Thunder At A Glance – 23 October 2018

Dan Devine (The Ringer) on whether its time to panic in OKC:The questions got louder after OKC got flambéd Sunday night, giving up 131 points at home to a perhaps fun but still likely quite bad Sacramento team. But while it’s not ideal to be allowing 110.5 points per 100 possessions to start the season—or allowing a dominant 37-point fourth quarter to the Clips on Friday—it’s not all that bad in the context of the NBA’s early-season offensive surge.

Matt Burnham (Welcome To Loud City) on the Thunder’s sputtering start:As humans, it is natural to react instinctively. Critical thinking is a skill. Evaluating the reality of a situation is a skill. We often find ourselves caught up in the moment and act as if a brief period of chaos is a representation of the entire picture. We like answers. We like jumping to conclusions. The puzzle is not put together yet and the idea of pieces laying around makes us tremble in anxiety.

Ken Berger (Bleacher Report) says it’s not easy to recover after the loss of a superstar: “Normally when you lose a player of that caliber, you just go into the abyss,” a Western Conference general manager told Bleacher Report. “Normally you’d be in the lottery for the next five or six years. It would be like a death march. For Oklahoma City, that hasn’t happened.”

Chris Murch (OKC Thunder Wire) on Terrance Ferguson deleting all his social media: “After receiving some backlash from Thunder fans on these platforms, it’s no surprise to see Ferguson take a step back from the potentially toxic situation.”

https://twitter.com/foxsportsok/status/1054185727548809216?s=21

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