The Thunder travel to Denver tonight to try and get rid of the bitter taste that was the collapse against the Rockets. Denver has struggled with injuries this season, but it has not prevented them from being the highest scoring team in the league. The Thunder seem to match up well against the Nuggets, so tonight's game has good potential to be highly entertaining, especially in the afterglow of their last OT masterpiece.
Will OKC stand pat as the trading deadline approaches? Kendrick Perkins is cool with what they have:
"I feel like we're good...I just don't know what we could go get that'll make this team that much better. With the style of ball we play, it's not like we need scorers, and it's not like we need defenders. So it's kind of hard to see what piece would really fit this team. I mean, I'm comfortable with what we got."
Such is the chasm between the private and public persona of Russell Westbrook. I'm not a reporter so it's not like his single word answers effect me in any way like they do for Young, but all that really matters to me is how he relates to his teammates. As long as he's not creating any tension within the team, he could turn into Bro Sweets for all I care.
Bill Simmons' chapter on Oscar Robertson is excerpted here in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Big O's famous triple-double season.
Levy posts the results of a very intriguing survey he conducted. He had posted blind stats and then asked the reader to vote on who seemed to be the best player. Removing names does have a distilling effect.
Lowe tries to postulate where Dwight Howard could end up by 3PM today, but I'm guessing that he, like everybody else, is tired of this 'what if' nonsense. The way I see it, there is not a team out there who will go from good to great by adding Howard.
I pray that this kid never becomes too jaded by life.
This is an interesting podcast that discusses some of the fallout from the MIT Sloan convention and the worth it has in the marketplace for ideas.
Of course, Pau Gasol is still the guy most likely to be traded.
Pat Riley, like all great motivators, understands that the human psyche is most inspired by way of both a challenge to one's manhood coupled with a recognition of the human dignity that lies within it.
John Lucas got revenge on LeBron James for dunking over him in a Derrick Rose-less game last night. For the record, LeBron took the final shot in this game.