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Monday, April 19th, 2010 at 10:30 am  |  19 responses

OKC Thunder Welcomed to the Playoffs

The Oklahoman says Game 1 at Staples Center was a “dose of reality” for the young team, and attempts to temper its fans’ expectations for the rest of the series: “With the defense playing well, and Kevin Durant cold’s shooting, the knee-jerk reaction is the Thunder could steal Game 2 Tuesday night and all of a sudden steal home-court advantage. Could happen. After rallying from 17 points down to cut the deficit to six points, forcing Jack Nicholson and all those Hollywood stars to stay in their seats until the final buzzer, Game 2 has some intrigue. But here’s a dose of reality: The Lakers didn’t exactly bring their A game either and still won. The Thunder should play better Tuesday night. But so should Kobe Bryant and the Lakers … Post at least one win in the series and it’s a major building block for next season and beyond. Push the series to six games — which means there would be a third game April 30 in the Ford Center — and those sky blue Thunder flags popping up all over town will multiply like rabbits in November. But let’s wait until the Thunder posts at least one win before you start dreaming of winning three or four. The Thunder didn’t play well. But neither did the Lakers.”

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  • zabba

    First!

  • LA Huey

    Westbrook properly introduced himself.

  • Zach

    Kevin Durant welcome to the NBA playoffs! first

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Let’s get that first win!

  • msballa

    now that they kno wat kind of game iz being brought. . . thunder its time 2 step ut game up!

  • Sparker

    hard game to figure. i watched start to finish, and yeah, the lakers weren’t great. odom had his head up his ass, kobe shot about as well as kd (but somehow looked a lot better doing it), the bench was marginal at best, and d-fish could not have looked more powerless on d. gasol, artest and (at times) bynum were the only guys who were $. still, la took a while to get rolling last year, and i can’t see them doing anything but get better. okc? kd should be able to shake artest eventually, but what other weapons do they have? even though westbrook was great, they don’t look like they have any damn plays

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    leave it to an oklahoma publication to know when rabbits procreate.

  • Ronald

    Kobe went all “set the guys up first, then get mine in the 4th quarter” on us! He did look very good out there. Playing D, decoying, assisting! Did you see the block on Durant? And, as much as I love Durant I do wish that he realizes he needs the “superstar” calls that he normally gets. Unfortunately, he’s up against Artest who gets away with playing physical D against superstars. (But the calls will go against Artest the next few games)

  • http://www.motherjones.com AndTheJellosJigglin

    “Gets away with playing physical D against superstars.” ??? Is that against the rules? “But the calls will go against Artest the next few games”..? Artest got called for 5 personal fouls, at least 2 of which were extremely questionable. What am I missing here?

  • http://SLAMonline.com J Dizzle

    Uhhh yea… Where are all the people who were saying KD and OKC we’re gonna be a force this series? I see a lot less comments today than I did before the series started. LOL. Lakers have this one on lock. Can’t you see Ron Ron out there? He knows he finally has a real shot at a ring, he’s not letting up. Bynum played great for his first game back. Pau looked good. Kobe is Kobe, he won’t be losing any games to the Thunder this month. Shannon Brown looked good, D-Fish needs to step it up. Either way, the Jello IS Jigglin, grab your brooms!!!!

  • ripslam

    The whole Durant thing is true, some of the calls he was getting on Artest were pathetic.

  • Ronald

    @Jello: You really need to watch more Durant games. If it wasn’t Artest, the person marking Durant would have fouled out first quarter. Yeah, Artest got called for fouls where Durant swung the ball and made contact with Artest but normally a defender isn’t even allowed to get as close as Artest did throughout the game and Artest was allowed to bump Durant on drives and shots. AND, this might a new flash, but in the NBA there are seperate rules for superstars regards to people defending them. e.g pump faking a defender and jumping into them trick only works for certain members of the nba and the swing the ball into the arms then jump into their arms trick.

  • Buppie

    Go OKC! Channel the Sonics of old!

  • WolfNast

    Lets not be disrespectful to the Oklahoma culture man. They just as modern as where you are from. Dam. It’s not like we ride horses although it does seem like people are hoppin on the bandwagon around here…

  • Jackie Moon

    Teddy-the-Bear Posted: Apr.15 at 7:06 pm
    That boy Westbrook is going to dance circles around Old Man Fish, and Durant is going to light Ron-Ron’s @ss up.

    OKC is taking their right foot and getting all up in that @ss, Lakers. Teddy-the-Bear Posted: Apr.16 at 2:49 am
    All I know is, the Thunder are getting ready to whoop some West Coast Californian @ss.

  • http://www.motherjones.com AndTheJellosJigglin

    @Confused Mascot “normally a defender isn’t even allowed to get as close as Artest did throughout the game” ?? wtf are you talking about? and What is a Durant game? Is this Ronald McDonald, because you sound like a clown…please proofread your posts. The Playoffs are where you become a ‘superstar’. Perhaps you should give the Durantula some more credit because it sounds like you’re agreeing with Phil , “I do wish that he realizes he needs the “superstar” calls that he normally gets.”

  • http://www.motherjones.com AndTheJellosJigglin

    Confused Fast Food Mascot that is…

  • Ronald

    Yes, I agree with Phil Jackson in regards to him getting the superstar calls. That is obvious enough; seeing how he did lead the league in free throw attempts/made and is primarily a jump shooter (a very good one at that). But there’s nothing wrong with that considering that star players in the league all get similar “superstar” calls and it’s actually a skillset for players like Durant to be able to work the refs. Next time before you try another immature comeback that relies on playground name calling and pure conjecture you should actually watch a game or two instead of watching highlights and reading boxscores. You also really need to learn how to use capital letters before you call out anyone on their grammar considering English is probably your first and only language yet only have a minimal grasp of it.

  • http://www.motherjones.com AndTheJellosJigglin

    Actually it is my second language. Which is very obvious in your case. Thanks for the compliment. I completely disagree with you. Durant has incredible basketball skills, there is no “skillset for players like Durant to be able to work the refs”. Its just persistance. I have watched more basketball games in my life than you could possibly imagine. OKC STOLE THE SONICS! BRINGTHESONICSBACKHOME.COM

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