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  1. Video: Watch Serge Ibaka show off his skills at both ends

    Dec 18, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Serge Ibaka, Russell Westbrook

    Don’t go thinking Serge Ibaka is a shot blocking, defense only kind of player. He has developed a quality offensive game too that makes him a dangerous pick-and-roll partner because he can roll hard to the hoop or pop out and hit the midrange. Watch the highlights of Ibaka’s 25 points against the Spurs and…

  2. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Serge Ibaka is to be feared as Thunder beat Spurs

    Dec 18, 2012, 3:05 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Ibaka plays against San Antonio Spurs during their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while thinking “if you’re going to play Santa make sure you fit down the chimney”…. Rockets 109, Knicks 96: Jeremy Lin was back in New York and he doesn’t just play well at Madison Square Garden when Carmelo Anthony is out,…

  3. Three Stars of the Night: It’s your world, baby.

    Dec 18, 2012, 1:01 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic

    After trading Dwight Howard and not getting a heck of a whole lot in return, the Orlando Magic were left for dead by everyone — yours truly included. But after taking out a hot Minnesota team and improving to a very respectable 11-13 record on the season, Glen “Big Baby” Davis made it clear in…

  4. NBA Power Rankings: Right now, Clippers are second best in West

    Dec 17, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin and Chris Paul run off the bench to celebrate a basket against the Toronto Raptors during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    What we see in December is not always a great predictor of what we see in the playoffs, but the Clippers look very good lately. Better than their more talked about roommate in Los Angeles. 1. Thunder (19-4, Last week ranked No. 1). They are the winners of 10 in a row. I still think…

  5. Report: Manu Ginobili (among others) to sit out against Thunder

    Dec 17, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili

    The Spurs visit the Thunder tonight in a rematch of the thrilling Western Conference Finals from last spring. The Thunder come into the game having won their last 10 games and in possession of the conference’s best record. The Spurs enter the game winning six of their last eight games and have the conference’s second…

  6. Jeremy Lin returns to Madison Square Garden Monday, without “Linsanity”

    Dec 17, 2012, 11:54 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    Jeremy Lin is back in the place it all came together for him. But it’s not the same. Monday night Jeremy Lin brings his new team the Houston Rockets into Madison Square Garden to take on the team where for a stretch he played stunningly good, exciting basketball that energized a sullen fan base. It…

  7. The biggest advantage in basketball

    Dec 13, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT

    Chris Paul,  Eric Bledsoe

    A quarter of the way through the season, which team do you think possesses the greatest positional advantage in basketball? Is it the Heat with LeBron overwhelming every 3 in the league? The Thunder with Durant at the 3 and the 4? Carmelo thriving at power forward with the Knicks? Kobe beating up on the…

  8. Nothing shocking here: Kobe, LeBron lead All-Star ballot early returns

    Dec 13, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    We don’t exactly need Nate Silver to break down these voting returns and trends — the players in the lead early in the NBA All-Star balloting almost always stay on top. Occasionally guys close small gaps, but generally what you see now is what you get. In which case — good job public. No glaring…

  9. Video: Russell Westbrook block shuts down Roy Hibbert

    Dec 10, 2012, 11:46 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Roy Hibbert

    Yoda: “Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you?” Russell Westbrook went all Yoda on Roy Hibbert Sunday, with maybe the best block of the season so far. Of course, size matters less when you can jump out of the building. Still, that is a great defensive effort, a fearless…

  10. Russell Westbrook and Kobe Bryant with dueling four-point plays (VIDEO)

    Dec 8, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Thunder guard Russell Westbrook signals "three" after scoring and being fouled by a Lakers defender in the first half of NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    This play was really just the icing on the cake that was the entire first half for Russell Westbrook in the Thunder’s destruction of the Lakers on Friday. He realizes he has Chris Duhon isolated defending, and after a dribble or two in near the free throw line, he simply backs up and drains the…

  11. Report: Kobe’s trash talk got on Durant, Westbrook’s nerves during Olympics

    Dec 8, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    When team USA scrimmaged this summer, Kobe Bryant often lined up opposite Russell Westbrook to guard him. To challenge him. And in vintage Kobe fashion, he talked a lot of smack. Did you watch the first half of the Lakers loss to the Thunder Friday night? When Westbrook went off for 27 points and hit…

  12. Westbrook’s stellar first half helps Thunder bury the Lakers

    Dec 8, 2012, 12:44 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Darius Morris

    The Lakers weren’t expected by anyone to go into Oklahoma City on Friday and take down a Thunder team that was not only playing its best basketball of the young season, but was also riding a six-game winning streak. But it didn’t have to go down like this. Russell Westbrook destroyed the Lakers with a…

  13. Wednesday And-1 links: David Stern broke the huddle at Saints Practice

    Dec 5, 2012, 8:38 PM EDT

    David Stern Saints practice

    Here is our regular 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. • David Stern broke the huddle with the Saints in New Orleans. We’re not…

  14. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Thunder put up a lot of points on Nets “defense”

    Dec 5, 2012, 9:10 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets Deron Williams reacts as he is blocked by Oklahoma City Thunder Kevin Durant in NBA game in New York

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while making sure our nation was prepared for a zombie apocalypse…. Wizards 105, Heat 101: Now do you think there might be a problem with the Heat defense? Giving up triple digits to the worst offense in the land? We broke…

  15. NBA Power Rankings: Heat, Thunder on top, it feels like 2011

    Dec 3, 2012, 3:11 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James celebrates win over Atlanta Hawks with Bosh and Allen during their NBA basketball game in Atlanta

    It’s early in the season, very early, but there are moments it feels line the NBA finals come June could be a rematch of last year — Miami vs. Oklahoma City. And that really shouldn’t be a surprise. Right now those two teams are on top of the PBT power rankings. 1. Heat (12-3, last…

  16. Russell Westbrook had a statistical performance for the ages in win over Jazz

    Dec 1, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook passes inside to a teammate in their NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Oklahoma City

    Russell Westbrook is a divisive player among fans, mainly because he sometimes takes on too much of the offensive burden when he has one of the game’s greatest pure scorers in Kevin Durant usually playing right along side him. There’s no doubting Westbrook’s athleticism and talent, however, and he put up a statistical line that…

  17. James Harden welcomed back to OKC with rejections from Ibaka and Westbrook (VIDEO)

    Nov 29, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, James Harden

    It was a rough night for James Harden and the Rockets on Wednesday, where the Thunder’s former Sixth Man of the Year wasn’t able to do much of anything against his former teammates. The Thunder brought the pain early with these two blocks from Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka that occurred midway through the first…

  18. Hasheem Thabeet’s strange ejection, then reversal by refs

    Nov 29, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

    Hasheem Thabeet, James Harden, Omer Asik

    Hasheem Thabeet was taking part in the block party the Thunder were bringing to James Harden on Wednesday night (Russell Westbrook had the best Harden block with Serge Ibaka a close second. But in the second quarter, when Thabeet had blocked consecutive Harden shots, the two jawed a bit. And referee Marc Davis was there.…

  19. Three Stars of the Night: Return of the Stack

    Nov 29, 2012, 3:52 AM EDT

    Jerry Stackhouse

    Mark Morrison is not one of our Three Stars of the Night, mainly because he does not play professional basketball. For those unfortunate souls who are unfamiliar, Morrison is a singer who made a name for himself way back in 1996 with the hit single “Return of the Mack.” While Mark Morrison and that awesome…

  20. Thunder have no problem with Rockets in James Harden’s return to OKC

    Nov 29, 2012, 12:05 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, James Harden

    James Harden returned to Oklahoma City as a member of the the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, his first time doing so since the Thunder traded him out of town due to a failure to agree on a contract extension prior to the start of the season. While the fans gave Harden a warm welcome during…

  21. James Harden says playing Thunder will be ‘just another game’

    Nov 28, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    The Rockets will play the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, which will mark the first time that James Harden will lace ’em up against the team he couldn’t come to terms with on a contract extension shortly before the start of the season. As a result, OKC traded Harden to Houston, where he’s been…

  22. LeBron James back on top, King of NBA jersey sales again

    Nov 28, 2012, 10:06 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James gestures during a free throw in the second quarter of Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs against the Boston Celtics in Miami

    The deepest of LeBron James haters didn’t want to hear it but we were telling you this from the day after the decision — win a ring and the public perception of him would change. He’s got a ring, a gold medal from London, he was the NBA regular season and finals MVP — and…

  23. Video: Russell Westbrook’s huge dunk on the Bobcats

    Nov 27, 2012, 10:06 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    It must have felt like this for most of the night for the Thunder — one quick move and it was a wide-open path to the basket. The result in this case, right before the half, was a monster dunk by Russell Westbrook made it a 40-point Thunder lead at the break. The Bobcats, who…

  24. Thunder 114, Bobcats 69: Breaking it down by the numbers

    Nov 27, 2012, 2:18 AM EDT

    Ramon Sessions, Jeff Taylor, Byron Mullens

    The Charlotte Bobcats were historically bad last season — the team with the worst winning percentage in the history of the NBA. They were 7-59. And their performance Monday night in a 114-69 loss to the Thunder may have been their worst game yet. Which seems out of place for a Bobcats team that is…

  25. Reminder: Jeremy Lin likely to be voted in as an All-Star starter

    Nov 25, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Knicks Lin talks during a new conference before the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge game during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    This is not exactly breaking news, because (A) it hasn’t actually happened yet, and (B) it’s been widely speculated about since last season. But it is worth reminding you about nonetheless. When the NBA’s All-Star festivities descend on Houston in February, Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin is more than likely to appear in the mid-season…

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