THUNDERNOTES: This is (no) infection for OKC | National sports


OKLAHOMA CITY – When he won 8 of 9 games, Thunder yesterday came to many positive trends.

Their shooting has improved. Their traffic gap was outside the charts. On Monday night, 19 out of 20 mistakes were made against Phoenix.

Coach Billy Donovan mentioned another one at his sweeping media meeting.

"I think it's the biggest thing for us to get revenge down," he said. "I felt like I was at the beginning of the year – I do not know where we are now – but at least in the first five to seven games, I think we've put too many teams on the free-throw line."

Donovan's subjective memory is objectively accurate.

In the first seven seasons of the season Thunder allowed 28.4 free-throw attempts by his opponents and in six matches before Wednesday, they allowed an average of 17.8.

Even better, in the same range, Thunder has an average of 24 trials on its own.

Donovan does not think that this is a matter of a better understanding of the way the game is performed, but simply the fact that Thunder is less nervous than the ball.

"I think there are times when we've created too much, which I would call an off-ball error, where there is no reason," he said.

Six times in this season, which entered Wednesday, the opponents of Oklahoma City tried less than 20 free throws; four of these were successive, which led on Wednesday.

He still loves Enes: Former Thunder Center Enes Kanter did not start for Knicks but entered the game with 5:38 remaining in the first quarter.

Before it was announced, he started to cheer a lot. By the time he was announced, many in the crowd stood and cheered for him, although he left the OKC for Big Apple before the last season.

Kanter entered an average of 26.7 minutes, 15.4 points, 12.1 rebounds and 2.1 assistants.

Prior to the first quarter, OKC Center Stevan Adams came to New York's coach David Fizdale and said, "Empty him, he can not play defense."

A Turkish citizen and an honest critic of Turkish dictator Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the city of Kanter City, mentioned in the Knicks games notes, is Zurich, Switzerland.

Faster than Russell?: Fizdale said before playing something about OKC scorer Dennis Schroder, who can not be true.

"A child can reach 94 feet as fast as anyone," he said. "It's amazing to get into color."

It may be unbelievable to enter the color, but it is unlikely he is faster than Russell Westbrook, who missed his fifth straight game as he took his left ankle against New Orleans on November 5.

In four games leading up to midnight, Schroder started each match and averaged 20.3 points and 4.3 assistants.

The biggest first quarter yet: Thunder opened Wednesday night with a 37-point first quarter and expanded its fortunes to get 10 points from Steven Adams, nine from Schroder, eight from Paul George, five from Jeremy Grant, four from Terrance Ferguson and one point from Patrick Patterson.

When the frame was completed, the OKC with 15 points shot 65.2 percent (15 of 23) and led New York 12 to 8 on the plates.

Next: Thunder has two days before the start of the trip with three playgrounds in Phoenix on Saturday. Monday is in Sacramento and two days later in Golden State.


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