January 26, 2009
Here's something that's bound to scare ya: Kevin Durant is Oklahoma City's leading per game rebounder, at 6.6 caroms a contest. That can't be good.
Well, you'd think that way. But the Thunder are 12th in rebounding on both sides of the aisle, they're a fun watch, and nothing else really jumps off the page on this Monday.
I initially thought Hornets/76ers might be worth your time, but with David West and Tyson Chandler out, and Chris Paul bound to burn Andre Miller, I just couldn't go through with it. Not sure how that one turns out. Miami/Atlanta could also work, Miami is coming off a surprise win over the Magic, but the Hawks played last night. And not all that well. Tired and inefficient. Not the best pairing.
While the defense rested and Devin Harris grimaced, the Nets lost five in a row before beating the hapless Grizzlies on Saturday, and while I submit that the Thunder aren't exactly much of a challenge to behold, they can beat you. Any of you mugs. Right now.
Sure, they've only won nine times. In 44 tries. But they try, now, the team defends much better under Scotty Brooks, and he's pretty close to earning a full-fledged head coaching spot, instead of this interminable purgatory. Remember, "purgatory" doesn't mean "hellish." It just means "interim head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder."
Devin Harris and Russell Westbrook. I'm down.
New Jersey Nets: 20-24, 90.2 possessions per game (20th), 107.7 points per 100 possessions (14th), 110.9 points allowed per 100 possessions (27th).
Oklahoma City Thunder: 9-35, 93.8 possessions per game (6th), 101.1 points scored per 100 possessions (29th), 108.5 points allowed per 100 possessions (18th).