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Awkward thing about Telfair being waived is that before last night's game, he was the one to address the crowd to wish a happy Thanksgiving.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO EVERYONE. BE THANKFUL AND GIVE THANKS ON THIS SPECIAL DAY!!!
Happy Thanksgiving Everybody.
Man, disaster start for the Charlotte Hornets. Supposed to be surprise team in the East. Instead, same 4-12 record as OKC.
Lakers lose. Thunder out of the Western Conference basement. Updated standings: http://t.co/P5yYmToXDX
Something to keep in mind: Westbrook is about to return, meaning Smith will be the third point guard. He won't be in the regular rotation.
The most significant thing in all this is confirmation that Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Mitch McGary are almost back.
With Durant, Westbrook and McGary returning soon, Thunder had to waive somebody. It was between Ish Smith and Telfair. OKC chose Telfair.
OKC will keep Ish Smith for now as its 15th man. His second 10-day window under the hardship rule was set to expire Thursday.
Official Thunder press release on waiving of Sebastian Telfair: http://t.co/IrGFZulOCn
The Thunder has released guard Sebastian Telfair. The move gets the team's roster back to 15 players after Ish Smith was added via hardship.
That means that Ish Smith will remain on the roster. He's a player OKC liked during the summer but he was under contract with the Rockets.
With the Thunder's hardship exception expiring, the Thunder will release Sebastian Telfair to get down to the required 15-player minimum.
Scott Brooks on Jeremy Lamb: "Obviously he scored a bunch of points, but he competed on the defensive end...he earned his minutes tonight."
Scott Brooks walking with confidence to the podium. Me: "You swaggin' up there." Brooks: "It's about time"
Bench points tonight: Thunder 44, Jazz 3. OKC now 4-4 this season when outscoring other team's bench, 0-8 when outscored.
Important win for the Thunder: 97-82 over Utah. OKC now 4-12 on the season. Knicks on Friday, with cavalry coming.
Thunder wins, 97-82, to snap a six-game losing streak.
Thunder snap a 6-game losing streak, 97-82 over Utah. Jackson 22 and 8 assists, Ibaka 20 and 8 boards, Lamb 21 on 7-8 shooting (3-3 from 3).
Emotional moment as Ish Smith possibly enters the game for the last time in a Thunder uniform.
Ish Smith entering with 1:37 to play. Extremely likely it's his last game for the Thunder. Hardship runs out tomorrow.
Jeremy Lamb leaves to a standing ovation. His best performance of the season: 21 points on eight shots in 23 minutes.
Jeremy Lamb exits to a standing ovation: 21 points on 7-8 shooting in 23 minutes.
Serge Ibaka has been huge in the fourth: Six points on 3-3 shooting (18 on 8-18 overall). Providing much-needed offensive stability.
Four straight made shots for Serge Ibaka after a rough start. Just had a huge and-1. Thunder up 14 on Utah, 5:34 left.
Thunder have taken just six free throws tonight to Utah's 20. OKC has to find more points from the foul line this fourth quarter.
Bench points at the end of the 3rd quarter: Thunder 31, Jazz 2
Thunder lead 74-62 after three over Utah. The next 12 minutes will feel like six hours for OKC.
Reggie Jackson dropping a Westbrook-to-Durant-esque between-the-legs bounce pass in transition to Morrow for 3.
Steven Adams just punched himself in the head after a bad offensive foul. We'll have to wait and see if he gets himself suspended for that.
Serge Ibaka 4-of-14 shooting tonight. Feels like he's short on almost every jumper.
Serge Ibaka with 11 blocks the past three games. Looking a bit more energized on the defensive end. Plus, less zone.
Lance Thomas came in having played 400 minutes this season, third most on the team. Only eight in first half -- 9th most on roster.
---> Bench points at halftime: Thunder 25, Jazz 0.
Anthony Morrow and Jeremy Lamb were key in the first half: 19 combined points on 7-of-10 shooting off the bench.
Thunder lead the Jazz 56-48 at half. Jackson 14 and 4 assists, Lamb 13, Ibaka 9. OKC shooting 53.3%. Season high for points in a first half.
Down 10 at one point, the Thunder head to half up 56-48. Telling stat: Those 56 points were a season-high in a first half for OKC.
Thunder 56, Jazz 48 at halftime. Most points the Thunder has scored in a first half this season.
If it means anything (and it probably doesn't), Russell Westbrook is still using only his left hand to high-five teammates.
Jeremy Lamb -- 0-of-6 in 11 minutes the other night -- is already 4-of-4 for 11 points in nine first half minutes tonight.
Jeremy Lamb the early offensive spark for the Thunder: 11 points in nine minutes on 4-4 shooting.
Joe Ingles is on the All-NBA Team of guys I'd expect to see at a local YMCA playing rec ball.
Kevin Durant is basically a WWE hype man on the bench. Has something to say after every good thing OKC does.
Huge finish for Jeremy Lamb to end the first quarter. Nine points in four minutes. Could be one of those nights for him.
Thunder closes the quarter on a 16-4 run, takes a 31-29 lead into the second.
What a response by the Thunder second unit, finishing out the first quarter on a 16-4 run. Tons, and I mean tons, of energy from that group.
All-bench Thunder unit on a 14-2 run right now. OKC up two.
I mean, Nick Collison always plays hard, but man tonight he has cranked it to 11 on the defensive end.
Rudy Gobert and Dante Exum look like twin brothers -- one just sprouted to a ridiculous level.
Rough start for the Thunder: Down 25-15. Utah already with 18 paint points. OKC with five sloppy turnovers.
Andre Roberson nails a jumper wait what.
Jazz's nine points have come on two dunks, one interior and-1, and a layup.
Per Elias, two teams have made the playoffs in last 20 years after a 3-12 start (04-05 Nets and 10-11 76ers).
Two days rest. Jazz at home. Stars returning soon. This seems like the night the Thunder needs to start flipping its season.
Hopping on NBA TV to talk Thunder.
The Thunder had a road back-to-back in each of the season's first four weeks. This is first week OKC hasn't had one.
Thunder 4.5-point favorites over the Jazz tonight. The most OKC has been favored by all season (only favored in 3 of 16 games).
To those asking, no Perry Jones tonight either. But that's not hardship related. Still out with knee contusion. Hasn't been practicing.
Serious prop bet Bovada just released - More regular season wins: Philadelphia Eagles or 76ers?
Reminder: No Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant or Mitch McGary vs Jazz tonight. Even if healthy enough, can't play because of 10-day hardship.
We had one birthday this month, so let's celebrate with Helen Ann! http://t.co/kEKQQdN0d0
New Thunder billboard near downtown OKC has Kevin Durant and Steven Adams on it - http://t.co/lDJd5jElQJ
Lol boy a haircut ain't important til u can't get one lol
Scott Brooks says Mitch McGary will be back "sometime in the near future."
No additional update on Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Partially practiced today. Won't play Wednesday. Friday not out of question.
Knicks list Carmelo Anthony (back spasms) as doubtful for game in Dallas on Wednesday. NY in OKC on Friday. Something to watch.