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  1. LeBron really doesn’t care that Kobe Bryant isn’t in finals

    Jun 12, 2012, 2:17 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    Seriously, I can’t wait for the games to start so we can talk about those. Because right now the conversation has evolved to what Scott Brooks thinks about Russell Westbrook’s fashion choices and who LeBron James wishes he had played in the finals. Actually, LeBron doesn’t really care who is lines up to play him…

  2. Scott Brooks is good with whatever that is Russell Westbrook is wearing

    Jun 12, 2012, 1:49 PM EDT

    russell-westbrook-shirt

    I don’t know much about fashion, I just know I wouldn’t wear what Russell Westbrook has been wearing to postgame interviews these playoffs. Scott Brooks frankly wouldn’t be caught dead in these shirts either. But he’s the coach — he’s got his players’ backs. Even if there is a generation and taste gap between the…

  3. 2012 NBA Finals: 50 Observations

    Jun 12, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    The most entertaining Finals of probably the last fifteen years begins Tuesday night in Oklahoma City. With that here are 50 thoughts, observations, and predictions as the Oklahoma City Thunder face the Miami Heat in the 2012 NBA Finals. 1. This is going to be fun. 2. I’m not talking like “oh, hey, we’re going…

  4. Five keys for Oklahoma City to become NBA champions

    Jun 11, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Six

    It’s been building to this for years now — from way back when Kevin Durant was drafted (back in Seattle), followed by Russell Westbrook the next year and James Harden the year after that. Thunder GM Sam Presti was building something. Now the Oklahoma City Thunder are on the doorstep of the teams’ first championship…

  5. NBA Finals Preview: Miami Heat vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

    Jun 10, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, LeBron James

    SEASON RECORDS Miami 46-20 (2 seed in East) Oklahoma City 47-19 (2 seed in West) SEASON SERIES The teams split their two meetings. Miami won the last meeting on April 4 98-93 because LeBron James had a monster game and Heat players were knocking down their spot up looks. In the meeting just more than…

  6. Video: Popovich, Westbrook, Durant talk Thunder Game 5 win

    Jun 7, 2012, 10:25 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant raises the western conference championship trophy after his team defeated the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    There wasn’t much for Gregg Popovich to say after Game 5 other than to admit that the better team won. Kevin Durant just continues to be his humble self. Russell Westbrook just continues to make interesting fashion choices.

  7. Thunder-Spurs Game 6: Spurs know what to do, but it may not matter

    Jun 6, 2012, 4:52 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Five

    It’s not that the Spurs don’t know what they have to do to win — this is a smart, veteran team with the best coach in the land. Intellectually, they know what they need to do. But there comes a point where athleticism trumps that plan, and for three games in a row now the…

  8. Kevin Durant has his Thunder one win from the Finals

    Jun 5, 2012, 1:26 AM EDT

    durant-game-5-spurs

    In the press conference following the Thunder’s huge Game 5 win over the Spurs in San Antonio, one that now has Oklahoma City just a single home victory away from advancing to the NBA Finals, Kevin Durant was asked a question that seemed silly on the surface. It referenced the fact that teams seemingly needed…

  9. Thunder-Spurs Game 5: Oklahoma City won like battle-tested veterans

    Jun 5, 2012, 12:41 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, James Harden

    The conventional wisdom coming into this series was that the younger, less experienced Thunder might well not stand up to the level of play the battle tested Spurs were at. But the Thunder have plenty of experience, too. We thought all season they were the team to beat in the West, that didn’t change until…

  10. Video: Russell Westbrook’s rim-rattling alley-oop finish

    Jun 5, 2012, 12:21 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    Russell Westbrook knows how to finish. Monday night, so did the Oklahoma City Thunder. San Antonio came out to start the second half Monday night on a tear, playing like they were fighting for their playoff lives. Which they essentially were. The Thunder withstood the storm and made their own comeback to take the lead…

  11. Thunder-Spurs Game 5: San Antonio needs to find its offense

    Jun 4, 2012, 2:27 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Four

    San Antonio needs to find its offense to win Game 5 tonight, or this series will be over in a couple days. It falls to the Spurs’ big three — Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili need to get free and penetrate the lane to break down the Thunder defense, Tim Duncan just has to play…

  12. Thunder even Western Conference finals with Game 4 win over Spurs

    Jun 2, 2012, 11:59 PM EDT

    ibaka-game-4

    The reason that home-court advantage makes a difference in the NBA postseason is because of the fact that the role-players, bench guys, or simply lesser-known producers tend to play above their average capabilities with the home crowd behind them. That was certainly the case in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals in Oklahoma City, where the…

  13. Thunder-Spurs Game 4: Let’s get serious

    Jun 2, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Kendrick Perkins

    Seriously, this is the most serious of seriousness. This is the business. This game is monstrous. All those games before that were big? No, this one is big. BIG. Like, those commercials big. Thunder-Spurs Game 4 is going to have dramatic ramifications either way. If the Spurs win, the Thunder’s Game 3 win is meaningless…

  14. Thunder-Spurs Game 3: The best defense is… well, a good defense for OKC

    Jun 1, 2012, 2:03 AM EDT

    Thunder power forward Nick Collison strips the ball away from San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan

    You have to fight the Spurs with defense. OK, I get that sounds remarkably stupid in its obviousness. Please try and hear me out. In Games 1 and 2, Scott Brooks, for reason beyond understanding, chose to go with offensive lineups. Particularly in the fourth quarter of both losses, he went with lineups featuring Russell…

  15. Thunder need to get defensive Thursday or this series is over

    May 31, 2012, 2:54 PM EDT

    Spurs point guard Tony Parker celebrates his three-point basket against the Oklahoma City Thunder

    Scott Brooks doesn’t seem to have any answers. Neither did Vinny Del Negro or Ty Corbin. Nobody has for 20 games now. The San Antonio offense over the last month is as efficient a machine as the NBA has ever seen and unless the Thunder can find a way to slow Tony Parker and the…

  16. PBT Extra: Talking Spurs dominance, Thunder chances

    May 30, 2012, 7:44 PM EDT

    Spurs center Duncan and guard Ginobili celebrate in NBA Western Conference basketball finals in San Antonio, Texas

    We are sticking in the Western Conference for today’s PBT Extra (we’ll be doing the East tomorrow) as Tiffany and I discuss what makes the Spurs work, and how I said Russell Westbrook was key to the Thunder’s chances before te series and how he has not really lived up to the job asked of…

  17. Thunder find some answers, still have many more questions

    May 30, 2012, 2:16 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    If you were looking for them, there were glimmers of hope for the Oklahoma Thunder in this series from Game 2. Their “big three” showed up — Kevin Durant had 31, James Harden 30 and Russell Westbrook 27. There was a run, early in the fourth quarter, when the Thunder were able to clog the…

  18. NBA Playoffs: Thunder play well, but Spurs win while still seeming unstoppable

    May 30, 2012, 12:10 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    The San Antonio Spurs have now played an even ten games in the NBA Playoffs and, amazingly, have won every one of them. The wins haven’t all been dominant — Tuesday night’s 120-111 victory ended up being one of their more difficult challenges this season — but it’s been astounding to watch the old, formerly…

  19. Thunder/Spurs Game 2: The rise of Westbrook, Harden

    May 29, 2012, 1:41 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    I said going into this series Russell Westbrook was the key to Oklahoma City’s chances against the Spurs — he needs to attack off the pick-and-roll, get into the lane and finish. Or kick it out. But he needs to disrupt the Spurs defense and put a lot of points on the board in the…

  20. Monday And-1 links: You could own a shirt like Westbrooks’

    May 28, 2012, 7:46 PM EDT

    russell-westbrook-shirt

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. And as the son of a veteran, thanks to all of you serving our…

  21. Ricky Rubio caught Spurs/Thunder from luggage carousel

    May 28, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Rubio at airport

    Timberwolves guard of the future Ricky Rubio didn’t want to miss Russell Westbrook vs. Tony Parker. No matter what. That photo you see to the right was tweeted by Minnesota’s Rubio Sunday night.  I don’t miss the #NBAPlayoffs even if I have to pick up my bro @marcrubiovives and @ainonacohi at the airport. As Kelly Dwyer…

  22. Thunder-Spurs: The life and times of Kevin Durant in Game 1

    May 28, 2012, 2:05 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    Momma said there’d be days like this. Kevin Durant had a pretty bizarre Game 1 vs. San Antonio. He couldn’t get it going in the first half, shook loose in the third quarter, and then was bottled up by San Antonio in the fourth. He hit free throws, a result of the Spurs’ defensive approach…

  23. Popovich reaches into toolbox, makes adjustments, Spurs win Game 1

    May 28, 2012, 12:18 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs Tim Duncan celebrates in the final seconds of Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder in San Antonio

    There’s a reason the Spurs haven’t lost a game since before you sent your taxes in (19 in a row now) — they can adapt and take what you give them. Gregg Popovich is the master of adjustments and this roster is a huge toolbox of options for him to choose from. He and the…

  24. How do the Thunder deal with Tony Parker?

    May 25, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs head coach Popovich talks to Parker during their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City

    We can sometimes overanalyze what happened in a regular season game when trying to look at a playoff matchp. It’s like comparing Suzanne Collins and José Saramago novels, technically they are the same art form but one of these things is not like the other. However, the Feb. 4 meeting of the Spurs and Thunder…

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