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MM-gohogs:

Well I should've done this four months ago, but here goes nothing.

Easy to root for a frontrunner, those of us who are Thunder fans know this is epically far from the truth. I've had to endure a really terrible first season of OKC's existence. It's not the fans of the Thunder's fault that they have drafted well, that their front office has done a fantastic job. It's not the fault that their superstar player is the hardest worker on the team.

Enough of that, it felt like the team breezed through the first half of the season. I'm concerned now that we're having a rough patch losing games and about to let the #1 seed in west slip through their fingers. More posts coming as we make our push through the playoffs.

MM-gohogs:

Last night (4/18) the Thunder playing their third game of a five game road trip beat the Phoenix Suns 109-97. James Harden, the wire-to-wire favorite for the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award, scored a career high 40 points on 12-17 shooting from the field (5-8, 3pt) and 11-11 FT in just under 36 minutes off the bench.

Kevin Durant added 29 points and 11 rebs and Russell Westbrook added 15 points but had a rough night shooting just 6-16.

I'd like to go through the Thunders lineup as I see it as a pretty hardcore fan:

Starters
-at "PG" Russell Westbrook, 6'3" 185lbs. a fourth year player who was just now eligible to sign his first contract extension. He was signed to a max contract for 5 years, $80M. I have Point Guard in parentheses because while RW brings the ball down on offense he isn't a true PG in the sense of John Stockton, Isiah Thomas, et al. Russ is an explosive offensive player that may be the quickest player with the ball in his hands in the league. He does a great job of getting to the rim or finding a 14-18 foot jumper for himself and he's gotten much better as a passer and getting the rest of the team involved; PLUS HE CAN FLY, dollar for dollar I believe he could give LeBron James a run for his money in a dunk contest in the future. As for negatives for Russell, when he drives to the rim and misses a layup or feels like he was fouled, or if he causes a turnover he will mope and not get back on defense or will get back and try to get a steal and commit a dumb foul. Russell has really improved his defense, but it is really frustrating watching him struggle but Coach Brooks has done a good job working with him and I believe in two years he may be one of the most unstoppable players in the league. After 62 games Russell is averaging 23.9 points per game, fifth highest in the league.
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEcqGZ9hNx4
-at SG Thabo Sefolosha, 6'7" 215 lbs. a defensive specialist. Thabo missed a big chunk of the first two months season, 24 games, with a sore foot. Aside from his great defense night in and night out, the foot injury was unfortunate because he had the highest 3pt shooting percentage of his career before the injury. He was amongst the league leaders in 3pt % making around 50% of his long range shots attempted (career 32% 3pt shooter). The good news is Thabo is back for the final stretch of the regular season and the push to make it to the Finals. He is still shooting 44.4% from long range and averaging just shy of 5 points per game.


-at SF Kevin Durant, 6'9" 235 lbs. All-Star and the only person challenging LeBron James for the MVP of the 2011-12 season. I don't know where to begin with KD, in his previous four seasons he showed his ability to be a great scorer from inside and outside, from the free throw line and from behind the arc. During the offseason KD has said he worked a lot on his post up game and developing some moves borrowed from Dirk Nowitzki. KD is in a battle with Kobe to try to win his third straight NBA scoring title, is at 27.8 points per game with Kobe being at 28.1 ppg. With respect to KD's chances against LeBron for MVP, some of the lumps the Thunder have taken over the last 10 games only being 5-5 I think has widened the gap of LeBron's lead, I hope I'm wrong...
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=1E_PTHkCT_8//www.youtube.com/watch?v=-m9slQXogUA
-at PF Serge Ibaka, 6'10" 235 lbs. aka Air Congo, aka Serge Iblocka aka the Serge Protector has to be in the running for NBA Defensive Player of the Year, averaging 3.6 blocks a game. Ibaka is also averaging 8.9 ppg and 7.6 rebounds per game. Against the Nuggets on 2/19 Serge had a triple double with 14 points, 15 rebs and 11 blocks. In two other games, against the Mavs (2/1) and the Kings (2/9) Serge recorded 10 blocks in each game. In just his third years he's taken raw talent and athleticism and is half of one of the toughest front likes in the West. As we move into the 2012-13 season the front office is going to have their hands full trying to get Ibaka and Harden signed to their contract extensions and not go too far over the salary cap. In the front office I trust.
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhJcmdDYQXs
-at C Kendrick Perkins, 6'10" 260 lbs. the self proclaimed "Yung Hawg" is a big presence in the middle. Perk lost about 20 pounds in the offseason and came into season in great shape. After he was brought last season on a trade deadline deal, I didn't really see what he was going to contribute. After the trade was signed him to a 4 year $35M extension. I didn't see the value of Perk until right before the All-Star break when the Lakers came to town and Perk did a great job of handling Bynum on the defensive end. He has played well before this but to see the way he played just made that contract extension worth it to me. Perk is averaging 4.9 ppg and 6.5 rpg but the is no stat to quantify the quality of his defensive presence.
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=yh8dDEznDO8
I will have a future post talking about our second unit.

MM-gohogs:

Here is my take on the Thunder second unit:

-SG James Harden 6'5" 220 lbs. "Fear the Beard" aka "Old Man Game" (a nickname my best friend and I gave him and later heard ESPN NBA Analyst Bruce Bowen proclaim "Harden has Old Man Game..."). When Harden is on the court with the entire second unit he is the primary ball handler and does a great job of running the pick and roll, finding good shots for himself or driving to the rim as well as finding open teammates for open looks. As the second team filters out and the starter return  (with trypically 9-7 minutes left in the second quarter) Harden finds himself as the final player on the second unit to come of the floor, if going to the bench at all before the half. He is a truly dynamic scorer with much improved defense from just the previous season. James is averaging 16.8 ppg on 48.9% shooting from the field in 31.7 minutes per game.
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBKdKBxveuk//www.youtube.com/watch?v=drlIAZH7mYA
***Going into the 2012-13 season we will be able to sign Harden and Ibaka to their first contract extensions after their rookie contracts and before they become free agents. We should have roughly $8-10M in cap room and Harden alone could garner more than that on the free agent market. A positive on this who thing is the NBA doesn't have a hard cap so anything above the cap is just subject to a luxury tax. A negative about that is with OKC being a small market the luxury tax isn't really in our favor as it is for a team like the Lakers, or the Mavs with their multi-billionaire owner willing to dip into his deep pockets. I believe Harden is the player we must lock up.

-PF/C Nick Collison 6'10" 255 lbs. maybe my favorite player on the team. Over the last two season Nick has lost his title of sixth man but he brings so much off the bench. He has an extremely high basketball IQ, he isn't a guy that comes in the game and scores 14 points or grabs 10 rebounds, though if he gets the opportunity he can do those things, if needed. The things he contributes don't show up in the stat sheet but thinks like setting great screens on offense, winning 50/50 balls, showing on pick and rolls on defense/help defense and taking charges, he's awesome. He is also hilarious and has been writing a guest blog for GQ's website, I recommend it and go follow him on twitter @nickcollison4.
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=t17X7hsfcXA
-PG Derek Fisher 6'1" 210 lbs. UALR's very own. Fish struggled throughout the season shooting wise for the Lakers as his role was primarily to get the ball to Kobe/Pau/Bynum and spot up for 3 in the corner/on the wing. Our second unit PG went down with a torn ligament in his knee in the ninth game of the season and he was replaced by a rookie who struggled mightily at points of the season. Fisher was brought into OKC to help run the second unit and to mentor a young team as the playoff push culminates in a weeks time. Of the 15 players on the roster prior to Fisher's arrival there were only three players over 30 years old (30, 31, 34), he brings a lot of good experience with him. In 16 games with the Thunder, Fisher is scoring 4.4 ppg and is slowly coming around with his shooting percentage, but one of things that I don't believe he has done much in the last 5 years of his career he is attacking the basket and having good results.


-C Nazr Mohammed 6'10" 250 lbs. a seasoned vet who really knows his role. Naz can shoot a 15 foot jumper consistently and provides solid defense for the time he is on the court but you can also tell he has the miles of a 14 year veteran big man. He is signed through the end of this season and I believe he won't be back after this season but I think we have a good chance to make it to the NBA Finals and give him one last shot at grabbing another championship ring. He is averaging 2.8 ppg and 2.7 rpg in 11.1 mpg.


-SG/SF Daequan Cook 6'5" 210 lbs. three point sniper. DC started 22 of the 24 games Thabo missed early in the season, he is shooting 3% lower than his career average from three. As we get into the playoff push I believe our 10 man rotation maybe cut down to a 9 man look and DC would be the one to see his time cut down over the last month to under 10 minutes a game over the last month or so. For the season he is averaging 5.2 ppg in 17.4 mpg.



MM-gohogs:

Great win tonight at Sacremento 103-92, KD led the Thunder to victory, coming close to recording a triple-double with 29 points and added 14 boards and 7 assists. With his performance tonight and Kobe Bryant's return from missing seven games with a bad shin only scoring 18 points in big loss at San Antonio, KD (27.79 ppg) is within one-tenth of a point per game of Bryant (27.89 ppg) for the NBA scoring title. The scoring title race will come to a head when the Thunder meet the Lakers at Staples Center on Sunday on ABC at 2:30pm.

Harden scored 20 points on 50% shooting from the field, Westbrook added 18 points. Among the bigs, Serge Ibaka had 12 points, 8 blocks and 6 rebs and Perk had 10 points and 7 rebs.

Sacremento had five players in double figures led by Demarcus Cousins with 18 points. Bring on the Lake-Show...


MM-gohogs:

So I made a Gameday Thread for the Thunder/Laker game on 4/22. I didn't do a very good job keeping up with it and what not because I was focused on the game. Of course by now everyone knows about the Artest elbow to James Harden. I was so pissed about it I was seeing red for the rest of the day and didn't want to write anything about it here, but here goes nothing.

As far as the game went after that moment, I was excited that we came out in the second half taking it to the opponent. At this point I can continue talking about how great it was we got a big lead early in the second half and I can talk about how much opposite of great it was that we pissed the game away with poor offense and poor rebounding, but I won't. I believe Daniel Tosh put it best on twitter:

daniel tosh (@danieltosh)
4/22/12 5:57 PM
congrats lakers, big win. too bad you can't take out the other teams best role player every game. 'world peace' should be put to sleep.

Other than the fact that The Beard is going to be ok, the only other highlight is KD overtook Kobe for the lead in the scoring title race.

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Moving on to tonight's game at home against the Kings.

Both teams came out on fire scoring a combine 75 points in the first quarter. SAC was shooting in the 70's that first quarter. The only thing keeping the Thunder in it was their shooting in the high 60's and KD putting in 20 points in the quarter including 8-8 from the FT line.

The Thunder trailed for most of the game, though it was close, only down four going into the fourth, 86-82. But with the team being locked in the #2 seed in the west the starters were sat for the fourth quarter, if the game was to be won, it would come down the second unit minus their person who runs the entire unit, and they didn't disappoint.

Lethal shooter Daequan Cook led the Thunder in the fourth scoring all of his 19 points in the final frame. He was 6-11 shooting including 4-7 from 3pt and 3-4 from the line. An odd occurrence in all of this was Cook was fouled twice while in the act of shooting a 3 pointer, the first one went in but he failed to convert the rare 4pt play and he made all 3 FT on the other attempt. Thunder backup PG Derek Fisher was also fouled in the act of shooting a three in the fourth quarter and converted all of his FTs. I don't believe in Thunder games since the All Star break I've seen us fouled in the act of shooting a 3 three times, let alone multiple times in the same quarter so close together. I guess that is why the Kings are in the cellar of the Western Conference. Behind this solid performance by the entire second unit against the Kings starters the Thunder were able to defend their home court with a 118-110 victory.

Durant led the Thunder with 32 points and 9 rebs, followed by Cooks 19 and Westbrook added 13. Three other Thunder players scored in double digits. Kings C DeMarcus Cousins scored 32 points of his own and all of their starters scored well, but the visiting Kings only managed to muster 7 bench points. KD widened his lead for the scoring title over Kobe a bit and if he scores his average of 28 points in their final game Wednesday night against the Nuggets, Kobe would have to score 35 in his final regular season game Thursday night.

Thunder Up

MM-gohogs:

KD won the scoring title... On to the Playoffs!

Going into game 1 against the Mavs, I hated that we got his matchup in the first round. Even though we won the regular season series 3-1 it is going to be tough to knock off the defending champs.

Throughout game 1 it was a back and forth battle, there were multiple ties and lead changes. The biggest lead for the Mavs was 10 and 4 for the Thunder. The Mavs had a one point lead 98-97 with 9.0 seconds left and the Thunder had the ball coming out of a timeout when this happened:

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJcMR7GrNsg
KD finished with 25 points but it took him 27 shots to get there. Glad to have a 1-0 lead... Want to see more of the same Monday night...

HognotinMemphis:

Too bad for your OKC Thunder that they won't make it by my Memphis Grizzlies this year. But, Thunder had a great regular season.

MM-gohogs:


--- Quote from: HoginMemphis on April 29, 2012, 10:05:59 am ---Too bad for your OKC Thunder that they won't make it by my Memphis Grizzlies this year. But, Thunder had a great regular season.

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Aren't looking past the Clippers are you? And the Spurs? We knocked you out last year, we won 3 of 4 games against MEM this season.

DeltaBoy:

GO MAVS your down 0-1.

MM-gohogs:


--- Quote from: DeltaBoy on April 30, 2012, 12:40:48 pm ---GO MAVS your down 0-1.

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Are you telling the Mavs they are down, or me... ??? Not a very concise post.

Bryan (CHF):

Thunder UP!

MM-gohogs:


--- Quote from: Bryan (CHF) on April 30, 2012, 08:42:23 pm ---Thunder UP!

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That's pretty much what I've been saying all along!

MM-gohogs:


--- Quote from: DeltaBoy on April 30, 2012, 12:40:48 pm ---GO MAVS your you are down 0-1 0-3.

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FIFY

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We took care of business at home in game 2, as the series shifted to Dallas nothing changed:

The Thunder dominated the Mavs wire to wire jumping out to a 6-0 lead in the opening 90 seconds and never looking back. The Thunder's biggest lead was 26 in the fourth as the bench finished the final 5 minutes of the game for a 16 point win 95-79. Kevin Durant came out on fire in the opening quarter with 15 points including 3-3 from 3pt. KD finished with 31 points on 11-15 shooting, 6 assists and 3 rebounds.

The Thunder's defense dominated the Mavs causing the to shoot below 34% from the field, Shawn Marion 1-8, Vince Carter 2-8, Jason Terry 3-10, Jason Kidd 4-12 and Dirk 6-15. Another bright spot for the Thunder was only turning the ball over 8 times and forcing 16 TOs. Eight turnovers may be a season low for the good guys.

For the Thunder Westbrook scored 20 and Ibaka, Harden and Fisher each scored 10 points.

It would be nice to sweep the series in game 4 Saturday night, but if the Mavs can find a way to win at home, I feel comfortable the Thunder will close out the Mavs in game 5 in OKC.

Thunder Up!

ErieHog:

It's been fun to watch the team come together over the past few years, after departing Seattle.

Kinda sucks for those Sonics fans who never got to see the real franchise altering talents that came along as soon as they moved, but them's the breaks.


MM-gohogs:

... The NBA is a business. The franchise was a business being run into the ground in Seattle and yes while it sucks for them it is part of life. The previous owners told the city/county/state governments that they needed a new arena to replace the 45 year old arena they were playing in so the franchise would be financially viable.

In the wake of the New Orleans Hornets popularity in OKC while they were relocated after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, a collection of wealthy business people decided to try and bring an NBA franchise to OKC. They succeeded in the endeavor rather quickly.

As far as your assumption that it would be nice for Seattle to have this team, YOU MUST BE HIGH. This team was put together by the commitments of the ownership and the knowledge of the team executives after the team was moved to OKC.

As for Seattle, the Sacremento Kings are probably going to move as the city/Maloof's can't come to terms on the need of a new arena in Sacremento and Seattle could be the destination for the Kings.

Soonerman12:

As a born and raised Oklahoma Citian I agree to this thread! Thunder Up! Hope Perk is fully recovered from his hip strain for the second round vs the Lakers!

MM-gohogs:

Congrats to the Kia Sixth Man of the Year: James Harden!!!

HUGE YEAR! CAN'T WAIT TO KEEP THIS TRAIN ROLLING IN THE SECOND ROUND!



And the man knows style.

jbcarol:

They'll be looking for a new PA announcer:

http://www.facebook.com/foxokc/posts/10150925153530861

FOX 25 has learned an arrest warrant has been issued for the voice of the Thunder, Jim Miller. Miller is wanted on three-counts of lewd/indecent acts with a child under 16.

MM-gohogs:

Yeah my mom lives in the city and told me about it a few hours ago. I wonder if it was found out after he had a motorcycle wreck with 3 minors under he age of 16 with him...

MM-gohogs:

One week after the Thunder swept the Mavs we finally got a second round opponent, the team whose name won't be mentioned. Hopefully the time off has allowed Kendrick Perkins strained him time to fully heal because we will need him on the inside.

See you tomorrow night at the 'Peake

Thunder Up!

Oliver:

Thunder will sweep

MM-gohogs:


--- Quote from: Oliver on May 13, 2012, 06:03:53 pm ---Thunder will sweep

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I want this to be a sweep more than I did in the first round against the Mavs.

Oliver:


--- Quote from: MM-gohogs on May 13, 2012, 09:09:42 pm ---I want this to be a sweep more than I did in the first round against the Mavs.

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Eh.  You'll win the series regardless.  I don't much care what happens.  The Lakers needed to lose in the first round for anything constructive to have been done in the offseason.

MM-gohogs:

Game one is in the books and it is 1-0 for the good guys after a 119-90 as the Lakers ran into the buzz saw that is the Oklahoma City Thunder. Some telling stats that I saw was ZERO fast break points, LA's two-headed PG monster was 1-8 shooting with 2 points and the Thunder's FRANCHISE LOW 4 turnovers (40+ year record). And one of those was in garbage time when our goon squad was in.

I think the 20-22 minutes a game KD, Westbrook and Harden are on the floor the Lakers can't guard all three of them with Sessions/Blake, Kobe and Artest in the game. Whoever Sessions/Blake is guarding will be the person with the advantage be it Harden or Westbrook.

As for the Lakers, they are trying to play an 8 man rotation using Blake, Matt Barnes and Jordan Hill off the bench. None of these guys are going to come off the bench and change the game.

My only real concern is Perks nagging strained hip. I feel we are really lose a ton of physicality and the ability to somewhat be able to push around Bynum.

Great first game, let's do it again Wednesday!

McKdaddy:


--- Quote from: MM-gohogs on May 15, 2012, 12:34:59 am ---Game one is in the books and it is 1-0 for the good guys after a 119-90 as the Lakers ran into the buzz saw that is the Oklahoma City Thunder. Some telling stats that I saw was ZERO fast break points, LA's two-headed PG monster was 1-8 shooting with 2 points and the Thunder's FRANCHISE LOW 4 turnovers (40+ year record). And one of those was in garbage time when our goon squad was in.

I think the 20-22 minutes a game KD, Westbrook and Harden are on the floor the Lakers can't guard all three of them with Sessions/Blake, Kobe and Artest in the game. Whoever Sessions/Blake is guarding will be the person with the advantage be it Harden or Westbrook.

As for the Lakers, they are trying to play an 8 man rotation using Blake, Matt Barnes and Jordan Hill off the bench. None of these guys are going to come off the bench and change the game.

My only real concern is Perks nagging strained hip. I feel we are really lose a ton of physicality and the ability to somewhat be able to push around Bynum.

Great first game, let's do it again Wednesday!

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Good game to okc and congrats for getting out of the gate well. I had predicted a 6-game series in favor of okc. I still think it will go 6, but last night sure put a damper on things. I didn't get home till halftime and was really looking forward to watching what I expected to be a good game. BW ate our guards up.

Oliver:


--- Quote from: MM-gohogs on May 15, 2012, 12:34:59 am ---LA's two-headed PG monster was 1-8 shooting with 2 points and the Thunder's FRANCHISE LOW 4 turnovers (40+ year record).

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You should tip your cap to David Stern. 

MM-gohogs:


--- Quote from: Oliver on May 15, 2012, 08:47:54 am ---You should tip your cap to David Stern. 

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And then you'd be crying about the play of McRoberts and Murphy at the 4

MM-gohogs:


--- Quote from: McKdaddy on May 15, 2012, 05:47:09 am ---BW ate our guards up.

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BW?

Oliver:


--- Quote from: MM-gohogs on May 15, 2012, 12:40:19 pm ---And then you'd be crying about the play of McRoberts and Murphy at the 4

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Probably.  But I'd be watching basketball and giving a hoot one way or another about the outcome of this series.  Which would probably look a lot different based on the last time I saw the way Russell Westbrook played against Chris Paul.  I'd take that matchup and Ibaka/McRib over what we have now.

Oliver:


--- Quote from: MM-gohogs on May 15, 2012, 12:41:40 pm ---BW?

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He meant to say:

(Fill in the blank) ate our guards up.

MM-gohogs:

Tweet of the night:

Bill Simmons (@sportsguy33)
5/14/12 10:22 PM
If this were hockey, OKC would be putting in Cole Aldrich right now to fight Ron Artest.

I would've been ok with the the 5 minute major

Oliver:


--- Quote from: MM-gohogs on May 15, 2012, 12:56:43 pm ---Tweet of the night:

Bill Simmons (@sportsguy33)
5/14/12 10:22 PM
If this were hockey, OKC would be putting in Cole Aldrich right now to fight Ron Artest.

I would've been ok with the the 5 minute major

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There will be plenty of garbage time left in this series to do that. 

Speaking of garbage time, did Derek Fisher play any last night?  I'm sure he had plenty of playing time in the 2nd half.  I'm hoping he has another season high against our guards in Staples.

McKdaddy:


--- Quote from: Oliver on May 15, 2012, 12:49:00 pm ---He meant to say:

(Fill in the blank) ate our guards up.

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Good point, but BW will continue to have his way if Ramon and Steve keep trying to guard him.

Jackrabbit Hog:


--- Quote from: Oliver on May 15, 2012, 12:59:59 pm ---There will be plenty of garbage time left in this series to do that. 

Speaking of garbage time, did Derek Fisher play any last night?  I'm sure he had plenty of playing time in the 2nd half.  I'm hoping he has another season high against our guards in Staples.

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I watched mainly the first half and he got quite a bit of playing time.  Played well; didn't score much, if at all, but set up Durant, Harden and the others very well, plus had a couple of steals from Kobe.  You know he has to know all of Kobe's tendencies better than anyone.  Physically he can't guard Kobe but mentally he can take Kobe out of his game.

Oliver:


--- Quote from: McKdaddy on May 15, 2012, 03:03:17 pm ---Good point, but BW will continue to have his way if Ramon and Steve keep trying to guard him.

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We have nobody on our team that can guard him.  Now what we could do that could maybe keep the games competitive is to actually make a coaching adjustment on the screen and rolls.  I know it's asking a lot from Mike Brown, and maybe he hasn't seen the 1,000 screen and rolls that NBA teams have thrown at us this year, but it's the sole reason teams kill us on the offensive end.

MM-gohogs:


--- Quote from: McKdaddy on May 15, 2012, 03:03:17 pm ---Good point, but BW will continue to have his way if Ramon and Steve keep trying to guard him.

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His name is Russell Westbrook or RW

MM-gohogs:


--- Quote from: Oliver on May 15, 2012, 12:59:59 pm ---There will be plenty of garbage time left in this series to do that. 

Speaking of garbage time, did Derek Fisher play any last night?  I'm sure he had plenty of playing time in the 2nd half.  I'm hoping he has another season high against our guards in Staples.

--- Quote from: Jackrabbit Hog on May 15, 2012, 03:09:59 pm ---I watched mainly the first half and he got quite a bit of playing time.  Played well; didn't score much, if at all, but set up Durant, Harden and the others very well, plus had a couple of steals from Kobe.  You know he has to know all of Kobe's tendencies better than anyone.  Physically he can't guard Kobe but mentally he can take Kobe out of his game.

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In this series OKC will have to play a straight rotation in the game, PG for PG for the most part. Fish came in for Russell Westbrook around the 3:00 mark of the first quarter. At about the 8:00 mark in the second we ran with our small lineup of KD at the 4 with Fish, RW and Harden and that only lasted for two minutes or so as the Lakers went on a 6-0 run mostly on offensive glass.

Through the first three quarters Fish took half of his eight shots and I don't believe any of them were great with the exception of a layup was a great shot.

About Fish guarding Kobe, that happened in transition no more than four or five times, by mistake which the Thunder are trying to avoid at all costs and Kobe only had 3 turnovers in the game two of which were steals by Thabo Sefolosha who is the primary defender on Kobe. There was one time I believe in the Third quarter where Fish was on Kobe trying to deny him on the high post and the entry pass was bad and the ball was tipped a few times and some other Thunder player got the steal.

McKdaddy:


--- Quote from: MM-gohogs on May 15, 2012, 03:48:53 pm ---His name is Russell Westbrook or RW

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Damnit! I know this -- why the hell I kept typing BW is beyond me!?!. Thanks for calling me out, much deserved.

#ImAMoron

MM-gohogs:


--- Quote from: McKdaddy on May 15, 2012, 05:28:22 pm ---Damnit! I know this -- why the hell I kept typing BW is beyond me!?!. Thanks for calling me out, much deserved.

#ImAMoron

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You were thinking Philadelphia Eagles football circa 4 years ago

MM-gohogs:


--- Quote from: Oliver on May 15, 2012, 08:47:54 am ---You should tip your cap to David Stern. 

--- Quote from: Oliver on May 15, 2012, 12:46:24 pm ---Probably.  But I'd be watching basketball and giving a hoot one way or another about the outcome of this series.  Which would probably look a lot different based on the last time I saw the way Russell Westbrook played against Chris Paul.  I'd take that matchup and Ibaka/McRib over what we have now.

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You are really spewing this BS after you "trade raped" Memphis four years ago to get Pau, now you're going to try to trade rape New Orleans to get rid of him and get Chris Paul? And that's ok?

Yes, New Orleans would get good players for two seasons, Martin and Odom are free agents after 2012-13, Dragic is a free agent now. Scola is the only one that is signed long term. And it was a salary dump for both teams, LA would net -$11M in cap room and Houston would net -$7M but NO team salary would increase by +$18M and with nothing to show for it.

If you want to complain in a thread about a proposed trade that didn't happen, please start a new thread for your pity party or hijack some other thread, but before you do chew on this:

I am mad that Portland drafted Greg Oden and not Kevin Durant, because could you imagine how dominant Greg Oden would be. And if we did draft Oden #2 maybe in the following draft we would've drafted Derrick Rose #1 in the following draft instead of RW, adding Harden and Ibaka. The Thunder may have won the last three championships and landed LeBron James when he became a free agent because we were winning so many championships and he always wanted to share the court with Greg Oden. Pretty stupid huh?

Bryan (CHF):

2-0 :D

MM-gohogs:


--- Quote from: Bryan (CHF) on May 16, 2012, 11:24:42 pm ---2-0 :D

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Holy crap that was close, what a clutch final 2:08. I don't know what KD was thinking on the second free throw with 0.3 seconds left up 2 points and LAL had not timeouts left. 0.3 isn't enough time to catch and shoot all they can do is get a tip in. If he would've shot it as usual and missed the time would've ran out. Bad basketball IQ play in my opinion.

Oliver:


--- Quote from: MM-gohogs on May 15, 2012, 05:45:40 pm ---
Pretty stupid huh?

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Yep.  Sums up your post quite well.  And as a result, I won't waste time addressing any of your points in the post. 

Enjoy the series win. 

MM-gohogs:

In Game 1 the Thunder were able to dictate the pace of the game and played a fast game up and down the court and blew the doors off the Lakers. In Game 2, the Lakers were able to turn it into a half court game and in the second half both teams really struggled. Both teams combined for 59 points in the last 24 minutes, the Thunder had 59 points alone in the first half of Game 1 and 60 point in the second half.

Bynum had 20 points and 9 rebs and seemed to be really efficient scoring the ball, I was surprised to find out he 8-19 from the floor. I told a friend from OKC that watched the game on TV while we were discussing the game today that Bynum had 20 and 9 and asked him to guess what his shooting stats were and he guessed 7-9 from field and 6 FTs. He was shocked our D did that well.

As for Kobe, Sefolosha and Harden made him work really hard for every made FG. Half way through the fourth the Thunder had our starters minus Thabo and Harden on the floor and the Lakers were holding serve up 3 to 5 to 7 and Kobe was getting a groove and had hit a couple of jumpers over Harden and at around the 4:00 mark we switched our D up and put Durant on Kobe. I knew KD, at 6'9" with a 7'5" wingspan, would be up to the challenge of guarding Kobe but he shut Bryant out for the rest of the game, including a steal on a lazy lob pass into the post that KD one-handed and ran out on the break for a one jam.

Following a turnover eight seconds later on Kobe where the ball grazed off his hand, the Thunder scored another two points on a Harden drive and finger-roll brought the Thunder within one point game at 75-74 with 56 seconds left. The Lakers ran a play for where Ron Artest drove on KD and kicked it to Kobe on a pass at his ankles and put up a 3PT as the shot clock was expiring that missed off the left of the rim.

With 35 seconds on the clock the Thunder brought the ball down and gave it to KD just across the timeline where the team set up an isolation play for KD and with 25 seconds Perk came to set a screen for KD where he drove hard and wide right and wound up turning up the baseline shooting his patented one handed runner from 10 feet that bounced off the front iron, backboard and dropped in with 18 seconds left that proved to be the game winner. When the ball left his hands it looked like he had missed it, but he out some extra touch on the shot that allowed it to drop much to my delight.

Game 3/4 on Fri and Sat nights

Pulled(PP)pork:


--- Quote from: HoginMemphis on April 29, 2012, 10:05:59 am ---Too bad for your OKC Thunder that they won't make it by my Memphis Grizzlies this year. But, Thunder had a great regular season.

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this has DUMAS written all over it.....typical sHiM


PP

Pulled(PP)pork:

my LAL have done what all other top notch franchises have done.....play the same talent until it's too old to play, with no forethought of replacing with potential equal talent.  Oh, and hiring Mike Brown

 :puke:



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Jackrabbit Hog:


--- Quote from: Pulled(PP)pork on May 18, 2012, 07:02:31 am ---my LAL have done what all other top notch franchises have done.....play the same talent until it's too old to play, with no forethought of replacing with potential equal talent.  Oh, and hiring Mike Brown

 :puke:



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The only franchise that has gotten away with that over the past 20 years is the Spurs.  I can't believe they are on the run they are on.  Duncan has to be about 47 by now and you know Ginobilli has no birth certificate.   Boston's not too far behind them with the Geriatric Three.

MM-gohogs:


--- Quote from: Pulled(PP)pork on May 18, 2012, 07:00:52 am ---this has DUMAS written all over it.....typical sHiM

PP

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The thing about his "prediction" there is for that to come true, looking at the Western Conference Playoff bracket, MEM wouldn't have played OKC until the WCF after beatin SA in the second round and by the theory of deduction MEM would've been in the NBA Finals. Really? SA is playing the best basketball in the NBA.

Oliver:


--- Quote from: Jackrabbit Hog on May 18, 2012, 08:40:18 am ---The only franchise that has gotten away with that over the past 20 years is the Spurs.  I can't believe they are on the run they are on.  Duncan has to be about 47 by now and you know Ginobilli has no birth certificate.   Boston's not too far behind them with the Geriatric Three.

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The difference between the Spurs and the Lakers are that the Spurs front office is much smarter than the Lakers front office.  The Spurs always draft better.  They make better trades.  They don't take on terrible contracts or sign bad contracts. 

This is why the Spurs are still able to be the best team in the league when their geriatric 3 are healthy.

Bryan (CHF):


--- Quote from: MM-gohogs on May 16, 2012, 11:40:34 pm ---Holy crap that was close, what a clutch final 2:08. I don't know what KD was thinking on the second free throw with 0.3 seconds left up 2 points and LAL had not timeouts left. 0.3 isn't enough time to catch and shoot all they can do is get a tip in. If he would've shot it as usual and missed the time would've ran out. Bad basketball IQ play in my opinion.

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Yeah I was sitting on the edge of my seat and I turned my head for a second and missed Durant's 2nd free throw "attempt." I was like WTH happened??? I'm glad we won.

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