Dan Mahoney, Thunder vice president of broadcasting and corporate communications, said the Thunder expected the invocation for the games on Friday night and Sunday night to include some mention of the holy days, and on Friday, the bombing anniversary. The Thunder is one of the only NBA organizations — if not the only one — to have an invocation before games. The Rev. James Dunbar, pastor of Greater Cleaves Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, will give the invocation on Friday and the Rev. Randy McGuire, pastor of Lakeside United Methodist Church, is set to give the invocation on Sunday. Dunbar said he has given the invocation at a previous playoff game. He said once he found out this week's playoff schedule, he knew he'd have to adjust his Good Friday plans to attend Friday's games. He said he planned to attend noon hour Good Friday services and he would miss an evening "Seven Last Words of Christ" Good Friday event. Dunbar said he considers it an honor to give the … [Read more...] about Playoffs converge with holy days, bombing anniversary
“We really put a premium on guys that fit our culture, fit where we’re trying to go, and are serious about school," Schroyer said. "They also have a certain skill set and certain size about them. I think that the combination of those guys really set us up for not only right now but for the future. In recruiting and building a program you always have to balance and reconcile short term needs and long term goals. I think that this class has really shown what we’re trying to do here with our short term needs but also long term goals. I’m excited about the guards we were able to bring into the program, we’re obviously looking to be a lot better. This team will look and feel a lot different, and I’m excited about that.” … [Read more...] about Cowboys ink first full recruiting class under Heath Schroyer
As the Thunder faces a 2-0 deficit entering Game 3 against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday, Paul George’s defense might be just as valuable as his offense. George was touted as a Defensive Player of the Year candidate for much of the season until the Thunder’s post-All-Star break slump. It’s no coincidence that the majority of the Thunder’s post All-Star break slump coincided with George battling shoulder soreness. In Games 1 and 2, Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined to average 58 points per game on 45.5 percent shooting. According to NBA.com, on a combined 163 defensive possessions George played, he was the primary defender on either Lillard or McCollum only 38 times – less than 25 percent of his defensive possessions. George takes a beating getting over screens on primary ballhandlers, one reason why he’s been stashed on Maurice Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu, Rodney Hood or Evan Turner on more than half of his possessions each game. Fighting … [Read more...] about Thunder journal: More time for George on Lillard?
by Erik Horne Published: Thu, April 18, 2019 5:29 PM PORTLAND AT THUNDER When: 8:30 p.m., Friday Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena TV: ESPN (Cox 29 / HD 720, Dish 140, DirecTV 206, U-verse 602 / 1602); FS Oklahoma (Cox 37 / HD 722, Dish 412, DirecTV 675, U-verse 751 / 1751) Radio: WWLS-AM 640 / 98.1 FM Three things to know •Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum are a combined 15-of-33 (45.5 percent) from 3-point range in two games. Lillard has made one fewer 3-pointer (nine) than the Thunder as a team (10). •Since moving to Oklahoma City, the Thunder as a franchise has never trailed 3-0 in a series. The Seattle SuperSonics went down 3-0 to the Chicago Bulls in the 1996 NBA Finals. •Russell Westbrook is second in the NBA in assists per game (10.5) in the playoffs, but of the 23 players averaging 15 shots or more, only Utah’s Donovan Mitchell (32.4) is shooting a lower percentage from the field than Westbrook’s 35.1. … [Read more...] about Thunder vs. Blazers lineups, tip-off time and TV info
“’Personal experience, probably. And that’s what I relied heavily on,’ said Blake, who played for McLellan when the 51-year-old Saskatchewan native coached the San Jose Sharks. ‘You can sit in an interview for a few hours and you can get probably the right answers to the questions you’re asking. I went through about 160, 180 meetings probably, four rounds of playoffs, different situations, but I got to see how he reacted, first and foremost. … [Read more...] about The Sports Report: We find out if the Clippers are for real tonight