... Or else the Thunder would be hands down the worst team in major league sports. My mom once told me that if you don't have something nice to say, then don't say anything at all. I will ignore this advice because I don't desire to write a blank article.
I was hopeful that with all the hoopla that the Cavs went through regarding their game on Tuesday with the Knicks, that there would be a chance that they wouldn't show up for this game at 100%. I mean seriously, the media circus must have been exhausting, Thanksgiving was the next day, and you're going to play the 1-14 Thunder? That doesn't sound like a major motivating moment to me.
But show up, they did. And spanked, the Thunder were. King James played a mere 17 minutes, and frankly, the 8ish minutes he played to start the second half weren't necessary. This game was over early as the Cavs jumped to a 13-0 lead to start the game, were up 33-14 after the first quarter, and up 66-32 at halftime. All 12 players on Cleveland's roster scored and played at least 9 minutes.
The Thunder shot an atrocious 35.4% from the field. Jeff Green and Earl Watson had as many of their shots blocked as they made (4 and 2 respectively ... seriously Jeff Green, 4 of your shots got blocked?). The only Thunder players that shot better than 40% were Nick Collison (2 for 3), Joe Smith (3 for 7), Johan Petro (3 for 7), and Chris Wilcox (5 for 7). Wilcox was the star of the game for the Thunder with 14 points.
Petro picked up 5 fouls in 12 minutes. Rust (or maybe frustration) from sitting on the bench the last two games? On the plus side, Petro and Kyle Weaver were the only players with whom the Thunder gained points on the Cavs when they were on the court (5 and 2 points respectively).
Desmond Mason is due to have his elbow re-evaluated and will hopefully be returning to the team soon. Hopefully his presence will inspire certain players not playing up to their potential (*cough* *cough* Jeff Green *cough* *cough*) to pick up their games or else lose playing time/starting position.
Blake Griffin Watch: Griffin lit up the boards with 32 points and 15 rebounds leading Oklahoma past UAB 77-67. Blake is averaging 28 points, 19 rebounds, and 36 minutes for the Sooners through 5 games.
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