The Thunder put on a highlight reel last night, but the big takeaway should be that the Thunder are very tough to beat when they dedicate themselves to good defense and good rebounding. They had a 30 point lead in the 2nd quarter and probably could have doubled it had they wanted to. Fortunately, coach Scott Brooks recognized the bigger picture and got reserves Reggie Jackson and Cole Aldrich into the game for some valuable game experience. Jackson especially is taking his lumps now, but if the team sticks with him he's going to have his moment when the stakes are high.
High praise for Serge Ibaka here. Ibaka finally started to look like the defensive menace that he was last season. His offense is still a bit off though; I think he would do well to set up from about 13 feet out rather than 18 feet.
Russell Westbrook's comment on THAT pass is great:
"I'm naturally left handed you know. [KD] was running with me and he was he was going to get the pass. He just didn't know how."
This is insane. I don't think I've seen anything like this since I coached 5th grade rec-ball.
One set of numbers not mentioned - the Thunder still were out-rebounded on the offensive glass.
Here is some evidence that we're looking in the wrong direction.
Glory, what exactly does Stern have against the Hornets?
Hollinger with an interesting note from last night's game in Portland.