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11/16 Daily Links

What the pros are saying:

What I’m saying:

  • The “no lead is safe” story is an interesting one.  The NBA has always lent itself well to huge comebacks, simply by virtue of the 24 second shot clock.  It takes two to Tango though; a team won’t come back from a huge deficit simply by shooting lights-out.   It also has to be accompanied by great defense and/or complacency and passivity.
  • In this vein, I don’t think the Thunder’s comeback was purely a function of great shooting.  I think the great shooting was a byproduct of a much more fluid offensive scheme that opened up a lot of good looks.  I also don’t think it was limited to the 3rd quarter.  If you look back at the game, the flow started in the 2nd quarter, when Eric Maynor was running the show (Westbrook was in foul trouble). I think he and then later Royal Ivy need to get recognition for improving the offensive momentum.
  • The early season malaise appears to be subsiding, and the Thunder are emerging stronger having had to deal with the injuries and foul trouble.  They now have a potentially very deep bench.  The question will be how the players take to their roles, which are still being defined.

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