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  1. Sunday night NBA grades: Russell Westbrook returns, Kevin Love puts up numbers

    Nov 4, 2013, 2:16 AM EST

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    Our grades from Sunday around the NBA, or what you missed while watching your Ferrari get run over by a delivery truck… Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City. He returns and the Oklahoma City offense, particularly in the fourth quarter, looks better. (Not great by any stretch, there’s still work to do, but better). It’s not a…

  2. PBT Roundtable: Who is the most overrated team in the NBA to start season?

    Nov 1, 2013, 9:45 AM EST

    Carmelo Anthony, Raymond Felton

    Each week the PBT writers sit at a virtual roundtable, just like the knights of King Arthur, drink mead and discuss the NBA topic of the day. This week’s question: Kurt Helin: There are a few candidates here, but after seeing them in person opening night I will say the Clippers (and I picked them…

  3. The Extra Pass Wednesday Roundup: Talking tanking (or not) in Phoenix

    Oct 31, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

          PHOENIX — After the Suns traded their projected starting center in Marcin Gortat to the Wizards in exchange for an injured player who might not play this season and a future first round draft pick, and did so less than a week before the start of the regular season, it doesn’t exactly…

  4. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Let the season begin!

    Oct 28, 2013, 1:16 PM EST

    LeBron James

    To celebrate a new season, we bring you a new set of NBA Power Rankings from PBT. Let the kvetching about your ranking begin! Just remember that this is an exercise in fun — these are meaningless as the NBA has a playoff system to decide who is best. What sport would rely on journalist’s…

  5. Kevin Love drops 22 on Celtics in Montreal (VIDEO)

    Oct 21, 2013, 10:59 AM EST

    Ronny Turiaf, Jeff Green, Dante Cunningham,

    Maybe Kevin Love just wanted to make some French-Canadians happy? Minnesota played chunks of what likely will be their regular rotation on Sunday and went on to beat the Celtics 104-89 in a preseason game played in Montreal. Kevin Love had 22 points on 6-of-14 shooting and 2-of-8 from three. But what mattered for Minnesota is…

  6. Jeremy Lamb is off to a cold start for Oklahoma City

    Oct 11, 2013, 11:27 AM EST

    James Metecan Birsen, Jeremy Lamb

    Two preseason games is far too early to draw any sweeping conclusions about anything NBA related. But it might be enough to start to raise some concern in Oklahoma City. The Thunder need a sixth man who can come in off the bench and light it up. That was the Kevin Martin role (and before…

  7. Thunder may be looking for Serge Ibaka to emerge as team’s third scoring option

    Oct 10, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Serge Ibaka, Kevin Durant

    It’s easy to argue that the Thunder got worse this summer by losing Kevin Martin to the Timberwolves in free agency, and getting nothing in return to replace his offensive production in the lineup. For a slide to be avoided, Kevin Durant is going to have to raise his game to an even higher level,…

  8. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Minnesota Timberwolves

    Oct 9, 2013, 8:45 AM EST

    Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic, Ricky Rubio

    Last season: The Timberwolves never had much of a chance to finish better than their 31-51 record, thanks to a rash of injuries to the team’s top players. Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, Chase Budinger and Nikola Pekovic all missed substantial time due to injury, rendering the season an unforced failure in the process. Signature highlight…

  9. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder

    Oct 7, 2013, 8:45 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Durant reacts during NBA Global Game against Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul

    Last season: The Thunder finished the regular season with a record of 60-22, which was good for the number one playoff seed in the Western Conference. Thanks to the unfortunate knee injury that occurred in Game 2 of the team’s first round playoff series against the Rockets, however, OKC quite literally limped to the finish…

  10. What if Russell Westbrook is never quite as explosive again?

    Oct 3, 2013, 8:11 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook takes a break on the court against the Houston Rockets in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    Russell Westbrook is just 25 years old and diligent about recovery from the meniscus injury he suffered last playoffs. We’ve seen him throw his crutches into the pool, but we’ve now also seen him need a second surgery to clean everything up. Still, he has said when he comes back he will be the same…

  11. Westbrook has knee surgery Tuesday, will miss 4-6 weeks of regular season

    Oct 1, 2013, 1:32 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Westbrook looks on during a timeout against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    This is bad news for the Thunder — not “the season is lost, woe is me” kind of news but for a team with championship aspirations it is a step back. Russell Westbrook had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to reduce swelling on Tuesday, the team announced. The big news — it pushes back…

  12. Chase Budinger has knee surgery, out indefinitely

    Oct 1, 2013, 11:14 AM EST

    Chase Budinger, Joakim Noah

    In today’s NBA teams are hesitant to give timelines for injury recovery. You can thank Andrew Bynum and Derrick Rose for that; teams are trying to avoid a public relations hit with their fans. Following reports of cartilage damage that cause swelling in his knee, Chase Budinger had knee surgery on Monday and  had his…

  13. Russell Westbrook says Thunder don’t need to fill James Harden’s slot

    Sep 28, 2013, 8:00 PM EST

    Russell Westbrook, James Harden

    At the time the Thunder traded James Harden to the Rockets, the thinking in OKC was that if they were never going to come to terms on a contract extension, then the team might as well get something in return for its most dynamic scorer off the bench. History, however, will not be kind to…

  14. GM Presti thinks Thunder can improve on 60-win season

    Sep 26, 2013, 2:56 PM EST

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    James Harden left before last season starter, yet the Thunder improved — they scored 2.6 points more per 100 possessions and allowed 0.8 less per 100. They were a 60-win team, a better team than the year before, their playoffs just cut short by Russell Westbrook’s injury. This year Kevin Martin is gone and the…

  15. PBT Roundtable: Who gets the last couple playoff spots in the West?

    Sep 19, 2013, 11:59 AM EST

    Kevin Love, Wayne Ellington, Ricky Rubio

    Welcome to PBT’s regular roundtable on issues around the NBA, where our writers weigh in on the topic of the day. Today: The conventional wisdom is in the West the Thunder, Spurs, Clippers, Warriors, Grizzlies and Rockets are playoff locks (barring catastrophe). If true, who gets those final two slots? Kurt Helin: I think Minnesota,…

  16. Durant confirms Westbrook expected back to start season

    Sep 9, 2013, 2:47 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Atlanta Hawks

    When last we saw Russell Westbrook on an NBA court, it was in a game where a collision left him with a torn meniscus and needing knee surgery. This week, we’ve seen him at Fashion Week in New York, because where else can you get the shirts he wears? But when will we seen back…

  17. Durant on playing in OKC: “I don’t have any plans to move”

    Sep 6, 2013, 3:45 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Durant is seen in the second half of their Game 1 NBA Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game against Memphis Grizzlies in Oklahoma City

    When Kevin Durant switched agents to Jay Z’s Roc Nation, there were some fans trying to suggest this was KD’s first step out of the NBA’s second smallest market, Oklahoma City. Durant told OKC fans to chill. Now he has said again he has no plans to leave. He is on a tour of Europe…

  18. Heat, Thunder have smallest roster turnover this summer

    Aug 27, 2013, 3:28 PM EST

    Miami Heat's James and teammates wait to take the court against the Spurs during the second half in Game 6 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    Roster consistency is a good thing. Look at the final four teams left standing in the NBA last season — Miami, Indiana, Memphis and San Antonio. Every one of them is consistent. You have to make some moves to get the talent you need, but after that there is really something to be said for…

  19. Flip Saunders talks D-League (he loves it) and roster building

    Aug 20, 2013, 4:37 PM EST

    File photo of Washington Wizards coach Saunders during an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Flip Saunders came into the Wolves and team president, decision maker and with a piece of ownership having the goal of making this team a winner. And improving the front office’s relationship with Kevin Love so he doesn’t bolt in a couple years, but frankly a big part of that ties back to winning. Saunders…

  20. David Kahn thought Flynn and Rubio were the next Walt Frazier and Earl Monroe

    Aug 16, 2013, 8:45 AM EST

    Jonny Flynn

    Ahh, the NBA Draft of 2009. That’s the year the Timberwolves were going to put all these great pieces around Kevin Love — Minnesota had three picks in the top 18. They selected three point guards — Ricky Rubio at No. 5, Jonny Flynn at No. 6 and eventually Ty Lawson at No. 18 (who…

  21. Saunders says Minnesota’s deal for Pekovic doesn’t impact Rubio, Love

    Aug 15, 2013, 11:02 AM EST

    Kevin Love

    It took a while to figure it out, but the Timberwolves had re-sign Nikola Pekovic — the big man provides the traditional post presence at both ends of the court the team needs to allow Kevin Love to do his thing. But the new five-year, $60 million deal leads to this question: Can the smaller…

  22. Kevin Durant and James Harden miss playing together (VIDEO)

    Aug 14, 2013, 10:58 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    Kevin Durant and James Harden sat down with Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose (now the guys from ABC’s NBA pregame show although both had plenty of success before that) and talked about what it felt like when everyone’s favorite young team was broken up last season in OKC. Basically, they both miss playing together —…

  23. Kendrick Perkins working to have some semblance of an offensive game

    Aug 12, 2013, 11:11 AM EST

    Kendrick Perkins

    Last season, other teams largely would ignore Kendrick Perkins on the offensive end. The Thunder would try to get him going pretty much every night, throwing the ball to him in the post on the first couple trips down the court, getting him some touches before letting Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook take over. How…

  24. Kevin Durant says ‘it’s not about what other teams are doing’ when discussing Thunder’s quiet offseason

    Aug 11, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    BASKET-TPE-US-NBA

    A few weeks ago in Las Vegas, after Kevin Durant announced his commitment to play in the World Championships next summer for USA Basketball, he took questions from reporters as is customary in these situations. Durant is always polite and professional to deal with, but as soon as a question was asked about the Thunder’s…

  25. Report: Thunder agree to one-year deal with Ryan Gomes

    Jul 29, 2013, 10:40 PM EST

    GOMES_RYAN

    Plenty of teams got better this offseason, either via trade or by the signing of promising free agent acquisitions. The Oklahoma City Thunder was not one of them. While Western Conference clubs like the Clippers and Rockets made multiple moves to fortify the roster for a run deep into the postseason, the Thunder did nothing…

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