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  1. Report: Timberwolves to sign Kevin Martin to four-year, $28 million deal

    Jul 2, 2013, 8:24 PM EDT

    Kevin MArtin

    The Timberwolves shot 30.5 percent on 3-pointers last season, dead last in the league. The difference between Minnesota and the 29th-place Magic was great than the difference between the third-best 3-point shooting team and the 21st-best 3-point shooting team. Not only did the Timberwolves need someone capable of making shots from beyond the arc, they…

  2. Timberwolves targeting J.J. Redick, want to keep Budinger

    Jul 2, 2013, 9:16 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Dallas Mavericks

    The Minnesota Timberwolves have the flashy Ricky Rubio running the point. They have the versatile Kevin Love in the paint. Both should actually be healthy at the same time next season (*knocks on wood*). What they could really use a two guard to space the floor as a shooter to go with that — Minnesota…

  3. Report: Thunder aggressively pursuing Dorell Wright

    Jul 1, 2013, 4:41 PM EDT

    Dorell Wright, Mike Dunleavy, Monta Ellis

    Signing James Harden to a long-term extension proved too costly to the Thunder, so they traded him for Kevin Martin. Now Martin is a free agent, and he might be too expensive, too. So, once again, Oklahoma City is ready to downgrade. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports: Oklahoma City has begun an aggressive pursuit of…

  4. One dozen NBA free agents to watch (not named Howard or Paul)

    Jul 1, 2013, 3:51 AM EDT

    Josh Smith

    Chris Paul is going to stay a Clipper. Dwight Howard is going to do whatever it is Dwight Howard is going to do. But those two are not the only guys who became free agents at the stroke of midnight and we ventured into Monday. Here are a dozen other newly minted free agents worth…

  5. Report: Kevin Martin to draw interest from Thunder, Bucks, Pelicans, Timberwolves, Mavericks, Pistons

    Jun 30, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Martin reacts after hitting a three-point shot as Thunder fans celebrate in the second half of their Game 1 NBA Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game against Memphis Grizzlies in Oklahoma City

    The only players to average more points per minute on a higher effective field-goal percentage than Kevin Martin last season were LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Obviously LeBron and Durant bring much more to the table as all-around players, but as a scorer, Martin was elite. Even as we better understand that a good scorer…

  6. 2013 adidas Eurocamp: Day 2 recap

    Jun 10, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    Adidas Eurocamp - Day 2

    TREVISO, Italy — The camp’s second day was lighter on the competition for the older, draft eligible international prospects, and was focused instead on drills, coaching, and showcasing the younger teams in attendance. There was only one game featuring the event’s main attractions, and it was used by two Brazilian players to dominate the action.…

  7. Serge Ibaka says he ‘knows nothing about’ whether or not Kevin Martin will be back with the Thunder next season

    Jun 9, 2013, 11:24 AM EDT

    Adidas Eurocamp - Day 2

    TREVISO, Italy — A rumor surfaced recently that the decision of whether or not Kevin Martin would be back with the Thunder had already been made by either the team or the player, and it originated from something that Serge Ibaka said during an interview with a foreign media outlet. Martin replaced James Harden as…

  8. Thunder enter summer with one big goal: Get healthy

    May 16, 2013, 2:36 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Durant walks with his head down after a teammate fouled a Memphis Grizzlies player in Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final playoffs in Oklahoma City.

    It’s this simple: If Russell Westbrook were playing the Oklahoma City Thunder would be on their way to the NBA Finals. Instead, there was disappintment as they fell in the second round to a very good Memphis Grizzlies team 4-1. This was not some blowout, Memphis was just +18 for the entire series. No game…

  9. Who is more likely to force Game 6: Chicago or Oklahoma City?

    May 15, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Durant reacts after a missed point against the Memphis Grizzlies during overtime of Game 4 in the Western Conference semi-finals of the NBA playoffs in Memphis

    There are two teams on the brink of elimination Wednesday night: The Chicago Bulls at the hands of the Miami Heat, and the Oklahoma City Thunder at the hands of the Memphis Grizzlies. Both the Bulls and Thunder are down 3-1 in their series, lose and they can make tee times for Thursday morning. Let’s…

  10. Preview: Durant can do more but will need more help for OKC to even series with Memphis

    May 13, 2013, 7:02 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

    When you hear GMs — or sometimes television pundits or Internet bloggers — talking about a team needing an identity, this series is exactly why. The Thunder have had to scramble under pressure to develop a new identity without Russell Westbrook, to figure out how they can generate baskets outside Kevin Durant. The result was…

  11. Kevin Durant says Serge Ibaka’s shooting problems are ‘all in his mind’

    May 12, 2013, 3:46 PM EDT

    Serge Ibaka, Kevin Durant

    The Thunder are going to need to get Kevin Durant some help on the offensive end of the floor if they’re going to have any chance to win three of the next four games against the Grizzlies to advance to the Conference finals. Serge Ibaka isn’t traditionally known as one of OKC’s main options offensively,…

  12. Grizzlies take 2-1 series lead with Game 3 win over Thunder

    May 11, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

    It was by no means a beautiful effort from the Grizzlies in Game 3 against the Thunder, but they’ll take the effectiveness of it over the aesthetics. Memphis held Oklahoma City to 36.4 percent shooting, and survived a late run thanks to some key missteps by the Thunder down the stretch. As a result, the…

  13. Preview: Thunder need Kevin Durant to continue to put up big numbers in Game 3 against the Grizzlies

    May 11, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant sits on the bench during their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff against Houston Rockets in Oklahoma

    As the series between the Thunder and the Grizzlies shifts to Memphis for Game 3, each team has signs it can point to over the first two games to instill confidence moving forward. We broke it all down here previously, and discussed it on the podcast, as well. But essentially, while each team had less-than-desirable…

  14. Mike Conley outshines Kevin Durant as Grizzlies take Game 2 from the Thunder

    May 8, 2013, 1:50 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    There were multiple areas that the Grizzlies needed to focus on in terms of adjustments heading into Game 2 against the Thunder. The one they needed the most was made, in the form of point guard Mike Conley returning to, and then exceeding the stellar form he displayed for much of the second half of…

  15. Preview: Grizzlies’ ability to make adjustments will determine their fate in Game 2 against the Thunder

    May 7, 2013, 6:47 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley shoots against Oklahoma City Thunder defenders in the first half of their Game 1 NBA Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game in Oklahoma City

    There were plenty of stretches where the Grizzlies played just fine, especially defensively, in their Game 1 loss to the Thunder. Overall, the problem for Memphis was that they continually went away from what’s made them successful to this point in the postseason. There’s a short list of adjustments the Grizzlies need to make in…

  16. Derek Fisher fined for his role in double flop against the Rockets (VIDEO)

    May 6, 2013, 6:33 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Fisher defends against Houston Rockets' Harden during their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff in Oklahoma

    Derek Fisher has been fined $5,000 for violating the league’s anti-flopping rules, it was announced on Monday. The play in question occurred during the second quarter of the Rockets’ win over the Thunder in Game 5 of their first round playoff series. This was the hilarious “double flop” achieved in perfect synchronization by both Fisher…

  17. Thunder take Game 1 from Grizzlies thanks to late jumper from Kevin Durant (VIDEO)

    May 5, 2013, 4:24 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Kevin Durant hit a pull-up jumper with 11.1 seconds left in the fourth quarter to help send the Thunder to a 93-91 victory in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. Durant took control of things in the fourth quarter, where he scored 12 of his game high 35 points. This was a great win…

  18. PBT NBA Playoff Preview: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

    May 4, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Tayshaun Prince, Kevin Durant

    SEASON RECORDS Memphis: 56-26, fifth seed in the West OKC: 60-22, one seed in the West PLAYOFF RECORDS Memphis: Beat the Los Angeles Clippers 4-2 OKC: Beat the Houston Rockets 4-2 SEASON SERIES Grizzlies took two of the three meetings. KEY INJURIES Russell Westbrook is out for the playoffs after undergoing surgery for a torn…

  19. Thunder find a little of their magic, came from behind to close out Rockets

    May 4, 2013, 3:16 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets - Game Six

    For a night, Oklahoma City showed some progress, found a little of the old magic, and that was something to celebrate. And that was something that was too much for the Rockets. We all know the Thunder are not themselves right now, that their biggest tests lie ahead (started Sunday against Memphis). But for a…

  20. Thunder-Rockets Game 6 preview: Kevin Durant continues to dominate Oklahoma City offense

    May 3, 2013, 8:57 PM EDT

    In the last three games, Kevin Durant has scored 115 points, drawn 32 fouls and committed three charges. Not only is he carrying the Thunder’s offense, he’s taking a beating to do it. That probably won’t change in Game 6 with Russell Westbrook out for the rest of the playoffs. Reggie Jackson showed signs of…

  21. Four Game 6s, who is most likely to force Game 7?

    May 3, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks Smith reacts as the Indiana Pacers West walks across the court in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff NBA basketball game in Atlanta

    This is going to be one wild night in the NBA — four first-round Game 6 showdowns. Four games where a team’s season hangs in the balance, and another has the chance to close out and advance to the second round. Who is most likely to force a Game 7? Let’s break it on down,…

  22. Thunder’s Derek Fisher and Kevin Martin perfectly execute a double flop (VIDEO)

    May 2, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Fisher defends against Houston Rockets' Harden during their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff in Oklahoma

    Young players, take note. This is simply a great defensive effort here by Derek Fisher and Kevin Martin to coordinate perfectly-timed simultaneous flops just as “whatever his name is” makes a little contact with each. If the league is finding itself cash-strapped these days, this seems like an easy way to pick up a quick ten…

  23. Scott Brooks lets Omer Asik steal the show from Kevin Durant and James Harden in Thunder’s Game 5 loss to Rockets

    May 2, 2013, 1:50 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's coach Brooks shouts at an official during their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff against Houston Rockets in Oklahoma

    Kevin Durant has an attitude. Kevin McHale has a sense of humor. Scott Brooks has a job (for now). James Harden has an illness. And we have a Game 6. The Rockets beat the increasingly vulnerable-looking Thunder, 107-100, tonight. After taking a 3-0 series lead, Oklahoma City has lost two straight, but none more embarrassingly…

  24. Rockets-Thunder Game 4 preview: Kevin Durant to rest more

    Apr 29, 2013, 9:22 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets - Game Three

    With Russell Westbrook out, the Thunder put a huge load Kevin Durant’s back during their Game 3 win. Durant played all but 44 seconds, and his 30 shots were more than twice as many as any teammate. But Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks plans to give Durant a break – even if one isn’t as…

  25. Rockets-Thunder Game 3 preview: Russell Westbrook’s injury a series changer

    Apr 27, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT

    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.

    The Rockets are down, but Russell Westbrook is out. Westbrook tore his meniscus and will require surgery. He’s out for the rest the Thunder’s first-round series and longer, giving Houston a much better chance of winning games in these playoffs. But winning the series? That’s still a tall order, especially already down 0-2. The Thunder’s…

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