OKC not lacking for an identity Fast, aggressive defense has been team's strength in first half of the season
OKLAHOMA CITY — About an hour after the Thunder's win against the Spurs on Saturday, Russell Westbrook emerged from the back of the locker room, bandana wrapped around his head, in a cooler mood.
Yes, his Dallas Cowboys had just lost a playoff game to the Los Angeles Rams, but the Thunder had a victory at the end of a winless week. Westbrook — bespectacled, dressed in black — spoke to the media about Dennis Schroder's performance and the Thunder's defensive stand. When his face turned up from his phone to answer each question, two red scratch marks stood out around his forehead and the bridge of his nose.
At the season's midway mark, what the Thunder lacks in arguably Atlanta vs. Oklahoma City 6:30 p.m. Tuesday FSOK the NBA's most valuable asset, it doesn't lack in identity.
If you were to make a movie poster to represent this team through 42 games, it would look a lot like Westbrook's battle-scarred face and monochromatic attire from Saturday. This Thunder team is bonded by a fast, aggressive and unyielding style of defense despite depth issues, middling numbers on
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One of the keys to the show's success is the building and upkeep of the dirt track, which has stayed consistent over the years.
“The guys have done a great
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Tristan Lee, Kyle job on the race track last week,” Hahn said. “It is a completely different track from the Shootout. We loosened it up to get it a little tackier.
“Christopher Bell was on MRN this past week and said you always know what the race track is going to be. The burm is always
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It is a never-ending task keeping enough dirt on hand after each season of racing.
“A year ago we added about 50 trailer loads,' Hahn said. “Whenever we find some clay around,
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Justin Allgaier, Kyle Cummins, Seth Carlson, Matt Sherrell, Kaleb Currie, AJ Valim, Ryan Foster, Bill Rose, Chris Malone, Michell Decker, JD Black, Chance Morton, Thomas Meseraull, Pat Schudy, Rick Shuman, Dalton Camfield, Tracy Hines, Andrew Felker, Donovan Peterson, Andrew Deal, Gavin Stout, Austin Brown, Ryan Bickett, Shane Golobic, Sheldon Haudenschild, Brett Ireland, Jake Morgan, Justin Dickerson, Josh Lakatos, Troy Betts, Mike Hess, Bryan Salisbury, Kyle Simon, Hunter Fischer, Jerry Coons, Jr., Casey Shuman, Cody Ledger, Ryan Bernal, Jack Dover, Johnny Herrera, LJ Lombardo, Danny Stratton, Taylor Forbes, Justin Fifield, RJ Johnson, Joe B Miller, CJ Leary, Mark Chisholm, Maria Cofer, Kyle O'Gara, Robby Josett, Robert Bell, Chase Johnson, Zac Taylor, Christopher Bell, McKenna Haase, Craig Oakes, Sam Johnson, Dylan Ito, Cole Macedonian, Seth Bergman, Karsyn Elledge, Shaun Shapel, Bret Barney, Josh we get it and add it to the stock pile. We have gotten clay from Owasso, Creek County, Hillcrest Hospital, 51st and Mingo. Anyplace close we get it.”
It all adds up to another exciting week of racing that will have race fans counting the days until next year's event.
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Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (left) drives to the basket past San Antonio forward Davis Bertans in the first half of Saturday's game.