Heard Thundering podcast: Brett Dawson and Brandon Sowle look ahead to OKC’s post-All-Star stretch run

Heard Thundering podcast: Brett Dawson and Brandon Sowle look ahead to OKC’s post-All-Star stretch run

How much will Gordon Hayward play? How does the Thunder handle Josh Giddey’s minutes? And will Shai Gilgeous-Alexander make an MVP push? We’re talking about it on this week’s Heard Thundering podcast. 

Brett Dawson

By Brett Dawson

| Feb 16, 2024, 7:38pm CST

Brett Dawson

By Brett Dawson

Feb 16, 2024, 7:38pm CST

Is there a real MVP push in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s immediate future? How much will new acquisition Gordon Hayward play once he gets on the court? And how much do those minutes eat into Josh Giddey’s? The Thunder has a slew of storylines entering the season’s post-All-Star stretch run, and Brett Dawson and Brandon Sowle are digging in on this week’s episode of the Heard Thundering podcast. 

Episode highlights:

3:14: Our takeaways from the Thunder at the All-Star break. What’s surprised us most about where OKC is through 54 games. 

9:00:The Thunder in awards races. What are Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s MVP chances? Is Jalen Williams a Most Improved Player candidate? Has the Rookie of the Year ship sailed for Chet Holmgren? Is Mark Daigneault the Coach of the Year favorite?

22:15: The Josh Giddey of it all. How much is the defensive strategy on Giddey gumming up the Thunder’s offense? What do the numbers say? How much does Gordon Hayward address the problem?

33:45: Should Gordon Hayward start?

44:45: Where does the Thunder finish in the Western Conference standings?

Producer: Jacquelyn Musgrove

Creative Director: Michael Lane

Social media: Bobby Howard

Director of Content: Mike Sherman

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Brett Dawson, the Thunder beat writer at Sellout Crowd, has covered basketball for more than 20 seasons at the pro and college levels. He previously worked the Thunder beat at The Oklahoman and The Athletic and also has covered the New Orleans Pelicans, Los Angeles Lakers and L.A. Clippers. He’s covered college programs at Louisville, Illinois and Kentucky, his alma mater. He taught sports journalism for a year at the prestigious Missouri School of Journalism. You can reach him at [email protected] or find him sipping a stout or an IPA at one of Oklahoma City’s better breweries.

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