Thunder At A Glance – 11 December 2018

img_4063Jonathan Tjarks (The Ringer) on how the best offense for the Thunder is a great defense: “Oklahoma City is built around an overwhelming amount of length and athleticism. After getting off to an 0-3 start, it doubled down on both its strengths and weaknesses by benching Patrick Patterson for Jerami Grant, an all-world athlete and inconsistent shooter. Grant, at 6-foot-9 and 220 pounds with a 7-foot-3 wingspan, is a hyper-athletic wing who can defend players at all five positions. A frontcourt of Grant, Steven Adams, and Paul George stifles opposing teams, regardless of who the point guard is. That trio has a net rating of plus-13 in 373 minutes with Westbrook and plus-14 in 313 minutes with Schröder.”

Royce Young (ESPN) recaps the Thunder’s win against the Jazz, where Paul George excelled and Russell Westbrook struggled: “I just talked to [Westbrook] in the back [of the locker room] and told him, ‘It’s an 82-game season,’ and I told him, ‘I got your back,'” George said. “He’s had me on plenty of occasions where I had an off night and Russ took over offensively and put the game on his shoulders. I’m his counterpart, and I’ve got to do the same for him. It’s a long season, there’s going to be games like that. Special thing, good thing about this team: We’ve got two guys that can fill it up on a nightly basis. But he’s fine, it’s nothing he’s gotta get coached through. He’s been a scoring leader. He knows how to score the ball.”

I’ve watched this like 20 times and still find it hilarious:

Erik Horne (NewsOK) on the Thunder being a different team this season than last season: “Diallo, Noel and Schroder combined for 40 points on Monday, all three contributing as the Thunder extended its lead to 16 in the start of the second quarter. Another Thunder player, Terrance Ferguson, played just six minutes in the playoffs. He arguably did the best job of guarding Utah super-sophomore Donovan Mitchell on Monday.”

Berry Tramel (NewsOK) on Terrance Ferguson fitting in nicely as an Andre Roberson replacement: “And for the record, the best Thunder lineup, ranking second in the league among five-man units with at least 100 minutes together, is the regular starting lineup, only with Dennis Schroder replacing Westbrook. The unit of George, Adams, Grant, Ferguson and Schroder have played together 118 minutes and outscored opponents 295-234, a per-48 minute edge of 24.7.”

Paul George, on being mentioned in the MVP conversation (via Erik Horne):

 

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