NTTB Rumblings – 02 February 2018

img_4063Russell Westbrook had an incident with a fan after the Nuggets game: “You gotta be able to protect the players, man,” he said. “The fans are obviously there to enjoy the game, but they can’t come onto the floor. That’s totally unacceptable.”

Nick Gallo’s (OKCThunder.com) post-game recap: “After giving up 40, 32 and 32 points in the first three periods, the Thunder’s defense suddenly tightened up in the fourth quarter behind a grimy, scrappy effort by the second unit and scintillating performances by Paul George and Russell Westbrook down the stretch. With just 1.4 seconds left in regulation, the Thunder had allowed just 20 fourth quarter points.”

In addition to being in the All-Star Game, Paul George will also be in the 3-point shooting contest. 

Russell Westbrook unveiled his “Why Not” Jordan brand collection.

Michael D. Sykes II (SB Nation) looks at Paul George’s very unique game last night: “He isn’t perfect by any means. He says some things he probably doesn’t mean in the press and might be a bit too forthcoming with his intentions. Things didn’t end well in Indiana, and he admitted such. But his talent on the court is still certainly there.”

Berry Trammel (NewsOK) on Paul George’s fit vs. Blake Griffin’s fit on the Thunder: “But could the Thunder win a title with that trio as a core? As our man Brett Dawson pointed out on our Thunder Thursday video, we’ve seen this script before. All-world point guard. Remarkably athletic center who can rebound and block shots and dunk. And Blake Griffin. It was called the Clippers, and the LA trio of Chris Paul, Griffin and DeAndre Jordan indeed was a Western Conference force. In six years together, those Clippers averaged 54 wins a year. They finished the regular season fifth, fourth, third, second, fourth and fourth in the West.”

Erik Horne (NewsOK) on George’s devastating cross-over: “George and Jackson share an agent in Aaron Mintz and are both 27, so the friendship was inevitable. It led to summers working out together in California, where Jackson was exposed to a buffet of crossovers he’d struggle to contain. “He likes to lull you to sleep,” Jackson told The Oklahoman. “And then he takes off.”

Omar Guerrero (Clutch Points) with an interesting fact about Carmelo Anthony: “Gary Harris made a 3-point shot at the buzzer as the Denver Nuggets defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 127-124 Thursday. The loss sent Carmelo Anthony home once again without a win in Denver since he was traded seven years ago.”

Bill Haisten (Tulsa World) with the mounting pressure now being heaped on rookie Terrance Ferguson: “The shot was good. As they returned to the defensive end of the floor, Anthony congratulated Ferguson with a high-five. Ferguson’s mind had to be spinning. It was a sequence suitable for framing. What a fun experience for a 19-year-old, but the fun component of Ferguson’s first NBA season has been supplanted by a heightened pressure to perform.”

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