NTTB Rumblings: 27 April 2018

img_4063Nick Gallo (OKCThunder.com) previews Game 6: “As a coach you always go into a game with a plan of what you want to do, but more often than not those plans change,” Head Coach Billy Donovan said. “You always have to make decisions for what’s best for the team at that point in time.”

Jimmy Do (OKCThunder.com) on the Jr. NBA coming to Oklahoma City: “In addition, Oklahoma City was selected as one of 10 cities nationwide to host a Jr. NBA 3v3 League. Solid Rock Basketball in Edmond was selected as the host site, generating eight local teams that qualified for the National Championship in Atlanta in March.”

Giri Nathan (Deadspin) on Russell Westbrook’s Game 5 performance: “Alternatively: what if Russell Westbrook is a man who plays basketball professionally? What if last night’s game of basketball was a discrete event in a playoff series, itself a self-contained unit of competition, and he played basketball outrageously well for one half of that game? What if that’s it? The Thunder had let Game 5 slip out of their control, until Westbrook took it upon himself to control it—the thing everyone concedes he can do, whether or not they trust what he does with it. As it turns out: he did the shit. He was fortunate to have a pal to co-pilot.”

Erik Horne (NewsOK) on how Billy Donovan may handle Carmelo Anthony’s minutes in Game 6: “It was just me wanting to play, me wanting to be a part of what was going on out there, trying to get and understand what was going on out there,” Anthony said in a nearly empty postgame locker room. “He was trying to get me to understand kinda what was going on in the situation when those guys were rolling.”

Brett Dawson (NewsOK) interviewed OKC mayor David Holt after Game 5: “I understand human nature, but nevertheless, I knew that they had missed out on one of the greatest games in Thunder history,” Holt said of OKC’s rally from 25 points down in the third quarter. “And I wanted to maybe have a little fun with that.”

Here’s the pardon video:

Berry Tramel (NewsOK) cautioning the Thunder not to rely solely on momentum in Game 6: “To come back from 25 points down, you have to get 25 points down in the first place. The sins that put the Thunder in that hole — offensive stagnation, defensive laziness — will put the Thunder in another hole, momentum or not.”

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