Views from OKC: Don’t panic, today is a brand new day

Dec 29, 2016; Memphis, TN, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Alex Abrines (8) drives against Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen (9) during the second half at FedExForum. Memphis defeated Oklahoma City 114-80. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 29, 2016; Memphis, TN, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Alex Abrines (8) drives against Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen (9) during the second half at FedExForum. Memphis defeated Oklahoma City 114-80. Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

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A fantastic way to preview a basketball game

“Recently, SB Nation Grizzly Bear Blues writer “ballfromgrace” and I exchanged five insightful questions concerning our respective teams’ hot-topics, and chances for success ahead of Friday night’s tilt. While the Thunder and Grizzlies are knotted at one victory apiece in this year’s series, OKC enters the contest on a three-game losing streak. Meanwhile, the Memphis Grizzlies have reeled three-consecutive wins.”

I really enjoy reading/listening to two experts talk about hypotheticals leading up to a game because most of the time they major keys they lay out end up coming true. This one seems to be no different. And I think the key here will be the fourth quarter. Enes Kanter played in the final minutes of the Thunder’s lone victory against the Grizzlies this season, but he’s obviously out for this matchup. So again the question begs: what are you going to do differently Billy?

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The best Russell Westbrook profile I’ve read yet

“When Durant left last summer, some fans speculated that Westbrook might have a chance to pull this madness off. Rational people, myself included, responded with scornful laughter. It was absurd, particularly for a player who was only 6-foot-3 and surrounded by mediocre shooters. To actually average a triple-double would be not only historic and impressive but also a little weird, almost disturbing.

But this is where we have to take into account Russell Westbrook’s personality.”

There are just way too many quotable items in this piece. Most of them are too long for the sake of this piece so that reduced the options down a little. But I also didn’t want to spoil the surprise for you all. Russell Westbrook is an amazing specimen; obviously he has incredible physical features but it’s his mind that sets him apart. Finally somebody was able to capture that. But don’t take my word for it. Take Russ’.

Views from Twitter

Do you really think Russ would promote something like this if he didn’t like the end result? I’m telling you. Put 25 minutes away from your parents, friends, kids, etc. for this piece. It will only make you appreciate Westbrook even more.

If Andre Roberson was in the three-point contest the other competitors would be openly roasting him for his form and lack of points. Maybe Roberson could give up and just start illegally defending his hecklers.

If Andre Roberson was in the three-point contest he would be representing the San Antonio Spurs in 2023.

If Andre Roberson was in the three-point contest I’d be convinced the NBA just wanted to make a mockery out of OKC. Sure give us Roberson shooting threes but don’t give us Jerami Grant in the dunk contest.

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