Tag Archives: Russell Westbrook

Thunder At A Glance: 04 December 2018

img_4063ESPN’s panel of basketball experts answered some questions in regards to the Western Conference: “I expect the Oklahoma City Thunder to be the second-best come May. Oklahoma City currently sports the West’s second-best differential behind the Denver Nuggets, and that’s despite Russell Westbrook missing eight games due to injury. The Thunder will still add stopper Andre Roberson to what’s already been the league’s best defense on a per-possession basis and have plenty of playoff experience.”

ESPN has OKC number 5 in their weekly power rankings: “The Thunder did exactly what they were supposed to in a light week, winning both games against the lowly Cavaliers and Hawks by a combined 32 points. They have now won 14 of 17 games to quietly inch closer to the top of the Western Conference. Paul George has been outstanding, averaging 25.2 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 4.6 APG and 3.0 combined steals and blocks during his last 10 games to keep the Thunder competitive even when Russell Westbrook has had to sit.” Continue reading Thunder At A Glance: 04 December 2018

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Thunder At A Glance – 03 December 2018

img_4063The Topic: Thunder podcast crew released another Weekly this past weekend, in which they preview the upcoming 3-game road trip, hand out quarterly season awards, and discuss the Andre Roberson setback.

Jon Hamm (Bleacher Report) on Oklahoma City and Russell Westbrook realizing that the reins needed to be released if the team was to be more successful: “In the 13 games Westbrook has played, he’s accounted for only 39 percent of the team’s assists. That number approached 50 percent in the previous two seasons. Surrendering the ball more often to George and Schroder makes the Thunder offense more dynamic.” Continue reading Thunder At A Glance – 03 December 2018

Thunder At A Glance – 30 November 2018

img_4063Erik Horne (NewsOK) on the continued rehabilitation of Andre Roberson: “But Thursday had some of the most promising displays from Roberson in the Thunder’s post-practice sessions the media is allowed to witness. In the past month, the Thunder staff has ramped up Roberson’s conditioning drills in the non-contact, post-practice sessions, often with Donovan and general manager Sam Presti watching intently.”

Erik Horne (NewsOK) on Patrick Patterson holding a film festival for students in Oklahoma: “Patterson is teaming up with the deadCenter Film Festival to judge a movie contest for students around the state of Oklahoma. In Patterson’s “Pat Presents Oklahoma Student Film Contest,” Patterson will judge high school and college student produced short film submissions. The contest is open to all students currently enrolled in an Oklahoma high school, tech center, college or university.” Continue reading Thunder At A Glance – 30 November 2018

Thunder At A Glance – 19 November 2018

img_4063Check out the latest episode of The Weekly by the Topic: Thunder Podcast crew. On it, they discuss the Thunder’s current 3-game winning streak, the Warriors drama, KD to OKC, the Houses of Harry Potter, and look ahead to the four games the Thunder play this week.

Royce Young (ESPN) on the Westbrooks welcoming their two bundles of joy, Skye and Jordyn Westbrook: “Westbrook, who was a full participant in a contact practice on Friday and went through the team’s shootaround on Saturday, appeared set to return against the Suns. However, he left after the team’s shootaround to fly to Los Angeles to join his wife, Nina, for the birth of their daughters on Saturday night.” Continue reading Thunder At A Glance – 19 November 2018

Topic: Thunder Podcast – The Weekly, Episode 8

Topic ThunderOn the latest episode of The Weekly, the Topic: Thunder crew discuss the following topics:

  • Hooking up the TiVo – Recapping the three games last week (vs. Phoenix, vs. NY, @Phoenix)
  • Discussing the Warriors drama
  • KD2OKC???? Maybe??? How????
  • The Jimmy Butler trade
  • Nerd Alert – Comparing the Thunder players to the different houses on Harry Potter
  • Thunder Forecast – Looking forward to the Thunder’s next four games (@Sacramento, @Golden State, vs. Charlotte, and vs. Denver)

And more

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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

Topic: Thunder Podcast – The Weekly, Episode 7

Topic ThunderOn the latest episode of The Weekly, the Topic: Thunder crew discuss the following topics:

  • Looking at the week that started off streaking, but ended up with a loss at Dallas
  • Looking forward to this week’s game against three (likely) lotto teams
  • Comparing this team to last year’s team in relation to how they perform without Westbrook
  • Player of the Week
  • Discussing the Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia trade
  • Discussing the possible ouster of Carmelo Anthony from Houston

And more

Thank you for listening to our podcast. You can catch the post-game recaps on the 2018-19 Schedule page on this site and on Thunderous Intentions. You can listen to us anywhere you get your podcasts. Please leave us a 5-star review on Itunes if you would like. That really helps with our ratings on Itunes. Thank you for listening, and as always, Thunder Up!

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Thunder At A Glance – 09 November 2018

img_4063Dylan Huntzinger of the Topic: Thunder Podcast gives you the recap of the Thunder’s win over the Rockets.

Erik Horne (NewsOK) looks back on the Thunder’s 7th victory in a row: “Teams like the Rockets and Warriors will more than certainly finish the season with more 3-pointers made and better field goal percentages than the often-off-shooting Thunder. But you’ll be hard-pressed to find a team that makes the Rockets and Warriors grimace more than the Thunder, who pushed its winning streak to seven games and swept a back-to-back for the second time this season with relative ease.” Continue reading Thunder At A Glance – 09 November 2018

Rockets vs. Thunder Preview (Game 11 of 82)

rockets logo vs okc logo

  • When: Thursday, 08 November 2018 at 7:00 pm CST
  • Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
  • TV: TNT
  • Radio: WWLS The Sports Animal (98.1 FM, 640 AM, 930 AM (Spanish))
  • Line: HOU -4.0 | O/U: 214
  • Off Rating: OKC – 106.3 (19th) | HOU – 105.8 (20th)
  • Def Rating: OKC – 103.7 (4th) | HOU – 110.1 (22nd)

Winning ugly is the staple of a good team. Especially when the team is missing key contributors due to injury or other reasons. The Oklahoma City Thunder team of last season would’ve likely succumbed to the malaise of not having a Russell Westbrook and would’ve lost an ugly game. But this year’s team seems to be a bit different.  Continue reading Rockets vs. Thunder Preview (Game 11 of 82)

Thunder At A Glance – 08 November 2018

img_4063Topic: Thunder gives you a recap, in podcast form, of last night’s victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Maddie Lee (NewsOK) on why the Thunder wanted Russell Westbrook to join them on this road trip: “He’s a leader,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “It gives him an opportunity here to get treatment while he’s on the road. I think he can help those guys from the bench and locker room, talking to them, spending time with them. I’ve always said this about him: People see him play, but they don’t see a lot of the things he does behind closed doors.” Continue reading Thunder At A Glance – 08 November 2018