NTTB Rumblings – 12 February 2018

img_4063Nick Gallo ( recaps the Thunder’s mauling of the Grizzlies via the long ball: “George was the instigator on both ends for the Thunder, finding ways to not only generate clean looks and free throws for himself, but also to get others involved. It was clear that the day of practice on Saturday helped get George more acclimated to being the lead playmaker with this group. It’s something he’s done all of his career, but the chance to get some work in with his teammates helped the cohesion mightily. For the game, George racked up 33 points to go with 8 assists, while only turning it over 2 times.”

Fred Katz (Norman Transcript) on the Thunder looking better when they hit shots: “The Thunder had just fallen by 25 to a losing team on a night when they were missing Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook, both of whom suffered ankle sprains during the squad’s previous game. OKC scored only 81 points in L.A. But it got its looks. It just didn’t make shots – for whatever the reason.”

Royce Young with updates on Westbrook and Anthony’s injury situations: “Russ was in there this morning working a little bit, trying to move around, getting some treatment,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “Both those guys will continue to do that.”

Speaking of the injury front, this was good to read:

Michael D. Sykes II (SB Nation) on the Thunder fans touche’ing the Lakers fans: “Well, on Sunday night when the Thunder returned to their home arena, Thunder fans had their own chant showing their love to George. They gave him an ovation and a ‘We love Paul’ chant as he shot free throws.”

Kristen Ledlow of Inside Stuff talks with Steven Adams about his role with the Thunder.

Erik Horne (NewsOK) on the connection between Thunder trainer Joe Sharpe, Andre Roberson, and Paul George: “When Roberson and George were injured, Thunder trainer Joe Sharpe was there. He’s the common thread between the Thunder players during the most pivotal moments of their careers.”


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