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This is actually a good matchup considering the Thunder's defensive woes. Scott Brooks can hide Enes Kanter on the aging Udonis Haslem.
Kanter/Adams have a combined 23 points, 14 rebounds at halftime (19+7 for Kanter).
Thunder has given up 99+ points in 12 straight games. Heat only have 38 at halftime.
Kanter with 19pt, 7reb Russ 4pt, 10asts, 6reb Whiteside with 13pts for them. http://t.co/f4gmqk7YtP
Westbrook shot just 2-10 in the first half and turned it over four times, but was somehow still fantastic.
Thunder lead the Heat 48-38 at half. Westbrook 4 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists, Kanter 19 (9-12) and 7 rebounds, Adams 4 and 7 boards.
Russell Westbrook at halftime: 4 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists. Thunder up 48-38 on the Heat.
Russell Westbrook apparates on the court.
Non Wade/Whiteside Heat players are a combined 4-of-23 shooting right now.
Birdman got his shot blocked by Steven Adams and Anthony Morrow on the same possession.
Steven Adams, Michael Beasley and Chris Andersen all chirping. Something to watch.
Things faster than Anthony Morrow's release: 1) Usain Bolt 2) ... 3) ...
After two games out of it, Kyle Singler back in the rotation.
One of the Thunder's better defensive quarters in a long time. Wade hit some tough shots, but Heat score only 21 pts on 8/21 FG.
This dude Henry "don't call me Bill" Walker look like Beanie Sigel.
Thunder lead the Heat 25-21 after one. Westbrook two points, three rebounds, seven assists, Kanter 15 points (7-9 shooting).
Interested to see who Brooks goes with to start the second half (Roberson out). You'd think Morrow, but he's settled into that bench role.
Andre Roberson has a left ankle sprain and will not return.
Left ankle sprain for Roberson. Will not return.
Russell Westbrook goes toe-to-toe with Hassan Whiteside for a rebound, and wins. What other point guard does that?
Enes Kanter has six made FGs in the first quarter. Russell Westbrook has assisted on five of them (seven 1qtr assists for RW).
Make it seven assists for Westbrook, 3:45 left in the first.
Russell Westbrook already with six assists, 4:16 left in the first quarter.
MIchael Beasley and Dion Waiters on the same court at the same time. Buckets will be had.
Kevin Durant during the timeout -- think he misses playing? http://t.co/fYal4uDmNp
Enes Kanter with 11 points on 5/7 FG in his first six minutes back from last Wednesday's ankle twist.
Roberson was helped to locker room. That's now three straight games with a bad ankle turn for an OKC player (Kanter, Collison now Roberson).
And to the locker room Roberson goes
Roberson getting help going immediately back to the locker room.
Roberson rolled his left ankle.
Andre Roberson slow to get up and limped his way up the court. Thunder called timeout and Roberson couldn't make it all the way to the bench
Andre Roberson goes down, gets up limping.
Hassan Whiteside v Steven Adams. Goran Dragic v Russell Westbrook. O/U 3.5 technicals in the game today?
Thunder-Heat about to tip. Think about this: Russell Westbrook the only active Thunder player today who was on OKC 2012 Finals roster.
Let the Russell Westbrook-Goran Dragic battle begin!!!
With everything opening up so perfectly for OU, yet they somehow play a road game today, it all sets up nicely for massive disappointment.
Russell Westbrook on Allen Iverson's recent compliments of RW's game http://t.co/QQjBiiq7Bi
Russell Westbrook asked about Allen Iverson's comments, and if he watched AI: "Nah, I didn't watch much basketball growing up."
Enes Kanter is back in the starting lineup today against the Heat.
Scott Brooks said Enes Kanter showed enough in practice yesterday and responded well today. Back and starting today.
Enes Kanter will play today.
With what we've gotten used to the last four years, weird to be heading to Heat-Thunder game with both teams clawing to get into playoffs.
Race for #8 Sunday schedule -Thunder vs Heat -Pelicans at Clippers -Suns vs Mavs
Suns have quietly snuck back into the playoff discussion. Only 2.5 back of OKC for #8 and a 0.5 back of the Pelicans for #9.
Great win, Irish!!!
Have a little faith in me🎶
One thing I learned at the premiere: Serge Ibaka calls Jeremy Lamb 'Lamboghini'
Just left the Son Of The Congo premiere in OKC. Some great footage of Serge Ibaka back home. Comes to Grantland/ESPN soon.
Serge Ibaka at the Son of the Congo premiere in OKC: http://t.co/xEPAbLIxms
Serge Ibaka just told Thunder radio voice Matt Pinto he hopes to be back from knee surgery in three to four weeks, not four to six weeks.
No doubt in my mind, if the Thunder were healthy all season, they'd be approaching 60 wins, and a clear title favorite. But alas.
And if you're wondering, since Feb. 1 the Thunder are allowing 104.5 points per 100, which ranks them 22nd in the league during that time.
The assumption has always been OKC only scores because of the talent of Durant and Westbrook. Well, apparently that's not entirely the case.
Relevant note: Kevin Durant has played only five games in that time.
Since Feb. 1, the Thunder are scoring 110.5 points per 100 possessions, second in the league during that time (Cavs 110.9).
Only 6 of 21 OKC players haven't missed game due to injury this yr: Lance Thomas, Sebastian Telfair, Ish Smith, Waiters, Singler, Augustin.