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Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony questionable against Lakers

08 February 2018

I thought with Golden State being back home, having some rough patches, the coach calling them out, I thought this would be one of those flip-the-switch types of games where they flip it on and show they're clearly the better team, but it just didn't happen. No matter how well they are playing right now, they're still a young team with a lot of kinks to work out before they can be legitimate contenders.

Steven Adams didn't last two minutes into the second quarter before he was called for his third foul, not the first of an abundance of dubious calls.

The result is exactly what Westbrook wanted. "Definitely, everything worked out ideal".

The shot rims out, setting up a flawless microcosm for the current state of this OKC squad.

The ex-Duck was averaging 5.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks in 14.4 minutes during 36 games before suffering an ankle injury on January 15 that will likely leave him out until after the All-Star break in two weeks.

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Abrines can shoot. Huestis can defend. It lost Anthony, whose status for Thursday's game at the Lakers is uncertain. And then we won 15 out of 16 to end the year.

"It was a big play - more so the offensive rebound", George said.

The three-point shot is one of the best aspects of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony's games, but not Westbrook's. "I don't want to get ahead of myself there", Donovan said. The Warriors aren't losing games because someone important is injured. Now we've got to get rid of those habits. Russell Westbrook exploded for 21 first-quarter points and finished with 34 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.

The Thunder's win reinforced their reputation as a big-game outfit. If the Warriors are to ensure that they snap their rare losing skid, they'll need their superstar to play and deliver another strong performance.

Durant says he is worn out by questions centered on generating quotes about how cool he is with members of the Thunder. "I don't have much more for you". They committed a whopping 25 turnovers against the Thunder, which led to 26 more shot attempts for OKC.

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Sam Amick lists the surplus of wings available: "By the time the National Basketball Association trade deadline arrives at 3 pm EST on Thursday, at least a few general managers will be relaying the bad news to their owners. It's a delicate balance". With five minutes left, Oracle emptied.

With the trade deadline fast approaching, the Warriors have a bit of a decision to make. "When I first got there, it was surreal". The point is, OKC needs a reliable final piece to its starting lineup. "That has nothing to do with my happiness here, though", the All-Star forward told Amick on Tuesday in Oakland, Calif., where the Thunder routed the Warriors.

Despite what the Lakers have said over the last few days, if George comes knocking at their door they're going to open it up. Golden State has now lost three of their last four games, all three of the losses have come against teams they might play in the postseason.

"You're going against the champs".

"It don't catch my attention", said Anthony, of the remarkable record. "I think that's kind of our mindset". Much maligned as a team constrained by large egos and ball stoppers, OKC has managed to string together an impressive collection of wins against the league's best teams. "We're chasing the same thing everybody else is chasing, which is that ring". His disappointment in falling in the draft went away when he landed with the Warriors and signed a deal for $815,615.

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