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OKC Morning Loud Links: In Between Jazz Sessions

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The Thunder beat the Utah Jazz last Friday night and now are receiving some well deserved rest before taking on Utah again tomorrow. Let's hope that they have a repeat performance in store when they go back in action.

Serge Ibaka has been on a tear as of late, playing well at both ends of the court. It almost passed by without great attention, but Tramel notes that a 10 block game is about as rare as a 56 point game or a 26 rebound game. And Ibaka had a 10 block game twice in the past two weeks.

James Harden, arguably the second best shooting guard in the West but not a starter on his own team, has become quite adept at setting up half-court screen plays. HH breaks down his strengths and weaknesses.

There is a reason why, after Kevin Durant, Nick Collison is often the most sought-after quote guy in the Thunder locker room. I think he may have a future in NBA commentary.

Shoals examines free-agent-to-be J.R. Smith's options when he returns state-side. I think that if he were to look at his long-term prospects, taking a pay-cut this year to play with the Clippers for one year would make a ton of sense. The Clippers need outside shooting now that Chauncey Billups is down for the year, and Chris Paul would get maximum effort out of Smith.

Joakim Noah, who Bethlehem Shoals once astutely described as "every Batman villain rolled up into one," looks like he's angling for a part in the Boondock Saints.

LeBron James is producing another run-of-the-mill season that is statistically the best in NBA history.

We got to see LaMarcus Aldridge's effort last week, and it is something to behold. He is perhaps the most dynamic low-post scorer in the game right now. In a way, he reminds me of a slightly slower-of-foot Hakeem Olajuwon.

Jeremy Lin is not supposed to happen in the NBA. With the layers upon layers of scouting and over-analysis that takes place in pro ball, talents like Lin's are not supposed to slip through the cracks. Yet here we are, and we are left to wonder, how many more players like Lin are out there?

Uh-oh. For all our sakes, let's hope that Derrick Rose's back troubles are an anomaly.

Billy Cunningham's career, truncated because of health issues, had an unusual progression. HP takes a closer look at Cunningham's impact.

It is a fine couch.

My Favorite Things - John Coltrane (via DrThiMarques)