Another week and another edition of Beyond The Arc. Lets not waste any time and dive right in, shall we?
Onions...Double Order Award- Kevin Durant
The video speaks vs. the Wizards pretty much for itself.
Brick Tambland That Escalated Quickly Award - Russell Westbrook
Don't make him angry. You won't him when he is angry.
Glad to see the injury did not soften Westbrook at all. Speaking of Mr. Westbrook...
Soup Nazi Award - Russell Westbrook after Wizards game
This video is just freaking awesome. Loud City now has their own "Clown questions, Bro." I have always said that Westbrook is his own worst enemy when it comes to the court of public opinion. He doesn't do much to dispel the narrative of his surly attitude when it comes to dealing with the media...ever. That being said it makes for some fun when it comes to talking about Westbrook. I loved his reaction to post game questions about his ejection. The 7:42 mark is where the magic happens. Enjoy.
Anywhere But Here Award - Corey Brewer vs. Clippers
I mean seriously...Corey Brewer would love to be anywhere but trying to guard Chris Paul on this play.
Corey Brewer should call up Brandon Knight so they can share a long hug and a good cry.
Stat Line of the Week - Ben McLemore
The overall 7th selection in the 2013 NBA draft had a unique stat line vs. the Kings on Friday evening. He logged 7 total minutes and attempted zero shots or free throws attempted along with zero points, rebounds, assists, steals, yet was able to commit 4 fouls in those 7 minutes. That is impressive.
Overrated Statistical Category - Assists for Point Guards
Just ask Russell Westbrook and Jeremy Lin how pointless assists are for a point guard. In the win at the Pistons Westbrook dropped 20 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals and zero assists for the Thunder while Jeremy Lin one upped him in a double OT win vs. the Raptors with 31 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block and a big goose egg in the assists column. Clearly having a passing point guard is of the way of the Dodo bird and The Killing.
Danger Zone Award - Steven Adams
Lana...Lana! LANA???!!!!???? Steven Adams.
The rookie center had a coming out party vs. the Pistons when he messed around and got a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds to go along with 3 assists, 3 blocks and 1 steal. I got a tweet from a Thunder fan about when he can start referring to the James Harden Trade as the Steven Adams Trade. My response was simple. You can do that once the Thunder make it back to the Western Conference Finals without Mr. Harden.
Walter White Empire Scale: 7 (Last week 4)
Last week I was really down on the Thunder and their prospects for them to reach the goals they have set for themselves before the season. The team looked a lot better this past week as they went 3-0 and showed a lot of grit in a few of those wins. The way they fought back in the 4th quarter vs. the Pistons and the Wizards were welcome signs for me. Now I am a little concerned that they struggled against those teams like that did but they were able to prevent those games from becoming bad losses. I know both of those teams are improved this season but they are still not on the same level as the Thunder so that is where my bad loss logic comes in.
The next two games are going to be indicator to where the Thunder stand in the stacked Western Conference. Playing the Clippers who are many people's pick (myself included) to win the West then turning around the next night to play the Warriors is going to be tough. If the Thunder are able to win both of those games then they have put everyone on notice that they are still a major player in the Western Conference. I think they win vs. the Clippers and lose vs. the Warriors.
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