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Thunder At A Glance -13 November 2018

img_4063Check out the latest episode of The Weekly, where the Topic: Thunder guys discuss a week that ended with a loss to Dallas, the upcoming week of 3 games, and about the news and notes around the league.

Erik Horne (NewsOK) recaps the Thunder’s 118-101 victory over the Phoenix Suns: “While the Thunder has been one of the league’s best teams at keeping the ball this season, only committing 14.3 turnovers a game — 10th-best in the NBA entering Monday — OKC has had streaks dating back to last season where it hasn’t valued possessions. Such a streak did damage in the Thunder’s fourth consecutive game without Russell Westbrook, who is still recovering from a sprained left ankle.” Continue reading Thunder At A Glance -13 November 2018

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Thunder @ Cavaliers Preview (Game 10 of 82)

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  • When: Wednesday, 07 November 2018 at 6:00 pm CST
  • Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
  • TV: FSOK
  • Radio: WWLS The Sports Animal (98.1 FM, 640 AM, 930 AM (Spanish))
  • Line: OKC -6.5 | O/U: 218
  • Off Rating: OKC – 107.3 (18th) | CLE – 106.4 (20th)
  • Def Rating: OKC – 105.4 (5th) | CLE – 117.2 (30th)

Adversity is a word that has become synonymous with the Oklahoma City Thunder this season. Whether it’s Andre Roberson needing an extra two months of rehab due to a stitch. Or Russell Westbrook missing all of the training camp and the first two games of the season. Or Paul George having to deal with another weird injury (numb forearm last season, numb foot this year). Or Westbrook going down with a sprained ankle after the Thunder were on their current roll of five wins in a row.  Continue reading Thunder @ Cavaliers Preview (Game 10 of 82)

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.” Continue reading Thunder At A Glance – 07 November 2018

Kings vs. Thunder preview (Game 3 of 82)

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  • When: Sunday, 21 October 2018 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 -10.0 | O/U: 217.5

One of the biggest issues last season for the Oklahoma City Thunder was not winning the games they were supposed to win. Last season, the Thunder were 26-14 against non-playoff opponents. That, by itself, isn’t terrible. It’s a .650 winning percentage, which is great in any league. But when combined with the Thunder’s record against playoff teams (22-20), that’s where the problem lies. Continue reading Kings vs. Thunder preview (Game 3 of 82)

Thunder vs. Warriors preview (Game 1 of 82)

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  • When: Tuesday, 16 October 2018 at 9:30 pm CST
  • Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
  • TV: TNT
  • Radio: WWLS The Sports Animal (98.1 FM, 640 AM, 930 AM (Spanish))
  • Line: GS -13.0 | O/U: 220.5

Even with the uncertainty surrounding Andre Roberson’s recovery from patella tendon surgery and Russell Westbrook’s recovery from arthroscopic knee surgery, there’s a sense of calm as the Oklahoma City Thunder embark on the 2018-19 season. Over the past three seasons, the beginning of the season has usually been accompanied with the unknown dread associated with the upcoming free agency decisions of key players on the team.  Continue reading Thunder vs. Warriors preview (Game 1 of 82)

Thunder At A Glance – 16 October 2018

img_4063It’s finally Game Day!!!!! The beginning of what should be a fun journey.

Weston Shepard (Daily Thunder) with 20 predictions for this season: “This seems like an obvious thing to say, but I’ve long felt wildly uncomfortable with the Thunder’s options at backup center. With Adams playing a very rough-and-tumble game, along with a history of nagging injuries that cost him a game or two here and there, having this security blanket behind him will prove to be invaluable. Noel’s stat line won’t shock anyone and he may very well have plenty of quiet nights, but he will anchor the second unit’s defense and likely step in and start a game or two. The difference between him and Dakari Johnson (who started six games last season) is substantial — something that will be very obvious when the time comes.” Continue reading Thunder At A Glance – 16 October 2018

Thunder At A Glance – 15 October 2018

img_4063Listen in to the latest episode of The Weekly on the Topic: Thunder podcast where we discuss the upcoming slate of games for the Thunder and preview the divisions.

Nick Gallo (OKCThunder.com) with a practice report on the eve of the beginning of the regular season: “Terrance Ferguson completed the NBA’s concussion protocol and was back in practice on Sunday. Abdel Nader was also a full participant in practice after recovering from knee soreness. Russell Westbrook continues to do more and more in practice and is progressing well.” Continue reading Thunder At A Glance – 15 October 2018

Thunder At A Glance – 12 October 2018

img_4063Royce Young (ESPN) with the medical update on Russell Westbrook: “Russell Westbrook is “progressing” and getting nearer to a return, Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan said Thursday, but has not been cleared for full-contact practice yet, leaving the All-Star point guard’s status for the season opener in question.”

BetSDI, a sports-betting website, has set the over/under total on Russell Westbrook triple-doubles this season at 22.5. Check more of the prop bets and where Thunder players land on those bets.  Continue reading Thunder At A Glance – 12 October 2018

Thunder At A Glance – 11 October 2018

img_4063Nick Gallo (OKCThunder.com) on the new menu items at the Chesapeake Energy Arena: “Well this year at Thunder games there will be more than enough delicious options to satiate that need, conveniently located around the arena. On Wednesday afternoon, the Thunder and its partners, Levy Restaurants and Savor Catering, showed off some delightful food items that will be for sale in the arena during the 2018-19 season, tapping into every price point, seat location and taste bud requirement. Both caterers take pride in sourcing locally, both throughout Oklahoma and other states within a 400-mile radius.”

The God of Thunder giveth: “The Oklahoma City Thunder has signed forward Donte Grantham, guard Scotty Hopson and forward Dez Wells, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.” Continue reading Thunder At A Glance – 11 October 2018

Bucks vs. Thunder Preview (Preseason Game 4)

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  • When: Tuesday, 09 October 2018 at 7:00 pm CST
  • Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
  • TV: FSOK/NBATV
  • Radio: WWLS The Sports Animal (98.1 FM, 640 AM, 930 AM (Spanish))

There was a play on Sunday that encapsulated what exactly Thunder fans are hoping for from Paul George this season. In the second quarter, as the Thunder were finally getting a hold of the game, George jumped up to steal a cross-court pass attempt on the defensive end of the floor. He then dribbled the ball up court and calmly stepped into a transition three that swished through. The Thunder went up by 10 at that point and never looked back.  Continue reading Bucks vs. Thunder Preview (Preseason Game 4)