Thunder At A Glance – 10 October 2018

img_4063A recap podcast of last night’s game hosted by myself and NTTB contributor Dylan Huntzinger.

Nick Gallo ( recaps the wild game against the Milwaukee Bucks: “During the third, however, the Thunder did get a shot in the arm from rookie guard Hamidou Diallo, who made his first NBA-level start at shooting guard in place of the injured Andre Roberson and Terrance Ferguson. Diallo went 4-for-4 for nine points in the third quarter, part of a 19-point, five-rebound, four-assist effort on 8-of-16 shooting in 40 minutes of play, but Donovan is more pleased right now about the rookie’s grasp of the team’s defensive concepts, his motor and toughness than his scoring.”

Erik Horne (NewsOK) on former Hawks coach (and current Bucks coach) Mike Budenholzer’s time with Dennis Schröder: “The Hawks went in a different direction. Budenholzer left Atlanta for Milwaukee. Schroder was traded to Oklahoma City. And the former Hawks coach admitted he missed his former point guard, who had to leave Tuesday’s game against the Bucks late in the second quarter after taking an inadvertent elbow to the back of the head from Paul George.”

Erik Horne (NewsOK) on Hamidou Diallo continuing to impress in his first start: “Preseason performances should come with a stamp of caution, but Diallo has shown an early aptitude for strengthening those weaknesses. And there’s enough evidence and testimonials from the Thunder to say Diallo was an inexplicable steal in the second round of the 2018 NBA Draft.”

Bill Benson (South Platte Sentinel) with a bit of histrionics via Sam Anderson’s book, Boom Town: “In 2008, Clay Bennett announced he would move the SuperSonics to OKC. Anderson wrote, “This seemed like the world’s most obvious bait and switch, a swindle in broad daylight, for which both sides were partly culpable. Mayhem ensued: lawsuit after lawsuit.”

Cliff Brunt (Associated Press via the Boston Herald) on Steven Adams reviving the center position in the NBA: “He doesn’t get many, if any, plays called for him — but he’s essential, setting effective screens for Russell Westbrook and Paul George and gobbling up rebounds. He’s a 255-pound bruiser and enforcer, though the Thunder rave about his ability to move.”

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