Winning is a contagious thing. It’s like a drug in team sports and currently the Oklahoma City Thunder are on a roll which in theory could possibly lead the Thunder to the No. 2 seed in the West before this regular season comes to an end.
The Thunder fresh off their Friday night conquest of the Denver Nuggets didn’t succumb to a mental let down on Sunday evening in route to an easy 131-103 rout of these San Antonio Spurs who are in grave danger of not making the playoffs for the first time in the past twenty-three years.
‘On the night, eight Thunder players for the first time in Oklahoma City history scored in double figures. It was a night of stark historical contrasts for the rising Thunder and the sinking Spurs. It was tough for me to watch because I love Pop, but the No. 1 Rule of Coaching very seldom misses the mark–that being…Player makes the coach. As in Tim Duncan playing for Greg Popovich rather than being an assistant coach for the iconic coach is what made the Spurs great.’
LET’S BOLT THIS above for the tweety-bird weaklings over at the Daily Thunder in as they have no grownups over there with enough verve to write a paragraph such as the above or anywhere for that matter.
My three Thunder stars of the game would be in this order 1 Lu Dort, 2 Steven Adams, and 3 Christopher Paul. My son’s name is Chris and I just did that to see if I like calling CP3 by his formal name…. maybe every now and then.
Lu Dort was utterly outstanding and in essence he’s taking the heat off of Sam Presti for ever using a first round draft pick on Terrance Ferguson. The undrafted rookie Dort scored 15 points on the night on a perfect 6-6 shooting night and was literally every where on the floor in the second period when OKC was in the process of owning the game.
Let’s highlight this as well…’On the night Lu Dort was a +36.’
For the second straight game—Steven Adams was 2016 post season Stevo with a 21 point, 14 rebound night, plus he did a Joe Biden-like smell of Pop’s hair going thru the postgame handshake line. In case you never knew…Steve loves Pop’s political takes almost as much as I do. Fortuntely… Elizabeth Warren didn’t see Stevo do this so I think he’ll escape a one game suspension from Adam Silver.
Chris Paul had a ho-hum 12 point, 10 assist night. But the most important stat of the night was Billy Donovan only put 27 minutes on CP3’s legs and 25 minutes on Gallo’s body.
As far as court time—I think it would be wise for Billy D to monitor Stevo’s minutes as well. Nerlens Noel has been fabulous and I actually have no problem whatsoever with Mikey Muscala getting some 8-10 minutes a game given on how he’s been fairly effective for the most part during this Thunder run since early December. Either way…keep Steven’s body fresh for April.
With the win the Thunder improve to 35-22 and for the first time this season are 13 games over .500.
The Thunder take their eight game road winning streak to Chicago on Tuesday night to play the Bulls.