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11/8 Daily Links

The Thunder find themselves at .500 again, after last night’s tough loss.  Lamentations abound.

What the pros are saying:

What I’m saying:

  • Royce points out that it was Westbrook who essentially forced the Thunder surge in the third quarter to get back in the game.  This does need to be acknowledged, but it’s important to look at it in context.  He wouldn’t have had to do it if he had played better in the first half, so at best you could argue that he finished at a net zero contribution.  I’d really like to see the team decide in the 76ers game that they’re going to get aggressive early, and see how it plays out.
  • Amidst the offensive futility last night, I was negligent in noting that the Thunder’s interior defense was vastly improved last night.  Granted, Garnett and Pierce are not classic interior post players, but for the first time this season I didn’t feel like they were getting handily outplayed in the paint.Part of this should be a credit to Ibaka, who held his own in his first start of the season.  Having him as a key contributor early on will greatly help their bench play as they reacquire Nick Collison and Jeff Green into the lineup.

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