Westbrook and Kanter warming up. http://t.co/M85VJSUKgO
This quote from Enes Kanter todat on the Jazz and Thunder is pretty jarring: http://t.co/Qw2Uix6Si9
Don't get all the Enes Kanter hate. So he didn't like playing here. Neither did Deron Williams. But having them to trade made Jazz better.
One thing I took away listening to Kanter this morning: No doubt about it, he wants to re-sign with the Thunder this summer.
Aside from the "mountains" joke, Enes Kanter was just explaining the entire "light-goes-on" phenomenon, to me.
Enes Kanter on Thunder versus Jazz: "I think the difference is I like playing basketball there. I think that's the most important thing."
Enes, do you miss anything about Utah? "Mountains. That's it, I guess."
Enes: "Like I said, I don't really want to talk about it here. I've got a lot of things to say but just don't want to say it right now."
Enes Kanter on OKC: "Everything there is just professional. Everything they do is for the players. You just only focus on basketball."
Enes Kanter: "I don't want to make no comments on them, but I think, after I went to OKC, I was like 'Oh man, this is how NBA teams [are].'"
Enes Kanter: "I still respect them. I still like my coaches here, I still have friends here, some friends here, not a lot."
Enes: "You know how you're like in a dream, that you have a superpower and you don't want to open your eyes? OKC's been like that for me."
Enes Kanter: "It wasn't just basketball stuff. It was just professionalism. After I see OKC, then I was like, this is how NBA teams are."
What was the biggest frustration? Enes: "I will say almost everything. I didn't bring it every night. Almost everything was a frustration."
Enes Kanter: "It wasn't just a one game, two game frustration, it was a three and a half year frustration. I'm happy for both sides."
Enes Kanter: "I never liked playing basketball before in my NBA career. It's the first time that I felt like playing basketball."
Enes Kanter: "I think the difference is I like playing basketball there. I think that's the most important thing."
Enes Kanter: "I love it. It's a team that I've never experienced before. I actually like playing basketball there."
Enes Kanter ripped the Jazz org in his interview today. He pretended to hold back, but that wasn't a holding back.
Steven Adams asked if he's talked to Enes Kanter about his return to Utah http://t.co/USKoH3v1LK
Johnson impressed the jazz when he was here. Was let go in part because jazz needed roster spot for enes kanter trade
Hey, good news: Enes Kanter has his 11th double-double with the Thunder (seventh straight). (Also: The Thunder are currently down 30.)
And oh, yeah, Thunder down 30. Wouldn't be a terrible idea to rest Westbrook/Kanter and others for the night.
Enes Kanter has extended his point-rebound double-double streak to seven games. Longest in Thunder history previously was five.
Shutting Westbrook and Kanter down for the night should give guys like Singler, Morrow, McGary and Agustin more reps to get better.
Spurs lead the Thunder 71-50 at half. Westbrook 16 and 3 assists, Kanter 10 and 5 rebounds. Spurs shooting 62.8 percent.
Spurs lead the Thunder 32-28 after one. Westbrook 14 and two assists, Kanter 8 and 4 rebounds. Spurs shot 63.6 percent.
Overall, Kanter was a nice addition to OKC's frontcourt rotation. He does, however, rank as one of the worst rim defenders in the NBA.
Enes Kanter's skill and basketball feel from offense to defense is about as opposite as I've ever seen. Complete 180.
Enes Kanter is like a reverse DeAndre Jordan. So good on one end, so limited on the other.
Since pairing Steven Adams and Enes Kanter together in the starting five March 15, OKC's outrebounding opponents 50.2 to 35.3 per game.
Final score: 127-117 for the Thunder. Westbrook, Kanter and Waiters all scored 20+, while Clarkson led the Lakers with 30.
Thunder beat the Lakers 127-117. Westbrook 27 and 11 assists, Kanter 25-16-4, Waiters 23 (10-16 shooting), Adams 16 and 10, Morrow 12.