02 January 2011
I would like to first start off by saying that I am under no contractual obligation to write a recap of every single Oklahoma City Thunder game. I am also under no obligation to write positive things about each game. With that being said, I could actually end this article before I truly even begin writing it, considering last night's debacle in Texas.
01 January 2011
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Jeff Garcia, who heads up the best website for the best team in the NBA - Project Spurs (http://www.projectspurs.com/) - your one stop shop for everything related to the San Antonio Spurs. By now, you know that the Oklahoma City Thunder rang in the New Year with a home victory over the Atlanta Hawks last night. Tonight, they begin 2011 with the start of a brutal upcoming road trip with a visit to the AT&T Center to take on the team with the best record in the league. At 28-4, the Spurs are off to a great start, which includes a 117-104 victory over the Thunder when these two teams last faced off in November. But Oklahoma City is playing great ball right now, led by the highest scoring duo in the league in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
It was great to gain some insight from Garcia, who is flat out running the best Spurs site available. We decided on a little quid pro quo, so you can go to his site to read my preview interview on why I think the Thunder can finally pick up their signature win of the season tonight. But without further adieu, here is Garcia's take on tonight's big game.
30 December 2010
What a difference a month can make.
Actually, it isn't even quite a full month. Although, the calendar date was not the only difference. This time, the game was in our house. This time, we didn't blow a lead. And this time, our future league MVP was healthy and in the lineup.
Those were all much bigger differences than the number on the calendar.
28 December 2010
It looked for awhile as if the Oklahoma City Thunder were going to pick up that signature win of the 2010-2011 NBA season. With their head coach already sidelined and their best player suffering an injury in the second quarter, the Dallas Mavericks were still able to find a way to defeat the Thunder at home, 103-93. That way turned out to be Jason Terry.
24 December 2010
With Christmas less than one day away, I thought it would be nice to give out some gifts. Now, keep in mind that these are special gifts, and they are being handed out to some people who don't really deserve them. You know, like that co-worker you all agree to buy something for, thinking they will give you something in return, only to hand them their gift and receive nothing back. That really irks me, because like Sheldon Cooper says on The Big Bang Theory, you have entered into a social contract. Anyway, now that I've gotten all of that off of my chest, here are some gifts that I would like to leave some NBA players, keeping in mind that I tend to lean toward sarcasm quite often.
23 December 2010
Winning streaks are very nice in the NBA. Unfortunately, they often seem to be immediately followed by a losing streak, or at least at stretch of more losses than wins. Maybe it doesn't always happen that way - especially to teams such as the Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs - but this year has seen every modest winning streak by the Oklahoma City Thunder end in them losing a handful of games afterward.
22 December 2010
The Oklahoma City needed a strong final push to pull ahead from the Charlotte Bobcats in the fourth quarter of last night's road 99-81 victory. Now, they have less than a day to prepare for a matchup with the resurgent New York Knicks in the Mecca of sporting venues - Madison Square Garden.
20 December 2010
The Phoenix Suns traded away Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu and Earl Clark in Saturday's blockbuster trade. Although what they got in return is possibly even more impressive - Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat and Mikael Pietrus - the team had to play without all of those players while awaiting their new arrivals. On what must have been some sort of old school turn back the clock night in Oklahoma City, it was the Suns who were able to get the better of the Thunder last night, winning a big road game 113-110.
16 December 2010
The Oklahoma City Thunder have tied their longest winning streak of the season following another impressive victory at home against the Houston Rockets last night, 117-105. That was their fourth consecutive win as they continued their hot shooting from the field and from the free throw line.
15 December 2010
Yesterday's three team NBA trade may not seem like a big deal right now, but it doesn't mean that there are not some huge implications down the road. While only three players were involved, it could be the two first round draft picks that wind up making the biggest impact, but not necessarily with the team who just acquired them.