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  1. Thunder roll on Miami as Heat roll over

    Mar 26, 2012, 1:36 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder

    The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Miami Heat 103-87 Sunday night behind Kevin Durant‘s 29 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. It was an MVP performance by Durant and a statement game for the Thunder. For the Heat, it was yet another in a long series of headache-inducing performances in which the Heat faced the…

  2. 5 Things to Watch: Heat-Thunder, a potential Finals preview worth playing

    Mar 25, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

      Best in the East vs. best in the West. Nope, that’s not right. The two clearly best teams in the league. Well, no, not really with how open the West is. OK, how about just: A more-probable-than-on-average chance that these two teams will meet in the Finals. There. Sufficiently hedged. The Miami Heat and…

  3. Tuesday And-1 links: Conan has Guinness colored Nikes

    Mar 20, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

    conan_twitpic_guinnessshoes

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT). We’re trying out a bullet-point format to help the look and feel, tell us what you think of it. • Conan O’Brien got a pair…

  4. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Hope in Orlando… maybe

    Mar 14, 2012, 9:26 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard and Miami Heat forward LeBron James talk during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Orlando

    What you missed while suddenly caring about what happens to Western Kentucky’s basketball team…. Magic 104, Heat 98 (OT): Let’s not read too much into one game. I know Dwight Howard is talking about wanting to stay and contend with this team, but I’m not on board with them as contenders yet. That said, they…

  5. Video: Thunder with three blocks and a dunk

    Mar 9, 2012, 10:33 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka, Russell Westbrook

    There are teams that execute better than the Oklahoma City Thunder, but there are none as athletic and long — and that leads to fun highlights. Like this one against the Cavaliers. Three Serge Ibaka blocks, one Kevin Durant block and a Russell Westbrook and James Harden fast break. It’s the most fun you’re going…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Night of the living game-winning shot

    Mar 8, 2012, 9:24 AM EDT

    Trevor Booker

    What you missed while realizing you figured out who is going to win the Darwin Award this year…. Sixers 103, Celtics 71: This battle for the top spot in the Atlantic division — and the four seed at least in the playoffs, allowing a team to avoid Miami and Chicago in the first round —…

  7. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Another day, another Thunder comeback

    Mar 2, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Ryan Anderson

    What you missed while taking Google to court because their “street view” map option caught you urinating in your front yard…. Miami 107, Trail Blazers 93: This score doesn’t do justice to how much the Heat dominated this game, which we broke down as our game of the night. Thunder 105, Magic 102: Who says…

  8. Kobe Bryant a no-show to All-Star media availability

    Feb 24, 2012, 4:25 PM EDT

    kobe-bryant-all-star

    The 2012 NBA All-Stars had their first mass media availability session of the weekend on Friday, and everyone who was named to the team managed to show up and tolerate the wide-ranging and sometimes-inane questions from both traditional and non-traditional media outlets. Everyone, that is, except Kobe Bryant. Bryant was a no-show to the festivities,…

  9. Harden, Collison both out for Thunder against New Orleans

    Feb 20, 2012, 7:36 PM EDT

    james-harden

    From The Oklahoman’s Darnell Mayberry: James Harden (ankle) and Nick Collison (groin) are both out tonight against the Hornets. Big blow to the Thunder’s depth. Harden has been having a career season, and has been making a strong case for the 6th Man of the Year Award. The #3 overall pick in 2009 has been…

  10. Durant, Westbrook, Ibaka make history in Thunder win over Nuggets

    Feb 20, 2012, 2:56 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Numbers so rarely tell the story in retrospect. Every number based on human performance requires interpretation, it requires understanding. The idea that numbers are meaningless in the context of basketball is asinine, but the idea that in 20 years, some kid will check basketball reference and see the box score for the Thunder’s 124-118 win…

  11. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Miami gets third win in three nights

    Feb 15, 2012, 8:09 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    What you missed while watching the Chipotle ad that was the best thing during the Grammys… Knicks 90, Raptors 87: What else can you say? The legend of Lin just keeps on growing. This was our game of the night. Heat 105, Pacers 90: Miami was playing their third game in three nights, Indiana had…

  12. Your NBA All-Star reserves announced, coaches went safe

    Feb 9, 2012, 7:24 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    The fans picked the five starters, but this week the coaches voted to name the reserves to the All-Star Game in Orlando. And the coaches played it safe. They went with the old names they new not the future stars. They went with veteran Joe Johnson and left out Rajon Rondo. They left out Paul…

  13. Warriors coach Jackson says “no excuses,” then blames refs

    Feb 8, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

    Mark Jackson Warriors

    We want to congratulate Mark Jackson on what soon will be his first fine as an NBA head coach. It’s coming. Jackson was frustrated after the Thunder executed better down the stretch and in a contradictory statement laid part of the problem at the feet of the referees, as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle…

  14. Tuesday And-1 links: Want to watch Gilbert Arenas workout?

    Feb 7, 2012, 11:14 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Sacramento Kings

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT). Gilbert Arenas is going to conduct an open workout in Los Angeles this week so teams can come and decide for themselves if he’s got…

  15. Tuesday And-1 links: Judge tells Allen Iverson to pay up

    Feb 1, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    Allen Iverson

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT). A judge has reached into Allen Iverson’s bank account to pay a jewelry store where Iverson bought more than $300,000 in bling but never paid…

  16. When you mention contenders, consider the Clippers

    Jan 31, 2012, 2:45 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin Clippers Thunder

    Sunday night, the Clippers went into the thin air of Denver and knocked off the Nuggets, the deepest and most steady team in the West (with the second best record in the conference). Monday night they faced a rested Oklahoma City Thunder team and ran the team to best in the West out of the…

  17. Blake Griffin heads 2012 rookie deal extension class

    Jan 27, 2012, 2:24 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin slam dunks against Memphis Grizzlies Hamed Haddadi of Iran and Dante Cunningham during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook got theirs. Kevin Love got a deal, as did Danilo Gallinari. Eric Gordon and Brook Lopez did not. And nobody seriously considered giving Michael Beasley one. It’s the first extension to the rookie contract — the first chance for NBA players to make serious, serious money. But as we saw…

  18. NBA quarter pole awards: Yes, LeBron is the MVP

    Jan 24, 2012, 2:37 PM EDT

    Miami Heats' LeBron James plays against the Philadelphia 76ers during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    We are a quarter of the way into the NBA season, which is far too early to start talking about end of the season awards, playoffs or much of anything else. I’m going to anyway. Here are the awards in a few categories as we reach the quarter pole. We’ve got a long back stretch…

  19. Report: Westbrook agrees to max extension with Thunder

    Jan 19, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Juan Barea

    The Oklahoma City Thunder have some hard choices coming in the next few years as they try to keep this core together — but Russell Westbrook just made that a little bit easier. Westbrook has reached a max extension deal with the Thunder, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook has signed…

  20. Boston’s best game still not enough to beat Thunder

    Jan 17, 2012, 12:57 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Rajon Rondo

    The good news: The return of Kendrick Perkins and the challenge to match up to one of NBA’s elite teams in the Oklahoma City Thunder got the Celtics to play their best game of the season. The bad news: Oklahoma City 97, Boston 88. Maybe the highlight for Boston fans was the video tribute to…

  21. Weekend Observations 1.14.12: The Nightmarejao Effect

    Jan 14, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Each weekend we bring you 25 random observations from the NBA week that was.  1. Gregg Popovich’s talk about defense isn’t just his usual grousing. The Spurs were brilliant the first handful of games defensively but their regression has seemed very emblematic of last year’s team. They are slipping further and further away from what…

  22. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where the Spurs look old

    Jan 9, 2012, 1:33 AM EDT

    Tony Parker, Kendrick Perkins

    What you missed while watching Tim Tebow resurrect after three games…. Lakers 90, Grizzlies 82: This was our game of the night, where the Lakers flaws are showing and it doesn’t matter. Thunder 108, Spurs 96: Both teams were tired — third game in three nights for Oklahoma City, fourth game in five nights for…

  23. Update: Eric Maynor out for season with knee injury

    Jan 8, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Eric Maynor

    UPDATE 5:26 pm: The Thunder have announced that Eric Maynor is out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate that will require surgery. After watching the video below, that should not seem like a huge shock. It was nasty. This is a blow to the Thunder. Sure, Russell Westbrook is young and can play…

  24. Weekend Observations: 25 things from the week that was

    Jan 7, 2012, 2:16 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks

    Each weekend we bring you 25 random observations from the NBA week that was.  1. Ramon Sessions is not shooting well, but he’s drawing a lot of contact and his assists are up this year. He’s got a 19.5 PER and can’t get over 25 minutes per game on the Cavaliers. He’s much more of…

  25. NBA Power Rankings: Blazers climb, Heat on top of mountain

    Jan 2, 2012, 1:35 PM EDT

    Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, LeBron James

    Lots of big moves up and down as the rankings start to shake themselves out a little. In college football they should hold off doing polls through those early weeks because said polls impact the postseason, but as the NBA has a playoff to determine who is best let’s dive in. 1. Heat (5-0, last…

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