Views from OKC: Thunder Beat Denver, Host Detroit Tonight

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Fourth quarter push propels Thunder to win in Denver

“Naturally, it included excruciating moments where you definitely could see the Thunder giving it away. Namely Steven Adams fouling rookie Jamal Murray on a 3 with 8.3 seconds remaining, and the Thunder up three. Westbrook attacked the basket, shocking the world by resisting the 30-foot flailer, but was blocked by Kenneth Faired. Overtime was attrition, with OKC finding enough on both ends.”

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IDK if I should be happy with that win or upset. The Thunder played awful defense in the first 42 minutes of the game, but they turned up the intensity at the end of the game. This team started the season 6-1 because of their defense and have fallen down the standings because of their defense. Tonight will be a good indicator if they finally made that realization. Speaking of tonight…

Detroit comes to OKC for a Saturday night matinee

Nov 14, 2016; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) walks down the court during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Pistons won 104-88. Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

“In the Nov. 14 matchup, Detroit was also without the services of center Andre Drummond. When the Thunder and Pistons meet in Oklahoma City, Drummond will be in the lineup with his 14.9 points, 14 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.5 steals.”

It’s weird to think that a random game in November could be a make-or-break game for the Thunder, but it’s kinda true. The last 11 minutes of last night’s game was the brand of basketball we expected; hopefully playing less than 24 hour later keeps the taste of success in their mouth. If not, this young team will be left feeling disappointed once again.

Russell Westbrook triple-double update

  • Russ’ 36-12-18 last night was his sixth triple-double of the season. The rest of the NBA has combined for 7.
  • Westbrook’s averaging 32 points, 10.9 assists and 9.8 rebounds per game. He’s only four rebounds shy of averaging a triple-double through 17 games. This is legit people.
  • In the first matchup against Detroit, Russ had 33-15-8. The assist numbers were low because his teammates couldn’t hit shots; Ish Smith doesn’t have a chance of stopping Westbrook.

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