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  1. NBA Playoffs: The Grizzlies win Game 1

    May 1, 2011, 4:29 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    The legend of the 2011 Memphis Grizzlies continues to grow. Days after shocking the Spurs at home in Game 1 of the first round, the 8-seeded Grizzlies started their conference semifinal series off on a high note by taking it to the Oklahoma City Thunder, winning by a final score of 114-101. Kevin Durant and…

  2. NBA Playoffs: Where is Memphis going to get its offense now?

    May 1, 2011, 8:04 AM EDT

    Thunder's Durant gets a pat on the head from teammate Perkins after their Western Conference NBA basketball playoffs against the Nuggets in Oklahoma City

    Memphis was impressive in knocking off the Spurs. Make no mistake, they found their mismatch and exploited it — they pounded the Spurs inside, which opened up chances elsewhere. Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol were beasts the Spurs could not stop. Memphis, now meet Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka. Oklahoma City brings a serious front…

  3. Western Conference Round 2 Playoff Preview: Thunder vs. Grizzlies

    Apr 30, 2011, 3:22 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Five

    SEASON RECORDS Thunder: 55-27 (No. 4 seed) Grizzlies: 46-36 (No. 8 seed) SEASON SERIES Memphis 3-1, however none of those games took place after Kendrick Perkins was part of the Thunder lineup. PLAYOFF SERIES: Oklahoma City defeated Denver 4-1 Memphis defeated San Antonio 4-2 SERIES SCHEDULE (times Eastern) Game 1 – Sun May 1 at…

  4. NBA Playoffs: Serge Ibaka swats Thunder into the second round

    Apr 28, 2011, 4:00 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    Is there a more fun team to watch play than the Oklahoma City Thunder? They are pure passion on a basketball court. It was true again Wednesday night as this game had everything a basketball fan (especially an Oklahoma City one) could want — a come from behind win (they were down 9 at the…

  5. Thunder’s Durant, Westbrook had heated exchange during Game 4

    Apr 27, 2011, 9:22 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Charlotte Bobcats

    You don’t want to read too much into this — Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen argued, Larry Bird and Kevin McHale yelled at each other on occasion, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant had… okay, the last one is a bad example. But according to TNT’s Pam Oliver, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant had a heated…

  6. NBA Playoffs: Thunder nearly blow lead vs. Nuggets, take 3-0 lead, or did they?

    Apr 24, 2011, 1:52 AM EDT

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    So this should go over well in Denver. Let’s start with the controversy. Here’s the final play in Denver in the Thunder’s win over the Nuggets. You decide. Did Harden get him on the arm? Did he go straight up? That’s about as close as it gets. Nothing will change the result, however. Thunder win,…

  7. NBA Playoffs: Denver tries to rediscover itself in Game 3 versus Thunder

    Apr 23, 2011, 6:09 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Oklahoma City Thunder

    The Nuggets are coming apart. They were wiped off the floor in Game 2 of a series they were supposed to be competitive in. J.R. Smith started saying J.R Smith things and now there’s a question of whether all that momentum of Game 1 was a figment of their imagination, or some fantasy concocted by…

  8. NBA Playoffs: OKC takes Game 2 as Denver’s depth disappears

    Apr 21, 2011, 2:14 AM EDT

    Al Harrington, J.R. Smith, Nene

    Game 1 of the series between the Denver Nuggets and Oklahoma City Thunder stood out as a highly entertaining contest in an opening weekend full of highly entertaining contests, but the reprise in Game 2 couldn’t quite measure up as a competitive spectacle. Blame the Thunder; OKC used a dominant first quarter as a catalyst…

  9. NBA Playoffs: Can Nuggets slow down Thunder stars?

    Apr 20, 2011, 7:27 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    The Denver Nuggets are a really good team. In the classic sense of team. They play good team defense. They move the ball on offense. They are well coached. They play hard. They play smart. And all that does not stop a Kevin Durant or a Russell Westbrook. Three times in the last month the…

  10. Nuggets Martin not down with defensive plan on Durant

    Apr 19, 2011, 10:42 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Phoenix Suns

    When was the last time you heard a player call out his own coach’s playoff defensive strategy? Meet Kenyon Martin. He watched Kevin Durant drop 41 on the Nuggets in Game 1 of the playoffs, hitting 13-of-22 shots and just dropping it in from everywhere on the court (he was 6-of-10 from the midrange and…

  11. NBA Playoffs: Thunder barely outgun Nuggets

    Apr 18, 2011, 4:01 AM EDT

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    In a weekend full of high intensity, close games full of excitement, it was only fitting that the Oklahoma City Thunder and Denver Nuggets provided one last fireworks show. The game was the equivalent of some sort of bizarre video game. You have expected a mythical creature to burst through the floor and battle the…

  12. This year, can an underdog win the NBA title?

    Apr 16, 2011, 3:25 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Bill James, the legendary baseball statistician, has said the problem with the NBA is the best team almost always wins. In baseball, the summer-long 162-game season gives you the best teams in each division, but the best-of-seven playoff series involves a lot of luck and favors hot pitchers and bullpens. In the NFL the playoffs…

  13. Nuggets call out Thunder as “cocky,” Thunder confused

    Apr 15, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder Center Kendrick Perkins (5) And Denver Nuggets Center Nene (31) From Brazil Go Toe To Toe

    Kevin Perkins was supposed to bring more than just defense and rebounding to Oklahoma City, he was supposed to bring some snarl. Call it attitude or swagger or whatever you want, he was supposed to bring a little of that “it” championship teams have to the Thunder. The Nuggets have a word for it —…

  14. NBA Playoff Preview: Oklahoma City vs. Denver

    Apr 14, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder Center Kendrick Perkins (5) And Denver Nuggets Center Nene (31) From Brazil Go Toe To Toe

    SEASON RECORDS Thunder: 55-27 (No. 4 seed) Nuggets 50-32 (No. 5 seed) SEASON SERIES Oklahoma City 3-1, including sweeping two games in April when the Nuggets were playing well and were everyone’s new second favorite team. KEY INJURIES Thunder: No significant injuries. Nuggets: Ty Lawson sprained his ankle in the season finale Wednesday and it…

  15. How they can win it all: The Oklahoma City Thunder

    Apr 14, 2011, 10:20 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

    How did we forget about the Oklahoma City Thunder? After Kevin Durant‘s season-long coming-out party last season and the tough fight the young Thunder put up against the eventual champion Lakers, the Thunder were everyone’s pick to put it all together and establish themselves as one of the league’s elite teams this season. They did…

  16. Kendrick Perkins brings big, bad screens to Thunder offense

    Apr 11, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Phoenix Suns

    Ron Artest hounds Kevin Durant like few defenders in the league. Durant’s preferred catch-and-shoot is often taken away and Durant has to put the ball on the floor more (which he did well getting into the lane Sunday in the Thunder’s win). But Durant got some better looks Sunday because of the offensive contributions of…

  17. “Forgotten” Durant says Derrick Rose is MVP

    Apr 7, 2011, 10:45 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Before the season, Kevin Durant was the MVP favorite. He was coming of an NBA scoring title and leading Team USA to gold in Turkey, he seemed destined to take the next step. And then he and the Thunder got off to a slow start. And he slid off the radar. The as the season…

  18. Karl says Nuggets would rather face Mavericks than Thunder in first round

    Apr 7, 2011, 8:57 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    Coaches and players almost never stray from the “I don’t care who we face in the playoffs, it’s about us doing our thing” mantra. Which is a load of fertilizer, by the way — they all know the playoffs are about matchups and they want to get the more favorable ones. They just won’t talk…

  19. Should the “rip” move be legal?

    Mar 30, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant may be the nicest superstar in the NBA, and he certainly has the most squeaky-clean public image. He doesn’t say the wrong things, he’s a quiet assassin on the court, he’s young, he’s exciting to watch, and he plays for a small-market team with great fans. In fact, the only time you’ll ever…

  20. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Thunder almost give one away, Warriors almost take it

    Mar 30, 2011, 7:22 AM EDT

    Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook

    What you missed while checking out what Super Mario would look like as a first-person shooter… The Cavaliers beating the Heat with an inside game was our game of the night. Thunder 115, Warriors 114 (OT): The Thunder had this one, up 10 inside five minutes and up six with 13 seconds to go. Just…

  21. Video: Making of those NBA time-travel commercials

    Mar 29, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

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    Interesting video posted by our friends at Dime Magazine (via TrueHoop), a look behind those NBA time-travel ads (with Steve Nash here, but they were done with Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and more). Which frankly, are not my favorite. You get the chance to go back in time and you use it to tell some…

  22. Thunder serious about defense, Miami finds out hard way

    Mar 17, 2011, 3:32 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

    When Thunder GM Sam Presti traded for Kendrick Perkins and Nazr Mohammed at the trade deadline, this is what he had in mind. It wasn’t just their direct impact — Perkins was in foul trouble and sat key stretches of this contest — but with them in the fold the Thunder are more committed on…

  23. Perkins to debut Monday for Thunder, already throwing elbows in West

    Mar 14, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

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    Kendrick Perkins will make his debut as the center for the Oklahoma City Thunder Monday. The guy brought in to bring the defense and toughness along the back line that the Thunder have lacked will start in his first game for the Thunder and is not on minutes restriction, coach Scott Brooks said (via Royce…

  24. Video: Wednesday night game winners (all in one place)

    Mar 10, 2011, 8:14 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    What a night. Carmelo Anthony had the big shot to win it, Kevin Durant hit the big one to send it to overtime (where the Thunder won). Dirk Nowitzki missed his chance to joint them. The Jazz got one lucky tip in to get their win. It was a wild night of buzzer-beater finishes around…

  25. Race to MVP still has five players in the running

    Mar 9, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Cleveland Cavaliers, Game 5

    Derrick Rose is not your MVP. Not yet anyway. Dwight Howard is still making his case, while LeBron James’ candidacy is limping like the Heat the last five games. But that could turn around. Right now, we don’t know who the MVP is. Which is a good thing. A real race down the stretch is…

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