’t as overpowering as possible.”

Katz on Anthony taking a bunch of long-range twos: “Anthony, however, has a different view. “I’d rather not take a long 2 but I think I’ve got to shoot the ball if I’m open, regardless of where I’m at,” Anthony said. “And once I get the feel for how to play with these guys and [Russell Westbrook] not getting mad at me when I pass up a shot, then I’ll be good.”

Ben Rohrbach (Yahoo Sports) on the NBA’s favorite target not named Lonzo Ball: “The jab at his jewels came just before OKC’s Paul George committed a turnover, and Ingles swung his momentum through Adams’ stones into transition, where he got behind the defense for a layup. That drew a timeout from Thunder coach Billy Donovan, and just in case you thought and hand to the huevos was how Australians and New Zealanders greeted each other, Adams let his displeasure with Ingles be known, bumping the Jazz man by the shoulder and earning a technical foul in the process.”

Andre Roberson emptied out his Instagram account.

Berry Tramel (NewsOK) on the bench unit being at it’s best with Anthony on the floor: “The most effective unit has been Carmelo, Alex Abrines, Raymond Felton, Terrance Ferguson and Patrick Patterson. They have played five minutes together and outscored opponents by eight points. The bench, mostly with Carmelo on the court, was effective in the second half against Utah last Saturday and effective in both halves against the Timberwolves on Sunday night.”

Weston Shepard (Daily Thunder) says not to worry about Patrick Patterson’s performance so far: “As you can see, Patterson made his living beyond the three point line. While the Thunder roster is no longer a desolate place void of shooters, his ability to drift along the perimeter for open shots is something OKC can utilize frequently given the tempo at which the team would like to play. The sample size is limited through three games, but the looks have been there early on. Below are his two shot attempts against Minnesota on Sunday night.”

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