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  1. Kevin Durant says “nothing” to TMZ, that gets him in trouble

    Jun 22, 2011, 9:03 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Seven

    Kevin Durant is not the kind of athlete who ends up on TMZ as he is hopping from club-to-club or trying to line up his next reality show. That’s just not who Durant is. He’s more the “wear a backpack to a press conference” kind of guy. Yet he still got in trouble via TMZ…

  2. LeBron James third highest earning athlete in America

    Jun 16, 2011, 1:53 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    LeBron James shouldn’t flaunt that after he loses in the NBA finals he goes back to living a charmed life and we go back to our lives… but the dude is raking it in. According to Sports Illustrated, LeBron is the third highest earning athlete in the United States in 2011. Tiger Woods and Phil…

  3. Thunder want Kendrick Perkins to get healthy this summer

    May 31, 2011, 10:06 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Four

    Some people in Oklahoma City blamed Kendrick Perkins for the fall of the Thunder in the conference finals to Dallas. Those people are wrong. Perkins was not causing Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant to miss shots at the end of games. Jeff Green would not have saved them (people continue to overvalue him). Perkins was…

  4. Kevin Durant looks to bulk up for next season

    May 29, 2011, 11:33 PM EDT

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    Kevin Durant is the NBA’s leading scorer two years running, but the playoffs have shown there are some things he could work on. For one, he told the Boston Globe, he wants to add a little muscle. “I could get stronger and go from there,’’ he said. “I realize I’m not going to be 250…

  5. Kevin Durant ‘not happy at all’ with Dirk Nowitzki’s success at his expense

    May 26, 2011, 2:01 AM EDT

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    The Mavericks finished the job on Wednesday, coming from behind late for the second straight game to advance to the NBA Finals.  The Thunder’s season came to an end, but it was much more due to the fantastic play of Dirk Nowitzki than it was due to any shortfalls in play from Kevin Durant. The…

  6. NBA Playoffs: Fittingly Mavericks’ execution sends them to finals

    May 26, 2011, 12:56 AM EDT

    Mavericks' players celebrate against the Thunder during Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference Final basketball playoff in Dallas

    It was fitting. Maybe it was the only way it could be, with Dallas coming from behind again. Game 5 was a microcosm of the four before it in the Western Conference finals. Oklahoma City came out and played with energy and passion. Their amazing athleticism caused problems for Dallas, but the Mavericks countered with…

  7. NBA Playoffs: Thunder have fight in them, is that enough?

    May 25, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

    Mavericks' Nowitzki celebrates near Thunder's Westbrook during NBA Western Conference Final playoff in Oklahoma City

    Do not question the toughness of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Don’t question their heart. No doubt the collapse at the end of Game 4 Monday was ugly, but it was not about toughness. You don’t reach the Western Conference Finals with all your key players 22 or younger without being tough. Without heart. You can…

  8. NBA Playoffs: Thunder learning lessons. The hard way.

    May 24, 2011, 3:53 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Four

    These are hard, painful lessons for the Oklahoma City Thunder. They are the hard, painful lessons virtually every championship team has had to learn. Michael Jordan and his Bulls were knocked out three straight years by the Detroit Pistons, teaching him hard lessons. It’s true of champions since. Even the two-time, soon-to-be-dethroned Lakers had to…

  9. NBA Playoffs: Nowitzki closes out Durant, Thunder in Game 4

    May 24, 2011, 3:37 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Four

    Shortly after Kevin Durant entered the NBA, he was given the label of the NBA’s Next Great Closer. Everything about him suggests that he should be able to close teams out. He has a quiet confidence about him, is never afraid to shoot the ball, and never seems to break a sweat as he coldly…

  10. NBA Playoffs: Incredible comeback has Dallas one game from the NBA Finals

    May 24, 2011, 1:38 AM EDT

    dirk-game-4

    The Thunder had this. They did just about everything they had to do from the opening tip to secure a series-evening victory against Dallas in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. OKC jumped out to a fast start, got a superstar-level performance from its best player, and played active team defense for the vast…

  11. NBA Playoffs: Efficient Westbrook, Thunder need to show up

    May 23, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are putting up numbers against the Dallas Mavericks: Durant is averaging 29.3 point per game (up from his league-leading 27.7 during the regular season), while Westbrook is at 22.7 per game. But they are not efficient about it. Durant is shooting 44 percent and is 2-of-18 from three. Westbrook is…

  12. NBA Playoffs: Mavericks defense looks good thanks to Thunder offense

    May 22, 2011, 1:41 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Three

    “Tonight we played championship-level defense for the first time in the series,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said after the game in an interview broadcast on NBA TV. Maybe. But the Oklahoma City Thunder really helped them out with that — it’s a lot easier to cover a guy who is standing still. And the Thunder…

  13. NBA Playoffs: Slow start dooms Thunder as Mavericks roll in Game 3

    May 22, 2011, 1:04 AM EDT

    dirk-game-3

    After stealing home-court advantage from the Mavericks with a win in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals, one would think the Thunder would have come out firing once the series shifted to Oklahoma City, ensuring that the victory they worked so hard to get on the road wouldn’t be immediately wasted. But it was…

  14. Tyson Chandler: Mavs took Thunder ‘lightly’

    May 21, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

    You would think that if you were to face a team with the NBA’s scoring champ the past two seasons, you’d recognize that they are a threat. You’d think that if you were facing a team with a diverse set of skill players with energy and youth, you’d understand that they have something going for…

  15. NBA Playoffs Thunder vs. Mavericks Game 3: Anyone’s Series

    May 21, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Mavericks forward Nowitzki shoots a fade-away jump shot in the second half against Oklahoma during Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference Final basketball playoff in Dallas

    What has made the Western Conference Finals so compelling, especially when compared to years past is the simple fact: we don’t know who’s going to win. In years prior, we flirted with the idea that San Antonio, Denver, or, sure, maybe Phoenix could knock off L.A. but in our heart of hearts we knew it…

  16. Video: Kevin Durant’s monster, win-sparking slam

    May 20, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

    The best line I read about this dunk (and I couldn’t find the tweet later to credit the person) was that Kevin Durant used Brendan Haywood as his own personal Kia. The Thunder were struggling and this dunk sparked them and was the first step to them evening this series. One dunk does not a…

  17. NBA Playoffs: OKC takes Game 2 in Dallas

    May 20, 2011, 12:45 AM EDT

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    Can one play, early in the first quarter of Game 2 of the Western Conference finals, change a series? The Oklahoma City Thunder certainly hope so. After falling behind by double digits early, Kevin Durant seemed to have had enough. With his Thunder looking sluggish and trailing by nine points with just over a minute…

  18. NBA Playoffs: Can anyone slow Nowitzki, Durant?

    May 19, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

    Mavericks forward Nowitzki shoots a fade-away jump shot in the second half against Oklahoma during Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference Final basketball playoff in Dallas

    One player does not win a basketball game. But if Dallas or Oklahoma City can figure out a way to slow the other’s star player in this series — starting with Game 2 Thursday night — they will have a huge leg up. Because in Game 1 those two pretty much scored like Wilt in…

  19. Nike to start selling Kevin Durant backpacks. Of course they are.

    May 19, 2011, 10:28 AM EDT

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    Kevin Durant shows up to his post-game press conferences dressed like an eager student ready to walk across the University of Texas campus to his Europe in the Twentieth Century history class. Complete with his backpack. Straps buckled across the front. That he leaves on the entire time. A backpack that you can soon own,…

  20. Is Westbrook’s perceived ‘selfishness’ a result of Brooks?

    May 18, 2011, 3:28 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    Russell Westbrook has caught a lot of heat over the past couple weeks for his perceived “selfish” play, with many Twitter commenters suggesting the best defense against Kevin Durant is the fact he plays with Westbrook.  And while Tuesday’s 3-for-15 shooting performance isn’t going to help Westbrook’s cause, Durant’s struggles against Memphis, or the fact he took fewer shots than Westbrook…

  21. As Dirk dominates, Barea exemplifies strength of the Mavericks

    May 18, 2011, 2:38 AM EDT

    J.J. Barea

    Right about now, the Oklahoma City Thunder can probably identify with Andrew Bynum. Don’t get me wrong, Dirk Nowitzki was unquestionably the story in the Mavericks’ Game 1 Western Conference finals victory over the Thunder. While other national outlets were busy talking up the greatness of Derrick Rose during Dallas’ well-earned,  eight-day layoff after the…

  22. NBA Playoffs: Dirk dominates, but this series is just getting started

    May 18, 2011, 1:22 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Coming into this game the biggest matchup issue, the biggest strategy question that both teams faced was “Who can stop Dirk Nowitzki or Kevin Durant?” Turns out nobody. Durant had 40 points on just 18 shots — and he was the second best player in the game. And his team lost. Nowitzki finished a redonkulous…

  23. NBA Playoffs: Stopping Durant, Nowitzki just the start for Mavs, Thunder

    May 17, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki celebrates defeating the Los Angeles Lakers during Game 2

    It starts with the big questions — if the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder can’t answer those questions, the little ones will not matter. That leads us to the big things to watch in Game 1 between the Thunder and Mavericks Tuesday night — can Dallas slow Kevin Durant, and can Oklahoma City slow…

  24. Can the Thunder slow down Dirk Nowitzki?

    May 16, 2011, 7:16 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Nowitzki celebrates hitting a three-point shot in the second half against the Los Angeles Lakers during Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff in Dallas

    He has been the best player in the playoffs so far —26.5 points per game on 49.7 percent shooting, 60 percent from three. He destroyed Pau Gasol in the second round. And outside of hiring Jeff Gillooly, there may not be a good way for the Oklahoma City Thunder to slow down Dirk Nowitzki. Not…

  25. Western Conference Finals Preview: Mavericks vs. Thunder

    May 16, 2011, 3:21 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant hands the ball to Dallas Mavericks head coach Carlisle in the closing seconds of the second half of their NBA basketball game in Dallas

    SEASON RECORDS Mavericks: 57-25 (No. 3 seed in Western Conference) Thunder: 55-27 (No. 4 seed) SEASON SERIES Dallas won the regular season series 2-1, but the most recent of the games was Jan. 6 — back before the Kendrick Perkins trade, and when Caron Butler was healthy. Nowitzki didn’t play in the Thunder win. So…

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