The Thunder were finally back in NBA-sanctioned action last night, defeating the world champion Mavericks in convincing fashion. While the actual outcome tells us very little, since both Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd sat out this game, it is still a useful lens for us to start peering through the looking glass. The two teams meet up again in two days for their second and final pre-season game. Let's hope both teams give us at least a quarter of full strength basketball so we can fill in the picture a little better.
Welcome back, Mayberry's post-game nuggets. How I have missed you so.
Young notes that the starting lineup remained the same. He thinks that James Harden still might be the starter, but knowing Scott Brooks, at this point I'm going to wager, 'no.'
One of my favorite Mavericks post-game themed posts returns. My favorite lol-Mavs pic from their post is after the jump.
This fine piece of journalism is a perfect reason why Aldridge is one of the best.
Mason writes another great piece on the Thunder's offensive system, this time pointing out that if Kevin Durant learns to make better screens, he'll find the space he needs to operate.
Wilbon reminds us that in the end, there were more unhappy parties as a result of the Chris Paul trade than contented parties.
Much of our Clippers focus has been on the future play of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, but DeAndre Jordan too stands to benefit greatly from Paul's influence.
It will be especially enjoyable when Blake Griffin dunks on White Mamba's head.
This good post, which juxtaposes a more dynamic offense with the potential slippage in defense, reminds me of a conversation that Bobby Knight once had with former Trail Blazers GM Stu Inman. Knight was trying to convince Inman to draft a young player named Michael Jeffrey Jordan. Inman already had Clyde Drexler on his roster, and so he told Knight that he didn't need Jordan, he needed a center.
Bobby Knight: "Then draft Jordan and play him at center!"
All told, if the Timberwolves can get a bit more competitive, the Northwest should be an exceptionally enjoyable division to watch.
I really, truly hope Ricky Rubio works out. The Timberwolves could use a bit of good mojo.
More links after the jump.
Nice use of Veruca Salt, Zach.
Jeff Green thanked his supporters and promises to be back next year.
You can practically feel the New Orleans energy seeping through their pores.
It's a realistic question, since most grown men like to make fun of their whipped contemporaries to their face.
This may be the first time that I've ever heard the ideas "lose-lose" and "probably the right move" in the same narrative. That indeed is the Nick Young experience.
Suddenly, the Clippers have a 2-guard problem.
Probably the only team other than the Thunder who were super-excited to get this season started was the Memphis Grizzlies. Unfortunately, it looks like they have lost one of their key front-court players for the season.