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Thunder vs. Celtics preview (Game 73 of 82)

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  • When: Tuesday, 20 March 2018 at 7:00 pm CST
  • Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA
  • Radio: WWLS The Sports Animal (98.1 FM, 640 AM, 930 AM (Spanish))
  • Line: OKC -4.5 | O/U – 208.5

The Oklahoma City Thunder have definitely been akin to the kid that never shows up to class, doesn’t do his homework, but then passes his tests with flying colors. It’s maddening. It’s frustrating. But it’s them. They are a team that is likely built for the playoffs, and not for the rigmarole of the regular season. Continue reading Thunder vs. Celtics preview (Game 73 of 82)


NTTB Rumblings – 20 March 2018

img_4063Tim Cato (SB Nation) says the Thunder’s recent win streak is answering questions about them: “The schedule is still hard — their next nine games are all against teams in the playoff hunt, only for the final game of the year to come against the Memphis Grizzlies. Some games look easier now than on paper: the Boston Celtics are injury ravaged, and that’s Oklahoma City’s next opponent; Kawhi Leonard still might not be back for the San Antonio Spurs on March 29; who knows how hard the Golden State Warriors (April 3) and Houston Rockets (April 7) will be trying.”

Russell Westbrook was named Western Conference Player of the Week.



Mark Gilbert (WTLC) does not think he can count on Paul George: “Remember when the almighty Golden State Warriors played the Thunder on February 24th? I do. It was supposed to be a good night. I had wings. Lemon Pepper to be precise. I also had a celebratory margarita, because I was of the sentient that the Thunder were about to have a 3-0 season lead over the Warriors, and it was a night worth celebrating. And then came Paul George.” Continue reading NTTB Rumblings – 20 March 2018

NTTB Rumblings – 19 March 2018

img_4063Nick Gallo (OKCThunder.com) recaps the Thunder’s epic win in Toronto: “In a game like that, it’s always good to have the NBA’s most competitive, most relentless closer. Russell Westbrook took over down the stretch for the Thunder by scoring 17 of the team’s 19 points to close out the win, including a banked in jump shot from the left wing over Serge Ibaka with 11.7 seconds to go that made it a 4-point game. Prior to that, Westbrook continually attacked and got to his left hand, finishing with three layups going that direction in the final 3:18 of play after Toronto’s Kyle Lowry fouled out.”

Chris Thompson (Deadspin) on the impact Corey Brewer has had on the Thunder: “But this is as good a time as any to note that the Thunder are a truly fucking ridiculous 6-0 since they made Corey Brewer a starter. Corey Brewer. This was cute and funny when it was four straight, and three of the wins had come over Sacramento, Atlanta, and Phoenix, but it is no longer a laughing matter. Their last two wins have come over a desperate Clippers team and the NBA’s best home team. Again I want to stress that this was done while Corey Effing Brewerwas starting in their backcourt. He’s played more than 30 minutes in each of their last five games.” Continue reading NTTB Rumblings – 19 March 2018

NTTB Podcast (Episode 29) – We’re Going Streaking!

IMG_4109On Episode 29 of the NTTB podcast, we discuss the following topics:

  • Recapping the recent win streak (vs. Sacramento, @Atlanta, vs. Clippers, @Toronto)
  • Russell Westbrook triple doubling again
  • Corey Brewer’s impact
  • Terrance Ferguson’s minutes vs. the other options at back-up wing
  • What Melo likes about OKC
  • West Standings
  • Around the League

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Thunder @ Raptors preview (Game 72 of 82)

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  • When: Sunday, 18 March 2018 at 12:00 pm CST
  • Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario (Canada)
  • TV: FSOK
  • Radio: WWLS The Sports Animal (98.1 FM, 640 AM, 930 AM (Spanish))
  • Line: Tor -6.0 | O/U – 217

Here we go. That stretch run we all pointed to after the All-Star break. Eleven of the final 12 games against opponents that are currently above .500. The Oklahoma City Thunder took care of business on Friday evening against the Los Angeles Clippers to begin that tough stretch. Now they start the real test.  Continue reading Thunder @ Raptors preview (Game 72 of 82)

NTTB Rumblings – 27 February 2018

img_4063Royce Young (ESPN) on Paul George saying the Thunder’s Big 3 are officiated differently: “George was demonstrative talking with the officials a number of times after driving at the basket with contact and no call. Westbrook, George and Anthony combined for nine free throws, with Westbrook taking two and Anthony taking none.”

Nick Gallo (OKCThunder.com) with a recap of the Magic game, where the bench came up big: “During pregame warmups, Russell Westbrook called over reserve forward Patrick Patterson and gave him a very straight forward message: “Shoot the ball”. It was as much an instillation of confidence as it was a directive. Turns out it was an effective message not just for the Thunder stretch forward, but the entire reserve unit.” Continue reading NTTB Rumblings – 27 February 2018

NTTB Rumblings – 23 February 2018

img_4063Tim Keown (ESPN) on the evolution of Carmelo Anthony’s game: “The world has moved on, and he’s trying to move with it. Lord knows he’s trying. But for 15 years, Carmelo Anthony has tied his worth to what he can create from this one spot. It has given him 10 All-Star appearances and a scoring title and a cosmopolitan lifestyle that comes with nearly $250 million in career earnings. He drinks only the best wine and smokes only the best cigars and is close enough with Barack Obama that the two of them are in the process of finalizing Anthony’s future role in the Obama Foundation. It has also created divisions on teams, serial conflicts with coaches and none of the postseason success that his talent seemed to portend when he left Syracuse in 2003 after one championship season.”

Nick Gallo (OKCThunder.com) on last night’s last second win over the Kings: “I caught it clean enough,” Westbrook smirked. “I gotta find a way to get space, obviously with one second left and kind of run him off of Steven. Coach drew up a great play,” Westbrook added. “They thought I was going for a lob. I just read the defender and tried to pop back and get some space.” “Competitors are winners,” forward Paul George said of Westbrook. “That’s what it comes down to. Guys who are super competitive find a way to win.” Continue reading NTTB Rumblings – 23 February 2018

NTTB Rumblings – 21 February 2018

img_4063Erik 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

NTTB Rumblings – 20 February 2018

img_4063The Oklahoma City Thunder look to make Jordan Rodriguez’s dream come true. We’re pulling for you Jordan.

Isaiah Freedman (Welcome To Loud City) makes a case for Steven Adams being one of the best big man in the league: “Often maligned by critics for averaging “only” 9 rebounds per game, 5.24 of those coming off the offensive glass, tops in the NBA and on pace to finish 3rd best all-time, Adams more than makes up for it by leading the league with more than 11 box outs per game.”

Des Bieler (Washington Post) looks back at the mending of fences that was this weekend for Westbrook and Kevin Durant: “Speaking at a media session ahead of Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game, for which he and Westbrook are teammates on a squad drafted by LeBron James, Durant told reporters, “I just got out of my own head, and got out of my own way, and stopped thinking it was even a thing.” Continue reading NTTB Rumblings – 20 February 2018

NTTB Podcast (Episode 27) – All-Star Weekend

IMG_4109On Episode 27 of the NTTB podcast, we discuss the following topics:

  • Recap of the previous week’s games (vs. Memphis, vs. Cleveland, @ Memphis)
  • All-Star Saturday (3-point shootout, dunk contest)
  • All-Star Game
  • Westbrook and KD getting friendly
  • Opening Act w/ Kevin Hart and National Anthem: What the hell?
  • Lauren Ingraham’s comments on LeBron and the Parkland mass shooting
  • Playoff seeding reorganization via Adam Silver
  • Thunder: Post All-Star break
  • SG position
  • Buy-out market
  • Percentage to land LeBron James
  • Wu-Tang top 5
  • Black Panther

Intro/Outro music provided by OSC Productions

Thank you for listening. We will be doing a podcast once a week. If you have any Thunder or NBA related questions, make sure you hit us up on Twitter (@alexroig_NTTB or @Montero_A13).

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