For most of us in the Oklahoma bubble, the early parts of the NBA season have been a nightmare we can't wake up from with injuries all over the OKC roster.
So instead of getting down on what could be a terrible beginning for Thunder fans, let's look into how the former Pokes are doing.
Other than a mistake where Allen hit a camera, he is helping Memphis toward a strong start. The veteran is averaging 32 minutes per game and is already shooting his best from the FT line since 2011. His best game came Monday against New Orleans when he got 12 points on 50 percent shooting and 11 rebounds. Allen and the Grizzlies face a three game road stretch against Phoenix, Milwaukee and a depleted a Thunder before facing the Lakers to round up the next week of games.
So Marcus has actually been a pleasant surprise to me. The way Marcus played in college, hero ball, has almost completely disappeared. He lets plays form and makes free throws (hasn't missed one yet!). He's still playing great defense, with five steels and a block through four games, with four steels in his first game against Brooklyn. However, he still thinks he can shoot the three ball, shooting 2-14 in the early goings of the season, without the three balls he is 4-7 with this sweet put back in his Dallas homecoming. Smart and the Celtics play Toronto tonight and Indiana Friday before traveling to Chicago to round off the week. Celtics play Thunder next Wednesday.
Markel was battling a stomach flu as reported in last weeks Cowboys in the NBA, and he still hasn't played. According to Reed Wallach of NetsDaily.com some are hoping he will become a roll player on the team.
That's all we have for this week of Cowboys in the NBA! Here's to Markel getting healthy, Marcus getting better and Tony's wallet for that nasty fine.