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SDH's 2012/2013 NBA Worst to First Previews and Predictions: 3. Oklahoma City Thunder

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For numerous basketball purists it must have been agonizing to watch the Oklahoma City Thunder play last season. Here was a team who ranked dead last in assists per game, committed the most turnovers, and had the lowest assist to turnover ratio in the league. Yet they were still able to finish with the second best record in the Western Conference and managed to beat not one, or two, but three former NBA Champions who in the last 15 years had won ten NBA titles between to reach the NBA Finals. What made it even more infuriating to purists of the game was that the Thunder’s playoff success was not due to the team playing well, but rather the opposite. Both the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Lakers played terribly allowing a team with a rather simplistic and predictable offense to simply steamroll them while the San Antonio Spurs, who started the Western Conference Final series with a two games to one lead simply folded under the pressure. Only the Miami Heat had the insight and the common sense to figure out the way to shut down the Thunder and it did so by rather simple roster adjustment. Instead of having their star Lebron James use up much of his energy defending Thunder star Kevin Durant in the series, heat coach Erick Spoelstra had a better idea. He shifted Lebron to the power forward position placing the Heat’s defensive specialist Shane Battier to humbug Durant on the defensive end. Spoelstra, as many have already surmised knew that the Thunder’s offense primary consisted of the ball being dominated by both Durant and Russell Westbrook while their three other teammates simply stood and watched. Knowing full well that Serge Ibaka would not less see the ball let alone get any touches, he knew that Lebron would be free to aide with doubling down on Durant along with not spending energy guarding on the defensive end.

Hot Hot Hoops HD: Heat practice at AAA, NBA Finals 2012 - 6/17/12

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Hot Hot Hoops HD: Heat practice at AAA, NBA Finals 2012 - 6/17/12

Oilers Sign Hunter Tremblay

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The Edmonton Oilers have signed free agent forward Hunter Tremblay to a one-year contract.

So we all know the outcome of last night. We also know this isn't the first time the Blazers have...

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So we all know the outcome of last night. We also know this isn't the first time the Blazers have fallen apart like this down the stretch when leading the game. So I finally put together a jump shot vs drive/paint shot video analysis thingy. The game last night reminded me of the Grizzlies game (also at the Rose Garden) when the Blazers started to resort to jump shots. It makes me mad and decided to just make a video showing why the constant jump shots when having the lead is a horrible thing (and allows the opponent right back in the game when they do it). This game was pretty bad though, the video starts with 6 minutes left in the 4th and goes through every Blazer possession and their shot choices including attempts/made/free throws and total points. Armon's shot does not count because he is Armon (the total points Armon has at the end is pretty funny compared to the total jump shot points). Hope you enjoy it and I'll make some more of these, I might even make one from the Bucks game last night just to show the difference. Also I uploaded another Blazer Phantom video which is #2. It's not as obvious but it was the block Marcus Camby made which was clean but called a foul. In HD you can see it was clearly all ball. All in fun, it will be interesting to see the collection I get from now to the end of the season. Video located here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1U60S9YxP4 Again sorry about the poor quality, I'm working my way to getting my tuner upgraded to record everything in HD (like my previous videos from the last 2 years) and slowly gathering the funds to do so. Once I get it then everything will be crystal clear. This method works for now. More to come!

Souray Is Waived, Youngsters Cut, Petiot Remains

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More roster moves today only add to the intrigue in camp.

Liam Reddox Re-ups with Oilers

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Another solid AHL vet for OKC, and a possible injury call-up with a modicum of big league experience already under his belt. I still think there's a chance that Reddox has an NHL career as an effective bottom-sixer, though it may yet be a couple years away.

The Oklahoma City Barons - Strangers In A Strange Land

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The Oilers' farmhands head to Oklahoma City to start a new franchise in a town that's new to high-level hockey.

Oklahoma City Barons It Is, After All

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Hours in advance of the official announcement: The Oilers' new AHL affiliate is the Barons.

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