The Thunder had played a very poor stretch of basketball in front of their home crowd, and so last night's game against the Trail Blazers was a good test for OKC's ability to put behind their struggles and just focus on controlling the outcome. They jumped on Portland early, answered every Blazer run, and in the end finished almost exactly where they started at the end of the decisive 1st quarter.
Mayberry likes how the Thunder were sharing the ball last night, finishing with 24 assists. Russell Westbrook had five of those himself, and to his credit none of them were offset by any turnovers. I really like how Westbrook has elevated his game each subsequent time he has faced Ray Felton.
Thabo Sefolosha is looking really good out there in limited minutes. What I like most is that his teammates are looking to get him the ball in positions to score.
Portland succumbed to a number of poor habits that doomed their chances early. As a Thunder fan, I can sympathize with this feeling quite well.
Aldridge's mandatory Monday reading. There is no Thunder-specific stuff in here, but if you want to understand the NBA better, get into this column every week.
James Harden is not a fan of Luke Babbitt's hairdo, methinks.
Danilo Gallinari throws an improbable behind the back pass to Kenneth Faried, leading his teammate perfectly to the rim for the lay-in. This one rivals Rajon Rondo's for pass of the year.
Here is a good look at the Western Conference contenders' progress after the trading deadline, and where they might end up at the end of the season.
Well, yeah. But have you seen LeBron James' hairline recently?
Zach Randolph has a bit of a history in the NBA, and details coming forth about an altercation at his home last summer do not look good for him.
Not bad for the 16th President.
Before you type 'lolwut,' it would serve you well to read through Kahn's analysis of exactly what is ailing the Clippers' defense. And then after you're done, you can remember that Nick Young once did this.
Comfort food, man. For a guy who got a close look at his own bone this season, I'm willing to let just about anything slide.