There isn’t much to say about the Thunder – Warriors game that hasn’t already been said. But wow. Possibly the game of the year so far. Its amazing to watch games swing so often at end, with each big shot seeming like the last one – multiple game winners if you may. I thought Klay’s jumper from the baseline putting the Warriors up 4 was enough. And then Westbrook took a ‘no, no, no, no, YES!’ three. The that kind coaches hate till it goes in (but that in essence is 90% of Westbrook’s game). Then, with 2 seconds left, its Steph… no, its Klay… no… Its Andre… at the buzzer… BALLGAME.
For some reason the finish to this really reminded me of the Magic-Pacers Playoff game from 95. You know, the one which Rik Smits still brags about at every family holiday.
But i digress… back to OKC-GSW:
Durant is really becoming a much better all around player, embracing the team leader role over leading scorer. He still doesn’t have natural point guard instincts like Lebron, but the improvement in his assist game is impressive. It also shows that he has some shot makers to pass to.
Ibaka seems to be trying to embrace the role of 3rd scorer. And even though Thabo’s offensive game seems to have fallen off a cliff, the Thunder bench, which was pretty weak and uni-dimensional last year (Kevin Martin), now seems to be developing nicely. Reggie Jackson was big the 4th. Lamb has shown signs of growth. Even rookie Scott Adams has had some good games & shown some nice court instincts – and really, wouldn’t ANYONE be better than Kendrick Perkins. But these are low pressure games. It would be interesting to see if these guys can keep it up in the playoffs, because if, god forbid, Scott Brooks is resurrecting Derek Fisher for crunch time in big games, we have a serious problem.
Also this raises a crucial question about the Thunder. I remember the announcers saying they were the first elite team the Warriors have beaten so far. I’m not sure. They’re good, but they really don’t seem like contenders right now. But one thing is for certain, the west playoffs will be ridiculous. Minnesota, LAC, OKC, Golden State, The Spurs, Houston (in some order as the 7th seeds) and a crazy battle for #8 between Memphis, Portland, Dallas and who knows, maybe even the Suns and Lakers.
Steph Curry jumpshots are just as highlight worthy as Blake Griffin dunks. There i said it! There is something sublime about the release, the arc and the sound of the net. Seriously. THE BEST OFF-THE-DRIBBLE SHOOTER EVER. Enjoy it while his ankles let us. Oh and Klay’s not to shabby either.
The Warriors seem really interesting. I think they’re only beginning to discover the lineup versatility their roster now allows them, specially with Dre playing the ultimate swiss army knife role. Grantland had a great piece on this.
Some Random thoughts on the Knicks & Rockets:
The Refs seem to be awarding Harden free throws just for driving hard. I know Carmelo agrees.
Andrea is finally figuring out that he’s 7 feet tall!
The Knicks have no semblance of a team defense.
Iman Shumpert, for all his exciting D & athleticism, needs to play a lot smarter and under control. Its just frustrating to watch him right now.
Speaking of frustrating, Dwight really needs to get his head into the game. HIs post skills haven’t improved in years & his free throws just keep getting worse.
The Real Carmelo finally showed up to the 2013–14 season… and nearly pulled a Larry Johnson.
That shot should have counted.