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Oklahoma City Effectively Made Adjustments Yet No Lead On Houston Is Safe

by Matthew Tynan

Apr 21, 2017 3:57 PM

The Thunder came in doing things a bit differently and it worked for most of Game 2, until it didn't. The scariest aspect of the Rockets was put on display: if you're going to throw your best punch at them, you'd better get way out in front because they can catch up in a hurry. Read more »

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The Big Problems For Oklahoma City Against The Rockets

by Matthew Tynan

Apr 18, 2017 11:16 PM

The best success for the Thunder have come when they've played big but how can you do that when the offense you're defending is so far from the basket? More specifically, where does Kanter fit in? Read more »

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Westbrook's MVP Waterloo And The Death Of The NBA Individualist

by John Wilmes

Apr 17, 2017 4:23 PM

Russell Westbrook's first season without Kevin Durant is positively MVP worthy. Does it run the risk of becoming Sisyphean if he wants to continue playing this way and the Thunder can't improve his supporting cast? Read more »

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Tactical Quandaries: Rockets Vs. Thunder Series Preview

by Brett Koremenos

On Oklahoma City defending the Ryan Anderson pass and follow, while the Rockets will try to make Russell Westbrook on defense. Read more »
Ten-Year Net Rating Rankings (Infographics For All 30 Teams)

by Christopher Reina

Beyond strictly looking at wins and losses, net rating gives a clear picture of team performance. The following infographics show the trajectory of every team in the NBA in terms of how they rank in the category. Read more »
A Simple Defense Of The Triple-Double

by Colin McGowan

The points-rebounds-assists construction lacks many descriptive elements, but what it lacks in nuance it makes up for with a kind of beautifully crude legibility. Besides, Westbrook's six-month immolation of the NBA has primarily been about the joy and terror it has produced. Read more »
No One Can Take Our MVP Debates From Us

by Colin McGowan

If you can get beyond the bromides of the rudimentary who-ya-got MVP discussions that abound, there is the democratic nature of them. Read more »
If Doug McDermott, Jerami Grant Don't Provide Some Answers, OKC Might Have Tougher Questions

by Jonny Auping

Jerami Grant and Doug McDermott represent the one-step-back, two-steps-forward strategy. They are reasonable pieces that can complement Russell Westbrook in the future if given larger rules. Read more »
The Maximum Available 2017 Cap Space For All 30 NBA Teams, Version 4.0

by Keith P Smith

With the NBA Trade Deadline behind us and rosters locked in for the most part, it is time for an updated look at what all 30 teams cap space picture looks likes for the summer of 2017. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Thunder Turn Cameron Payne Into Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott

by Keith P Smith

The Thunder had been looking for ways to add depth up front and to add more shooting around Russell Westbrook. They accomplished both of those objectives with this trade and didnít have to give up a significant rotation piece to do so. Read more »
Western Conference Buyers & Sellers At The Trade Deadline

by Keith P Smith

There are a number of teams on the fringes of the playoff picture such as the Kings, Nuggets, Blazers and Mavericks, which makes predicting their deadline goals difficult. Read more »
Russell Westbrook's Beautifully Useless Masterpiece Against KD's Decision

by Colin McGowan

The moment where Russell Westbrook shouted at Kevin Durant with the Thunder down 18 points perfectly explains his season. He's overmatched, brilliant, pushing too hard, and permanently incensed. Read more »
2016 Year-End NBA Team Portfolio Rankings

by Christopher Reina

The Warriors and Cavaliers remain atop our year-end rankings but there's considerable change behind them, most notably the Raptors, Bucks and 76ers. Read more »
The Hubris Of The Oklahoma City Westbrooks

by Christopher Reina

Russell Westbrook is a top-10 talent who plays his heart, soul and body out every night of the season, but the Thunder can't shake the ostensible reality they have one of the NBA's least talented and incompatible supporting casts around him. Read more »
Victor Oladipo's $84M And The Continual Issues Of The NBA's Salary Cap System

by Colin McGowan

Through one lens, Victor Oladipo may have just landed a contract that's a bit richer than he deserves. Through another, he's come out on top in a game that's rigged against him. Read more »
Thunder Continue Anticlimactic Way To Build Around A Top-Five Player

by Michael Pina

Even if Steven Adams and/or Victor Oladipo reach their potential, these deals still put a cap on Oklahoma City's ceiling while Russell Westbrook is a triple-double-averaging gargoyle. Read more »
Five Question Season Preview: Northwest Division

by Brett Koremenos

How Tom Thibodeau will use Karl-Anthony Towns on offense, finding a backcourt partner for Russell Westbrook, Evan Turner's fit with Portland, Quin Snyder's false ation offense and whether one of Denver's young guards will emerge as a foundational piece. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Oklahoma City Thunder

by Colin McGowan

This is going to be a brutal 82-game slog into anti-heroicity. As a character study, it's intriguing. We're pretty sure we've accepted Russell Westbrook's flaws. He's going to test that acceptance, continually, for six months, until we break or he does. Read more »
2016 NBA Offseason Review: Northwest Division

by Keith P Smith

As the Wolves, Jazz and Nuggets look to end their playoff droughts with young rosters, the Blazers and Thunder focused on remaining playoff contenders amid major potential change. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Russell Westbrook, Thunder Agree Upon $85M Extension

by Christopher Reina

While Russell Westbrook may be stubbornly extending his time with the Thunder, the short-term prudence of the Thunder may set them back by not timing the start of their rebuild with the 2017 draft. Read more »