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12/10 Daily Links

Rematch tonight against the New Orleans Hornets.  Get ready for tonight’s game by perusing today’s links.

What the pros are saying:

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12/1 Daily Links

December welcomes us here in New Jersey with rain and cold.  Let’s hope that the Thunder are unaffected by such dreary tidings.  Every game matters – this phrase needs to be their mantra as they engage in the mediocrity that is the Eastern Conference. Tonight’s is one of the kind that tests a young team’s maturity.

What the pros are saying:

What I’m saying:

  • A bunch of nice notes from Rohde’s notebook. A few:
    • Sefolosha teams up with the Patriots’ Wes Welker to host a hoops camp.
    • The team will play a total of 17 back-to-backs this season.
    • Tonight’s game is in the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, due to the Nets’ transitioning to their new stadium in the future.
  • I see Ibaka having a long shelf-life in the NBA.  His growing game reminds me a lot of Antonio Davis and PJ Brown.  Those two guys, now retired, always played critical roles in their teams’ success because of their willingness to rebound, play great defense, and hit open jumpers.  You know, just like Ibaka is doing now.  Teams will always value, if not place a premium on, guys who are willing to work in those trenches.
  • An interesting look at game-ending buzzer beaters, and the Thunder’s commitment to Durant.
    • It’s a delicate balancing act, because the team certainly wants to give Durant all the confidence he needs to take the shots that matter most.  However, there does come a point in time when you have to ask yourself if the guy shooting the ball is the guy who is most likely to make it.  Durant is the obvious choice for last second shots because of his length and athleticism – he can get a shot almost anywhere on the court, whereas Westbrook and Green are a little bit more limited. Also, there are only a handful of opportunities in a season where this type of shot presents itself; it is only over a cumulative long career that you begin to see distinct patterns, like Kobe Bryant finishing the ends of games.
    • Durant is probably more a Lebron James than a Patrick Ewing at this point.  What I mean is, for the first few years of Lebron’s career, he too had a knock on him for not having any game winning shots.  However, it wasn’t because of lack of ability, but rather lack of opportunity.  Once the opportunities came (especially in the playoffs) he rose to the occasion.  Contrast this with Ewing, who while able to get off his jumper from just about anywhere, notoriously came up small when it mattered most.  One of my favorite quotes about him, and one that I think kind of sums up Ewing’s career (and sadly I can’t remember who said it), was, “Nobody has taken more game winning shots than Ewing and missed.”

Game 18 Results: Rebound

Final Score: Thunder 95, Hornets 89

Record: 12-6

Game Stats

En lieu of the normal stat highlights, here is the key statistical breakdown of the game:

Rebounds

Sefolosha – 5
Westbrook – 5
Durant – 11
Green – 7
Krstic – 7
Harden -5
Ibaka –  11

Team total: 56
Offensive: 16

Rebounding wins games.

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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 14 Results: Thunder Win, Defense Fails

Final Score: Thunder 117, Timberwolves 107

Record: 10-4

Division: 4-1

Stat leaders

Points: Durant with 28, Green with 24, Kevin Love with 24

Rebounds: Love with 17, Sefolosha with 11

Assists: Westbrook with 14, Luke Ridnour with 7, Durant with 5

Back at full Strength, the Thunder once again looked like an offensive juggernaut.  They had three guys score over 20, tallied 29 assists for the game, and shot 54.8%.

So why did I kind of hate the end result?

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11/11 Daily Links

Enjoy the win, because Portland is coming to town on Friday, looking for some payback.

What the pros are saying:

Westbrook’s postgame comments:

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Game 7 Results: Wins are Good. Wins are Very Good.

Thunder 109 , 76ers 103

Stat Leaders

Points: Westbrook, Durant with 31

Rebounds: Elton Brand with 9

Assists: Westbrook with 12

Post-Game Analysis

The Thunder came into last night’s game in search of some basic competencies.  Thus far they have been plagued by several serious struggles, including their offensive flow, their interior defense, and also an overarching sense of how to be a “good” team.

The biggest thing that stood out to me last night was that the Thunder played a much more evenly paced game, and I think that is a primary testament to Russell Westbrook’s game management.  Stat wise, Westbrook played on the extremes.  He had excellent offensive production, with 31 points on only 19 shots, and handed out 12 assists.  However these strong stats were offset by 7 turnovers, only one less than his poor offering in the loss to the Celtics.  So my praise on him is tempered somewhat.

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