James Harden has 37 points, Rockets rout Thunder, Russell Westbrook 118-87
Should Houston take care of business from deep, that alone may bury the lower-seeded team in this series.
"Pat is probably the unsung hero", D'Antoni said.
I don't know who will win the series.
The series appeals as one of the sexiest of the first-round matchups around the league purely on the basis of its superstar matchup. Or, will Harden guard Roberson and Westbrook guard Beverly?
Is it Russell Westbrook (yes), who became only the second player in National Basketball Association history to average a triple-double for an entire season, while dragging an otherwise completely sketchy OKC roster into the playoffs? Westbrook has seemingly been a man on a mission each time he steps on the court and it's nearly scary to think about him turning things up even more in the postseason. Westbrook could win at least one game by himself, giving Oklahoma City a chance to keep their title hopes alive beyond the first round.
There are a lot of scenarios at play here and the best one for Oklahoma City is this: Matchup Westbrook against Harden on the defensive end. Why? Victor Oladipo hasn't been on this kind of stage before and will need to step up as a reliable second option as a scorer and Steven Adams must not only control the paint but also maintain his stance as an interior defender. It should also be fun to watchAndre Roberson taking on Harden...and Eric Gordon for that matter.
Jumpstarted by the trade deadline acquisitions of Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott from the Chicago Bulls, the Thunder finished the season 14-10 and should feel confident heading into the playoffs for the seventh time in eight years.
This is the marquee match-up of the first round, therefore the National Basketball Association will find a prime time spot for every night they play. If he's not feeling his outside shot or is having trouble getting to the basket, life will be pretty tough for OKC during this series. With sports like baseball, where you play so many games and it is hard to make your teammates better, giving the MVP to someone excellent on a lousy team, like Mike Trout on the Angels, is understandable.
Rooney in contention for Man Utd return in Europa League tie
The United boss said: "It is impossible for Herrera to play every match unless you are the only centre backs we have in the team". I always think that football is a lot about motivational levels and, of course, playing the leaders is always a challenge.
Westbrook has the triple-doubles, the bounceback season after the loss of former MVP Kevin Durant, the fact that his team falls off when he's not playing. But Westbrook and the Thunder were unable to exact revenge in the four games between these two teams during the regular season. Oklahoma City went 33-9 this season when Westbrook registered a triple-double and 13-26 when he didn't.
OSCAR ROBERTSON: Well, I will just go what has gone, what has happened so far. Plus, he contests 6.6 shots per game (3.4 from behind the arc) and leads the league in loose balls recovered (1.6 per game).
Without Westbrook this season, it's been worked out that the Thunder would barely have 25-30 wins to their name.
James Harden supporters would fall into the category of the player who means most to his particular team that particular season.
Donovan and the Thunder were rigid with Westbrook this season, resisting the temptation to play him an entire fourth quarter even as the Thunder bench let leads slip (OKC was outscored 8.9 points per 100 possessions with Westbrook on the bench). If Kawhi's on their best player, suddenly that guy's standing around on the weak side, barely part of any play.
It's certainly an option that, if combined with making the Thunder look slow with two bigs being exploited on the perimeter, could potentially make that two bigs lineup unplayable for stretches.
Which player deserves to be called the most valuable of the past year?
We could go back and forth with the numbers forever.
But Washington has dominated its division rival over the last two-plus season, improving to 37-13 over their last 50 meetings. The Nationals snapped Atlanta's five-game winning streak and handed the Braves their first loss at new SunTrust Park.
As we previously reported, the New Orleans Saints star was shot and killed by Hayes after a road rage incident on April 9, 2016. His family and friends were in the courtroom as well Wednesday and some may be called to the stand Thursday to show support.
Turkey's main opposition party has filed a formal request seeking the referendum to be annulled because of voting irregularities. Turkey's society is badly divided, with at least half the population opposed to the slide into authoritarianism under Erdogan.
His death came less than a week after he was acquitted of murder charges in the shooting deaths of two men in Boston in 2012. In May 2015, Hernandez agreed to be a lookout for an inmate who fought another inmate at the prison where he died.
Of the 34 players who were present, only six had played with Hernandez and none of them spoke with reporters after the ceremony. College and professional sports teams routinely visit the White House after winning a championship.
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"I don't think Real Madrid have any influence on referees". "There are decisions that have penalized us a lot". "It's very harsh. Of course, the game was not without controversy as Cristiano Ronaldo's hat trick pushed Real Madrid to beat Bayern Munich.
On Friday, an oil spill occurred at a well on the frozen tundra of Alaska's North Slope near Prudhoe Bay, The Wall Street Journal. DEC is coordinating with BPXA and the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to investigate the cause.
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And since this is GTA Online we're talking about, there's plenty of mayhem involved if you want to take the checkered flag. This mode, along with some in-game 4/20 deals, have just been announced on the official Rockstar website.
She says an early election would provide "certainty and stability" in the negotiations, which will now start after the vote. The prime minister urged voters to give her "the mandate to speak for Britain and to deliver for Britain".
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Berkeley soda tax a sweet success, study says
It applies to regular soda, energy drinks, sports drinks, sweetened juice drinks, flavored waters, RTD sweetened coffees and teas. Since then, other cities have implemented similar taxes, including San Francisco, Chicago, Oakland, Calif., and Boulder, Colo.
Xiaomi Mi 6 With Snapdragon 835 Gets Official
The base model will be available for approximately $360, while the Ceramic Edition will cost a little more, with a $430 price tag. At an event in Beijing , the company took the wraps off its own flagship handset, and it clearly has the S8 in its sights.
Truck Crashes into Swedish Shopping Center, Killing 4
The truck ploughed through crowds of people in the busy shopping street before crashing into a department store and catching fire. His application for residency was rejected in June previous year and he was being sought by immigration officials, police said.
Fox ends ties with top-rated host Bill O'Reilly
But "I'm not closing the door" on O'Reilly "just because there were allegations that were not confirmed", he said. As the controversy snowballed dozens of advertisers withdrew their commercials from his program.
New tests indicate sarin used in Syria attack
The Foreign Secretary has previously said there will be "no impunity" for the people responsible for the chemical weapons attack. Mr Johnson also suggested that Britain could support the United States in the event of further missile strikes on Syria.