It's funny how quickly I go from being excited about our chances to reaching for the panic button. I guess I still haven't achieved that famous "veteran fan aloofness" that allows me to stand back and look at the big picture whenever my favorite team screws the pooch. Instead I'm left looking for answers to questions such as why
a consistent scorer like Roger Mason had 0 points in 22 minutes, or why has Udoka replaced Bowen in the rotation after a season that could be generously called "uneven".
We're still right there, but this game is a must-win. The last time we played against the lowly Thunder we failed spectacularly, losing by 2 points after scoring only 13 points in the second quarter, and again 13 more in the fourth. The Thunder went on to lose by 20 points to the Lakers, the Celtics and the Raptors - you know, true contenders. I can only explain that 20-point differential between us and Toronto by considering Pops' contributions. (And by contributions I mean soul-crushing dunks.)
My down-to-earth, no-fun hack preview, after the jump:
Keys To The Game
Some other reading
The Thunder are young, but their presence is already felt through the interwebs. And I added something extra:
Welcome to Loud City (SB Nation blog. Not many posters, but the guys writing the blog is a consumate professional.)
Other things of possible interest
Check this game thead at gametime for specific links to good quality feeds. If you arrive late in the game, there game feed links are usually among the first 50 posts of the thread.
IMPORTANT: Hey, guys, read Lauri's post.
Recap: Probably the great Stampler, but since we don't do the recaps any more, why not work on some other stuff? Possibilities are endless. PTR regulars were producing quality material when Matthew and Stampler were gone, and it's a pity that's not so common lately. More on this after the game.
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