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PB: On the Grizzlies bringing blues to Beale Street

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Paypurr Tiger
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Some thoughts from ThunderousIntentions.com:

"The Nets weren’t good last year, but guess who they beat at home when they visited? The Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder were on a seven-game win streak, but they rolled into Brooklyn and lost. The team and fans blamed snowy conditions for a late arrival into the city, lack of rest and a poor practice. Guess what, the conditions are similar this year. There is a blizzard warning in effect in Brooklyn and it’s supposed to snow throughout Monday night and into Tuesday morning.  The good news is that the team is already in Brooklyn, so there will be no late arrival...

...The Thunder genuinely look like they are figuring out their identity at the right time. But then again we’ve said that 5+ times this season."

The anticipated huge snowstorm will limit road travel, which shuold dampen the already-low home court advantage.  Might it 's spirit-dampening effects also predominantly affect the Nets, who will have to endure both the storm and the digging-out aftermath before heading out to face the Knicks again Thursday?

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Dave, what do you think of the Thunder's mindset starting an Eastern road trip at the Nets, laying 6?  Usually the start of a road trip after a homestand is a little boost, if the team has an optimistic mindframe.  The Thunder seem to be a minor threat this year, but two home wins in a row over the rival Spurs and Jazz, both ahead in the standings, may have given them a shot in the arm.

Meanwhile he Nets are off a W over the Knicks, which is often enough to make a losing team a bit fat and happy.  They have certainly fit that pattern this year so far, and late March is often a time for letdowns.  Do the Thunder come out wanting this win more than the Nets?

Yes. One of my favorite settings in all of sports is when an opponent will take a truly bad team seriously. The Nets, like many bottom feeders, are even worse than they appear to be because the opposition often either takes them lightly in preparation, or lets up during the games once the outcome is in command. The Thunder have had two full days to prepare for this one and have Wednesday off, so they should be taking the Nets about as seriously as any playoff contender has in a while. 

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David Malinsky

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Dave, what do you think of the Thunder's mindset starting an Eastern road trip at the Nets, laying 6?  Usually the start of a road trip after a homestand is a little boost, if the team has an optimistic mindframe.  The Thunder seem to be a minor threat this year, but two home wins in a row over the rival Spurs and Jazz, both ahead in the standings, may have given them a shot in the arm.

Meanwhile he Nets are off a W over the Knicks, which is often enough to make a losing team a bit fat and happy.  They have certainly fit that pattern this year so far, and late March is often a time for letdowns.  Do the Thunder come out wanting this win more than the Nets?

Yes. One of my favorite settings in all of sports is when an opponent will take a truly bad team seriously. The Nets, like many bottom feeders, are even worse than they appear to be because the opposition often either takes them lightly in preparation, or lets up during the games once the outcome is in command. The Thunder have had two full days to prepare for this one and have Wednesday off, so they should be taking the Nets about as seriously as any playoff contender has in a while. 

Hey Dave,

If OKC is taking the Nets seriously, wouldn't that imply that they are focused from the start, and make OKC 1Q and 1H viable plays as well?

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