Oklahoma City Thunder

Jordan Payne drops in to talk NBA Playoffs with Darreck Kirby. Unfortunately, the first half hour of the show (wherein the guys talked more about the OKC/Jazz series) was lost.

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Back in early July, the Oklahoma City Thunder swung one of the biggest Blockbuster trades in recent NBA history when they acquired Paul George from the Indiana Pacers for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. At the time, OKC was viewed as the far and away winners of the deal. Critics were aghast: “That’s all Indiana got for George?”

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The Oklahoma City Thunder have been one of this season’s most uneven teams. As far as Big 3’s go, they’re about as talented as anyone this side of Golden State. However, their lack of bench scoring and a black hole at the backup Center position have left them widely inconsistent and caused them to sputter to a 24-20 start. Should they patch a couple holes at the trade deadline, they could become one of the Western Conference’s most dangerous teams come playoffs. If not, they’ll likely be a one and done once more in spite of the acquisitions of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony this past Summer. As such, here are 3 moves the Thunder should pursue at the trade deadline.

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Following a 105-84 victory over the visiting New York Knicks, Darreck Kirby gives his initial impression of the new OK3 Big Three.

Stat lines:

Oklahoma City Thunder
Paul George: 23PTS (9/23 FG, 6/13 3PT), 6REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK
Carmelo Anthony: 22PTS (8/20 FG, 3/10 3PT), 1REB, 1 AST, 2 STL, 2BLK
Russell Westbrook: 21 PTS (7/12 FG, 0/1 3PT), 16AST, 10 REB, 1BLK

New York Knicks
Krisnaps Porzingis: 31PTS (11/35 FG, 2/6 3PT), 12REB, 1AST

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Russell Westbrook is a dying breed in today’s NBA. Even in an era where super teams rise and fall every few years and loyalty is considered archaic, he remains committed to the fans and franchise that, as he put it, “raised him.”

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