The Thunder Risked It All When They Traded James Harden And Their Risks Have Paid Off

While many national media members try to skew the Thunder's trade of James Harden into a Harden vs. Russell Westbrook situation, the truth is that the choice was between Harden and Serge Ibaka.  The choice the Thunder really made was one of basketball philosophy: they bet that two ball handlers and … [Read more...]

Thunder Flip The Script With Westbrook Hand-off Play

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Earlier this season, the Thunder broke out a dribble hand-off play for Kevin Durant out of a horns set. They ran Durant off a staggered double pin-down screen, got him the ball on the move at the top of the key and trusted him to react to the defense and make the right decision with the ball. Last … [Read more...]

How The Thunder Took Out The Bulls

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Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks has long been ridiculed for his late game play-calling on offense. Though the Thunder were often still able to score at a rate well above league average in close and late situations, their baskets mostly came via isolation plays for Kevin Durant, Russell … [Read more...]

Ripple Effects Of Harden To Houston

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The big news of the weekend was the James Harden to Houston trade. The former Thunder sixth man/star was sent to the Rockets along with Cole Aldrich, Lazar Hayward and Daequan Cook for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, two 2013 first round picks (from Dallas and Toronto) and a 2013 second round pick (from … [Read more...]

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