Heading into the all-star break, I figured it’d be fitting to adjust our normal format towards Valentines Day. After all, yesterday did involve a three-point-filled win, so this year’s holiday treated OKC well.
While there’s so much to love about this Thunder team, I did my best to narrow it down to a short list of some things we might have taken for granted over the last few weeks.
I mean, c’mon, you had to have known this was going to be atop the list. Realistically, I could write a 15,000 word ode to the big Kiwi, instead I’ll just include some clips of him being terrific.
Steven Adams on what Alex Abrines brings to the starting lineup: “Nothing. Nothing at all.”— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) February 12, 2018
Then goes on to make fun of his point guard play... pic.twitter.com/7cVKTZxAah
I asked Steven Adams how Russell Westbrook is doing, “He’s still above ground.” pic.twitter.com/gEnxJKWOP1— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) February 12, 2018
Steven Adams just grabbed his 700th offensive rebound of the night.— Robin Lundberg (@robinlundberg) February 14, 2018
Ya know what, I could go all day here, but instead I’m going to make you all a promise. Before the regular season is over, I’ll publish a full Steven Adams appreciation feature. From the beginning of his career until the 2018 season. You all have my word.
Paul George’s Two-Way Reliability
I’ve said plenty of times, but PG recently made the move from option B to 1A. He’s become so consistent on both sides of the ball and is, in my opinion, the best two-way player in the NBA. He’s been showing out every night as of late, so let’s make sure we continue to appreciate his incredible ability.
Paul George turned Caldwell-Pope‘s legs into a pretzel pic.twitter.com/UJwLWpVUre— Bill Wobton (@World_Wide_Wob) February 9, 2018
Paul George since being named an All-Star— StatMuse (@statmuse) February 14, 2018
10 games pic.twitter.com/TTfGr1a4Tc
Paul George has made at least five 3s in four straight games. That’s an OKC franchise record and just two games shy of an NBA record.— Royce Young (@royceyoung) February 14, 2018
Russell Westbrook, but mainly him butting into PG’s media availability last night
Paul George asks if the Thunder hitting 17 3-pointers is a franchise record (it is), and then Russell Westbrook screams from off camera, “Yeah, what you mean? Record!” pic.twitter.com/osiI29ssta— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) February 15, 2018
Also this (NSFW):
Gonna go out on a limb and guess Russell Westbrook is going to play tonight. (NSFW lots of the F Bombs) pic.twitter.com/OTsGcrjZF4— Bryan Keating (@KOCOKeating) February 13, 2018
He got a few starts during Russ’ absence, but my guy Ray will always be a walking bucket. Appreciate him while he’s still in the league!
And just because it looks like he eats at Cheesecake Factory six days a week doesn’t mean he’s has no fight in him.
RAY FELTON FOREVER
OKC hit 17 threes last night. That needs to be acknowledged.
He’s made huge strides on the defensive end over the last few weeks, which has made him a much more reliable replacement for Roberson. No, he’ll probably never get to that level of defensive prowess, but he’s trending in the right direction, and that’s a great sign for Billy Donovan.
Also he posts pictures like this:
Happy belated Valentines Day Thunder fans! Spread the love this All-Star break while watching Russ and PG showcase their talents out in L.A.