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Thunder Players Hold Closed Door Meeting After Another Loss

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The Oklahoma City Thunder have had a bumpy road to start the 2017-2018 NBA regular season but their 4-game losing streak has apparently frustrated players.

Posting a 4-7 to start the season, the Thunder notched their 4th straight loss to the Denver Nuggets on Thursday.

That loss motivated Thunder players to hold a closed door meeting to address their issues and try to find a solution.

“It was just good to get everything out on the table,” Oklahoma City forward Paul George said, according to The Oklahoman.

“Especially where we’re at right now, it’s no good if we’re bottling it up, because then we could carry it over to the next game and the next game. Just leave everything out in the open.”

“Meetings just make sure we all stay together no matter what,” Thunder guard Raymond Felton said, according to The Norman Transcript.

“Everybody said their piece. Coach (Billy Donovan) said his piece… Right now, we going through something, and we got to stick together no matter what.”

The Thunder certainly have the talent to turn around their slow start and they are hoping the closed door meeting will be a catalyst for just that.

 

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Thunder’s Paul George Asked Billy Donovan to Stop Running Plays for Him

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George reportedly asked head coach Billy Donovan to stop running plays for him at one point last season.

George made the comments during an interview with ESPN’s Royce Young:

“I’ve always been a guy to just let the game come to me,” George said.

“Just play the game. If it’s a shot for me, if I can make a play, create for someone else, I’ll do that. A lot of times you run a play, everybody’s watching, everybody’s locked in, everybody’s pulling over and it just makes the game tougher for me

“I like it when I can kind of manipulate and be on attack mode where they don’t know what to do, as opposed to a play other teams [can] scout.”

Donovan added in:

“At times he’s like, ‘Stop—just let me get it,'” Donovan said. “I had to learn him. I can watch things on film and say, ‘Oh, that’s a good play and he made that shot, let’s run that,’ but there’s a lot more to it than that.”

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Thunder Exercise Option on Terrance Ferguson

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The Oklahoma City Thunder have exercised the third-year option on the contract of Terrance Ferguson.

Ferguson is a former 1st round pick of Oklahoma City back in the 2017 NBA draft, and with increased playing time this season, he is averaging 2.8 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.6 steals per game for the Thunder.

 

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Thunder’s Paul George Talks About Russell Westbrook

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George had an interesting take on his MVP teammate, point guard Russell Westbrook, saying that the point guard is a bit of an “a**hole” but saying that it is fine to be one.

“You’ve got guys in the league that have that — I would say ‘a–hole’ in them that people think Russ has,” George said, according to Royce Young of ESPN. “And that’s fine. That’s fine to be an a–hole. You should be an a–hole at some point.”

In case you think that by George labeling Westbrook in such a derogatory way is a slight, George explained that it was a good thing.

“The difference is, you’ve got guys that are a–holes that don’t care to be your teammate. Russ is going to be there, regardless if he’s getting on you, if he’s chewing you out,” George explained. “If it’s something he feels he needs to address with you, he’s going to do it. But he’s going to be your teammate at the end of the day. He’s going to have your back, he’s going to stand his ground and he’s going to go to war with you. After, he’s going to laugh, he’s going to joke — that’s Russ. He’s a different type of teammate.”

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