Monday Rewind: Jan. 28 – Feb. 3
Thunder Win Sixth Straight, Thwart Magic 126-117
- No Steven Adams. No Terrance Ferguson. No proble — oh no, they’re coming back. Oh no, OKC is behind. Oh, Schroder! Thunder win.
- Seriously, how many games does Dennis Schroder have to win for the Thunder before you guys to stop throwing him into the trade machine?
- Paul George is so good. He finished with 37 points in this one, although 31 of them came in the first half.
- I mean, Orlando was chanting “MVP” during his free throws:
- Hey, everyone! It’s Alex Abrines! (5 minutes, 3 points)
- Russell Westbrook notched triple-double #17.
- I’ll admit, I’m overly optimistic when it comes to Westbrook. I’ve assumed he’d bust out of his struggles sooner than later, but here we are, close to the All-Star break, with some bumps in the road still. That being said, his burst has been obviously improved the last couple weeks. Me thinks this bodes well for the Thunder if he stays healthy down the stretch.
- Good win in what could have been a trap game, especially without two starters. Thunder extended the winning streak to six in a row.
Thunder Cruise in Miami, Beat Heat 118-102 for Seventh Straight Win
- Really thought this is the one the Thunder would look over on the way to Boston. Nope. The Thunder were in control the entire game.
- Man… those “Miami Vice” jerseys are cool.
- Dennis Schroder scored 24 points in the second quarter alone. I’m salivating at the inevitable Dennis Schroder Playoff Game where he just takes over.
- At one point Dennis legitimately looked bored with his scoring surge:
- Schroder’s outburst was overshadowed by Paul George shooting the lights out in Miami: 43 points on 14-23 shooting. 10-16 from 3PT.
- The 10 three-pointers are an OKC franchise record.
- Here’s the 10th three. It’s so obvious PG is feeling it. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: How blessed are Thunder fans to see so many incredible seasons from future Hall-of-Famers? This George season gets more special every game.
- George and Dwyane Wade exchanged jerseys after the game. I don’t hate the Thunder’s road blue uniforms as much as some people, but it’s safe to say Paul George won this trade.
Thunder’s Winning Streak Snapped in Boston, Celtics Win 134-129
- This was going to be a tough game no matter what, but Boston shooting 59.3 percent is rrrreeeeeeaaaallllly hard to beat.
- A Thunder/Celtics Finals would be a fun chess match to watch, huh?
- For a second, imagine yourself standing anywhere near the lane when Steven Adams does dunks like this:
- Definitely felt like the third game of a 3-game east road trip.
- Clutch Russ showed up for a bit:
- Then the turnover happened. Ugh. As someone following the game on Twitter, Westbrook was absolutely roasted for it.
- Should Billy Donovan have called a timeout? I was shocked he didn’t after the rebound.
- Really liked the gamble by Kyrie to go for the steal that caused the Westbrook turnover. Just a good play by Irving and a bit of a hiccup for Westbrook.
- Westbrook’s week: @ Orlando: 23 points (7-12), 14 rebounds, 14 assists @ Miami: 14 points (6-10), 12 rebounds, 14 assists @ Boston: 22 points (8-19), 12 rebounds, 16 assists
- I mean, that’s pretty darn good. Sometimes it feels like people are wanting Russ to score 30+, dish out 10+ assists, all while playing the best defense of his career.
- Hate to see the winning-streak snapped, but it wasn’t that bad of a loss, all things considered.
- The BIG3 announced Kendrick Perkins has entered their draft pool. I might have to see Young Hawg play some 3-on-3.
- Kristaps Porzingis was traded to the Dallas Mavericks because Hey! The West wasn’t tough enough! That Zinger/Luka combo is going to be very fun to watch.
- New York must be really confident they’re getting someone this offseason. Kevin Durant?
- All-Star Game number eight for the Brodie:
- No Steven Adams in the All-Star Game. Tough break. I really wanted this, guys.
- Check out Westbrook’s Why Not Zer0.2 kicks for the All-Star Game. They’re ugly and wild and I might get them:
- The Thunder traded Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and cash considerations to the Chicago Bulls. TLC will be missed, but I will not miss the thirty seconds it takes me to spell out his full name.
- Hamidou Diallo was selected to replace Derrick jones Jr. in the 2019 Slam Dunk Contest. This should be a lot of fun and give Thunder fans something to invest in on All-Star Saturday night. I really like Diallo’s chances.
- Speaking of which, Deonte Burton might need to make a Slam Dunk Contest appearance in the future:
- Westbrook’s Why Not Zero0.2 “Super Soaker” is pretty cool but the packaging puts it over the top:
- I went 1-2 in my predictions last week, missing the win @ Miami and the loss @ Boston. I guess I’m okay with that.
- The Thunder have a good shot at grabbing two more wins before a Saturday game on national TV vs. the Rockets. Predictions:
- Win vs. Orlando | 120-102 | 80% Confidence Level
- Win vs. Memphis | 102-94 | 90% Confidence Level (This is the first time we’ve played Memphis?! Whoa.)
- Win @ Houston | 126-120 OT | 30% Confidence Level