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The Importance of Adjustments

The Importance of Adjustments

Photo by Michael Reaves/ Three teams have proved the value of versatility in a postseason setting, this is something for the Thunder to learn from The 2020 NBA Playoffs have been brilliant to watch from a fan’s perspective. Teams have played at a high level across every single round. There have been instant classic series such as Thunder-Rockets, Jazz-Nuggets and Celtics-Raptors. It is everything that a basketball fan should want on a nightly basis. In many respects, the actual basketball has made up for the lack of the fans. While it is sad that we could not hear and see the...
Sep 22, 2020
The Head Coach candidates: who should the Thunder select to lead the franchise forward?

The Head Coach candidates: who should the Thunder select to lead the franchise forward?

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/ Oklahoma City have a big decision to make In early September, Billy Donovan and the Oklahoma City agreed to mutually part ways. Donovan did not want to coach through rebuild and preferred other job opportunities which would allow him to coach a contender. It was an amicable separation for Coach Donovan and the Thunder. Billy leaves Oklahoma City with a lot of goodwill and I am sure that the love is reciprocated. Billy genuinely seemed to love his time in Oklahoma City. Donovan’s legacy in Oklahoma City is mixed. He did not win a championship when he had Durant...
Sep 19, 2020
Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo wins second straight NBA MVP, Thunder’s Chris Paul finishes seventh

Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo wins second straight NBA MVP, Thunder’s Chris Paul finishes seventh

Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via The NBA announced that Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo had won his second straight MVP award. Giannis has been viewed as the heavy favorite for most of the season, and today’s news should not be that surprising. Giannis finished with 209 more total points than the second place LeBron James. I’m sure this news must be bittersweet for the Greek Freak after his Bucks were eliminated in five games against the Heat in the second round of the NBA playoffs. Milwaukee was seen as a title contender as they finished the regular season with the...
Sep 17, 2020
Similarities, differences between collapses of Clippers, 2015 Thunder

Similarities, differences between collapses of Clippers, 2015 Thunder

Highlighting the similarities and differences of the collapses of these two teams. Earlier this week, the Denver Nuggets completed a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 7. This was the second consecutive series in which the Nuggets needed a comeback to advance in the playoffs. In their first-round matchup, they completed the 3-1 comeback against Utah Jazz. However, the magnitude of this comeback is drastically different. The Clippers were the favorites to win this year’s NBA Finals. Despite having championship expectations, the Clippers fell short by choking the series...
Sep 16, 2020
Chris Paul makes All-NBA 2nd Team

Chris Paul makes All-NBA 2nd Team

Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via The NBA announced their All-NBA Teams and the Thunder Guard made the 2nd Team The NBA announced their All-NBA Teams today, and Thunder Guard Chris Paul made it onto the league’s All-NBA Second Team as one of the two guards. This is Paul’s first All-NBA nod since the 2015-16 season. This is not surprising news as Paul, and the Thunder have been media darlings all season long for overachieving. While Paul’s traditional stats are not eye-popping (17.6 PPG & 6.7 APG), his advanced metrics, leadership, and clutch play this season helped reshape his...
Sep 13, 2020
Western Conference: Rockets’ Mike D’Antoni latest coach not returning to team after elimination

Western Conference: Rockets’ Mike D’Antoni latest coach not returning to team after elimination

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/ Billy Donovan and D’Antoni have both decided to look for jobs elsewhere. First, it was Oklahoma City Thunder’s, Billy Donovan. Now, Houston Rockets’ Mike D’Antoni has decided to part ways with his team after being eliminated from the NBA playoffs. On Sunday, D’Antoni informed Rockets ownership that he was not returning to the team next season, ESPN’s breaking news guru Adrian Wojnarowski reported. ESPN Sources: Houston coach Mike D’Antoni is informing the franchise’s ownership today that he’s becoming a free agent and won’t return to the...
Sep 13, 2020
SB Nation Reacts: NBA fans show love for Luka, Murray, Celtics from first round of playoffs

SB Nation Reacts: NBA fans show love for Luka, Murray, Celtics from first round of playoffs

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NBA. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged in Thunder fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts. The NBA playoffs may only be in the second round, but there have already been a list of amazing moments. Ironically, according to fans, some of the best moments actually came from players no longer in the bubble. According to SB Nation’s Reacts survey, two of the three biggest stars of the first round games was sent home. Only Denver’s Jamal Murray survived and...
Sep 12, 2020
Trade Partners for Chris Paul

Trade Partners for Chris Paul

Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via It is highly likely that Chris Paul will be traded in the coming offseason Oklahoma City’s season ended against the Houston Rockets in dramatic fashion. Lu Dort’s shot was blocked by James Harden and the Thunder tumbled out of the playoffs. It was an impressive run and a lot of the Thunder’s success came from Chris. The series would never have made it to seven games if Paul was not leading from the front. Chris knocked down clutch shot after clutch shot. Paul’s shot making has been much discussed all year long. There have been very few...
Sep 8, 2020
Billy Donovan, Thunder mutually part ways

Billy Donovan, Thunder mutually part ways

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/ This was Billy Donovan’s last season as the head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder. In a statement, the team announced that Donovan and the Thunder have mutually parted ways. Donovan’s contract expired when OKC lost to the Houston Rockets in Game 7 of the NBA playoffs. By the looks of it, it looks like both sides did not want to pursue an extension, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported. ESPN Sources: Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan won’t be returning to the Thunder next season. Donovan’s contract expired at season’s end and the sides have decided...
Sep 8, 2020
The Future of the Thunder

The Future of the Thunder

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/ Oklahoma City lost against Houston last night but there are encouraging signs for the future Last week, Oklahoma City were eliminated from the playoffs. The Thunder lost in Game 7 in heartbreaking fashion. For the first time in a long while, Oklahoma City did not execute all that well in the clutch. The Rockets were able to grind out the victory due to their pressing, intense defense. It was disappointing to watch the Thunder lose Game 7. Oklahoma City had more than enough to beat Houston but a few key issues hurt the Thunder. Oklahoma City gave up the ball too...
Sep 4, 2020
Dennis Schröder robbed of Sixth Man of the Year Award

Dennis Schröder robbed of Sixth Man of the Year Award

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/ Some could consider this piece of news somewhat controversial: Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell was announced the recipient of the NBA’s the Sixth Man of the Year Award over Thunder guard Dennis Schröder. This news is surprising, to say the least, as many have seen Schröder be more deserving of this award. It seems that small-market teams, again, got the short end of the stick on this one. Plain and simple: Dennis Schröder was robbed. Schröder had better traditional and advanced stats than Harrell, he was more important to his team’s success than...
Sep 4, 2020
Thunder Playoff Grades

Thunder Playoff Grades

Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via The season is done and it is time to review the team’s performance The Thunder’s season is officially over after a tough seven game series against the Rockets. It seems like a good time to take a look at how each Thunder player who played significant minutes did in this series. Every player will be given a grade. In this series, the Thunder had eight guys who played over 97 total minutes. There is a significant drop off in terms of minutes played from the eighth guy in the rotation (Nerlens Noel) to the ninth player. Terrance Ferguson only...
Sep 3, 2020
Houston ends Thunder’s season with 104-102 win in Game 7

Houston ends Thunder’s season with 104-102 win in Game 7

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/ The Thunder’s season came to end Wednesday with a heartbreaking 104-102 loss in Game 7 against the Houston Rockets. I don’t have much to say right now, just a feeling of sadness and bitterness that this season is officially over. It hurts right now, but let’s not take this season for granted. This team was one of the more fun Thunder teams in recent memory. They outperformed their expectations and brought a team with title aspirations to the brink of elimination. “These guys poured out their heart and soul,” head coach Billy Donovan said after the game....
Sep 2, 2020
Game 7: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets - Preview & Game Thread

Game 7: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets - Preview & Game Thread

Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Oklahoma City have a chance to advance to the second round of the playoffs Game 6 was a game that went down to the wire. The Thunder and Rockets slugged it out for all 48 minutes. Oklahoma City were able to win the game behind Chris Paul’s impressive fourth quarter performance. Chris Paul has been exceptional for the Thunder all season long and Paul continued his strong work against the Rockets in Game 6. Paul notched fifteen points and knocked down crucial shot after crucial shot. Game 7 promises to be an epic affair. Oklahoma City are playing...
Sep 1, 2020
Thunder survive, force Game 7 with 104-100 win over Rockets

Thunder survive, force Game 7 with 104-100 win over Rockets

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/ Clutch Paul strikes again. The best words in sports: We are heading to Game 7. Oklahoma City survived Game 6 by defeating the Houston Rockets 104-100. Chris Paul finished the night with 28 points, 15 of those coming in the fourth quarter, including eight of the Thunder’s final 12. Paul also had some high praise for Dennis Schröder, who finished the night with 12 points. “Dennis Schröder is a dog. I go down, play against anybody with him any day. When it gets to clutch time, fourth quarter, some people are built for it,” Paul said after the game. “Some...