NTTB Rumblings – 02 April 2018


Nick Gallo ( recaps the Thunder’s win over the New Orleans Pelicans: “The Thunder had three previous cracks at this type of game – a scrap-and-claw battle between two Western Conference foes in practically must-win situations to secure playoff berths and positioning. Head Coach Billy Donovan and his squad made sure not to let this fourth one slip away, getting high quality shots on most possessions and making enough defensive stops to seal it. “At this point we gotta start shaping up and playing better towards this final stretch, and I thought we did that to close the game out,” said forward Paul George.”

Fred Katz (Norman Transcript) on Billy Donovan changing up the minutes rotations for some players: “George has routinely played the entire first and third quarters of games this season. It’s a preference of his, and he’s consistently talked both privately and publicly about how staying in for the first 12 minutes of halves helps him catch a rhythm. Lately, his rotations have bled into the beginning minutes of second and fourth quarters, as well. That’s 14 or 15 minutes to start an NBA game without taking a breather. Donovan, however, wanted to change it for Sunday’s eventual 109-104 win in New Orleans.”

Erik Horne (NewsOK) on the Thunder’s need for Jerami Grant: “A week ago, Grant’s athleticism was idle on the bench as Portland snatched offensive rebounds away from the Thunder at will, the most damning one leading to a go-ahead 3-pointer late. So, when Carmelo Anthony predictably started to walk toward the scorer’s table during the fourth quarter of the Thunder’s loss to Denver on Friday, he did the unpredictable. He saw the opportunity in Grant, who splashed a 3-pointer while Anthony was in mid-walk. Anthony kept his hoodie on, his towel draped across his shoulders and walked back to the bench.”

Chris Grenham (WTLC) on Steven Adams’ grandmother passing away. Send a prayer up for the big man.

Berry Tramel (NewsOK) on Clay Bennett’s condition after brain surgery: “A few minutes later, I asked Bennett if he worried about potential backlash about the hire. “No,” he said. “I don’t worry about too much anymore.” Then I asked him if that included the Thunder. And Bennett laughed loud. A sense of humor is quite valuable when your basketball team is as exasperating as this one.”


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