The Thunder finally played up to their own capabilities rather than play down to their opponents' last night in defeating the Trail Blazers. The game should hopefully serve as a good tune-up, because tomorrow night they head to LA to take on the Lakers for the second time this season.
I agree with Rhode - I think Royal Ivey deserves more regular minutes. His defensive presence tends to cause good things to happen.
Russell Westbrook was strong offensively last night, but I would diverge from James' opinion a bit. Too often he gambled on the Blazers' guards, most notably Jonny Flynn, and Flynn turned in a better effort than he probably should have as a result.
Here is a sweet story about an old connection between Scott Brooks and the Blazers' Nolan Smith, who got his first NBA start against the Thunder last night.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are in constant evolution. The next level, which we're watching play out now, is Durant setting up Westbrook in the half-court, rather than the other way around.
Golliver does his standard wonderful job describing the scene at the Rose Garden during last night's game. The goal-tend game seems like a distant memory as the Thunder are surging and the Blazers went from contending to rebuilding in the span of a month.
Pacer stalwart Jeff Foster announced his retirement recently. Donahue writes an incredible post here on Foster's career, including a remarkable interview he gets with Pacer newcomer David West. A must-read.
I'd personally rank Chandler Parsons higher, but that might be because he seems to morph into Scottie Pippen every time the Thunder play the Rockets.
I am quite fond of Tony Allen and his irreverently nonsensical (or is it nonsensically irreverent?) tweets. Step inside the mind of Grit-Grind.
I am reminded of a Cheers episode where barfly Norm said, "Some people spend their whole lives in bars. Just yesterday, some guy sat right here next to me for eleven hours."
Greg Poppovich embodies one of the great things about getting older - you gain imperiousness to be able to toss out digs on other people and the masses think you're colorful.
That's some pretty hot hashtagging you got there.
Here is your evidence as to why Hasheem Thabeet has a roster spot.