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11/27 Daily Links

Let’s hope that Jeff Green didn’t suffer too badly in his fall late in the game (still knocked down two critical FT’s).  Rest up, heading to Houston.

What the pros are saying:

What I’m saying:

  • A few things that Mayberry caught that I did not, and are worth repeating:
    • Byron Mullens came in when the Thunder were down 14 and he was charged with dealing with Roy Hibbert.  For some odd reason Hibbert looked like the second coming of Olajuwon while matched up against Ibaka and Green.  Mullens got the job done, shutting Hibbert off while the Thunder began their comeback.
    • Ibaka is a natural power forward and was terribly out of place going up against Hibbert.  Any negatives that would appear from his stat line should be mitigated by this fact.
    • Sefolosha continues to make key plays that fly under the radar.  Another 10 boards from the shooting guard spot, plus timely offense.  I really like the way he’s finding his niche in this offense.  Good teams need guys like him.
  • Excellent point from Daily Thunder regarding OKC’s ability to not give in to runs while they were playing from behind.  It seemed like there were a few moments where they were vulnerable to the Pacers running away with the game, and each time they kept in it through solid possessions and good rebounding.  They kept chipping and chipping, showing excellent patience throughout the 4th quarter.

Notable indeed.

Game 16 Results: Pretty Ugly, Pretty Good

Final Score: Thunder 110, Pacers 106

Record: 11-5

Stat Leaders:

Points: Westbrook 43, Durant 25, Danny Granger 30

Rebounds:  Green 14, Sefolosha 10, Hibbert & Dunleavy 10

Assists: Westbrook 8, Darren Collison 5

Some ugly halftime stats:

  • Durant – 2-10 shooting
  • Green 3-11 shooting
  • 33% team shooting, 2-9 on threes
  • Team assists – 7
  • Pacers – 58% on 3-pointers
  • Pacers 14 team assists

So why did I kind of love this game?

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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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