Thunder At A Glance – 15 October 2018

img_4063Listen in to the latest episode of The Weekly on the Topic: Thunder podcast where we discuss the upcoming slate of games for the Thunder and preview the divisions.

Nick Gallo ( with a practice report on the eve of the beginning of the regular season: “Terrance Ferguson completed the NBA’s concussion protocol and was back in practice on Sunday. Abdel Nader was also a full participant in practice after recovering from knee soreness. Russell Westbrook continues to do more and more in practice and is progressing well.”

Erik Horne (NewsOK) on Dennis Schröder preparing to inject his flavor into the Thunder/Warriors rivalry: “Schroder gets a taste of that intensity for the first time when the Thunder opens the season against the Warriors on Tuesday. And whether or not Russell Westbrook plays a role in what’s become one of the most hotly contested series in the NBA, Schroder will.”

Jacob Unruh (USA Today) on Russell Westbrook and Paul George leading the Thunder towards the future: “Of course, you could see that the chemistry that him and Russ shared, him and coach (Billy) Donovan shared and the rest of the team that we all had with him,” Thunder forward Patrick Patterson says. “There’s always that chemistry, that friendship, that bond that we shared. But at the end of the day, you don’t know what’s going on in his head. He’s the only one who knows.”

ESPN has OKC ranked 7th in their opening regular power rankings: “There aren’t very many breaks for the Thunder down the stretch. Almost everyone they play is expected to be either in the playoffs or fighting for it. If they’re looking for a soft landing headed into the postseason, the Thunder aren’t going to have it easy. They’ve got injury issues to start with, and it’s essential to get off to a good start because of back-loaded schedule. If the Thunder stumble early, the final month and a half — which includes a meeting with Golden State, a home-and-home set with Toronto and a clash with Houston — could make this a messy finish for OKC.”

Jordan Ritter Conn (The Ringer) with a riveting exposé on Enes Kanter: “That season, he says, was the most fun he’s ever had playing basketball. He bought a house in Oklahoma. He built deeper relationships with teammates than he had anywhere else. He began to carve out a life for himself in this country, a locker room and fan favorite on one of the NBA’s best teams—someone OKC fans would give a standing ovation upon his return as a Knick. “He’s a great teammate and [a] competitive guy,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan later said of Kanter. “He really buys into his teammates. … I don’t know if Kanter was in a leadership role with us at the time, but he was a great connector.”

Katrina Butcher (KFOR) on Steven Adams having to cancel a book signing in the city: “Oklahoma City Thunder player Steven Adams canceled his book signing on Sunday “due to unforeseen circumstances.” Adams says he will try to reorganize another time for the signing of his recent book, “My Life, My Fight: Rising Up From New Zealand to the OKC Thunder.”

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