Thursday Bolts: 10.31.19
Brandon Rahbar’s (Daily Thunder) recap of last night’s Thunder loss.
Our live game threads are worth checking out as well, even after the game is over. Case in point: Olivia Panchal’s updates from last night are a diary of how the game felt in the moment.
Billy Donovan says the team has been playing “the right way, if that makes any sense” in their 1-4 start, which could easily have been 4-1. ( ͡~ ͜ʖ ͡°) We read you, Billy:
Brian Windhorst (ESPN) has a couple Thunder nuggets in his league-wide trade market survey. He says the Thunder are telling other teams that Steven Adams is “part of their future for the time being”, which trumps “playing the right way to a .200 winning percentage” as the best oxymoron in today’s bolts.
Ben Mertens (Welcome to Loud City) has five overreactions to the start of OKC’s season: “After Gallo though, you would’ve expected CP3, aged but still a force, to command the most interest in a trade, with only his mammoth contract standing in the way. Through 4 games though, Paul’s dreadnought of a contract is less of a problem than his dreadful play. Paul is shooting just 41% from the field, a number that is actually raised by his 3 point shooting, which is unsustainably high at 50%. He has somehow shot just 36% from 2-point range, a consequence of his inability to get to the rim (just 9% of his shots have come at the rim, per Cleaning the Glass) and his struggles creating as much separation for his midrange shot as he once could. Perhaps most troubling of all — CP3, the Point God, challenger to the Greatest Point Guard of all time, has averaged just 3.3 assists per game. Is Paul washed?”
Wosny Lambre (The Athletic) has Chris Paul and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander at 7 & 8 in his style power rankings, respectively.
Semi-regular reminder that Darius Bazley does in fact dress like the true Fresh Prince of OKC:
Around the league: Steph Curry broke his hand, so Warriors schadenfreude is no longer fun … The Rockets and Wizards put up 318 points in regulation … Mike Conley, presumably sick of hearing those comparisons to CP3, went off … Joel Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns got ejected for wrasslin’
Something to think about: Thunder player (former or current) Halloween costumes beside beards and snakes?