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The Other Side: Oklahoma City Thunder

The Thunder is going for a bit of history at Verizon Center. Since moving to Oklahoma City last year, the Thunder has never won four games in a row. In fact, the franchise hasn't won four consecutive games since April 2006, when the team was known as the Seattle SuperSonics (sob, dab eyes with tissue for Seattle).


I'm coming home to rock D.C. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant /NBAE via Getty Images)

But the Thunder comes to town following a 105-89 victory in New Jersey on Monday, when Kevin Durant scored a season-high 40 points. The Thunder has won three consecutive games against the Wizards, including a 127-108 rout on Nov. 20. That remains the highest scoring outing since the franchise moved.

Here's what else you need to know about the Thunder:

1. Oklahoma City is looking to surpass its road win total from last season, when it went 8-33 away from home. It is 8-7 this season. Durant said the Thunder has better focus on the road.

2. Kevin Durant has been heating up. He has scored at least 30 points the past four games and is averaging 34.5 points. But Durant won't participate in the slam dunk contest in Dallas in February.

3. The Thunder recently acquired former Virginia Commonwealth point guard Eric Maynor from the Utah Jazz. Maynor, who will back up the talented Russell Westbrook, was meant to be a point guard.

By Michael Lee  |  December 29, 2009; 4:34 PM ET
 
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Hey Mike, I am hearing reports that the Wiz were in discussion with the Rockets in a McGrady for Arenas deal but that the Rockets are not interested.

Is this true that the Wiz were trying to move Arenas??

Posted by: LooseCannon1 | December 29, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Are we looking forward to another night of being out-run, out-jumped and out-hustled?

Posted by: rickgonz | December 29, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

The Wiz trying to move Arenas.

Sorry Ernie Grunfeld, it's too late to exercise common sense.

No one wants to give $111 million to an immature petulant one-dimensional guard whose health and athleticism are a big question mark.

Of course, Ernie Grunfeld will be fired, but the Wiz are going to have to carry this albatross around its neck for the next 4 years.

Posted by: p1funk | December 29, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Who wouldn't???

It's the only sure-fire way to get in the lottery.

Posted by: tgif11 | December 29, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Who wouldn't???

It's the only sure-fire way to get in the lottery.

Posted by: tgif11 | December 29, 2009 5:04 PM
AND HOW HAVE WE DONE IN PAST LOTTERIES LOL

Posted by: rnorris6 | December 29, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

LOL!

Les BouleS trying to trade a broke down Gilby for another broke down player in TMac is almost as silly and stupid as Les BouleS trading a first round pick for a broke down Mark Price.

I think that pick could have drafted Nash or Kobe.

Groundhog day yet again.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 29, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

losing brings out the bashers i take it... at the beginning of the year i could hear the smiles...the first 3-4 games, now eveyone wants to blow up the team, fire the gm, string up the coach...all nba teams go through stretches of bad ball. there's a new coach, with a new system, with players not having played up to 2 years returning, a player with a separated shoulder who has been the teams leading rebounder still trying to work through it. is there no patience left in the world. flip came to detroit and was handed an above average defensive squad, they only needed to score 95 to win. his offensive scheme could work there. here in dc the team is less than average defensively, so they need to score more than 116 apparently to win. they also need to allow players like dom and javale more time on the court to give a defensive spark. dom goes on the top offensive threat of your opponent, not pf only. you gotta be more flexible with the rotation which doesn't seem to be the case now. blatch comes in for aj only, and when you sit cb you bring in aj to sf with blatch remaining at pf none of the top three should play more than 35-40 mpg. but for real people think t-mac is going to bring more wins? he's only going to play about 20 games this year if he stays to form. after the season you address any changes to be made. for now you kinda gotta ride the bus you're on....patience people , patitence...

Posted by: joerutgens72 | December 29, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

I think unless we are dead tired, then we win and Gil may go for 40. I think are fans cry way too much about minutes. 1st of all, go look at the old Pistons minutes with and without Flip. They had there core and all of them played big minutes. Pretty much every star in the league plays big minutes and we have 3 all stars. On top of that, its not like Flip wants to do it. He feels like me. The game just goes differently when they are on the bench. Im like, Gil is tired so let him sit. He sits and a minute later Im like, hurry up and bring Gil back. Sure enough Flip does it because we start getting behind. It will be better when Miller gets back but people are overreacting. The minutes really arent even that hight if you really look at it. The Pistons guys were playing just as much and they had alot more blowouts then us so if they never had them then they would be playing more then our guys.

Anyways, the Thunder start a slow no Defense Center and Jeff Green at the 4. Drive to the basket. If we attack the rim and stay aggressive then we will live in the paint, get easy layups, and live at the FT line. The last game we played them was bad. It was a horrible matchup as we had no one to put up against Durant, which forced us to double & zone him up, which left all there other scorers open. Our record doesnt show it but we are a better team now than we were then and the Gil they saw that night was way worst than this Gil. He can match Durant if he's up for it

Posted by: dlts20 | December 29, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

how about giving Dom some serious minutes on Durant? come on flip, use the talent we have!

Posted by: divi3 | December 29, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

losing brings out the bashers i take it... at the beginning of the year i could hear the smiles...the first 3-4 games, now eveyone wants to blow up the team, fire the gm,

Posted by: joerutgens72 | December 29, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse


Actually I was saying it was a mistake to re-sign Gilby and AJ a year and half ago when it happened.

In the offseason, I was up here on the blog killing Ernie Grunfeld for being a snake-oil salesman, acting like this year's team could be a serious contender.

So maybe your comments apply to some of the folks here, but certainly not me...

Posted by: p1funk | December 29, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

"Anyways, the Thunder start a slow no Defense Center and Jeff Green at the 4. "

Unfortunately, the Wizards start a slow, no offense C, so that's pretty much a wash. And Green is actually a solid defender.

"If we attack the rim and stay aggressive then we will live in the paint, get easy layups, and live at the FT line. "

Have you seen the Wizards play this season?

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 29, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

what are some concrete moves EG should have made but didnt? If Gil wasnt resigned, who would we have instead?

Posted by: divi3 | December 29, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

losing brings out the bashers i take it... at the beginning of the year i could hear the smiles...the first 3-4 games, now eveyone wants to blow up the team, fire the gm,

Posted by: joerutgens72 | December 29, 2009 5:46 PM |


I want to fire the GM for giving 160 million to 2 players who play no defense.

Wizards D is atrocious.

Watch Gil when the ball goes to the post or any other player who isn't the one he is guarding, if he's nearby, Wiz are in trouble... no basketball IQ at all. If you're going to double team, do it quickly. Instead he half-as$es it over to the guy, lazily, and makes no effort, while leaving his man open.

Rather see Jamison go though, older, jacking up too many 3's. He's a leader, but his lack of defense in the post kills us.

Posted by: saltine182 | December 29, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

looks like another bad night for the Wizzies.
A young, quick team. Probbly won't be close at the final buzzer tonoght.
What's the line on the game ---should be about 10.

Posted by: VBFan | December 29, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

An NBA executive says the struggling Washington Wizards are “open for business” for trades. The source said the Wizards are obviously very open to moving guard Gilbert Arenas, but don’t think they will have any takers because of his hefty contract. “Someone will take the fall,” the source said. The source added that Washington management “loves” young center JaVale McGee and would only deal him in a trade that includes Arenas. Yahoo

Posted by: rmcazz | December 29, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

"losing brings out the bashers i take it... at the beginning of the year i could hear the smiles...the first 3-4 games, now eveyone wants to blow up the team, fire the gm, string up the coach..."

Yeah well, the GM is also trying to blow up the team.

What does that tell you?

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | December 29, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Bill Simmons of SI breaks down the offseason for all NBA teams. Here's his take on the Wiz:

2009-10 payroll: $78.5 million (OVER TAX)
Projected 2010-11 payroll: $53.2 million

• VP's Take: Would anyone like Gilbert Arenas at a steep discount? That's what I thought. The way he's played this season, he might have to change his nickname from Agent Zero to The Chalk Outline. That leaves Plan B: packaging Caron Butler ($20.3M through 2011) with Antawn Jamison ($39M through 2012) to lower this year's luxury tax, defray future payroll and go with Arenas and the kids.

• Mitigating Factor: Like Colangelo, embattled Wizards GM Ernie Grunfeld can't hit the Reset button because he'd be effectively resigning with pay. But still. Every Wizards fan is ready to see this team blown up.

• VP's Verdict: I'd clean house. What would the Cavs say if Washington offered them Jamison, Butler and Brendan Haywood for Shaq's expiring contract and J.J. Hickson? What would the Heat say if Washington offered them the same trade for Jermaine O'Neal and a 2010 draft first-rounder? My favorite of the possibles …

Fake Trade 9 (three-way): Wizards get Carlos Boozer and Shaq; Utah gets Caron Butler and Mike James' EC; Cavs get Jamison, Haywood and Kyle Korver's EC. Utah drops close to the tax line. Cleveland upgrades two positions for nothing. And Washington remains competitive this season and gets to start over financially in the summer. Just enough to string fans along in case The Chalk Outline rises from the sidewalk."

That's some fantasy life the guy has...

Posted by: Samson151 | December 29, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

I would love to see Shaq on the same team with Gilby.....and this is not basketball related.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 29, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

"Yeah well, the GM is also trying to blow up the team.

What does that tell you?

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | December 29, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

"

The GM should be blowing himself up.

He's the dipsh!t that caused all this mess.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 29, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

WOW did you all see flips post game press conferance WOW things are about to change I saw the flip that untill now he kept hidden behind closed doors he basically said. I am tired of being politically correct I am tired of making excuses and covering for players I am going to talk to some people and when we resume practice things are going to change THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE

Posted by: rnorris6 | December 29, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

"Bill Simmons of SI breaks down the offseason for all NBA teams. "

I can only imagine the amount of drool seeping onto his keyboard as he typed the Celtics entry.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 29, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

I can feel for flip he even said the way we are playing I could go out and score on us LOL

Posted by: rnorris6 | December 29, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

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