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Re: Thunder [14-4] - Young rescues Thunder in Boston

Postby Andrew on Tue Jun 26, 2012 5:52 pm

Nice comeback, cool to see Young step up and support your stars.
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Re: Thunder [14-4] - Young rescues Thunder in Boston

Postby Phil89 on Thu Jun 28, 2012 3:11 pm

4/12/13

Oklahoma City Thunder [14-4] vs Cleveland Cavaliers [10-6]

Brilliant CP3 leads Cavs to amazing win

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OKC - 32 29 45 28 134
CLE - 31 38 39 43 151

Player of the Game: Chris Paul
(30pts, 22ast, 1reb, 1stl)


OKC _______ CLE
54-102 - FGM/A - 65-109
6-17 - 3PTM/A - 5-11
20-24 - FTM/A - 16-18
29 - Rebounds - 44
28 - Assists - 43
11 - Blocks - 11
8 - Steals - 8
21 - Turnovers - 19
14 - Fouls - 16


Top Scorers
Kevin Durant - 42
Chris Paul - 30
Javed Abdur Salam - 25
Vincenzo Carlos - 24
Howie Murphy - 23
Kevin Martin - 21
Marvin Williams - 20
Blake Griffin - 16
Michael Beasley - 16
James Harden - 15
Derrick Rose - 15
Roy Hibbert - 12
Rolf Young - 11

Assists
Chris Paul - 22
Derrick Rose - 16
Kevin Martin - 9
Vincenzo Carlos - 6
Blake Griffin - 4

Rebounds
Roy Hibbert - 11
Howie Murphy - 10
Vincenzo Carlos - 8
Marvin Williams - 8
Javed Abdur Salam - 6
Kevin Martin - 6
Rolf Young - 6

Video Highlights
Beasley ends the first quarter in style.


Young produces a powerful dunk.
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Re: Thunder [14-5] - CP3 inspires Cavs in Cleveland

Postby qfrmcpt310 on Thu Jun 28, 2012 6:17 pm

This might sound weird considering you're 14-5, but you've been loosing a lot of games this season lol. Teams competing better or just not in top form yet :cool: ?
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Re: Thunder [14-5] - CP3 inspires Cavs in Cleveland

Postby Phil89 on Thu Jun 28, 2012 6:57 pm

New sliders is the main reason I think. :wink:
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Re: Thunder [14-5] - CP3 inspires Cavs in Cleveland

Postby Andrew on Fri Jun 29, 2012 12:13 pm

Tough loss, but an awesome game from Paul. Looks like they were just on fire from the second quarter onwards.
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Re: Thunder [14-5] - CP3 inspires Cavs in Cleveland

Postby Phil89 on Fri Jun 29, 2012 5:42 pm

There's been some crazy numbers in my games this season.

Chris Paul (30p, 22a), Tony Parker (35p, 20a), Derrick Rose (11p,31a) (20p, 25a) (20p, 22a), Aaron Brooks (40p, 16a).

Though I'd imagine the numbers in the cpu vs cpu sim games would be even bigger.
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Re: Thunder [14-5] - CP3 inspires Cavs in Cleveland

Postby Phil89 on Sun Jul 01, 2012 3:14 pm

5/12/13

Thunder free up rotations by sending Mayer to Phoenix

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Oklahoma City today sent second-year rookie forward Crawford Mayer to Phoenix in exchange for a future first round draft pick.
According to sources with knowledge of the deal, the Suns also received both of the Thunder's 2013 draft picks as part of the trade.
Mayer, who was selected by the Thunder with pick 60 in last season's national draft, was deemed surplus to requirements by the team.
Thunder management are believed to rate recent number 4 pick Howie Jeffries and saw this deal as a way to get him more playing time.
They'll have free agency decisions to make next season on superstars Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose, along with promising rookie Rolf Young.
Mayer was also going to be a free agent and may not have been re-signed by the Thunder. He'll hope he can earn an extension with the Suns.
Jeffries, the 23 year old from Argentina, is seen as the next Al Jefferson. At 6 ft 10 and 270 lbs, he could be a dominant player in the future.


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Suns' 2013 1st round pick

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Roy Hibbert - Blake Griffin - Kevin Durant - James Harden - Derrick Rose
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Michael Beasley, Rolf Young, Howie Jeffries, Kyle Korver, Eric Maynor, Jeremy Lin



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Crawford Mayer - PF - 22 - $711k - 1 year (74)
Thunder's 2013 1st round pick
Thunder's 2013 2nd round pick

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Re: Thunder [14-5] - Mayer sent to Phoenix

Postby Andrew on Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:06 pm

Seems like a solid minor move. (Y)
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Re: Thunder [14-5] - Mayer sent to Phoenix

Postby Phil89 on Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:01 pm

With Beasley and Jeffries added to my bench rotation this year, I was finding it hard to give them all extended minutes. Plus there's Rolf Young.

Unfortunately for Mayer he was my least favourite bench player. I'm happy with my bench now: Jeffries - Young - Beasley - Korver - Maynor
Beasley & Young should probably swap to play their natural positions, but Young is nearly 7ft tall (with his afro :mrgreen:) so I figured he'd be a better rebounder.
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Re: Thunder [14-5] - Mayer sent to Phoenix

Postby Phil89 on Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:11 pm

6/12/13

Oklahoma City Thunder [14-5] vs Detroit Pistons [9-9]

Gordon stars as Thunder lose second straight game

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OKC - 26 33 44 26 129
DET - 34 27 43 34 138

Player of the Game: Ben Gordon
(47pts, 9st, 2reb, 1stl)


OKC _______ DET
46-101 - FGM/A - 55-90
5-20 - 3PTM/A - 8-18
32-35 - FTM/A - 20-30
30 - Rebounds - 41
27 - Assists - 38
9 - Blocks - 11
9 - Steals - 2
15 - Turnovers - 22
18 - Fouls - 20


Top Scorers
Ben Gordon - 47
Jarrett Jack - 28
Kevin Durant - 28
Roy Hibbert - 19
Rolf Young - 18
James Harden - 17
Derrick Rose - 16
Louis Amundson - 14
Linas Kleiza -13
Michael Beasley - 12
Howie Jeffries - 10
Blake Griffin - 8
Chris Duhon - 8
Theo Jeffries - 8

Assists
Derrick Rose - 15
Jarrett Jack - 13
Ben Gordon - 9
Linas Kleiza - 8
Blake Griffin - 5

Rebounds
Robin Lopez - 10
Roy Hibbert - 8
Blake Griffin - 7
Wayne Reid - 7
Logan Hartmann - 7
Louis Amundson - 6

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Rose gets past Kleiza and dunks.
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Re: Thunder [14-6] - Gordon hands Thunder another loss

Postby Andrew on Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:54 am

Gordon channeling my Dynasty there. ;) Tough loss.
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Re: Thunder [14-6] - Gordon hands Thunder another loss

Postby Phil89 on Tue Jul 03, 2012 3:30 pm

I really need to stop my opponents' star player having huge games. I've lost 3 of my last 4 because Gordon, Paul and Parker have gone crazy.
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Re: Thunder [14-6] - Gordon hands Thunder another loss

Postby Phil89 on Tue Jul 03, 2012 3:39 pm

7/12/13

Oklahoma City Thunder [14-6] vs Denver Nuggets [8-10]

Thunder bench get extended run against Nuggets

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OKC - 41 30 38 38 147
DEN - 33 29 26 32 120

Player of the Game: Rolf Young
(31pts, 7reb, 4ast, 2blk, 1stl)


OKC _______ DEN
60-97 - FGM/A - 49-92
6-17 - 3PTM/A - 6-17
21-21 - FTM/A - 16-21
30 - Rebounds - 27
41 - Assists - 28
10 - Blocks - 8
15 - Steals - 2
18 - Turnovers - 24
15 - Fouls - 12


Top Scorers
Ty Lawson - 33
Rolf Young - 31
Kevin Durant - 23
Howie Jeffries - 22
Joakim Noah - 21
Paul Millsap - 19
Derrick Rose - 17
Blake Griffin - 16
Arron Afflalo - 16
Michael Beasley - 15
James Harden - 10

Assists
Ty Lawson - 11
Derrick Rose - 10
Arron Afflalo - 8
James Harden - 7
Eric Maynor - 7

Rebounds
Joakim Noah - 11
Paul Millsap - 7
Rolf Young - 7
Roy Hibbert - 6
Howie Jeffries - 6

Video Highlights
Rose palys a one-two with Harden before attacking the paint.

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Re: Thunder [15-6] - Nuggets visit OKC

Postby Andrew on Wed Jul 04, 2012 9:23 am

That's a pretty good way to break the trend.
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Re: Thunder [15-6] - Nuggets visit OKC

Postby Phil89 on Wed Jul 04, 2012 3:27 pm

9/12/13

Oklahoma City Thunder [15-6] vs Utah Jazz [11-11]

Thunder lose unbeaten home record after flat performance against Jazz

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OKC - 29 32 23 24 108
UTA - 31 28 28 28 115

Player of the Game: Al Jefferson
(20pts, 14reb, 3ast, 4blk, 1stl)


OKC _______ UTA
41-85 - FGM/A - 44-81
6-17 - 3PTM/A - 6-16
20-20 - FTM/A - 21-27
29 - Rebounds - 33
26 - Assists - 28
8 - Blocks - 12
5 - Steals - 5
16 - Turnovers - 15
16 - Fouls - 12


Top Scorers
Randy Foye - 28
Al Jefferson - 20
Gordon Hayward - 19
Rolf Young - 18
Raymond Felton - 17
Derrick Favors - 16
Blake Griffin - 16
Kevin Durant - 16
Michael Beasley - 13
Howie Jeffries - 13
Roy Hibbert - 12
Derrick Rose - 11

Assists
Raymond Felton - 13
Derrick Rose - 10
Randy Foye - 8
Blake Griffin - 4
Eric Maynor - 4

Rebounds
Al Jefferson - 14
Derrick Favors- 8
Blake Griffin - 6
Roy Hibbert - 5
Kevin Durant - 5
Gordon Hayward - 4
Howie Jeffries - 4

Video Highlights
Harden sinks an open three.

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Re: Thunder [15-7] - Thunder lose at home for first time

Postby Andrew on Thu Jul 05, 2012 1:47 pm

Looks like you played a pretty good all-around team game, but no one was able to close it out for you at the end there.
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Re: Thunder [15-7] - Thunder lose at home for first time

Postby Phil89 on Fri Jul 06, 2012 10:21 pm

10/12/13

Oklahoma City Thunder [15-7] vs Houston Rockets [10-14]

Team effort from Thunder sees off poor Rockets

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OKC - 36 24 31 22 113
HOU - 17 14 27 29 87

Player of the Game: Michael Beasley
(11pts, 5reb, 5ast, 1blk, 3stl)


OKC _______ HOU
40-82 - FGM/A - 37-85
7-23 - 3PTM/A - 2-10
26-26 - FTM/A - 11-18
31 - Rebounds - 41
28 - Assists - 14
9 - Blocks - 10
21 - Steals - 7
21 - Turnovers - 30
12 - Fouls - 16


Top Scorers
Kevin Durant - 20
Blake Griffin - 18
Gerald Wallace - 18
Jan Richards - 17
Jrue Holiday - 16
Chuck Hayes - 14
Rolf Young - 13
Howie Jeffries - 11
Michael Beasley - 11
James Harden - 10
Derrick Rose - 10

Assists
Derrick Rose - 6
James Harden - 5
Michael Beasley - 5
Eric Maynor - 5

Rebounds
DeAndre Jordan - 18
Dave Brown - 8
Roy Hibbert - 7
Howie Jeffries - 6
Michael Beasley - 5
Chuck Hayes - 5

Video Highlights
Rose sets up Durant for a dunk.


Korver with a buzzer beater at the end of the first quarter.


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Re: Thunder [16-7] - Thunder host Rockets in OKC

Postby Andrew on Fri Jul 06, 2012 10:55 pm

Seems the all-around effort worked out a little better this time around. Nice win. :)
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Re: Thunder [16-7] - Thunder host Rockets in OKC

Postby Phil89 on Sat Jul 07, 2012 3:47 pm

12/12/13

Oklahoma City Thunder [16-7] vs Memphis Grizzlies [10-9]

Nelson has a night out in Oklahoma City

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OKC - 31 20 26 39 18 134
MEM - 22 38 26 30 24 140

Player of the Game: Jameer Nelson
(36pts, 21ast, 2reb, 3stl)


OKC _______ MEM
51-104 - FGM/A - 59-98
6-24 - 3PTM/A - 7-14
26-27 - FTM/A - 15-16
29 - Rebounds - 38
35 - Assists - 35
9 - Blocks - 14
12 - Steals - 6
18 - Turnovers - 30
16 - Fouls - 16


Top Scorers
Kevin Durant - 38
Jameer Nelson - 36
Blake Griffin - 34
OJ Mayo - 29
Rudy Gay - 28
Brandon Bass - 23
Derrick Rose - 18
Rolf Young - 15
JaVale McGee - 14
James Harden - 13
Howie Jeffries - 10

Assists
Jameer Nelson - 21
Derrick Rose - 20
Brandon Bass - 6
OJ Mayo - 5

Rebounds
JaVale McGee - 16
Kevin Durant - 8
Rudy Gay - 7
Howie Jeffries - 6

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Durant sinks a three to close the gap late in the fourth.
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Re: Thunder [16-8] - Thunder force overtime against Grizzlie

Postby Andrew on Sun Jul 08, 2012 10:24 am

Ouch, looks like they just went off in the second quarter thanks to Nelson's efforts. Despite some of your big wins, I'd say those new sliders you're trying are definitely making the game more challenging.
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Re: Thunder [16-8] - Thunder force overtime against Grizzlie

Postby happysamuel on Sun Jul 08, 2012 2:04 pm

WoW, just looked through this now, and its really interesting.
Definitely going to follow this now since the NBA season is over :D
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Re: Thunder [16-8] - Thunder force overtime against Grizzlie

Postby Phil89 on Sun Jul 08, 2012 6:13 pm

12/12/13

Breaking: Wade shocks Heat with trade request

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Seven time all-star Dwyane Wade wants out of Miami. That's the word coming from sources with knowledge of the situation.
It's been revealed that the veteran guard has formally asked the Heat for a trade, with his hometown of Chicago being top of his list.
He reportedly met with Miami Heat general manager Pat Riley yesterday and told him he wants to be traded to the Chicago Bulls.
Normally if a player of his calibre asked to be traded it would be a disaster for his team, but Miami also have two MVPs on their roster.
Luckily for the Heat he still has two years remaining on his current contract and will likely still get them some quality pieces back.
Wade led the Heat to the 2006 title, but four straight finals losses has apparently made him feel like he needed a change of scenery.
It may actually be beneficial for the Heat to trade Wade as it could help them sort out some of the weak spots in their roster.
Their frontcourt needs an upgrade. They don't match up well against the Nets (Howard & Nene) and Knicks (Randolph & Stoudemire).
Early reports suggest that any trade between the Bulls and Heat would probably require a third team in order to reach a deal.
The Heat (15-5) are currently sitting on top of the eastern conference, whilst the Bulls (15-7) aren't too far behind in second.
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Re: Thunder [16-8] - Breaking news out of Miami

Postby Andrew on Sun Jul 08, 2012 6:20 pm

Interesting... :)
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Re: Thunder [16-8] - Breaking news out of Miami

Postby qfrmcpt310 on Sun Jul 08, 2012 7:41 pm

Guess he's tired of loosing to the Thunder in the finals :lol:
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Re: Thunder [16-8] - Breaking news out of Miami

Postby Martti. on Mon Jul 09, 2012 1:54 am

No way, he can't leave Miami.
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Re: Thunder [16-8] - Breaking news out of Miami

Postby Phil89 on Mon Jul 09, 2012 3:54 pm

13/12/13

Celtics bring Perkins back as Raptors look to next season's free agency

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The Celtics welcomed back an old friend today by acquiring former championship center Kendrick Perkins in a 6-player trade with Toronto.
Boston also received Jason Maxiell and James Johnson in the deal. The Raptors get Samuel Dalembert, Troy Murphy and Toby Lynch in return.
Since the 'big 3' of Garnett, Pierce and Allen are all no longer in Boston, Rajon Rondo had been left carrying the Celtics on his shoulders.
Now with this deal they'll hope that Perkins and Rondo can combine and rediscover their 2008 title form so they can enjoy a deep playoff run.
Aside from trying to make the team better, this deal was also done to help convince Rondo to re-sign with the Celtics at the end of the season.
Perhaps general manager Danny Ainge figured that bringing back Rondo's best friend would increase the chances of him remaining in Boston.
Currently the Celtics are sitting in 12th spot in the eastern conference with an 11-15 record, but they are only 3 games behind the Pistons in 8th.

Toronto did this deal to become the biggest player in the season end free agency period. They will have a huge amount of money to spend.
Stars like Kevin Durant, Amare Stoudemire, Derrick Rose, LaMarcus Aldridge and Brandon Roy are just a few who could be available next year.
Now the Raptors only have about $10m in guaranteed contracts next season. They could completely change the fortunes of their franchise.
Of course they do have the likes of Rodney Stuckey, Evan Turner, Amir Johnson, Ed Davis and Jerryd Bayless expiring at the end of the season too.
It will remain to be seen if they decide to stick with their current young core next season or throw everything at a couple of superstar players.
The potential free agent class is deep with Andrew Bynum, John Wall, Joakim Noah, Rudy Gay, Paul George, Serge Ibaka and Rajon Rondo.
Veterans Dalembert and Murphy may be bought out at some point, unless the Raptors coaching staff feel they can help out with a playoff run.
The Raptors are in 6th spot in the east with a 14-11 record. If they hope to challenge in the playoffs they will have to rely on their young guns.


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Kendrick Perkins - 29 - C - $35.94m - 3 years (82)
Jason Maxiell - 30 - PF - $28.77m - 3 years (75)
James Johnson - 26 - SF - $18.56m - 4 years (72)

Projected line-up:
Kendrick Perkins - Othello Hunter - Terrence Williams - Von Wafer - Rajon Rondo
Bench options:
Brandan Wright, Jason Maxiell, Kirk Hinrich, James Johnson, Avery Bradley, Jamario Moon



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Samuel Dalembert - 32 - C - $15.19m - 1 year (77)
Troy Murphy - 33 - PF - $15.65m - 1 year (71)
Toby Lynch - 21 - SG - $1.94m - 2 years (65)

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Re: Thunder [16-8] - Breaking news out of Miami

Postby Phil89 on Mon Jul 09, 2012 4:06 pm

Andrew wrote:Interesting... :)

I figured you'd have a special interest in this news. :mrgreen:

qfrmcpt310 wrote:Guess he's tired of loosing to the Thunder in the finals :lol:

I'd say so. Four straight years would take it's toll on anyone.

Martti. wrote:No way, he can't leave Miami.

Sorry. If it's any consolation Wade is actually the third option on this Heat team. Bosh is 32ppg 14rpg monster and LeBron is LeBron. Plus it's not like they aren't getting good players back for him.
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Re: Thunder [16-8] - Celtics make a move

Postby Andrew on Mon Jul 09, 2012 4:31 pm

Not a bad deal for either side, given their aims. Interested to see how the Wade situation ends up though. ;)
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Re: Thunder [16-8] - Celtics make a move

Postby Phil89 on Mon Jul 09, 2012 5:08 pm

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Heat locked in talks with Bulls over Wade deal

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Sources in Miami have reported that the Heat have begun trade discussions with the Bulls after revelations yesterday that Dwyane Wade wants out.
General manager Pat Riley is believed to have flown to Chicago today to meet with Bulls' management in the hopes of reaching a satisfactory deal.
Wade shocked the whole of Miami yesterday after allegedly making it known to Heat management that he wanted to be traded to his hometown Bulls.
Neither Wade or the Heat have made any public statement about the request yet as they're probably waiting for confirmation of a deal before talking.
Several rumours are spreading over Twitter that a deal is being thrashed out in Chicago and that Utah may possibly be involved to make it work.

Adrian Wojnarowski ‏@WojYahooNBA
Pat Riley is in Chicago to conduct talks with Bulls over Wade. Utah being mentioned as third team, league sources tell Y! Sports.

Marc J. Spears ‏@SpearsNBAYahoo
Wade deal could be finalised in next two days. Third team needed to make it work. Jazz likely to be that team, source tells Y!

John Hollinger ‏@johnhollinger
A few names mentioned as possibly included in Wade trade: Boozer, Jefferson, Deng, Miller. No confirmation as yet though.

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Re: Thunder [16-8] - Celtics make a move

Postby Andrew on Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:32 pm

Nice touch with the Tweets. :)
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Re: Thunder [16-8] - Celtics make a move

Postby Phil89 on Tue Jul 10, 2012 1:20 pm

14/12/13

Oklahoma City Thunder [16-8] vs New Orleans Hornets [12-12]

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OKC - 23 30 28 38 119
NOH - 34 26 18 28 106

Player of the Game: Roy Hibbert
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OKC _______ NOH
48-95 - FGM/A - 47-88
6-19 - 3PTM/A - 4-12
17-17 - FTM/A - 8-9
31 - Rebounds - 38
29 - Assists - 30
8 - Blocks - 8
17 - Steals - 8
19 - Turnovers - 30
7 - Fouls - 10


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Roy Hibbert - 37
Jose Calderon - 36
Kevin Durant - 28
Rudy Fernandez - 22
Marc Gasol - 17
Ersan Ilyasova - 15
Rolf Young - 15
Blake Griffin - 10
Derrick Rose - 10

Assists
Jose Calderon - 10
Derrick Rose - 9
Blake Griffin - 6
Pau Gasol - 5
Rudy Fernandez - 5

Rebounds
Marc Gasol - 13
Roy Hibbert - 8
Blake Griffin - 6
Michael Beasley - 6
Kelly Neumann - 5

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Harden gets open and sinks a three.


Harden gets around Fernandez and dunks over Mensah-Bonsu.
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Re: Thunder [17-8] - Hornets come to OKC

Postby Phil89 on Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:25 pm

15/12/13

Heat grant Wade his wish and send him home to Chicago

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The Chicago Bulls announced today that they had reached an agreement to acquire Dwyane Wade from the Miami Heat.
In a complex three-team trade the Bulls also get center Al Jefferson and forward Derrick Favors from the Utah Jazz.
The Jazz receive forward Carlos Boozer from Chicago as well as Mario Chalmers, Channing Frye and Mike Miller from Miami.
Utah will also acquire a first round pick from the Bulls in next year's draft, which is projected to be a late first rounder.
Finally, the Heat get center Tyson Chandler and guard JR Smith from the Bulls, also Raymond Felton from the Jazz.


Chicago finally has a new hero to worship, two years after Derrick Rose shocked them, and the nation, by leaving for Milwaukee.
Wade returns to the city we where he was born, on the South Side of Chicago, and spent his childhood living in Robbins, Illinois.
As a child, Wade idolised former Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan, and has said in interviews that he patterns his game after him.
Now he gets the chance to wear the same jersey as his idol and look to bring some of that success back to the city of Chicago.

Jefferson will provide them with quality offensive post presence and his partnership with Favors has already been established in Utah.
The pair should be able to fill the rebounding hole left by Chandler and Boozer. The latter were the best rebounding duo in the league.
With the Bulls currently occupying the second seed it may seem like a big risk to change things up after finally being competitive again.
But clearly they felt that an opportunity like this was worth taking. It's not everyday that a local superstar becomes available for trade.
Wade's averages this season are somewhat down on his usual output. He's averaging 19 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists per game.
Perhaps it is because he was the third option in Miami. Now he will be able to play like he did pre-'big 3', as the Bulls' star player.
Jefferson on the other hand is having an MVP like season. His 27 points and 13 rebounds per game is up with Bosh and Stoudemire.
Favors meanwhile hasn't been very effective offensively, but he is a solid defensive player and pulls in 11 rebounds per game.



Miami actually come out of this situation relatively well. Their roster has a much more balanced look to it now with these additions.
After four consecutive years of failure in the finals against Oklahoma City, it may be good for them to try something different.
Chandler will complement the defensive play of Chris Bosh and LeBron James, whilst Smith will add a solid third scorer to the team.
Their frontcourt matches up very well with the Knicks now with Chandler, Bosh and James vs Randolph, Stoudemire and Anthony.
They now have the option to switch out Smith for defensive specialist Mickael Pietrus and totally lock down any opposition offense.
Pietrus, Arenas and Hill off the bench give them decent rotation depth too. They will surely be a big player in this year's playoffs.

Sitting top of the eastern conference, the Heat didn't really need this distraction. They will hope the new players gel quickly now.
With Chandler and Bosh they now have two players who average 13 rebounds per game now. A formidable prospect for any team.
Smith should more than replace Wade's scoring on this team with his current form. He's fifth in the league in scoring with 31 ppg.
Felton should be a good fit for the Heat as well. He is averaging a very solid 19 points and 10 assists per game this season.



Utah got involved because they wanted to cash in on Jefferson and gain some cap flexibility for the upcoming free agency period.
Every player they got in this deal has an expiring contract. That means that they now only have $37m on the books next season.
It gives them a lot of room to manoeuvre in next season's free agency period. We may see more moves from them later in the season.
If they fully commit to the same strategy as Toronto, they could try and move Randy Foye and Sebastian Telfair at the trade deadline.
A top priority for the Jazz at the same time will no doubt be getting 23 year old forward Gordon Hayward to commit to the team long-term.

Boozer left Utah for Chicago in the summer when the three amigos were getting together in Miami. Now he returns to the Jazz.
Despite his age, the 32 year old is having a productive season. He averaged 21 points and 12 rebounds as a starter this year.
Frye will likely be playing center with the Jazz like he was in Miami. 18 points and 11 rebounds per game indicates he can do it.
Perhaps the best piece in the deal for them is Mario Chalmers. He is still only 26 years old, but he is very experienced in the league.
Chalmers was a starter in 4 consecutive finals series'. He doesn't score as much as Felton, but he can run offense just as well as him.
They likely won't see much action out of Miller as he was basically just a make-weight in the deal, but he can still play a role.




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Dwyane Wade - 31 - SG - $41.61m - 2 years (94)
Al Jefferson - 28 - C - $17.91m - 1 year (95)
Derrick Favors - 22 - PF - $5.37m - 1 year (78)

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JR Smith - 28 - SG - $12.23m - 1 year (90)
Raymond Felton - 29 - PG - $30.53m - 2 years (87)
Tyson Chandler - 31 - C - $14.60m - 1 year (84)

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Tyson Chandler - Chris Bosh - LeBron James - JR Smith - Raymond Felton
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Carlos Boozer - 32 - PF - $14.40m - 1 year (88)
Mario Chalmers - 26 - PG - $10.69m - 1 year (86)
Channing Frye - 30 - PF - $6.80m - 1 year (80)
Mike Miller - 33 - SG - $6.60m - 1 year (71)
Bulls' 2014 1st round pick

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Channing Frye - Carlos Boozer - Gordon Hayward - Randy Foye - Mario Chalmers
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Sebastian Telfair, Hamed Haddadi, Mike Miller, Sonny Weems, Jonas Jerebko
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Re: Thunder [17-8] - Wade deal finally completed

Postby Andrew on Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:08 pm

Sweet deal for the Bulls. I like it. (Y)
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Re: Thunder [17-8] - Wade deal finally completed

Postby Martti. on Fri Jul 13, 2012 6:30 am

Don't like it at all, but maybe now the Heat can finally beat you in the Finals with a decent C and PG next to CB and LeBron.
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Re: Thunder [17-8] - Wade deal finally completed

Postby Phil89 on Fri Jul 13, 2012 3:05 pm

16/12/13

Oklahoma City Thunder [17-8] vs Utah Jazz [13-13]

New look Jazz can't handle Thunder

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OKC - 27 30 35 27 119
UTA - 21 29 38 17 105

Player of the Game: Kevin Durant
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OKC _______ UTA
47-89 - FGM/A - 44-89
7-21 - 3PTM/A - 3-12
18-24 - FTM/A - 14-18
37 - Rebounds - 39
31 - Assists - 24
7 - Blocks - 5
11 - Steals - 7
18 - Turnovers - 20
12 - Fouls - 14


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Kevin Durant - 33
Mario Chalmers - 25
Rolf Young - 23
Randy Foye - 21
Carlos Boozer - 19
Channing Frye - 14
Gordon Hayward - 12
James Harden - 12
Michael Beasley- 12
Blake Griffin - 11
Roy Hibbert - 10
Howie Jeffries - 10
Derrick Rose - 8

Assists
Derrick Rose - 12
Mario Chalmers - 7

Rebounds
Channing Frye - 13
Roy Hibbert - 10
Carlos Boozer - 9
Blake Griffin - 7
Hamed Haddadi - 6
Kevin Durant - 6
Michael Beasley - 6

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Beasley finds Griffin in the paint and he dunks.

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Re: Thunder [17-8] - Wade deal finally completed

Postby Phil89 on Fri Jul 13, 2012 5:31 pm

Andrew wrote:Sweet deal for the Bulls. I like it. (Y)

Martti. wrote:Don't like it at all, but maybe now the Heat can finally beat you in the Finals with a decent C and PG next to CB and LeBron.

Maybe the Bulls got overpayed a bit in this deal, but given that the Heat are so good already I felt that giving them Jefferson, who is the second best center on this game behind Dwight, would have been unfair to the other eastern conference teams. I like the Bulls and I think them having a competitive team will be good for the story of this dynasty. Besides, Miami are still the team to beat in the eastern conference.

There are 11 teams with really strong line-ups. Then there are teams like the Hawks, Lakers and Magic who have several great players too (but no one rated 90+).

Miami
T.Chandler (84)
C.Bosh (91)
L.James (97)
JR.Smith (90)
R.Felton (87)

Cleveland
H.Murphy* (86)
J.Abdur Salam* (85)
V.Carlos* (96)
K.Martin (87)
C.Paul (94)

Chicago
A.Jefferson (95)
D.Favors (78)
L.Deng (83)
D.Wade (94)
R.Sessions (85)

Los Angeles
S.Ibaka (84)
K.Love (88)
D.Giles* (86)
E.Gordon (90)
Mo.Williams (88)

Memphis
J.McGee (82)
B.Bass (85)
R.Gay (90)
O.Mayo (88)
J.Nelson (85)

Milwaukee
A.Bogut (89)
A.Bargnani (86)
J.Green (85)
M.Ellis (94)
R.Westbrook (90)

New Jersey
D.Howard (98)
Nene (85)
L.Odom (72)
K.Bryant (80)
D.Williams (99)

New York
Z.Randolph (84)
A.Stoudemire (91)
D.Gallinari (83)
C.Anthony (90)
M.Conley (84)

Oklahoma City
R.Hibbert (86)
B.Griffin (89)
K.Durant (94)
J.Harden (88)
D.Rose (94)

Portland
E.Okafor (92)
L.Aldridge (95)
N.Batum (86)
B.Roy (95)
W.Bynum (83)

San Antonio
B.Morgan* (78)
A.Horford (88)
Jo.Smith (90)
C.Hunter* (95)
Ge.Hill (85)
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Re: Thunder [18-8] - Thunder head to Utah

Postby Andrew on Fri Jul 13, 2012 7:36 pm

Those are some strong lineups indeed. Deron Williams certainly has improved, too.
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Re: Thunder [18-8] - Thunder head to Utah

Postby Phil89 on Sat Jul 14, 2012 3:05 pm

18/12/13

Thunder fill out roster with Billups signing

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Oklahoma City have today announced the signing of former finals MVP Chauncey Billups on a one year veteran's minimum deal.
The 37 year old last played for the Clippers and has been without a club since being released by them at the end of last season.
His role with the Thunder will likely be as backup for James Harden and Kyle Korver. It's unlikely that he will see much game time.
No doubt he was signed to add some veteran leadership in the locker room, just like Garnett, McGrady, Iverson and Shaq before him.
He will be hoping to add another ring to his collection with the Thunder. This will be the eight different team that he has played for.


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Re: Thunder [18-8] - Thunder head to Utah

Postby Phil89 on Sat Jul 14, 2012 3:13 pm

Andrew wrote:Those are some strong lineups indeed. Deron Williams certainly has improved, too.

He's been the 'best' player in the league since he moved to the Nets. He won the MVP the season after he got there. I guess he was playing really well in real life at the time that I started this dynasty and had a high rating in the dynamic DNA.
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Re: Thunder [18-8] - Thunder sign veteran Billups

Postby Phil89 on Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:05 pm

20/12/13

Oklahoma City Thunder [18-8] vs Golden State Warriors [12-15]

Thunder underwhelming as Curry leads Warriors to win

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OKC - 20 25 31 27 103
GSW - 22 34 20 35 111

Player of the Game: Stephen Curry
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OKC _______ GSW
34-93 - FGM/A - 46-80
7-24 - 3PTM/A - 3-11
28-28 - FTM/A - 16-24
32 - Rebounds - 42
22 - Assists - 29
8 - Blocks - 18
9 - Steals - 7
19 - Turnovers - 27
15 - Fouls - 17


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Stephen Curry - 28
Kevin Durant - 23
David Lee - 22
Blake Griffin - 18
Anthony Morrow - 16
Matthew O'Donnell - 15
Rolf Young - 13
Derrick Rose - 12
Andris Biedrins - 11
Al-Farouq Aminu - 11
Roy Hibbert - 10

Assists
Stephen Curry - 16
Eric Maynor - 4

Rebounds
Andris Biedrins - 13
David Lee - 10
Blake Griffin - 9
Roy Hibbert - 6
Kevin Durant - 5
Ekpe Udoh - 5

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Young sinks a three at the end of the first quarter.


Jeffries gets blocked initially, but regains the ball and dunks over Lee.


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Re: Thunder [18-9] - Curry dominates in OKC

Postby Andrew on Sun Jul 15, 2012 12:19 am

Looks like you ran out of steam in the fourth of that one. At least you were beaten by a point guard who should be capable of putting up big numbers after a few years in the league.
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Re: Thunder [18-9] - Curry dominates in OKC

Postby Phil89 on Sun Jul 15, 2012 5:20 pm

22/12/13

Oklahoma City Thunder [18-9] vs Los Angeles Clippers [15-13]

Griffin pours on the points against former team

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OKC - 32 39 33 31 135
LAC - 30 19 32 29 110

Player of the Game: Blake Griffin
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OKC _______ LAC
53-90 - FGM/A - 45-88
7-18 - 3PTM/A - 5-15
22-22 - FTM/A - 15-21
26 - Rebounds - 29
33 - Assists - 25
14 - Blocks - 8
7 - Steals - 7
16 - Turnovers - 22
14 - Fouls - 15


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Mo Williams - 44
Blake Griffin - 40
Kevin Durant - 25
James Harden - 20
Kevin Love - 20
Declan Giles - 14
Marcus Williams - 13
Rolf Young - 13
Roy Hibbert - 10
Derrick Rose - 10

Assists
Derrick Rose - 17
Blake Griffin - 6
Declan Giles - 6
Mo Williams - 6
Kevin Love - 5

Rebounds
Kevin Love - 12
Serge Ibaka - 10
Roy Hibbert - 9
Blake Griffin - 5

Video Highlights
Griffin dunks over Ibaka.


Griffin spins around Giles and dunks.


Maynor sinks a three at the end of the third quarter.

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Re: Thunder [19-9] - Mo Williams does it again in OKC

Postby Andrew on Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:51 am

Big night for Griffin there. How many points came off dunks?
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Re: Thunder [19-9] - Mo Williams does it again in OKC

Postby Phil89 on Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:22 pm

19-22 FGM/A, 2-2 FTM/A. Probably 10-15 of those were dunks, including several alley-oops from Rose.

In hindsight I should have made a montage of them all. :P
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Re: Thunder [19-9] - Mo Williams does it again in OKC

Postby Andrew on Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:20 pm

Nice...that would've been a pretty cool montage, actually. (Y)
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Re: Thunder [19-9] - Mo Williams does it again in OKC

Postby Phil89 on Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:16 pm

24/12/13

Kings add Blatche as Wizards free up cap space

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The Sacramento Kings today confirmed a deal in which Yi Jianlian and Toney Douglas head to Washington for Andray Blatche.
It is potentially a great deal for them as they have really lacked a rebounding big man to help out star center Yao Ming.
The oft-maligned forward is having a solid season, averaging 18 points, 13 rebounds and 2 blocks per game for the Wizards.
The 33 year old Yao is coming to the end of his 4-year $58m deal that he signed in 2010 and starting to slow down on court.
At this point in time it's unknown whether he will be re-signed as his body seems to be failing him. He's lost his stamina and agility.

Before bringing in Blatche they were playing Omri Casspi at power forward. Something he was clearly uncomfortable with.
Now Blatche can take over that role and Casspi can return to his natural position, with Trevor Ariza dropping to the bench.
Sacramento will be hoping that this deal will help them in the fight to secure one of the lower playoff berths out west.
They are currently 12th in the western conference with a 13-14 record, just one game behind the Clippers in eighth spot.


For the Wizards this is another cost cutting exercise with one eye seemingly focussed on next season's free agency period.
Getting Blatche's monster contract off their books leaves them with only $8.5m in guaranteed wages for next season.
They, along with Toronto, look set to be big players in the free agent market next season and could create a super team.
Top of their list will be local guys Kevin Durant, Ed Davis and Rudy Gay. The trio grew up in or around the nation's capital.
They may also target players from the surrounding region like big men Andrew Bynum (New Jersey) and Joakim Noah (New York).

First and foremost for them though will be convincing former top pick John Wall to re-sign with them for the long term.
The former Kentucky guard has taken over leadership of the team since Gilbert Arenas left for Orlando several years ago.
He is averaging 18 points and 9 assists per game this season, leading the team along with fellow guard Marcus Thornton

It could be a busy week in Washington as rumours continue about several veteran players' futures with the Wizards.
Rashard Lewis, Josh Howard and Luis Scola have all been subject of possible buyouts as the Wizards look to next season.
Such players would be very handy bench players for a competitor. Possibly getting one last chance at that elusive ring.
Bottom of their conference with an 8-20 record, the Wizards are eight games out of the playoffs and look done already.

In the past four seasons the Wizards have had a pick in the top 8 of each draft, including taking Wall with pick 1 in 2010.
Surely they will be hoping for another top pick next season so they can add another high potential youngster to their roster.


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Sacramento receive
Andray Blatche - 27 - PF - $26.02m - 2 years (85)

Projected line-up:
Yao Ming - Andray Blatche - Omri Casspi - Ronnie Brewer - Tyreke Evans
Bench options:
Trevor Ariza, Andrei Kirilenko, Glen Davis



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Washington receive
Yi Jianlian - 26 - PF - $8.55m - 1 year (77)
Toney Douglas - 27 - PG - $5.85m - 1 year (78)

Projected line-up:
Luis Scola - Yi Jianlian - Courtney Lee - Marcus Thornton - John Wall
Bench options:
Rashard Lewis, Josh Howard, Toney Douglas
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Re: Thunder [19-9] - Mo Williams does it again in OKC

Postby Phil89 on Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:21 pm

26/12/13

Oklahoma City Thunder [19-9] vs Sacramento Kings [12-15]

Thunder's inconsistent form continues

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OKC - 25 33 28 29 115
SAC - 34 29 32 26 121

Player of the Game: Tyreke Evans
(32pts, 14ast, 1reb, 1blk, 1stl)


OKC _______ SAC
42-83 - FGM/A - 49-90
3-16 - 3PTM/A - 5-11
28-29 - FTM/A - 18-24
33 - Rebounds - 33
22 - Assists - 30
10 - Blocks - 7
10 - Steals - 6
20 - Turnovers - 17
15 - Fouls - 19


Top Scorers
Tyreke Evans - 32
Blake Griffin - 28
Kevin Durant - 27
Omri Casspi - 26
Andray Blatche - 18
Derrick Rose - 18
James Harden - 16
Ronnie Brewer - 13
Michael Beasley - 12
Yao Ming - 10
Trevor Ariza - 10

Assists
Tyreke Evans - 14
Derrick Rose - 10
Ronnie Brewer - 9

Rebounds
Blake Griffin - 10
Roy Hibbert - 7
Yao Ming - 7
Andray Blatche - 6
Ronnie Brewer - 6
Glen Davis - 6
Derrick Rose - 5

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Young produces a stunning dunk.


Durant pumps the crowd up after giving the Thunder the lead in the fourth.
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Re: Thunder [19-10] - Blatche helps Kings win in OKC

Postby Andrew on Tue Jul 17, 2012 10:21 pm

Turned out to be a pretty good move for them, it seems.
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Re: Thunder [13-4] - Parker explodes in Atlanta

Postby Phil89 on Wed Jul 18, 2012 5:33 pm

29/12/13

Oklahoma City Thunder [19-10] vs Milwaukee Bucks [15-14]

Thunder storm home to win in Milwaukee

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OKC - 30 34 28 43 135
MIL - 33 26 39 27 125

Player of the Game: Andrew Bogut
(16pts, 14reb, 6ast, 1blk, 1stl)


OKC _______ MIL
50-91 - FGM/A - 54-92
5-17 - 3PTM/A - 3-8
30-34 - FTM/A - 14-19
27 - Rebounds - 40
28 - Assists - 29
9 - Blocks - 6
14 - Steals - 4
11 - Turnovers - 24
15 - Fouls - 19


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Kevin Durant - 30
Andrea Bargnani - 30
Jeff Green - 25
Blake Griffin - 25
Russell Westbrook - 21
James Harden - 18
Derrick Rose - 18
Andrew Bogut - 16
Ryan Anderson - 16
Monta Ellis - 15
Rolf Young - 13
Roy Hibbert - 11
Michael Beasley - 11

Assists
Derrick Rose - 12
Russell Westbrook - 11
Andrew Bogut - 6
Monta Ellis - 6
Jeff Green - 5

Rebounds
Andrew Bogut - 14
Andrea Bargnani - 9
Ryan Anderson - 9
Monta Ellis - 5
Howie Jeffries - 5
Blake Griffin - 5
Roy Hibbert - 5

Video Highlights
After blocking Bogut at one end, Griffin runs the floor and lays it in.


Durant gets past Westbrook and manages to make a tough shot despite being fouled.

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Re: Thunder [20-10] - Fast finish in Milwaukee

Postby Andrew on Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:46 pm

No fourth quarter struggles this time around. (Y) Good win.
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