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Round One: OKC v. LA

Postby RedHopeful » Fri Apr 23, 2010 5:31 am

Nice game tonight. Durant got off to a super slow start (1-8) but really poured it on later. How about his 19 boards? :-L

Westy also played well and OKC's bigs really put the clamps down on Odom/Gasol/Bynum.

Meanwhile, anyone notice bad Kobe appear? Shot a ton of bad shots before deferring to his teammates little too late. O:-)

Watching CLE and LAL lose tonight reaffirmed that it's really wide open to the Finals and the team that gets and stays hot could win this year's championship.
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Re: Round One: OKC v. LA

Postby plonden » Fri Apr 23, 2010 2:35 pm

I didn't see much of this game (watching the Suns) but was flipping back and forth. Seemed like an AWESOME environment in there. One guy I noticed who was playing well was Nick Collison. He was fronting the post on Bynum and just playing going post D. Keeping Bynum to 13 and 7 is probably a success.

Well done, Thunder. ;-D

RedHopeful wrote:Watching CLE and LAL lose tonight reaffirmed that it's really wide open to the Finals and the team that gets and stays hot could win this year's championship.


I hope you're right, Oleh. :-D
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Re: Round One: OKC v. LA

Postby RedHopeful » Fri Apr 23, 2010 2:50 pm

plonden wrote:I didn't see much of this game (watching the Suns) but was flipping back and forth. Seemed like an AWESOME environment in there.

Haha - was doing the same but since the Suns were kicking the s#!t out of Portland I watched more OKC. As far as the environment, Craig Sager said he hit 109 decibels on his meter - said it was some kind of record (forgot for what).
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Re: Round One: OKC v. LA

Postby Fenris-77 » Fri Apr 23, 2010 3:36 pm

plonden wrote:One guy I noticed who was playing well was Nick Collison. He was fronting the post on Bynum and just playing going post D. Keeping Bynum to 13 and 7 is probably a success.
Here's what Hollinger had to say about Collison is his all-defensive team article...

John Hollinger wrote:But the hardest player to leave off my top three wasn't any of those guys -- it was Oklahoma City's Nick Collison (-7.22). You heard that correctly: Nick Collison. Every metric says Collison was one of the league's most effective defensive players this season, leading the league in drawing charges despite coming off the bench and posting a phenomenal on-court versus off-court differential for the league's seventh-ranked defensive squad.


That's some heady praise for a guy that most casual NBA fans wouldn't even recognize. B-) And while we're on the subject, here's what Holly had to say about Ibaka...

John Hollinger wrote:Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka (-1.99) didn't play a lot of minutes, but he's a terror in the making because of his length, quickness and shot-blocking ability. Of particular note was the fourth quarter of the game in Portland this season, when he basically eradicated LaMarcus Aldridge from the box score -- Aldridge didn't get a shot attempt the entire quarter, and it wasn't from lack of trying.


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Re: Round One: OKC v. LA

Postby RedHopeful » Mon Apr 26, 2010 3:37 am

Series tied 2-2. ;-D

Can this team do the impossible? ;-7
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Re: Round One: OKC v. LA

Postby Fenris-77 » Mon Apr 26, 2010 7:31 am

RedHopeful wrote:Series tied 2-2. ;-D

Can this team do the impossible? ;-7

I'm certainly cheering for them, but I suspect that LA will still manage to carry things on thier home floor. Still, my original over-under for this series at 6.5 games is looking pretty good.

If they did manage to win they'll probably play the Jazz, whom they own a 3-1 season mark against. If the Thunder can actually beat the Lakers, is it insane to think they could beat the Jazz as well? I don't think so. Same goes for the Spurs. The Thunder in the Finals though? Crazy talk. :-D
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Re: Round One: OKC v. LA

Postby RedHopeful » Mon Apr 26, 2010 4:43 pm

I wonder if LA finally brings it tonight? The sharpness, aggressiveness and everything else we've seen from them when they've been on the last couple of years. If not, I like OKC's chances to steal one. Heck they could've had game 2.

Btw, what's up with Kobe sporting a 38.4 FG%? :-o
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Re: Round One: OKC v. LA

Postby Fenris-77 » Mon Apr 26, 2010 8:01 pm

RedHopeful wrote:I wonder if LA finally brings it tonight? The sharpness, aggressiveness and everything else we've seen from them when they've been on the last couple of years. If not, I like OKC's chances to steal one. Heck they could've had game 2.
If LA doesn't bring the noise tonight I think they're screwed. I think if OKC takes a 3-2 lead back to their home floor they'll win it in 6 (just a gut feeling).

RedHopeful wrote:Btw, what's up with Kobe sporting a 38.4 FG%? :-o

It's that farmutshet finger of his. :-C
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Re: Round One: OKC v. LA

Postby RedHopeful » Wed Apr 28, 2010 2:41 pm

Wow, so this is the Laker's team everyone was expecting. ;-7
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Re: Round One: OKC v. LA

Postby silentjim » Wed Apr 28, 2010 3:43 pm

RedHopeful wrote:Wow, so this is the Laker's team everyone was expecting. ;-7


Not sure why it took them 5 games to figure out that Bynum, Gasol, and Odom needed to eat them up inside....
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