This was something else, huh? Arguably the most fun game of the season. Two MVP-like performances and two more Unlikely Hero performances.
In the absence of Jerami Grant and Dennis Schroder, it was Raymond Felton and Deonte Burton who picked up the slack.
Ray Ray had 15 points on 6-10 shooting (3-5 3PT)
Burton dropped 18 points on 7-9 shooting (3-5 3PT)
Paul George spent most of the game reminding everyone he should be the league’s MVP this season, including the first bucket of the game for OKC:
Deonte Burton canned a 3 at the first quarter buzzer. PG loved it, celebrated with fans, and met Russ at mid-court for a celebration. You knew something special was brewing.
Russell Westbrook went on to obtain a 10th straight triple-double, giving him sole possession of the longest such streak in NBA history. This is your weekly reminder to take it all in. If you’re a Thunder fan, you’re REGULARLY seeing history made. We are spoiled, folks.
Can we coin the term Triple-Double City yet? Paul George messed around and got himself one against the Blazers, as well.
PG and Russ became the FIRST pair of teammates to have 20-point triple-doubles in the same game.
Westbrook: 21 points, 14 rebounds, 11 last, 2 blocks
Listen, I’m not going to spend much time on this. It is what it is. The Thunder looked ready to head into the All-Star break and I can’t blame them. I’m useless the day before Christmas/Spring Break.
That being said, the Thunder lost a game they most definitely had no business losing.
Russell did something cool though:
I cannot wait until the Seattle SuperSonics are a thing again. 1. I don’t like the mucky shared history thing. 2. Can you imagine how big of a rivalry OKC vs. Seattle is going to be? I’m here for that.
Westbrook went on to extend his triple-double streak to 11 games. The Thunder would lose though, so we aren’t allowed to get excited about it. You know the rules.
(Russell had quite a performance, though. Season-high 44 points, 14 rebounds, 11 assists, and two blocks.)
My thoughts going into the Dunk Contest: Hamidou’s got a shot at winning this thing, but probably won’t. I just wasn’t confident the judges would give him a fair shake.
I was wrong. Hami was, by far, the best dunker of the night.
Are we all going to ignore the fact that it took Russell Westbrook ONE TRY to get a pass of the corner of the backboard perfect?
A big part of Dunk Contest is not having to try your dunks over and over until you get them right. Hami was fantastic at this. Everyone else, not so much.
I think we’ll see this one replayed for a few years. No, it’s not a Top 10 all-time dunk, but it looked so good from every angle.
Kudos to all involved. So cool to see Shaq be a good sport (was he in on this from the start?!) And the rook has some charisma to him we haven’t seen yet! Also — we got this incredible picture from the Thunder:
It was a pretty relaxed night for our Thunder duo and I’m fine with it. I try not to care too much about these, but was definitely hoping Team Giannis would pull it out in the end. Go figure, the ONE time I actually want Steph to hit some threes, he can’t.
Great moment as Russ sets an (illegal) screen to set up the Dirk three. The Brodie loved it.
Ummmmm…. This dunk was amazing. Quick reverse 360 for the people.
PG also made a point to do Harden’s own moves to him when the Beard ended up guarding him. I love it.
I don’t even remember the final score. Something ridiculous and Russ and PG’s team didn’t win.
Kevin Durant ended up getting All-Star game MVP. Maybe I’m reading into it a bit much, but I see you back there admiring, Kyrie.
I like the signing. The Thunder needed someone who can come in with the second unit and bring the nasty. I think Kieff has some dog in him and that could come in very handy in heated Playoff match-ups.
Russ isn’t slowing down with PE’s of his Why Not Zer0.2. The box the shoes come in have been just as much fun to watch. Check out the Bear Jordans:
I hope the Thunder enjoy their break because we are getting into serious basketball seriously quickly.
Win @ Jazz | 57% Confidence | I think Westbrook’s triple-double streak comes to an end here. No idea how the Thunder will play coming out of the break. They were absolutely rolling the past few weeks.
Win vs. Kings | 80% Confidence | I think OKC shows up at home against a good Kings squad. There’s no Iman Shumpert to drop 30 points, either. Definite plus.
Buckle up. Things are going to get intense down the stretch in the Western Conference.
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