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  1. Kevin Durant will play Friday night against Hawks

    Mar 4, 2011, 7:28 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant dunks

    UPDATE 7:28 pm: Kevin Durant will start for the Thunder against the Hawks Friday. He did not miss a game. Recently twisted ankles, where things are a little more loose, are the most likely to be quickly re-injured. Hopefully Durant can get through this uninjured and playing at his usual level. 3: 44 pm: Kevin…

  2. Nate Robinson out 4-6 weeks with knee surgery

    Mar 4, 2011, 12:22 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 2:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Well, this part of the trade has not worked out for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Nate Robinson will be out at least a month after getting his knee scoped, according to Royce Young at Daily Thunder (via twitter). This is the first surgery of Robinson’s career. He’s out four to six weeks, which would bring…

  3. Coach calls Durant doubtful for Thunders’ Friday game

    Mar 3, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant dunks

    Kevin Durant says he can go Friday for the Thunder against the Hawks. Coach Scott Brooks called him doubtful after Durant sat out practice Thursday. Take the coach in this one. Nothing has been decided, according to the Oklahoman, and Durant was walking around practice without a protective boot. But as he is the franchise…

  4. Kevin Durant turns ankle, leaves game; calls injury a “tweak”

    Mar 2, 2011, 10:54 PM EDT

    West Team's Kevin Durant of Oklahoma Cit

    UPDATE 11:41 pm: Durant left the arena wearing a protective boot on his ankle, but that was primarily for precautionary reasons and he said the injury was not that serious, according Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman. “Just a little tweak,” he said. “I did it before. Just gotta see how I feel in the morning.”…

  5. Kendrick Perkins agrees to contract extension with Thunder

    Mar 1, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 4: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    UPDATE 12:16 pm: We have the financial figures — $34.8 million over four years, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. That works out to an average of $8.7 million a year and is about $12 million more than Boston could offer. Boston was hamstrung with its offer because it is over the salary cap, which…

  6. It’s not always about Kobe, Lakers defense keys win over Thunder

    Feb 27, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Thabo Sefolosha

    The end of the Lakers win over Oklahoma City was the latest Rorschach test for whether or not you think Kobe Bryant is a clutch player. Kobe scored seven of the Lakers final 10 points (all the others were Pau Gasol free throws) and he pushed the Lakers to a 90-87 win on the road.…

  7. Kendrick Perkins out 2-3 weeks with MCL sprain

    Feb 26, 2011, 8:42 PM EDT

    perkinsthunder

    Kendrick Perkins is going to join the Thunder and make the team a significantly tougher opponent defensively… eventually. Until then, well, not so much. OKBlitz.com reports today that Perkins will miss 2-3 weeks with a MCL sprain in his knee. Which is exactly what you want to hear about the guy you just traded two…

  8. Dwight Howard tells Kevin Durant “not in my house”

    Feb 26, 2011, 8:12 AM EDT

    NBA: Orlando Magic at Los Angeles Clippers

    Winning at the trade deadline is a very different thing than winning your next game. Everything that the Thunder are hoping to get defensively with Kendrick Perkins the Magic already have in Dwight Howard. As evidence, we bring you Dwight shutting down Durant as he drives to the hole Friday night. We have yet to…

  9. Are the Oklahoma City Thunder contenders now?

    Feb 25, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Charlotte Bobcats

    Oklahoma City is your trade deadline winner. Last season in the playoffs, the young and athletic Thunder tested the Lakers in the playoffs first round, but when push came to shove the Lakers shoved harder. They had Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol and the Thunder had no answer. Same thing when the two teams played…

  10. Perkins exit leaves Boston locker room in tears

    Feb 25, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 4: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    The Boston locker room is tight. This isn’t your average NBA locker room, with guys who get along okay, but after the practices they all head separate directions with their posses. Boston was different. Call it Ubuntu, call it a bond formed by winning a title, call it whatever you want, it was real. And…

  11. Boston’s Danny Ainge learned from history, tries to avoid repeating it

    Feb 24, 2011, 7:50 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics

    When the Boston Celtics powerhouse teams of the ‘80s wound down, the wheels came off that franchise. There were a lot of factors; Len Bias was a big one. Current Celtics GM Danny Ainge — a member of those teams — has said the Celtics made a mistake trying to ride the wave all the…

  12. Deadline shocker: Celtics trade Perkins, Robinson to Thunder for Green, Krstic

    Feb 24, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 6:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Boston has made a deadline deal that seems to weaken their defense as they head in the playoffs — and just made the Oklahoma City Thunder a much bigger threat in the West. Boston has traded Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to the Oklahoma City Thunder for forward Jeff Green and center Nenad Krstic, as…

  13. Tyreke Evans to miss All-Star Rookie Challenge, Harden in

    Feb 17, 2011, 2:11 PM EDT

    James Harden

    Tyreke Evans has been battling plantar fasciitis — a foot condition where if feels like someone is ramming a knife into your heel with every step, something that tends to hamper you hoop game — all season long. He missed the Kings game Wednesday because the only real cure for this is rest. Along those…

  14. Anthony Parker says Cavaliers are growing from losses

    Feb 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Anthony Parker

    Anthony Parker was honest after the game — Cleveland is not there but they are growing. They played with a real energy and desperation last night, they just ran into one of the deepest, most talented teams in the league. Even then they had their chances. In the video below Paker talks about that growth,…

  15. Thunder recall Cole Aldrich from the D-League

    Feb 2, 2011, 6:42 PM EDT

    Cole Aldrich

    The Oklahoma City Thunder have announced that they have recalled rookie center Cole Aldrich from the D-League. Aldrich was the 11th overall pick in the 2010 draft. He has appeared in seven games for the Thunder this season, and averaged 1 point and 1.9 rebounds per game. In 19 games with the Tulsa 66ers, Aldrich…

  16. Video: Russell Westbrook is good. Scary good.

    Jan 31, 2011, 3:52 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    We mentioned it in our NBA Power Rankings: Right now Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are carrying the Thunder. The two of them have accounted for more than half the team’s points in the last 10 games. Which might be a problem if they were not Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. They are so good…

  17. Kevin Durant calls Chris Bosh “a fake tough guy”

    Jan 30, 2011, 7:07 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Kevin Durant and Chris Bosh had some words today in the Thunder’s loss to the Heat, and then spoke some even stronger words to the press post-game. In the first quarter, the two were involved in a small altercation of words that resulted in double technicals for both stars. Bosh says the altercation was the…

  18. Bosh has high ankle sprain, could miss another week, more

    Jan 25, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Miami Heat

    Chris Bosh is not the best player on the Miami Heat. He may be the most indispensable — with Udonis Haslem out, the drop off among bigs after Bosh is dramatic. They have nobody else who comes close to bringing what Bosh brings to the table. And Bosh is going to be out a little…

  19. Video shot of the weekend: Kevin Durant game winner

    Jan 24, 2011, 8:13 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    In case you missed it, Kevin Durant hit one of those superstar shots Saturday night — a game winning three from pretty much the first row of seats to beat the Knicks. Danilo Gallinari defended this well, he didn’t give Durant a lane to drive, and while maybe he could have had a hand more…

  20. New season, same old Thunder. That’s not enough in L.A.

    Jan 18, 2011, 2:35 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    Meet the new Thunder, same as the old Thunder. Which is a pretty good thing, those old Thunder captured the imagination of the NBA fans nationwide last season. They were athletic, they got and ran, they were just fresh and fun. Thunder players talk openly of wanting to get rings with this group, there is…

  21. Phil Jackson’s not drinking the Kool-aid just yet

    Jan 16, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Chicago Bulls

    From the Los Angeles Times: “I’m not comfortable with either of the two games (Sunday) or Monday,” Jackson said Saturday at the Lakers’ facility in El Segundo. “It’s why we had a practice today. We’re concerned. We didn’t think we played well last night, but we got away with a win anyway. There’s a natural…

  22. How do contending teams perform in the fourth quarter?

    Jan 15, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Always Be Closing. That’s the name of the game, isn’t it? Great teams close out strong. They finish well together. They’re able to end games with finality. It’s that ability to lock down in the fourth quarter and finish teams off that separates the men from the boys. Young, weak teams can’t get it done,…

  23. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Two entertaining games and some ice cold Heat

    Jan 14, 2011, 3:22 AM EDT

    Durant Westbrook

    What you missed while thinking about the worst things people call food…. Thunder 125, Magic 124: Two teams that will make their bones in the playoffs on defense set it aside for a night, and that led to one really entertaining game. To be fair, there was a lot of hot offensive talent on the…

  24. Kevin Durant realized Rick Carlisle was open

    Jan 7, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Richard Jefferson

    In case you haven’t seen it, here’s the video of the odd ending of the Thunder win over the Mavericks last night. The Thunder were up 7 with 10 seconds left, Dallas was done fouling and usually somebody just dribbles out the clock. But then Kevin Durant realized that Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle was open…

  25. Games of the night: Dallas has injuries, what was Denver’s excuse?

    Jan 7, 2011, 8:09 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant dunks

    Before the season, if you peaked ahead on the schedule, this looked like an interesting Thursday night of basketball. Turns out, not so much. Thunder 99, Mavericks 95: Dallas has the much-discussed injuries to Dirk Nowitzki and Caron Butler. The effort is still there and while this is a deep team, there are limits to…

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