Thunder At A Glance – 29 November 2018

 

Nick Gallo (OKCThunder.com) recaps the Thunder’s win last night, focusing on their dominance in the paint: “All season long the Thunder’s priority defensively has been to contest well at the three-point line and force opponents to make tough shots over length on the move inside the arc. Tonight that strategy worked nearly to perfection. Cleveland may have knocked down 9 threes, but only attempted 23 for the game. Down low, the Thunder blocked 11 shots and forced the Cavaliers into 16-of-43 shooting (37.2 percent) in the paint.”

Royce Young (ESPN) on Russell Westbrook tying Jason Kidd for 3rd all-time in career triple-doubles: “Westbrook recorded his second consecutive triple-double and his third of the season, and he now trails only Oscar Robertson (181) and Magic Johnson (138) on the all-time list. To match Kidd, Westbrook needed just 760 games as compared to 1,247 for Kidd.”

The Oklahoma City Thunder will sponsor a youth basketball tournament via the NBA’s Jr. NBA Qualifier: “This O’City Tournament, which will offer a four-game guarantee competition, will consist of boys and girls teams ages 14 and under. Pool play will determine the single elimination bracket, with the champion team in each division receiving an automatic bid into the 2019 Jr. NBA Regional Tournament. The tournament provides an opportunity for Oklahoma kids to represent the state on an international stage with opponents all over the world.”

Jack Flemming (LA Times) says if anyone on the Indianapolis market is vying for a $2.1 million home, Paul George is selling: “The main floor also holds a custom kitchen, a dining area under mirrored ceilings and a family room with a fireplace. An elevator leads upstairs, where the spacious master suite offers carpeted floors and a sitting area. It’s one of five bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms.”

Brian Mazique (Forbes) on the Paul George/Playstation shoe collabo: “This time around, I wanted to take the design old school, back to my earliest days of gaming. For me – as I’m sure many of you can relate – those memories date back to the original PlayStation. Working with Nike and PlayStation, we focused on bringing that original PlayStation inspiration to life in this new design.”

Per Stuff (New Zealand), rugby star TJ Perenara showed up in OKC to visit his fellow countryman Steven Adams (and to meet Russell Westbrook): “The Thunder already have a strong knowledge of Māori culture from Adams, who always keeps his heritage at the forefront of everything he does and has taken many Thunder coaches and players down to New Zealand for his off-season holidays and basketball camps.”

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