NTTB Rumblings – 15 February 2018

img_4063Heartfelt thoughts and condolences to the people of Parkland, Florida.

Nick Gallo ( recaps the Thunder’s victory over the Grizzlies in Memphis: “It wasn’t just Anthony (19 points) and Westbrook (23 points, 15 assists, 13 rebounds) who saved the day for the Thunder. There were a variety of characters who made an impact. The most prominent was Paul George, who had an outrageously good first half where he scored 22 points on 8-for-9 shooting, including a 5-for-6 mark from the three-point line to extend his streak of games with 5-plus made threes to an NBA season-high-tying five games.”

If you’re into this kind of stuff, Colin Cowherd said some drivel about Russell Westbrook’s leadership: “Now, Russell Westbrook, you give him, not only new teammates, but excellent teammates. He still can’t figure it out. They add Carmelo, who’s going to be a Hall of Famer. They add Paul George, who’s an All-Star. And they’re one game worse than last year.”

Westbrook did that thing last night where he’s not nice to an opponent and then forcefully shoves the ball through the basket.

Berry Tramel (NewsOK) comparing a Westbrook interview with that of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. I don’t know what Berry’s angle is, but you can bet this will come up again before the end of the season: “But these are new days in the Thunder locker room. There are other voices that actually answer legitimate questions and don’t worry that they could inflame the team leader if they say something the least bit interesting. I thought I would share the entire transcripts of the Paul George and Carmelo Anthony interviews after the Cleveland game.”

Erik Horne (NewsOK) on getting Steven Adams some rest, whether intentional or unintentional: “This was the case Tuesday when Steven Adams played 42 minutes and Donovan admitted it was probably three to four minutes too many for the 7-footer. “We didn’t rebound the ball particularly well last night late,” Donovan said. “Nance hurt us, but he was probably a fresher body than Steven in fairness to Steven. That’s probably more on me in terms of maybe finding a way to get him rested.”

Cody Taylor (Thunder Wire) on Steven Adams having a historic season: “While the big man is currently averaging a career-high 13.9 points and 9.2 rebounds per game, he’s also on pace to record one of the best offensive rebounding seasons in NBA history. Since the NBA began differentiating offensive and defensive rebounds in the 1973-74 season, Moses Malone and Charles Barkley are the only two players to average more than five offensive rebounds per game.”

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