Originally Posted by KevB
Pretty excited for the Griz. That's as complete a team as there is right now. Ellington, Pondexter and Bayless are providing some perimeter shooting that was sorely missing last season. Pretty good rivalry building between these two teams. Rudy Gay did a fair impression of Durant during the 4th qtr.
You guys are solid. Lets hope you stay healthy this year. I'm hoping we'll be a better team at the end, but on the bright side we are 6-3 and haven't played close to a complete basketball game yet.
Rudy was ice tonight.
As far as the Harden/Westbrook debate you could definitely argue that. Westbrook has a lot more talent , but a lower basketball IQ. Harden and Collison were the smartest basketball players on the team by far. The Thunder because of their coaching would benefit from the smarter player on the floor. Getting another scorer and a true PG for Westbrook may have been the better option. However, Russ' jumper just isn't falling right now. He started out the same way last year and turned it around big time. You live and die by the sword with him. He has become a much better passer, and I've been happy with his assist totals, but he's taking too many bad shots.
There will have to be some adjustments to the lineup to win a title, and I felt that way with Harden too. You can say you were right there, but they were also fortunate to be there. The West was already tough, and even more so this year. Early on the Clips and the Grizz look like the most solid teams, but you don't win in November.
Thunder need to find a way to get K-Mart more shots. He got 4 shots tonight. When he's shooting over 50% from 3 that can't happen. When KD and Riss are driving they don't even look for him out there. Maynor not playing as many minutes tonight hurt in that respect. I do like that Brooks is starting to go with Collison and Ibaka together instead of Perk. It's going to take awhile for them to all adjust and figure it out, but there is too much talent there to not be a factor in the end. I also feel like there could be another move this season if something fits.
I do miss Harden. It still feels weird. Bottom line is we won't know the verdict for a few years.
Still not missing his D though