The Thunder Will Want To Forget That Overtime Ever Happened

The Thunder lost to the Spurs 112-107 in overtime and, good lord, was overtime a disaster for Oklahoma City. Look at the tidiness of San Antonio's overtime shot chart, compared to OKC's. Russell Westbrook—who had an otherwise great game, with 34 points, eight assists, seven rebound, and six steals—was all over the… » 6/01/14 10:15am 6/01/14 10:15am

Boris Diaw Kicking Ass Is What The Playoffs Are All About

When Gregg Popovich shoved Matt Bonner into his starting lineup last night, it seemed clear he was making a decision in strategy and trying to shift the tenor of the series. But in perfect Popavellian fashion, Bonner turned out to be more decoy than secret weapon. The real genius of the lineup change materialized… » 5/30/14 11:08am 5/30/14 11:08am

Here's A New Attempt At Gauging The Defensive Impact Of NBA Players

The defensive impact of individual NBA players is hard to measure, as it's so intertwined with their teammates' performance. Austin Clemens, undeterred, has taken an ambitious shot with his new Adjusted Impact by Court Location model, which attempts to parse out individual impacts on opponent shot selection (the… » 5/28/14 11:58am 5/28/14 11:58am

The Thunder Are The Thunder Again, And This Is A Brand New Series

I suppose we can go ahead and forget about the first two games of the Western Conference finals, which saw the Serge Ibaka-less Thunder getting swallowed whole by the Spurs while Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant did their best to fight off the inevitable. We can forget those two games because Serge Ibaka is back,… » 5/28/14 10:19am 5/28/14 10:19am

The Thunder Got Back Serge Ibaka, May Have Gotten Back Into This Series

Now this is more like it. When the Thunder announced they'd lost Serge Ibaka for the remainder of the playoffs to a calf injury, it seemed like we'd all miss out on another classic clash of age vs. youth, savvy vs. athleticism, creative offense vs. "dribble around, then someone shoot!" Ibaka's return performance in… » 5/26/14 5:33pm 5/26/14 5:33pm

Russell Westbrook To Kevin Durant: "Wake Up"

What we have here (via CJ Fogler) is an excellent opportunity for projection. A fairly innocuous exhortation from one frustrated player to another after a defensive lapse, but in the context of the Spurs' blowout, their 2-0 series lead, and Kevin Durant's and Russell Westbrook's shitty shooting night, feel free to… » 5/22/14 8:54am 5/22/14 8:54am