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Re: OKC: Part III - Edwards & Donovan Mitchell duel in OKC

Postby Phil89 on Tue Dec 22, 2020 5:07 pm

Andrew wrote:Nice to pick up a win every now and again in a rebuilding season, just to ease the pain of the losses.

It definitely helps. I know logically that the losses will improve my draft position, but it still isn't fun losing games.
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Re: OKC: Part III - Edwards & Donovan Mitchell duel in OKC

Postby Phil89 on Thu Dec 24, 2020 3:17 pm

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02/02/21 - New Orleans signed Steven Adams to an extension (2yr/$35m)
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Re: OKC: Part III - February summary

Postby spiderxx7 on Fri Dec 25, 2020 1:20 am

Great to see you still involved in this section, Phil :fire: :fire: :fire:
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Re: OKC: Part III - February summary

Postby Phil89 on Mon Dec 28, 2020 3:27 pm

2/3/21

Portland Trail Blazers [29-30] vs Oklahoma City Thunder [28-31]

Vintage Lillard performance carries Blazers to comeback win

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POR | 29 | 38 | 34 | 34 | 135 |
OKC | 34 | 36 | 34 | 24 | 128 |

Player of the Game: Damian Lillard
(36pts, 3reb, 9ast, 1stl, 1blk)

(13-27 FG, 5-11 3PT, 5-5 FT)



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OKC | 30 | 29 | 27 | 24 | 110 |
BOS | 31 | 27 | 26 | 27 | 111 |

POTG: Kemba Walker (27pts, 2reb, 8ast, 1stl, 1blk)


Record: 28-33



McCollum fouled out halfway through the third quarter. But then Lillard just went to another level afterwards though to compensate :(
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Re: OKC: Part III - February summary

Postby Phil89 on Mon Dec 28, 2020 3:42 pm

spiderxx7 wrote:Great to see you still involved in this section, Phil :fire: :fire: :fire:

I'm still enjoying this game even though this season turned into another tanking season.

This team kind of reminds me of the old days on Live 10 when I started with the baby Thunder team, before they were all MVPs. Hopefully SGA, Edwards and the future players I draft can turn out half as good :P
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Re: OKC: Part III - Tough trip to Portland

Postby Andrew on Mon Dec 28, 2020 8:00 pm

Good to see Lillard hasn't moved on. Hoping he'll retire a Blazer in real life as well.
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Re: OKC: Part III - Tough trip to Portland

Postby Phil89 on Mon Jan 11, 2021 2:56 pm

6/3/21

San Antonio Spurs [27-36] vs Oklahoma City Thunder [28-33]

Timid second half consigns Thunder to big defeat in San Antonio

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SAS | 35 | 29 | 33 | 37 | 134 |
OKC | 28 | 34 | 24 | 17 | 105 |

Player of the Game: DeMar DeRozan
(40pts, 3reb, 6ast, 1stl)

(15-30 FG, 3-3 3PT, 7-8 FT)



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OKC | 39 | 20 | 32 | 17 | 108 |
NOP | 35 | 26 | 37 | 27 | 125 |

POTG: Eric Bledsoe (25pts, 4reb, 10ast)


Record: 28-35
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Re: OKC: Part III - DeRozan drops 40 in San Antonio

Postby Phil89 on Sun Jan 17, 2021 3:39 pm

9/3/21

Denver Nuggets [38-25] vs Oklahoma City Thunder [28-35]

Efficient Millsap leads free-scoring Nuggets to victory

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DEN | 32 | 40 | 31 | 33 | 136 |
OKC | 28 | 32 | 34 | 34 | 128 |

Player of the Game: Paul Millsap
(30pts, 4reb, 1ast, 1stl, 2blk)

(12-15 FG, 3-4 3PT, 3-3 FT)



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MIN | 23 | 19 | 38 | 27 | 107 |
OKC | 32 | 20 | 27 | 21 | 100 |

POTG: D'Angelo Russell (26pts, 6reb, 10ast, 2stl)


Record: 28-37
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Re: OKC: Part III - Tank rolls into Denver

Postby Phil89 on Thu Feb 04, 2021 3:47 pm

12/3/21

Sacramento Kings [16-50] vs Oklahoma City Thunder [28-37]

SGA records an incredible triple-double as Thunder grab deserved win

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SAC | 23 | 27 | 36 | 35 | 121 |
OKC | 28 | 25 | 34 | 41 | 128 |

Player of the Game: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
(23pts, 10reb, 20ast, 1blk)

(6-13 FG, 1-2 3PT, 10-12 FT)



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UTA | 35 | 30 | 22 | 20 | 107 |
OKC | 22 | 21 | 26 | 34 | 103 |

POTG: Mike Conley (29pts, 7reb, 6ast, 2stl)


Record: 29-38
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Re: OKC: Part III - Massive game from SGA in Sacramento

Postby Andrew on Thu Feb 04, 2021 10:17 pm

Great stat line for SGA in that win! I managed a 20-20-20 triple-double in a MyCAREER game as a point guard, but I really had to chase those rebounds!
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Re: OKC: Part III - Massive game from SGA in Sacramento

Postby Phil89 on Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:43 pm

17/3/21

Oklahoma City Thunder [29-38] vs Philadelphia 76ers [34-35]

Simmons lifts Sixers to victory in back-and-forth thriller

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OKC | 30 | 37 | 34 | 32 | 133 |
PHI | 41 | 30 | 27 | 39 | 137 |

Player of the Game: Ben Simmons
(44pts, 10reb, 5ast, 2stl)

(19-37 FG, 6-8 FT)



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Simmed Game

MIL | 28 | 19 | 32 | 36 | 115 |
OKC | 31 | 17 | 27 | 23 | 198 |

POTG: Giannis Antetokounmpo (36pts, 15reb, 10ast, 2stl)


Record: 29-40



Simmons scored 29 points in the first half. My point guards just couldn't deal with his size.
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Re: OKC: Part III - Massive game from SGA in Sacramento

Postby Phil89 on Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:57 pm

Andrew wrote:Great stat line for SGA in that win! I managed a 20-20-20 triple-double in a MyCAREER game as a point guard, but I really had to chase those rebounds!

20 with a guard is crazy. I struggle grabbing rebounds at the best of times, so I was just happy to get 10 :lol:

I still can't believe Westbrook actually had a 20-20-20 game IRL.
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Re: OKC: Part III - Edwards & Simmons battle in OKC

Postby Andrew on Tue Feb 09, 2021 11:44 pm

Same. I mean, he was stat-chasing a bit there, but it was in a game he dedicated to Nipsey Hussle, and the fact that he pulled it off is still incredible. It's not like players through time haven't sought to put up stats, and an entertaining performance is an entertaining performance.

Tough loss to the 76ers there, though hell of a performance by Simmons.
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Re: OKC: Part III - Edwards & Simmons battle in OKC

Postby Phil89 on Wed Feb 10, 2021 2:56 pm

20/3/21

Oklahoma City Thunder [29-40] vs Los Angeles Clippers [41-26]

Slow start costs Thunder dearly against Clippers

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OKC | 24 | 29 | 36 | 38 | 127 |
LAC | 37 | 27 | 37 | 34 | 135 |

Player of the Game: Kawhi Leonard
(40pts, 6reb, 3ast, 1stl)

(13-27 FG, 3-7 3PT, 11-11 FT)



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Simmed Game

OKC | 27 | 24 | 18 | 25 | 194 |
MIA | 23 | 36 | 29 | 34 | 122 |

POTG: Jimmy Butler (26pts, 8reb, 5ast, 2stl)


Record: 29-42
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Re: OKC: Part III - Kawhi drops 40 in OKC

Postby Phil89 on Sun Feb 14, 2021 4:24 pm

24/3/21

Oklahoma City Thunder [29-42] vs Brooklyn Nets [48-23]

Eastern conference leaders crush struggling Thunder

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OKC | 20 | 34 | 26 | 22 | 102 |
BKN | 24 | 31 | 37 | 40 | 132 |

Player of the Game: Kyrie Irving
(33pts, 2reb, 10ast, 1stl, 1blk)

(15-27 FG, 1-5 3PT, 2-2 FT)



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Simmed Game

BKN | 29 | 40 | 36 | 20 | 125 |
OKC | 36 | 11 | 37 | 21 | 105 |

POTG: Kyrie Irving (44pts, 7reb, 12ast, 1stl, 1blk)


Record: 29-44
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Re: OKC: Part III - Nets too good for Thunder

Postby Phil89 on Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:54 pm

29/3/21

New Orleans Pelicans [44-29] vs Oklahoma City Thunder [29-44]

Edwards' 44 not enough as Thunder fall short in overtime classic

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NOP | 30 | 28 | 27 | 40 | 13 | 138 |
OKC | 27 | 29 | 28 | 41 | 17 | 132 |

Player of the Game: Zion Williamson
(28pts, 14reb, 8ast, 1stl, 1blk)

(12-25 FG, 0-1 3PT, 4-6 FT)



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Simmed Game

OKC | 25 | 22 | 23 | 28 | 198 |
MIL | 24 | 32 | 29 | 34 | 119 |

POTG: Giannis Antetokounmpo (27pts, 18reb, 4ast, 2stl, 2blk)


Record: 29-46





Mobley fouled out early in overtime. Then SGA went down injured with a severe left ankle sprain (4-6 weeks) :( His season is done.

Edwards was too tired to do it all himself after that.
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Re: OKC: Part III - Overtime thriller against Pelicans

Postby Phil89 on Mon Feb 22, 2021 4:21 pm

2/4/21

Oklahoma City Thunder [29-46] vs Portland Trail Blazers [38-36]

Lillard shoots down injury-hit Thunder

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OKC | 27 | 26 | 27 | 30 | 110 |
POR | 39 | 27 | 38 | 27 | 131 |

Player of the Game: Damian Lillard
(37pts, 1reb, 5ast, 1stl)

(14-21 FG, 5-10 3PT, 4-4 FT)



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OKC | 26 | 21 | 21 | 32 | 100 |
HOU | 22 | 30 | 34 | 29 | 115 |

POTG: James Harden (40pts, 5reb, 8ast, 2stl, 1blk)


Record: 29-48
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Re: OKC: Part III - Lillard extends Thunder's bad run of form

Postby Phil89 on Mon Mar 01, 2021 2:42 pm

6/4/21

Oklahoma City Thunder [29-48] vs Phoenix Suns [41-36]

Booker and Edwards both drop 40+ as Suns keep playoff hopes alive

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OKC | 28 | 33 | 25 | 33 | 119 |
PHX | 38 | 31 | 27 | 28 | 124 |

Player of the Game: Devin Booker
(45pts, 5reb, 8ast, 1stl)

(16-23 FG, 5-8 3PT, 8-8 FT)



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Simmed Game

OKC | 30 | 31 | 26 | 25 | 112 |
IND | 31 | 38 | 28 | 16 | 113 |

POTG: Myles Turner (16pts, 14reb, 3stl, 2blk)


Record: 29-50
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Re: OKC: Part III - Edwards & Booker put on a show in OKC

Postby Phil89 on Wed Mar 03, 2021 4:42 pm

11/4/21

Denver Nuggets [48-31] vs Oklahoma City Thunder [29-50]

Thunder powerless to stop Nuggets' relentless offensive onslaught

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DEN | 38 | 38 | 34 | 32 | 142 |
OKC | 26 | 35 | 25 | 33 | 119 |

Player of the Game: Jamal Murray
(28pts, 1reb, 11ast)

(12-19 FG, 2-6 3PT, 2-2 FT)



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Simmed Game

OKC | 29 | 31 | 24 | 30 | 114 |
MEM | 29 | 35 | 26 | 27 | 117 |

POTG: Ja Morant (36pts, 4reb, 14ast, 3blk)


Record: 29-52
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Re: OKC: Part III - Nuggets brush Thunder aside in Denver

Postby Phil89 on Sun Mar 07, 2021 1:42 pm

14/4/21

Detroit Pistons [35-46] vs Oklahoma City Thunder [29-52]

Thunder end season on a high with win in Detroit

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DET | 29 | 26 | 30 | 34 | 119 |
OKC | 30 | 37 | 29 | 38 | 134 |

Player of the Game: Anthony Edwards
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(13-17 FG, 2-2 3PT, 5-8 FT)



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Re: OKC: Part III - Ending the season with a win

Postby Andrew on Mon Mar 08, 2021 12:29 pm

A feel good moment after a tough year.
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Re: OKC: Part III - Ending the season with a win

Postby Phil89 on Mon Mar 08, 2021 3:52 pm

Andrew wrote:A feel good moment after a tough year.

30 wins feels like a decent effort for a rebuilding team. SGA, Edwards and Mobley all performed really well and we still ended up with a top 4 pick. I can't really complain with that season.

Now it's time to get those pesky playoffs over with so I can get to the draft already :P
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Re: OKC: Part III - Ending the season with a win

Postby Phil89 on Mon Mar 08, 2021 4:11 pm

15/4/21

2020-21 NBA Season Summary

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Re: OKC: Part III - Ending the season with a win

Postby Phil89 on Mon Mar 08, 2021 4:20 pm

16/4/21

2020-21 Season Awards

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Most Valuable Player

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Greek superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo has finally won the award that his several years of consistently amazing play have deserved. Last season he finished narrowly behind winner James Harden in the voting, but this time around he prevailed. Brooklyn's Kyrie Irving came in second after averaging 29p/4r/8a whilst leading the Nets to a league-best 57 wins.

In third was two-time winner Steph Curry, who lifted his Warriors team to the second seed in an ultra-competitive western conference, above the more-fancied Lakers.

With this win Giannis breaks a streak that saw James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Steph Curry win this award twice each over the past six seasons.

Statistically, Giannis has been the most dominant player in the league over the past two seasons. He backed up his 28p/16r/6a averages from last season with 27p/15r/6a this time around. But for all his dominance, he once again failed to lift his team to the top of the standings. Milwaukee won two more games than last season, but find themselves with a lower seeding heading into the playoffs. They head into their first round match-up against Miami as slight favourites, however it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see the Heat come out on top.

Individual awards are nice, but Giannis will forever be judged on one simple criteria: how many rings has he won? So until he either wins one with the Bucks or moves somewhere else to do it, he will have this question hanging over his legacy. That is just the way of the modern NBA unfortunately.






Sixth Man of the Year

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When Oklahoma City drafted Anthony Edwards with pick two in last year's draft he received all of the attention. But his fellow new arrival at the Thunder - power forward Isaiah Mobley - had an equally impressive debut season with the team.

He started out the season as backup for Jabari Parker. His breakout game came on November 9th against the Mavericks when he scored 31 points and had 5 rebounds and 5 assists. After that game his role increased and he became the team's most valuable bench scorer. Eventually he was promoted to the starting line-up after several veteran players were traded away at the deadline.

Mobley made 35 starts during the closing months of the season. He surpassed the 30-point mark on 8 occasions and actually finished as the second-highest scoring rookie, behind teammate Edwards. It seems as though Mobley has a bigger role to play on this team than anyone could have envisaged when he was taken at pick 20.

Mobley is only the second rookie to ever win this award, after Chicago Bulls guard Ben Gordon in 2004-05.






Defensive Player of the Year

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There is no doubt that LeBron James is the face of this Lakers franchise currently. But it is Anthony Davis who is their most important player on the court. His defensive supremacy and scoring ability are the cornerstones of the team. He handles the scoring load on offense and sets the example to follow on defense.

As they say, father time is undefeated and LeBron is definitely showing some signs of slowing down as he enters his mid-thirties. His scoring output was down a few points this season compared to last year, whilst Davis improved his by about the same margin to compensate. There is little doubt that this will be Davis' team in the next few years, if it isn't already.

Davis averaged nearly 3 blocks per game this season. Only Rudy Gobert and Myles Turner registered a better average. He was also in the top 20 for steals per game, which is an impressive feat for a big man.

Milwaukee forward Giannis Antetokounmpo looked set to take out this award for the third-straight year, but perhaps with him taking home the MVP honour the judges decided to let Davis have this one.






Most Improved Player

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It doesn't happen often that the first two players taken in a draft turn out to be the best two players in that draft class. But that is exactly what has happened with Zion Williamson and Ja Morant from the 2019 class. The former has come into the league averaging numbers that prime Shaq would be happy with, whilst Morant has also been super impressive. Both were selected for the all-star game in their sophomore season.

Ja has taken another step in his game this season. His scoring was up by an impressive 5 points per game and all of his shooting percentages were improved over last season. Most impressive of all is that he helped the Grizzlies improve their record by 10 wins, even if it wasn't quite enough to get them into the playoffs.

It is exciting to see that there are guys like Morant coming through to take over as the likes of Steph Curry, Damian Lillard and Russell Westbrook approach the final part of their careers.






Rookie of the Year

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In the lead up to the 2020 draft many experts said that Anthony Edwards was the most talented player available. It was questions over his work ethic and desire to push himself to his limit that ultimately led Charlotte to select James Wiseman with the first overall pick. But Sam Presti had faith and was delighted to pick up Edwards with the second selection.

From day one Edwards assumed the role of primary scorer on his new team. Of his 78 games played, he scored 20 points (x37), 30 points (x12), 40 points (x3) and 50 points (x1). In fact he only scored in single-figures two times all season.

His greatest accomplishment came on January 19th in Orlando. In a 138-133 overtime loss he scored an incredible 51 points. In doing at just 19 years, 5 months and 14 days old he beat Brandon Jennings' record for the youngest player to reach the 50-point mark in a game - by almost seven months.

It is likely that he won't have as much responsibility to score next season as the Thunder look set to add more high-end talent in the 2021 draft. They look set to have four first round picks - likely a top 5 pick and three selections in the 20's. The future sure is looking bright for the Thunder with Edwards, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Isaiah Mobley, Lu Dort, Darius Bazley and a multitude of first round picks to come.






Coach of the Year

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The return of former MVP Kevin Durant from an Achilles injury this season helped lift the Brooklyn Nets to a 12-win improvement over last season. But putting their success down to just that one factor would be plain false and disrespectful to head coach Kenny Atkinson.

The way Atkinson incorporated Durant into the line-up alongside fellow all-star Kyrie Irving and the supporting cast of Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris LaVert, Jarrett Allen, DeAndre Jordan and Joe Harris was masterful. Durant's presence meant only a tiny drop in Kyrie's scoring average, but an actual increase in his assist rate.

Brooklyn were fancied as a title contender this season, but nobody expected them to have the best record, especially considering the two western powerhouse teams in Los Angeles.




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Re: OKC: Part III - Season summary + Award winners

Postby Andrew on Tue Mar 09, 2021 12:43 am

At least you got a few trophies and All-NBA appearances. Bright future and all that!
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