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Mar 22, 2019
Recap: 2nd half surge vaults OKC past Raptors

Recap: 2nd half surge vaults OKC past Raptors

The Thunder finally found the juice they needed to put themselves in a position to win. box score | Raptors HQ The Thunder snapped their 4-game losing streak in dramatic fashion, recovering aggressively in the 2nd half in Toronto to upset the Raptors, 116-109. The Thunder, struggling mightily since the All-Star break, were able to turn the tables on Toronto two nights after falling to this same team in OKC in overtime. While I’m loathe to resort to pop cultural memes, I have to admit. Through a half of play, this is kind of how Toronto was making the Thunder look. In other words, the...
Mar 22, 2019
Preview: OKC looks exact revenge in Toronto

Preview: OKC looks exact revenge in Toronto

The Thunder are losers of 4 in a row, and now must face the same team that beat them in OT two nights before. Game: Oklahoma City Thunder @ Toronto Raptors Time: 7PM CST Location: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto Broadcast: FSOK, NBATV Counterpart: Raptors HQ *** The Thunder take on the Raptors in the second of a home-and-home. Now losers of 4 straight and for a spell descending into the dregs of the playoff seedings, OKC bounced back by doing nothing at all, and now face an opportunity to exact revenge on the Raptors, who beat them at home in OT. The Thunder will look for a better start. And a...
Mar 22, 2019
The Thunder are (probably) going to be fine

The Thunder are (probably) going to be fine

OKC is in a bad stretch of the season, on what should Thunder fans hang their hopes? At some point on Wednesday night, the Thunder’s season hit rock bottom. It was probably when Danny Green hit yet another 3 pointer a few minutes into the third quarter to extend the Raptors lead to 78-58. OKC had lost 3 straight and was on there way to a 4th straight, which would make them 5-10 since the all star break. A team that had a decent chance to get the 2 seed in the West only a month ago would drop into 8th with the loss, leaving them in danger of having to face their enemies in Golden State in...
Mar 21, 2019
Recap: Stagnant overtime ruins OKC’s chance at comeback victory against Raptors

Recap: Stagnant overtime ruins OKC’s chance at comeback victory against Raptors

The Thunder could not stop their slide and now find themselves at the bottom of the playoff seedings. Box Score | Raptors HQ The Thunder dropped their 3rd game in a row at home and 4th overall, falling to the Raptors in overtime, 123-114. Top takeaway: the Thunder now have same record as Clippers but due to tiebreakers, are in 8th place. Wednesday night the Oklahoma City Thunder hosted the Toronto Raptors for the first of their home and home matchups this week. But also “Mr. Thunder” Nick Collision had his jersey retired tonight, an event that proved to be the highlight. Watching...
Mar 20, 2019
Preview: Two things to watch in part 1 of this home-and-home between OKC and the Raps

Preview: Two things to watch in part 1 of this home-and-home between OKC and the Raps

OKC is reeling, but now must face two games in a row against one of the league’s best. Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Toronto Raptors Time: 8:30PM CST Location: Chesapeake Arena, OKC Broadcast: ESPN Counterpart: Raptors HQ Podcast: Rolling Thunder Review with Raptors HQ *** Fresh off a 3 game skid, The Thunder now face a home and home against the only elite team they haven’t faced yet this season: the Toronto Raptors. Here are 2 key players to watch in this game- 1 for each team. 1. The Return of Russ The Thunder were without their franchise icon in Monday’s loss to the Heat, as...
Mar 20, 2019
Rolling Thunder Review Podcast: Previewing Raptors vs Thunder with Raptors HQ

Rolling Thunder Review Podcast: Previewing Raptors vs Thunder with Raptors HQ

WTLC’s Ben Mertens is joined by Jay Rosales of RaptorsHQ and the That’s A Rap Podcast to preview the Thunder-Raptors Doubleheader on Wednesday and Friday. The Two Discuss: -What Marc Gasol Brings to Toronto -Serge Ibaka’s role in Toronto and evolution since leaving OKC -Pascal Siakam’s Breakout Season and his similarity to Jerami Grant -How the Raptors situation with Kawhi compares to OKC’s situation with Paul George last year -How the Raptors will look to attack the Thunder -How the Thunder will look to attack the Raptors -Jay’s Finals prediction (hint: it involves these two...
Mar 18, 2019
Recap: OKC freefall continues vs Heat

Recap: OKC freefall continues vs Heat

Despite a quick start, the Thunder had no answers for the Heat. box score | Hot Hot Hoops The Oklahoma City Thunder fell at home to the Miami Heat, 116-107. Despite a quick start to the game they had to play without Russell Westbrook due to his 16th technical foul, the Thunder proved to offer little in terms of resistance to a Heat team fighting for the playoffs and previously 3 games under .500. The loss, OKC’s 3rd in a row and second at home, drops them to 42-29 on the season and 5-9 since the All-Star break. Even worse, the Thunder showed little semblance of an ability to pull out...
Mar 18, 2019
Preview: OKC must straighten things out vs Heat, sans Westbrook

Preview: OKC must straighten things out vs Heat, sans Westbrook

The Thunder were caught unprepared vs the Warriors, and now must face the Heat without their all-star point guard. Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Miami Heat Time: 7PM CST Location: Chesapeake Arena, OKC Broadcast: FSOK Counterpart: Hot Hot Hoops *** The Thunder are on the heels of a dispiriting loss to the West-leading Warriors, but now is no time for a letdown. They welcome the Miami Heat to the ‘Peake tonight, and again there are playoff implications for both. The Heat are in a 3-way fight in the East, jockeying for position with the Nets and Magic fo the 7th and 8th spots in the...
Mar 16, 2019
Recap: OKC bad all around in loss to Warriors

Recap: OKC bad all around in loss to Warriors

The Thunder simply never gave themselves a shot. box score | Golden State of Mind The Oklahoma City Thunder fell to the Golden State Warriors at home, 110-88. In a game that could only be described as profoundly disappointing, OKC failed to make the kind of effort necessary against the league’s best, and were summarily embarrassed by the Warriors despite the absence of Kevin Durant. Russell Westbrook signed off on what is perhaps one of the worst games of his career, finishing with only 7 points off of 2-16 shooting, 0-7 from three, and 4 turnovers. Even that box score doesn’t really do...
Mar 16, 2019
Preview: OKC looks to lock horns against the Warriors

Preview: OKC looks to lock horns against the Warriors

The Thunder have to overcome a tough loss to the Pacers and lock in for the champs. Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Golden State Warriors Time: 7:30 PM CST Location: Chesapeake Arena, OKC Broadcast: Counterpart: Golden State of Mind *** The Thunder welcome the Warriors to the ‘Peake tonight in what will be a game with playoff implications. The Thunder, with their last second loss to the Pacers, tumbled from 3rd to 5th place in an instant, and now must climb back up in the standings to pursue potential home court advantage in the 1st round of the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Warriors have...
Mar 16, 2019
Do the refs have it in for the Thunder?

Do the refs have it in for the Thunder?

The Thunder frequently find themselves in foul trouble in the 2nd halves of games. Are the refs calling it evenly? “I’m sorry. We don’t get a fair whistle. We haven’t got a fair whistle all year. It is what it is. Someone’s got to look into this.” Words that tell a story heard from many teams and players from the beginning of time. Fans of the team corroborate them, opponents dismiss them. Following two games with a remarkable free throw disparity — a combined 93 to 58 gap — the Thunder players have sounded off on the neutrality of the referees. Paul George even deemed it...
Mar 14, 2019
Recap: Sabonis leads Indiana past OKC

Recap: Sabonis leads Indiana past OKC

OKC lost control of the game in the 3rd and couldn’t regain their composure, falling at the buzzer. Paul George scored 36 points but ultimately was unable to get the win in his return to Indiana, as the Pacers defeated the Thunder 108-106. The Pacers were without Victor Oladipo, but the other player the Thunder traded for Paul George, Domantas Sabonis, led the way for Indiana, putting up 26 points on just 12 shots off the bench to defeat his old team. Despite a second half collapse from OKC, George looked to be on the cusp of a heroic performance in his old building, scoring 5 straight...
Mar 14, 2019
Preview: 3 things to watch as Paul George returns to Indiana

Preview: 3 things to watch as Paul George returns to Indiana

Indy will look to slow down OKC’s all-star duo, but can Westbrook and PG keep things rolling? Game: Time: Oklahoma City Thunder @ Indiana Pacers Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis Broadcast: FSOK Counterpart: Indy Cornrows Podcast: Rolling Thunder Review with Indy Cornrows *** The Thunder ride a 2 game win streak into Paul George’s old home tonight. You know the drill by now: Three things to watch in this match-up between the Thunder and Pacers. 1. The Pick and Pop One of the bread and butter plays of Indiana’s offense is a pick and pop for Myles Turner, where the Big...
Mar 13, 2019
Recap: OKC’s 2nd half takeover leads to victory over Nets

Recap: OKC’s 2nd half takeover leads to victory over Nets

Dominating second half defense from Westbrook and the Thunder helps them prevail over Brooklyn. Box Score | Nets Daily The Thunder and Nets squared off for the first time since Oklahoma City’s miraculous comeback win in Brooklyn back in December. Similar to that game, the Thunder started off sluggish. Lack of energy and poor shot selection found the Thunder trailing by much as 17 points in the second quarter. At halftime, Oklahoma City only scored 42 points, which was tied for their fewest amount at half this season. However, the second half told a completely different story. Aided by...
Mar 13, 2019
Preview: OKC welcomes Brooklyn to the Peake as playoff implications abound

Preview: OKC welcomes Brooklyn to the Peake as playoff implications abound

The Thunder look to build some momentum, but the Nets are sneaky-dangerous as the season winds down. Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Brooklyn Nets Time: 6PM CST Location: Chesapeake Arena, OKC Broadcast: ESPN Counterpart: Nets Daily Rolling Thunder Podcast with Nets Daily *** The Oklahoma City Thunder welcome the Brooklyn Nets to the ‘Peake tonight as OKC looks to stay a step ahead of the Trail Blazers and company in the west. If your memory is bad, the first go-round between these two teams produced our first big Paul George moment of the season. Trailing the Nets by 20 heading into...