Thunder At A Glance – 07 November 2018

img_4063Dan Devine (The Ringer) looks at if the Thunder can survive without Russell Westbrook: “The silver lining for Oklahoma City is that its schedule is set up rather nicely. Eight of the Thunder’s 12 remaining games in November will come against teams currently under .500, including seven against teams that are unambiguously full-stop heinous: Dallas, New York, Atlanta, and two each against Phoenix and Cleveland. Missing Westbrook for matchups with the resurgent Rockets on Thursday, the West-leading Warriors and Nuggets, and the plucky Kings and Hornets would hurt, but all things considered, this seems like a fairly friendly stretch for the Thunder to have to spend any time without their leader and offensive focal point.”

Royce Young (ESPN) with an injury update on Westbrook: “Westbrook traveled with the team to Cleveland and will be evaluated again Thursday to see how he feels, and his status will likely be updated on a game-by-game basis. The Thunder, who have won five straight, play the Rockets on Thursday in OKC. However, considering it’s a back-to-back and the Thunder won’t hold a shootaround or practice before the game, Westbrook and the Thunder will probably lean conservatively on returning for that game with an eye more toward Dallas on Saturday, or Phoenix next week.”

Vincent Goodwill (Yahoo Sports) says Paul George thinks he can win with Russell Westbrook: “When Roberson returns and Westbrook gets his ankle right, the Thunder could be in position to possibly challenge Golden State in the West. “[Westbrook] just competes. That’s the main attraction, a guy that’s gonna compete and play hard,” George said. “Regardless if he wasn’t who he was, I still like the level he competes at. You’re gonna get everything, every night. And you wanna play with that every night.”

A couple Thunder players got to have some fun at the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics: “Thunder players Patrick Patterson, Terrance Ferguson, Steven Adams, Jerami Grant and Alex Abrines arrived at instructor Brent Richards’ zoology lab while the students were dissecting clams and squids. All five players arrived in lab coats and got to work.”

Jimmy Do (OKCThunder.com) with the story of Hamidou Diallo helping a widow out for Thanksgiving: “Diallo learned that James’ husband passed away two years ago leaving her to raise her five children. The challenges of working as a single parent for James included 3 a.m. wakeup calls, which became necessary in order to make sure her kids had lunch prepared on limited resources and went to school on time.By the end of the day, the surprise shopping spree along with an extra $500 moved the widow to tears.”

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