NTTB Rumblings – 29 January 2018

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Kevin Pelton (ESPN) on how big the fallout could be from Andre Roberson’s injury: “A number of statistics point to Roberson’s value at the defensive end of the court. According to NBA Advanced Metrics, the Thunder have allowed 11.8 more points per 100 possessions this season with Roberson on the bench. And when Roberson missed 10 games earlier this season, mostly with tendinitis in the patellar tendon he injured Saturday, Oklahoma City’s defense wasn’t the same. The Thunder allowed opponents to score 2.8 percent more efficiently than their usual offensive rating in those 10 games, as compared to holding them 3.2 percent below their typical efficiency with Roberson.”

Des Bieler (Washington Post) with a recap of the Thunder/Wizards game: “Later in the game, OKC’s Paul George made a valiant attempt to exact revenge on Westbrook’s behalf — “I was trying to finish that one,” he said after the game — by throwing down a titanic jam. George failed, but he earned a trip to the free throw line and, one would imagine, his teammate’s gratitude.”

Brett Dawson (NewsOK) on Paul George’s quiet excellence: “The thing about him, he’s one of those guys, he’s silent in his stats,” Donovan said. “The way he scores, the way he plays, it’s not very loud, but the way he plays the game, he was awesome on both ends of the floor tonight.” George has heard his game described that way before. Quiet. Reserved. Cool.”

Erik Horne (NewsOK) on the Thunder’s options for replacing Andre Roberson: “There is the luxury of having Paul George, who’s having an All-Defensive team season. George can take the assignment of guarding opponents’ best perimeter player, but with Roberson out, Billy Donovan will have to be mindful not to put too much stress on George, whose 3-point shooting and shot creation is crucial.”

Berry Tramel (NewsOK) on Steven Adams’ energy against Joel Embiid: “Embiid finished with big numbers — 27 points on 10-of-16 shooting, with 10 rebounds. But Stone Cold finished with big numbers himself — 20 points on 10-of-11 shooting, with 13 rebounds, including a career-high-tying 10 offensive boards. And Embiid, so lively and confident in the early going, was dragging by the fourth quarter and turned down several chances to engage offensively.”

Michael Rothstein (ESPN) on Carmelo Anthony reaching a big career milestone: “Anthony entered Saturday against the Pistons needing 17 points to reach 25,000. After making two free throws with 8:30 left in the third quarter, he hit and passed the mark to join Dirk Nowitzki and LeBron James as current players with at least that many career points. Anthony became the 25th player in the NBA and ABA combined to reach the milestone.”

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