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  1. NBA Playoff Preview: Oklahoma City vs. Denver

    Apr 14, 2011, 2:22 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder Center Kendrick Perkins (5) And Denver Nuggets Center Nene (31) From Brazil Go Toe To Toe

    SEASON RECORDS Thunder: 55-27 (No. 4 seed) Nuggets 50-32 (No. 5 seed) SEASON SERIES Oklahoma City 3-1, including sweeping two games in April when the Nuggets were playing well and were everyone’s new second favorite team. KEY INJURIES Thunder: No significant injuries. Nuggets: Ty Lawson sprained his ankle in the season finale Wednesday and it…

  2. How they can win it all: The Oklahoma City Thunder

    Apr 14, 2011, 10:20 AM EST

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

    How did we forget about the Oklahoma City Thunder? After Kevin Durant‘s season-long coming-out party last season and the tough fight the young Thunder put up against the eventual champion Lakers, the Thunder were everyone’s pick to put it all together and establish themselves as one of the league’s elite teams this season. They did…

  3. Karl says Nuggets would rather face Mavericks than Thunder in first round

    Apr 7, 2011, 8:57 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    Coaches and players almost never stray from the “I don’t care who we face in the playoffs, it’s about us doing our thing” mantra. Which is a load of fertilizer, by the way — they all know the playoffs are about matchups and they want to get the more favorable ones. They just won’t talk…

  4. Derrick Rose will win MVP. There are better choices.

    Mar 24, 2011, 12:20 PM EST

    Sacramento Kings v Chicago Bulls

    Stan Van Gundy is right — Derrick Rose is going to win the MVP award this year. He has everybody including Michael Jordan’s endorsement. Influential media members are lining up behind him. The question is: Does he deserve it? Or, more accurately, do others deserve it more? You can make a good argument for Rose…

  5. Are the Oklahoma City Thunder contenders now?

    Feb 25, 2011, 12:07 PM EST

    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…

  6. Biggest winners and losers at the All-Star game

    Feb 21, 2011, 1:19 AM EST

    Musician Lenny Kravitz (R) returns a loo

    The All-Star game is an exhibition first and foremost, and when players are trying harder to entertain the crowd than they are to play good basketball, it’s hard to put too much stock into the results. Still, this year’s All-Star game was one of the most entertaining and competitive games in years, and a few…

  7. Curry, Wall, Rose, Westbrook voted by fans into Skills Challenge

    Feb 17, 2011, 9:09 PM EST

    Wall_celebrates

    Once again NBA fans, you have some good taste. Tony Parker may not think so, but I do. And really, whose opinion do you care about more? Don’t answer that. Fan votes got to decide who was going to compete against Chris Paul in the NBA All-Star Skills Challenge Saturday night. You all chose Stephen…

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

    Jan 31, 2011, 3:52 PM EST

    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…

  9. Heat out-star Thunder as Eddie House does a dance

    Jan 30, 2011, 5:09 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder

    In a game that was pretty fantastic from start to finish, the Miami Heat closed out the Thunder with a combination of star power and savvy play. Dwyane Wade was brilliant with 30 points and 9 rebounds (but also 9 turnovers), and LeBron James made the play that encapsulates his career. With the clock winding…

  10. Fans to pick for All-Star Skills Challenge participants

    Jan 27, 2011, 1:12 PM EST

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    Is there anything as cool as watching an NBA player run some drills and dribble around cones? Of course, not. What could be? The NBA All-Star Skills Challenge returns to help people fall asleep on Friday night, Feb. 17, but the twist this year is that you and your fellow fans get to pick the…

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

    Jan 18, 2011, 2:35 AM EST

    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…

  12. Westbrook, Love thinking about making a “Big Three” in Oklahoma City?

    Jan 4, 2011, 7:21 PM EST

    Love_Rambis

    We all know that Kevin Love is great. The 22-year old Love is almost indisputably the NBA’s best rebounder, launches threes like a guard and makes 43% of them, knows how to score inside, and is an exceptional passer for a big man. He’s not quite a go-to scorer, and his defense is an issue,…

  13. Is a triple-double worth running it up? The Ibaka-Hawks conundrum

    Jan 2, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    New Year’s Eve, the Thunder managed a solid win against the Hawks, and were up 101-92 with less than 24 seconds remaining. Game over, baby. Except that Russell Westbrook was one assist shy of a triple-double. Serge Ibaka leaked out in transition, caught an outlet, and dunked it home, making it 103-92. Okay, Ibaka was…

  14. We’ve played 20 games, let’s give out some awards

    Dec 8, 2010, 12:51 PM EST

    CPaul-layup

    There’s a lot of people around the league that say you don’t really know much until you’re about 20 games into an NBA season, then the patterns have established themselves. Well, we’re about 20 games in now, one quarter of the season gone. Patterns are established. So… Let’s give out some first-quarter awards to players…

  15. Game of the night: That Tom Thibodeau guy can coach some defense

    Dec 7, 2010, 3:25 AM EST

    Carlos Boozer, Derrick Rose

    The Oklahoma City Thunder have the league’s leading scorer in Kevin Durant. They have an elite point guard in Russell Westbrook. They have guys who can light it up like Jeff Greed and James Harden. They have a nice bench. The Chicago Bulls handcuffed the Thunder all night Monday with what was a vintage Tom…

  16. Video to start your week — Top 10 Dunks of November

    Dec 6, 2010, 8:13 AM EST

    BGriffin_dunk2

    Is there a better way to start your week than that cup of coffee and videos of Andre Iguodala, Blake Griffin and Russell Westbrook making posters? No, of course there isn’t. We’ll, unless you’ve got a nice bagel to go with it. Either way, enjoy.

  17. Russell Westbrook’s impressive putback slam

    Dec 2, 2010, 8:41 AM EST

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    Three things about this play: 1) It’s damn impressive. 2) It should have been a technical for hanging on the rim. 3) It may have been his third best play in this game. His crossover breaking the ankles of Travis Outlaw followed by the drive where he got an and-one to seal he win in…

  18. Game of the night: Russell Westbrook apparently really likes triple overtime

    Dec 2, 2010, 2:16 AM EST

    Derrick Favors, Nick Collison

    There was no Kevin Durant, no Devin Harris. Their knees would not allow it. That is why a lot of people did not notice that the Thunder and Nets were hooking up Wednesday night — but it turned out to be the best game you didn’t watch. It had triple overtime. It had brilliant plays…

  19. Rank your MVP candidates

    Nov 30, 2010, 6:13 PM EST

    Durant_Westbrook

    Okay, you’ve had almost 20 games now, you should have some favorites for Most Valuable Player now, right? Kevin Durant came in as the preseason favorite for many, but his teammate Russell Westbrook has been better so far… so why not Westbrook? Or how about Chris Paul? Want to go with the old classics of…

  20. When Russell Westbrook goes to dunk, get out of the way

    Nov 29, 2010, 8:47 AM EST

    Russell Westbrook

    Russell Westbrook can bounce. He can attack the rim as well as anyone in the league. And as some of the Houston Rockets can tell you, when he attacks sometimes it is best to just get out of the way.

  21. What is the deal with the Celtics and superstar-less teams?

    Nov 20, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Boston Celtics

    There’s something bizarre with these Celtics. They have three losses, and two of them are to teams without or missing their superstar. First they lost to the Cavaliers, which is odd since they don’t have you-know-who anymore, after they beat you-know-who the night before. But it was a back-to-back so maybe it was just one…

  22. Baseline to Baseline recaps: No Durant, no problem for OKC.

    Nov 20, 2010, 8:13 AM EST

    Russell Westbrook

    What you missed while playing ‪Manny Pacquiao’s Punchout‬… Thunder 89, Celtics 84: No Kevin Durant. No Jeff Green. The Thunder missed their last 15 shots from the field. And they still handed Boston its first loss of the season at home. Part of it, as it has been all season with Oklahoma City, is free…

  23. Kevin Durant to sit out against Celtics Friday

    Nov 19, 2010, 6:24 PM EST

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    UPDATE #2 6:24 pm: It is official, Durant is going to sit out the Celtics/Thunder Friday night matchup due to a sprained ankle suffered Wednesday night against the Rockets. An MRI showed no structural damage, but it’s too much to play through. The Oklahoman had a quote from the man. “After the game, I think…

  24. Thunder winning games, just not expectation game

    Nov 17, 2010, 12:40 PM EST

    Durant_Westbrook

    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,…

  25. Saturday Starting 5: Revel in the Great Point Guard Era

    Nov 13, 2010, 10:42 AM EST

    dwillpaul

    Hey, so, you’re stuck with me on the weekends, so I thought we’d put together something you can count on. Every weekend here at PBT we’ll have the Saturday Starting Five. Five elements, chosen thematically (so I’m not just basically vomiting words onto a screen for you) and brought for discussion about the NBA. Today’s…

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