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New Loud City ThunderCast

The guys at Loud City have a new podcast up.  Go give it a listen.

OKC ThunderCast #55: Dallas Mav-wrecks

Their podcast today is really just one of their guys, Brent, speaking on his feelings regarding the end of the Mavs game.  It is a good podcast (go here if you cannot hear it but want to see what he’s saying) and the issue of how the Mavs players acted down the stretch is something I also have been pondering.  Particularly, it seemed out of character from the guys who participated in the showing up of the home town team.

Here is what I think I know from years of observation:

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Game 32 Results: Dirkless Daggers

A perfect metaphor

Final Score: Mavs 103, Thunder 93

Record: 21-11

Stat Leaders

Points: Durant with 28, Butler with 21

Rebounds: Tyson Chandler with 10, Ibaka with 9

Assists: Kidd with 10, Westbrook with 7

You could probably subtitle this post with this image:

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Game 32 Preview: Mavs at Thunder

Tipoff Time: 8:00PM EST

Game Preview

Previous Game Analysis

When we last visited the Mavericks, they were actually a struggling team.  The outstanding question was whether they had become too old and stodgy to compete in the highly competitive Western Conference.  They had struggled to beat the likes of the Pistons and Hawks.  It really wasn’t until they faced the Thunder and looking into the eye of defeat again that they suddenly woke up and  erupted to play dominant basketball for the past month.  It was that 4th quarter against the Thunder where Nowitzki and the gang transformed into the current winning juggernaut.

So, you know, from all of us in Thunder-land to the Mavs, you’re welcome.

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Game 16 Preview: Thunder at Indiana

Tipoff Time: 8:00PM EST

Game Preview
Potential injuries:

Jeff Green – day to day
Kevin Durant – day to day

Jeff Foster – day to day
Roy Hibbert – day to day

Thus far this season, the Thunder are an anemic 5-4 at home, but 5-1 on the road.  I’m wondering if their team concentration is actually higher on the road, when they know that they won’t be the beneficiaries of the OKC crowd and referee whistles.  There’s something to it, because a lot of the great teams from the past have said that they actually prefer the road games to home precisely because there are no distractions and it is a galvanizing experience.

What needs to happen tonight?

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11/25 Daily Links

Happy Thanksgiving! Eat, drink, be merry.  Football today, Thunder on Friday.  We’re still at 10-5.

What the pros are saying:

What I’m saying:

  • I think Mayberry’s comment about the Thunder’s attitude after the loss is worrisome.  The Mavs got hot, yes.  Dirk tore them up, yes.  But what we have on the Thunder’s side of things is a continued collapse after three quarters of competency.  Westbrook – 9 assists in the 1st quarter, and barely any the rest of the game?  Jeff Green – 14 in the first half, and three the rest of the game? It’s almost as if they’re making anti-half-time adjustments.
  • A good point about missed opportunities.  There have been a number of them this season – a 10 point lead with the opponent on the ropes, and instead of knocking them out, the Thunder allow them to hang around and make the game closer than it should be.  I have to believe that this is just the seasoning of a young team; it takes experience and maturity to understand how and when to go for it.
  • I’m saying it now – Jeff Green’s upside is that of Eddie Johnson.  That isn’t an insult.  Johnson was a top flight scorer for 17 seasons.  But it’s best to recognize Green for what he is.

Game 15 Results: Flirting with Disaster, Disaster Won

Final Score: Mavericks 111, Thunder 103

Record: 10-5

Game Stats

Points: Nowitzki with 34, Durant with 32

Rebounds: Chandler with 18, Durant with 11

Assists: Kidd with 12, Westbrook with 11

It was bound to happen, I suppose.  An inevitability.  You can only tempt fate for so long before your unrepentant sins come back to haunt you.  Once again, the Thunder were out and running through three quarters, up by six, even pushing the lead into double digits a few times.  And just like the last three games, all of the offensive flow, the great passing, the good offensive sets, ground to a halt in the 4th.

What happened?

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Game 15 Preview: Mavericks at Thunder

Tipoff Time: 8:00PM EST

ESPN Preview

Great game tonight.

Key players:

Dirk Nowitzki – 25.8 PPG, 8.7RB

Jason Kidd – 9.3 APG

Key injuries – Shawn Marrion, TBD

A Maverick perspective

Here is what initially jumps out at me regarding the Mavs.

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