NTTB Rumblings – 21 February 2018

img_4063Erik Horne (NewsOK) on Russell Westbrook being the instigator to many of the Thunder’s rivalries: “Joel Embiid knows now. He probably doesn’t care, but as Westbrook said “Oklahoma City, two to zero.” Embiid was guilty of waving Steven Adams off the floor when the Thunder center fouled out during a triple-overtime thriller in December. Then in January, Embiid dunked and gave Westbrook a stare down as the MVP was sprawled out on the floor. Mistake. Westbrook is already one of the most intense competitors in the NBA.”

Brett Dawson (NewsOK) on the Thunder doing better in their local TV market this year compared to last year: “Oklahoma City’s local TV ratings are up 13 percent over a year ago, according to a report by Sports Business Journal. Thunder games on Fox Sports Oklahoma are averaging a 7.01 rating, third-highest for regional broadcasts in the NBA.”

Erik Horne on four questions about the Thunder heading into the stretch run: “Alex Abrines seemed to be settling in on defense before his left hip contusion last week. Patrick Patterson is 5-of-8 in his last two games against Memphis, but was 2-of-21 in his previous nine games from three. Josh Huestis has made four 3-pointers in the last month (4-of-22) on several open looks. Jerami Grant is correctly being dispatched as an interior threat with an ever-increasing free throw rate. Raymond Felton is shooting a respectable 34.6 percent from deep. At 19, Ferguson goes weeks in between shooting flashes.”

Bruno Manrique (Clutch Sports) on Steven Adams leading the league in box outs: “Steven Adams was left as the sole big man in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s lineup, as the ‘Stache Bros were disbanded prior to the start of the regular season, sending Enes Kanter to the New York Knicks in return for Carmelo Anthony. So far, it has proven GM Sam Presti has made the right move, as Adams leads the league in box-outs, one of the advanced metrics the NBA has incorporated this season.”

Riley Jones (Footwear News) on Westbrook’s mother being his fashion muse: “She’s always been the one who kept me up with what was going on in style and fashion, she made sure me and my brother and my dad dressed up to par,” Westbrook said in an interview with journalist Rembert Browne.”

TMZ caught up with Lauren Myers, the girl who asked Steven Adams to her law school prom.

Fred Katz (Norman Transcript) on Adams having one of the best rebounding seasons: “When that shot goes up,” he said, “Steven Adams is coming.” Every time. Opposing coaches focusing on Adams during Thunder prep has become a regularity this year. The OKC center leads the NBA in offensive rebounding at 5.2 a game. Malone knows the fix is obvious. “Block Steven Adams out,” he smiled. He also knows no one can.”

OKC Blue player Rashawn Thomas was selected to be a part of the USA FIBA World Cup Qualifying roster.

Albert Dadson (Thunderous Intentions) on the importance of Patrick Patterson moving forward: “After only reaching double digits in scoring twice the whole year, Patterson has been able to score in double digits twice this week. When Patterson scores in double digits, he shoots efficiently. In all four games Patterson never shot below 50 percent from 3 and from the field altogether he hasn’t shot less than 57 percent. The Thunder will have to make an effort to get him the ball, because he has proven that when he is hot, he can make shots efficiently.”

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