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Nick Gallo (OKCThunder.com) looks at what Patrick Patterson can bring to the Thunder this upcoming season: “A step behind to start the year, Patterson’s role ended up being a 15-minute-per-game player, with averages of 3.9 points on an admirable 38.6 percent three-point shooting, along with 2.4 rebounds per game. In 2018-19, the Thunder and Patterson himself believe he can contribute more, not just on the stat sheet but also in terms of the team’s overall gameplay and style.”
Gallo (OKCThunder.com) chronicled the Thunder’s day at Lake Castaic in Paul George’s fishing tournament: “But then came one of the final boats, which included Nader, the newcomer to the Thunder roster who hadn’t fished before despite always enjoying the outdoors. Throughout the 6 hours on the lake, George, Westbrook and Roberson had been visible and camped out along the shore line. Nader was nowhere to be found. Turns out he and his professional partner knew Castaic’s secrets, because they brought back the limit – five bass fish – including the biggest fish of the day at 4 pounds, 12 ounces.” Continue reading NTTB Thunder Rumblings – 06 August 2018
Jerry Tipton (Kentucky Sports) on Hamidou Diallo getting used to NBA life in Oklahoma City: “I’m from New York,” he said. “So definitely any city I probably go to — unless it’s L.A. or Chicago or a couple other of those major cities — it’s going to be a little culture shock. For the most part, Kentucky prepared me for it. So I’m cool. It’s a cool city. Cool people.”
Noah Schulte (Thunderous Intentions) looks at 4 Thunder players that need to step up this season: “For the past two years they’ve been one of the shallowest teams in the league, rarely having any impact players to fill in when one of the starters goes out. Furthermore, OKC’s complete lack of three-point shooting has made their offense far too predictable to advance in the bloodbath that has become the Western Conference. Seemingly the Thunder have the right players to address those problems, but for one reason or another, those guys just haven’t come through to their potential yet.” Continue reading NTTB Thunder Rumblings – 03 August 2018
Jeff Olalo (CluthPoints) on Russell Westbrook releasing some shoes that were inspired by his son, Noah: “With the release of his signature performance shoe the WhyNot Zer0.1 “Noah” – the seven-time NBA All Star credits his son by not only naming it after him, but also using an Emerald colorway inspired by his birthstone. Even better, the launch date is just around the same time of Noah’s birthday, which is on May 16th and is inscribed on the inside strap.”
Berry Tramel (NewsOK) on what others are saying about Nick Collison’s retirement: “But time is merciless, and eventually it relegated Collison to a lesser role. By the 2014 playoffs, even against Memphis, the team for which he was born to play against, Collison’s value was diminished. He hadn’t even played in Game 7 of the first-round series against the Grizzlies, and through five games of the West semifinals against the Clippers, Collison had played only 37 minutes, some of it garbage time.” Continue reading NTTB Rumblings – 14 May 2018
Brett Dawson (NewsOK) on Carmelo Anthony using the All-Star break to unwind and disconnect: “Anthony hadn’t had a chance to “decompress,” he said, since that whirlwind weekend in September. The All-Star break afforded him the opportunity. Oklahoma City hasn’t played a game since last Wednesday. “I haven’t really got a chance to sit down and kind of breathe a little bit and relax,” Anthony said. “Everything’s happened so fast. So this past week was very helpful for me.”
Berry Tramel (NewsOK) on scheduling and prime-time matchups ahead: “But as the NBA comes out of the all-star break Thursday for the mad dash to the April playoffs, time to salute not only the efforts at easing the physical demands of scheduling, but also the dramatic effects. In a Western Conference race in which the No. 3 team (San Antonio) and the No. 10 team (hard-charging Utah) are separated by only 4½ games, the teams jostling for playoff positioning play each other repeatedly over the next seven weeks.” Continue reading NTTB Rumblings – 22 February 2018
Erik Horne (NewsOK) on Russell Westbrook being the instigator to many of the Thunder’s rivalries: “Joel Embiid knows now. He probably doesn’t care, but as Westbrook said “Oklahoma City, two to zero.” Embiid was guilty of waving Steven Adams off the floor when the Thunder center fouled out during a triple-overtime thriller in December. Then in January, Embiid dunked and gave Westbrook a stare down as the MVP was sprawled out on the floor. Mistake. Westbrook is already one of the most intense competitors in the NBA.”
Brett Dawson (NewsOK) on the Thunder doing better in their local TV market this year compared to last year: “Oklahoma City’s local TV ratings are up 13 percent over a year ago, according to a report by Sports Business Journal. Thunder games on Fox Sports Oklahoma are averaging a 7.01 rating, third-highest for regional broadcasts in the NBA.” Continue reading NTTB Rumblings – 21 February 2018
Royce Young (ESPN) on Russell Westbrook’s reaction to Paul George being left off the All-Star team: “Guy leads the league in steals, competes every night, top two at his position. Don’t make any sense, regardless of anything else,” Westbrook, who was named to his seventh All-Star Game, said of George. “If you’re going by All-Stars, there are certain All-Stars in this league. Everybody’s not an All-Star. Just because you get voted in doesn’t mean you’re an All-Star. I just think it’s outrageous. But you know, it is what it is.”
Jimmy Do (OKCThunder.com) on several Thunder players participating in a wheelchair hoops event for the NBA’s Fit Week: “After skills drills and a nutrition lesson to rev up the athletes, Darden was ready to show her mettle on the hardwood. The pull of competition lit Darden like a caged animal waiting to be unleashed. “Being the only girl boosts me up because I’m going to show these boys up,” said Darden. Almost three years ago to the day, an early morning car accident in Woodward County sent Darden to the hospital with injuries that led her to be confined to a wheelchair.” Continue reading NTTB Rumblings – 24 January 2018
- When: Friday, 27 October 2017 at 7:00 pm CST
- Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
- TV: NBATV/FSOK
- Radio: WWLS The Sports Animal (98.1 FM, 640 AM, 930 AM (Spanish))
- Line: OKC -1.5 | O/U – 218
A lot has been made about the Big 3 in Oklahoma City. And deservedly so. Anytime you combine a current MVP with two prolific wing scorers, it’s bound to draw a lot of attention. The results after four games can be summed up in three words: Work In Progress.
But lost in all the attention the Big 3 are garnering has been the play of fifth year center, Steven Adams. Four games in, Adams is averaging 13.8 points, 8.5 rebounds (5 on the offensive end!!!!), 2 steals, and 1.75 blocks per game. He’s starting to “call his own number” when he spots a mismatch on offense, and is anchoring a defense that ranks 5th in the league in defensive rating. If those defensive numbers continue, Adams may be in contention for defensive player of the year, a la Marc Gasol in 2013. Continue reading Thunder vs. Wolves preview (Game 5 of 82)
Today feels like revenge. I don’t know why, but it just does.
Kristian Winfield (SB Nation) on Paul George and Carmelo Anthony finally having the perfect superstar teammate: “Here is Westbrook — reigning league MVP, all-time single-season triple-double leader, and walking terminator — who carried his team of non All-Stars to a competitive first-round exit to the Houston Rockets in the playoffs. Now, enter two more All-Stars, two more egos, and two more offensive superstars who each need to eat to be satisfied. Or so we thought. That’s the beauty of what Anthony said. Russell Westbrook can have the main course — let Melo and PG-13 have the sides.”
David Brandon (16 Wins A Ring) looks at the shooting guards on the roster: “Huestis is the surprise. After barely playing, and even then largely playing at the 4, Huestis has seen significant backcourt and frontcourt minutes over the last few games. He’s definitely not where he needs to be yet on rotations, but Huestis might wind up a usable member of the team, which not many observers expected. Though he’s worse defensively than Roberson and worse offensively than Abrines, he’s more well-rounded than both, with a clean release on his 3-point shot and good balance navigating screens on the perimeter. He fouls too much, but that might work itself out with time. Don’t fool yourself—at this point he’s maaaaaybe replacement level. But that might be just enough for now.”
The Thunder are looking to do what every beauty queen vows to do: fight hunger: “The Oklahoma City Thunder and Whataburger have partnered to help fight hunger in Oklahoma during this holiday season through a food drive at next Friday’s Thunder game and a three-week fundraiser at Whataburger restaurants.” Continue reading NTTB Rumblings – 27 Oct 2017
Kyle Wagner (FiveThirtyEight) on the Thunder’s sudden inability to rebound: “However, the George and Anthony moves do seem to have had an effect on another piece of the team’s core identity: For the first time in a decade, the Thunder are struggling to rebound. The Thunder have grabbed just 47.5 percent of available rebounds in their first three games — about 6 percentage points lower than last year and 24th in the league. As a team, the Thunder haven’t finished outside the top 10 since they moved to Oklahoma City.”
When the robots finally attack, they can point its genesis to the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Clifton Brown (Indy Star) on Paul George facing his old team for the first time: “There was no way to reconcile those conflicting emotions, as George prepared to play his first game against the Pacers on Wednesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena. George was smiling and had the aura of a man at peace after Tuesday’s practice at the Oklahoma City Thunder’s practice facility. But George admitted that the timing of his departure from the Pacers was awkward and that if he could do it again, he would have handled some things differently.” Continue reading NTTB Rumblings – 25 Oct 2017
- When: Sunday, 22 October 2017 at 6:00 pm CST
- Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
- TV: FSOK
- Radio: WWLS The Sports Animal (98.1 FM, 640 AM, 930 AM (Spanish))
- Line: OKC -4.0 | O/U – 210.5
Six points? Six points for current MVP, Russell Westbrook. Much of the credit needs to go to the Utah defense, who executed a great defensive game plan. But it didn’t much seem like Westbrook was trying to attack the defense, either. He almost looked like he was settling. And the words Westbrook and settling don’t necessarily go together in a sentence.
Westbrook is known for his attacking nature and his ‘never say die’ style of play. But last night, he seemed almost content with passing the ball to Carmelo Anthony and Paul George and letting them shoot the Oklahoma City Thunder out of the rut they were in. The Westbrook from last season would have looked at the Westbrook from last night and wondered ‘what the hell are you doing?’. Continue reading Timberwolves vs. Thunder preview (Game 3 of 82)