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  1. Thunder winning games, just not expectation game

    Nov 17, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

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    The Oklahoma City Thunder are 6-4, which means they are on pace for about 49 wins this season. Kevin Durant leads the league in scoring. If the playoff started today after an absurdly short regular season, they would be the seven seed in the West. That coming after a season where they won 50 games,…

  2. Serge Ibaka flies, Gary Neal is in a poster

    Nov 15, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

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    Just a little more fun from last night, because when they run the Thunder are fun. And Gary Neal, welcome to the NBA.

  3. Oklahoma City winning at the free throw line

    Nov 12, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

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    Oklahoma City has not been right so far this season. The offense ends up in too much isolation for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The defense lacks the tenacity it had last season, teams are shooting well against them. OKC is not creating turnovers and converting those into the spectacular transition points we expect. But…

  4. Nenad Krstic wonders how good the Thunder will be

    Nov 9, 2010, 7:23 PM EDT

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    Basketball should be the last thing Nenad Krstic should be worried about right now. Read this fascinating story by Henry Abbott at TrueHoop — Krstic’s hometown in Serbia, where his father still lives, has been decimated by an earthquake. But he’s still here and still playing basketball for an Oklahoma City Thunder team that isn’t…

  5. Sonics mascot Squatch shows up for Thunder game, carries “homeless” sign

    Nov 5, 2010, 8:17 AM EDT

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    Lest you think the people of Seattle have forgotten, they have not. Oh, they have learned to live with the Sonics leaving for Oklahoma City, with owners who betrayed them. But don’t think they are over it. For example, the former Sonics mascot “Squatch” walked around Portland’s Rose Garden — with a “homeless” sign —…

  6. Durant none to thrilled with Thunder’s defense

    Nov 2, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

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    There are certain players and certain teams where what happens at one end of the floor really impacts what happens at the other end. When the offense goes sideways, the defense follows suit. The Oklahoma City Thunder did that over the weekend when the Jazz blew them out. And Kevin Durant told the team reporter…

  7. No extensions for Jeff Green, Rodney Stuckey

    Oct 29, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT

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    Thunder officials mean it when they say they want to keep Jeff Green as a part of this young team’s core going forward. Rodney Stuckey is the starting point guard and at the heart of the future of the Detroit Pistons. Right now, that’s not enough to get you an extension on your rookie contract.…

  8. If Derrick Rose is an MVP candidate, what does that make Russell Westbrook?

    Oct 28, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

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    Derrick Rose has made it clear that he intends to produce at an MVP level this season, but he’s off to a bit of a rough start. In total, Rose’s numbers against the Thunder were nice: 28 points, six assists, four rebounds, and only two turnovers. That’s enough to get Rose into the discussion, if…

  9. Game of the Night: Bulls get reminder Kevin Durant and friends are good

    Oct 28, 2010, 2:22 AM EDT

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    Damn. This was so much more fun to watch than the slog that was Miami and Boston the night before. Wednesday night in Oklahoma City wasn’t perfect — it looked like an opener with some poor decisions because players are not used to the speed of the game — but it was exciting and athletic.…

  10. Thunder exercise options on six players

    Oct 25, 2010, 7:12 PM EDT

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    The Thunder have exercised their options on James Harden, Serge Ibaka, Eric Maynor, B.J. Mullens, Russell Westbrook, and D.J. White. Ibaka, Harden, Maynor, and Mullens all had third-year options, while Westbrook and White both had fourth-year options. This transaction just shows how deep the Thunder’s pool of young talent is: they were able to sign…

  11. Nick Collison will miss three weeks

    Oct 24, 2010, 4:33 PM EDT

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    Oklahoma City has put together one of the deepest frontcourts in the league with the draft and free agency. Over the summer they added Cole Aldrich to a lineup that already features Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic, Nick Collison, and super-energy block machine Serge Ibaka. And it’s a good thing they did. The Daily Oklahoman reports…

  12. Kevin Durant wanted Nenad Krstic to feel the love, too

    Oct 20, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

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    Just some more proof that the Oklahoma City locker room vibe is different than other teams in the NBA… Sports Illustrated NBA preview magazine hit the streets Wednesday featuring Kevin Durant on the cover. Which makes sense — he’s a budding superstar and all — and is a welcome break from the expected Miami Heat…

  13. Durant’s versatility has nothing to do with position, just greatness

    Oct 14, 2010, 2:44 AM EDT

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    This is not about positionality. It’s not about the transcendence of Kevin Durant’s athletic ability and basketball skill to cross-over to any spot on the floor. And it’s certainly not about the antiquated conditions of position that too often limit where and how we think of players and both their potential and liabilities.  It’s about the individual…

  14. Kevin Durant has no problem with LeBron’s decision

    Oct 8, 2010, 6:27 PM EDT

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    It was one of the themes of the summer — big bad LeBron vs. the good Kevin Durant. LeBron spurned the team that drafted him, Durant got an extension there. LeBron had an hour-long, self-serving television show to announce his decision while Durant just quietly announced it on twitter after it was done. LeBron took…

  15. NBA Season Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder

    Oct 6, 2010, 1:52 PM EDT

    Last season: 50-32, which tied them three ways for the sixth seed, but due to tiebreakers they got the eighth spot — and the Lakers in the first round. The athleticism of the Thunder pushed it six games, but you have to learn to win in the NBA and the Thunder are still learning. Head…

  16. Cole Aldrich gets chance to carve out role for Thunder

    Oct 5, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    Cole Aldrich was drafted out of Kansas last June as a physical, workman-like center on to a team with an already deep frontcourt. Oklahoma City already had Nenad Krstic starting at the five and Nick Collison backing him up, while at the four Jeff Green starts and Serge Ibaka brings the blocks off the bench.…

  17. Thunder's Nick Collison out indefinitely with bone bruise on knee

    Sep 28, 2010, 5:31 PM EDT

    Nick Collison is not a guy that goes down easily, he has played at least 71 games each of the last four years. Last season he did it through a number of nagging injuries that might have kept other guys out. But he is out indefinitely now and will miss at least some of camp…

  18. Dwight Howard would rather have Kevin Durant than LeBron James on his team

    Sep 22, 2010, 7:11 PM EDT

    Magic center Dwight Howard recently sat down for an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Dan Patrick. During the course of it, Patrick asked Dwight Howard who he’d rather have as a teammate — Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder or LeBron James of the Miami Heat. After hesitating briefly, Howard went with Durant, who’s fresh…

  19. Nenad Krstic has finger surgery, will miss Thunder training camp

    Sep 21, 2010, 7:59 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City had more than just Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook in Turkey for the World Championships, there was also Nenad Krstic from Serbia. It was Serbia that sent Spain packing, lost in dramatic fashion to Turkey in the semi-finals and finished fourth after losing the bronze medal game to Lithuania. In that final game,…

  20. Kevin Durant, flawed and perfect

    Sep 13, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant has yet to disappoint. He had a fantastic rookie year, has grown in each of his three seasons in the NBA, and emerged as one of the top players in the game. KD’s also riding a hell of a PR typhoon after the tectonic shift known as The Decision changed, well, everything. LeBron…

  21. Iguodala thinks Kevin Durant will score more than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Aug 31, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    You know you can score the rock when people start throwing your name around with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (the NBA’s all-time leading scorer).That’s what Andre Iguodala did with Kevin Durant at Comcast Philadelphia. (via Fan Nation) “Kevin Durant will be the NBA’s all-time leading scorer when it’s all said and done,” Iguodala said emphatically. “He loves…

  22. Ford name to come off Thunder's Oklahoma City arena

    Aug 27, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    The bidding is open — the Oklahoma City Arena where the Thunder play will be changing out its title sponsor. Gone will be Ford, in will be… We don’t know. But the Oklahoman tells us Ford is coming off. Ford bought the naming rights before the Thunder came to town, but a clause in the…

  23. Usain Bolt looks up to Kevin Durant (and not just physically)

    Aug 18, 2010, 5:31 PM EDT

    Usain Bolt is an athletic freak of nature. The fastest… er, second fastest man in the world. A guy too tall to be a sprinter who makes it look effortless as he blows past people. And he thinks of Kevin Durant as a role model, he told the London Globe and Mail: When I was…

  24. Kevin Durant is your favorite for MVP

    Aug 9, 2010, 4:36 PM EDT

    Another sign that Kevin Durant is blowing up — he is now the odds-on favorite to be the league MVP next season. Not Kobe, not LeBron, but KD. That according to our friends at Bodog.com, who laid out the odds for the award next season: Kevin Durant 5/2Kobe Bryant 3/1LeBron James 9/2Dwight Howard 13/2Dwayne Wade…

  25. What Kevin Durant did on his summer vacation

    Aug 9, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

    When he’s not leading Team USA (like he started doing again Monday in New York), Kevin Durant still goes and balls with his old league. Love that guy, he’s grounded. Oh, and he has a nice dunk repertoire, too.

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