NTTB Rumblings – 31 Oct 2017 (Halloween edition)

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Erik Horne (NewsOK) on Paul George finding his rhythm: “Throughout the game we know Russ is going to push the tempo, really create all the mismatches with his aggressiveness and attacking the floor,” George said. “But yeah, if I get going early, especially being a shooter out there, it’ll only open up the game for all of us.” George has found a rhythm early in games for the Thunder so far, one which could be a boon for a Thunder team feeling out who shoots when this season.”

The NBA’s version of Cain and Abel featuring Jerami Grant and Jerian Grant.

Brett Dawson (NewsOK) on Giannis Antetokounmpo giving the Thunder their biggest defensive test yet: “I think the biggest thing with him is trying to take away that deep paint where he’s getting all the way to the rim, because then he’s a monster finishing,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “But he’s also a really good passer. He sprays the ball around really well and obviously, they’ve got good shooting on the perimeter. He’s an incredible player.”

The genesis of Carmelo Anthony’s rebounding catchphrase and a look at how Steven Adams feels about it.

Tim Cato (SB Nation) on Victor Oladipo making Pacers fans forget Paul George quicker than previously thought: “Everything about Victor Oladipo’s game-winning shot against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday looked off. He nearly rolled an ankle while planting one of his feet. The shot grazed the rafters, it felt like, much higher than his typical release. And this will sound mean, but it was weird that he made it. Because, you know, Paul George usually didn’t.”

Fred Katz (Norman Transcript) on Friday’s flight from Minnesota to Chicago not even registering on the scary meter for Billy Donovan: “Never fly with Billy Donovan. The Oklahoma City Thunder coach has experienced some horrifying moments on airplanes. And Friday evening’s hiccup, when the team’s charter plane landed after damaging its nose in the air, wasn’t even at the top of scary off-the-ground incidents.”

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