OKC Thunder's chemistry issues

OKC Thunder's chemistry issues

Postby The Rock on Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:58 pm

http://blog.newsok.com/thunderrumblings/2012/11/04/hawks-104-thunder-95/


Recap of last night's loss to ATL at home without Josh Smith

The worst thing that can happen to this Thunder season is something that’s reared its head in every single game thus far. That’s egos creeping in and causing players to believe they’re better than. Tonight, much like the first two nights of the 2012-13 season, there was a ton of barking among Thunder players. At the end of the first quarter, Thabo Sefolosha and Russell Westbrook had to be separated from exchanging words as they walked to the bench. It was a show of anger that surprisingly was also seen from the same two as they walked off the court at halftime Friday night. Later, Durant chewed out Serge Ibaka for failing to grab a rebound. And of course there was the usual head-shaking between Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins whenever the paint went left unprotected. The problem is everyone has an opinion and everyone is sharing it. It can’t be that way. There should be two voices on the court. Durant’s. And Westbrook’s. Everyone else needs to fall in line. What’s happening now is that everyone is acting like they know best, almost like they’re the reason for the team’s success, like their poop doesn’t stink and the man’s next to them does. And you can’t help but wonder how much of the attitude has to do with last year’s success and whether it will soon subside or only fester and grow fangs.


I think just for the 1st half of the season they might not be a legit threat to us, San Antonio and the Clippers might be.

This isn't the 1st time Sefalosha/Westbrook have yelled at each other






4.45 mark


The one edge this team has had over us the last 2 years is chemistry and continuity and its gone. They may cash in that Kevin Martin expiring + Toronto pick for an all star caliber player in return at the deadline but they still wont have the chemistry they had the last couple of years. Hopefully Kyle Lowry and Toronto stay in the playoff race in the East so that pick doesn't hold great value.
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Re: OKC Thunder's chemistry issues

Postby puffyusaf#2 on Mon Nov 05, 2012 3:08 pm

I said it once and will say it again... the worst thing OKC could of done was keep Westbrook. I figured he would destroy them last year but he didn't. This year it very well may happen
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Re: OKC Thunder's chemistry issues

Postby gill on Mon Nov 05, 2012 3:24 pm

It's like seeing Stephon Marbury slowly get himself kicked out of Minnesota all over again.

I agree with puff, Westbrook should've been sent packing. Harden was way too valuable in that he gets the team amped and bring them together
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Re: OKC Thunder's chemistry issues

Postby pound4pound1 on Mon Nov 05, 2012 3:40 pm

gill wrote:It's like seeing Stephon Marbury slowly get himself kicked out of Minnesota all over again.

I agree with puff, Westbrook should've been sent packing. Harden was way too valuable in that he gets the team amped and bring them together



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Re: OKC Thunder's chemistry issues

Postby therealdeal on Mon Nov 05, 2012 3:41 pm

The worse it gets the closer KD becomes to being a Laker. :man1:
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Re: OKC Thunder's chemistry issues

Postby Frank Dux on Mon Nov 05, 2012 5:16 pm

Way to trade away your "glue guy", the most unselfish of the big 3, and the best playmaker on the roster.

Presti didn't do his homework. Westbrook is basically a combo guard with tunnel vision, and Durant gets severely overrated. Now Durant is a really good player, but he's turnover prone, a mediocre passer, and lacks superstar playmaking skills ala prime Kobe, Lebron James, etc.

Harden was easily the most versatile offensive player on the roster. His ability to run the pick and roll, get to the rim at will, break defenses down off the dribble, and shoot at elite rate was invaluable to the team. IMO the Harden trade ruined their chance of a dynasty.
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Re: OKC Thunder's chemistry issues

Postby thkthebest on Mon Nov 05, 2012 6:41 pm

pound4pound1 wrote:
gill wrote:It's like seeing Stephon Marbury slowly get himself kicked out of Minnesota all over again.

I agree with puff, Westbrook should've been sent packing. Harden was way too valuable in that he gets the team amped and bring them together


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Lol Rondo.
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Re: OKC Thunder's chemistry issues

Postby Rooscooter on Mon Nov 05, 2012 7:07 pm

^^If I had Rondo I wouldn't "dangle" him for Westbrook..... that's for sure....

On the upside here..... maybe that team falls apart just in time for our spending spree and Durant's availability.....
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Re: OKC Thunder's chemistry issues

Postby lotus on Mon Nov 05, 2012 7:08 pm

OKC is mesmerized by Westbrook's athleticism. They won't win a championship until they get a real point guard.

An undersized 2 guard playing point is fun to watch (eg. Marbury, Iverson, etc.), but gets exposed during pressure playoff basketball.
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