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  1. NBA Playoffs: Will Grizzlies, Thunder players have anything left?

    May 11, 2011, 5:36 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook drives to the basket by Memphis Grizzlies Marc Gasol and Shane Battier in Memphis

    Game 4 between the Grizzlies and Thunder was exhausting. For me, as a fan, sitting on a couch. I can’t imagine what it took out of the players. And for a crucial Game 5 with the series tied 2-2, that is where the questions start — who is going to have the most energy? Mental…

  2. NBA Playoffs: Thunder win the best game of these playoffs

    May 10, 2011, 2:49 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder Kevin Durant drives to the basket by Memphis Grizzlies Zach Randolph and Shane Battier in Memphis

    It was long. It was draining. It was sloppy. It was brilliant. It was physical. It had easy shots missed and impossible ones hit. It was entertaining. It was basketball you could not turn away from. It was the best game of the playoffs so far. And in the end — three overtimes later —…

  3. NBA Playoffs: Thunder try to avoid another breakdown

    May 9, 2011, 5:12 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

    Oklahoma City was in control. They had Game 3. Russell Westbrook was dishing (he had 12 assists) and the Thunder were rolling. They were controlling the Grizzlies in the paint enough to get the win. But when Westbrook starts to do his Derrick Rose impression, the Thunder’s offensive balance falls apart. Memphis upped its defensive…

  4. NBA Playoffs: Westbrook, Thunder implode in the fourth quarter

    May 7, 2011, 8:15 PM EST

    O. J. Mayo, Kevin Durant

    In Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinal matchup between the Thunder and the Grizzlies, Oklahoma City was powerless against Memphis’ big men. In the early parts of Game 3, it was the Thunder’s speed that made the difference, particularly the speed of Russell Westbrook. However, the Thunder ended up falling on their own sword…

  5. So you want to play in Europe during the lockout…

    May 6, 2011, 9:34 PM EST

    Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv v Real Madrid - Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four Semi Final

    There’s a lot of players throwing out the, “If there’s a lockout I’ll go play in Europe” card. Like it’s some kind of trump card. And if you’re Kevin Durant or Deron Williams or Pau Gasol and you go play for a team like Barcelona, life will be pretty darn good. But that is not…

  6. Kendrick Perkins gets some team meeting Karma in Game 2

    May 4, 2011, 1:45 PM EST

    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

    We only hear about the players-only meetings that work. They happen plenty around the NBA — the Cavaliers had them during their record losing streak — and they don’t usually work. But when they do, those meetings get a disproportional amount of credit. That brings us to the tale of Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Durant,…

  7. NBA Playoffs: The Thunder bounce back

    May 4, 2011, 3:59 AM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    The Thunder needed a win on Tuesday night, and they got one, 111-102 over the Grizzlies. The Thunder got out to an early lead against the Grizzlies and never looked back, and were able to prevent themselves from having to go into Memphis facing an 0-2 deficit. The key to the game was the Thunder’s…

  8. NBA Playoffs: Russell Westbrook must find his groove. Fast.

    May 3, 2011, 6:35 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Memphis has become something of a mythological team. Beating them suddenly sounds like a task of Herculean proportions, where one must battle a seven-headed hydra and Zach Randolph. Nobody — not even the legendary Tim Duncan — could slay the beast. But the Oklahoma City Thunder are supposed to have the tools. They are supposed…

  9. Durant thinks Zach Randolph is the best. Randolph agrees.

    May 2, 2011, 11:09 AM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    There was a lot of Zach Randolph love after he tore up the Oklahoma City Thunder Sunday just like he had done the San Antonio Spurs the weeks before. (Maybe that Duncan guy isn’t so old…) Randolph was the expected monster inside, but he also was 5-of-8 from the midrange — he (and Marc Gasol)…

  10. NBA Playoffs: The Grizzlies win Game 1

    May 1, 2011, 4:29 PM EST

    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…

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

    May 1, 2011, 8:04 AM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 30, 2011, 3:22 AM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 28, 2011, 4:00 AM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 27, 2011, 9:22 AM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 24, 2011, 1:52 AM EST

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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,…

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

    Apr 23, 2011, 6:09 PM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 21, 2011, 2:14 AM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 20, 2011, 7:27 PM EST

    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…

  19. Nuggets Martin not down with defensive plan on Durant

    Apr 19, 2011, 10:42 AM EST

    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…

  20. NBA Playoffs: Thunder barely outgun Nuggets

    Apr 18, 2011, 4:01 AM EST

    nuggetsthunder1

    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…

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

    Apr 16, 2011, 3:25 AM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 15, 2011, 9:45 AM EST

    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 —…

  23. NBA Playoff Preview: Oklahoma City vs. Denver

    Apr 14, 2011, 2:22 PM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 14, 2011, 10:20 AM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 11, 2011, 12:12 PM EST

    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…

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