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  1. Report: Caron Butler to sign with Thunder, not Heat

    Feb 28, 2014, 11:04 AM EDT

    Caron Butler, Nate Wolters, Markieff Morris

    Oklahoma City, looking for depth and a good spot up shooter to round out their roster for a playoff run, may have found one in veteran swingman Caron Butler. Despite early reports Butler was going to sign in Miami and backup Dwyane Wade (which means a lot of starts considering his knee maintenance plan), Butler…

  2. The Extra Pass: Is the second tier in West ready to challenge Thunder, Spurs?

    Feb 28, 2014, 8:51 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    We know Oklahoma City is a contender — despite their little three-game blip as they re-adjust to Russell Westbrook in the lineup, they are still 21-7 when Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook both play this season, they have a top-10 offense and defense when you look at points per possession. The same is true of…

  3. Report: Thunder join Heat as frontrunners to sign Caron Butler

    Feb 27, 2014, 1:58 PM EDT

    Bucks Butler Basketball

    When word leaked out that Caron Butler and the Milwaukee Bucks were working on a buyout, it was almost instantaneous with reports he would land in Miami. There’s some logic to that — Butler played in Miami and was very popular in the locker room (Dwyane Wade is a fan) and in the community, plus…

  4. Kyrie Irving drops Thabo Sefalosha with crossover (VIDEO)

    Feb 27, 2014, 11:12 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Houston Rockets

    That is a sick crossover. Early on in what ended up being an interesting Cavaliers win over the Thunder, Kyrie Irving reminded us he has got some wicked moves. Thabo Sefalosha is a good on ball defender and Irving dropped him with a crossover. Just dropped him. Irving went on to score 31 and had…

  5. Wednesday night NBA grades: How about that Kyrie Irving?

    Feb 27, 2014, 4:05 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while you and your friends debated canned vs. bottled beer…. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers. He wasn’t in attack mode, he was in seek-and-destroy mode. With Dion Waiters and basically everyone who can shoot outside 15 feet injured he knows he has to be the man…

  6. Thunder’s Kendrick Perkins out six weeks after surgery to repair groin injury

    Feb 25, 2014, 11:48 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks will not be able to lean on Kendrick Perkins for the next six weeks — something that will be welcomed by a lot of Thunder fans. At least until they see the team is 0-3 without him this season and the defense suffers. Perkins will be out up to six…

  7. Sunday night NBA grades: Jason Collins takes the court, Jamal Crawford owns his

    Feb 24, 2014, 2:19 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while getting sucked into the “Reality Bites” power rankings…  Jason Collins, Brooklyn Nets. He was brought in to Brooklyn because he has a skill set they need — he can defend the post, he can rebound, and he sets a mean pick (Collins said after…

  8. Kevin Durant with the spin, drive and finger roll finish vs. Clippers (VIDEO)

    Feb 23, 2014, 6:36 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant turned in a spectacular performance against the Clippers on Sunday, finishing with 42 points and 10 assists in a game his Thunder lost. This was one of KD’s better highlights of the afternoon, a spin move just past mid-court, followed by a drive to the basket and a finger roll finish through the…

  9. LeBron turns in MVP performance in Heat’s blowout win over Thunder

    Feb 20, 2014, 11:26 PM EDT

    LeBron

    Throughout the first half of this season, Kevin Durant has widely been discussed as the player most deserving of receiving the league’s Most Valuable Player award. While Durant has been largely spectacular, those championing his cause may have neglected to consider one simple fact: LeBron James hasn’t exactly gotten worse, and in fact, may still…

  10. The Extra Pass: The biggest deadline acquisition? Russell Westbrook.

    Feb 20, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two

    In just a few short hours, the NBA trade deadline will pass. If history is any indicator, we’ll see somewhere in the range of eight trades go through. Some will be big, and some will be small…and none will have as big of an impact on the title picture as the return of Russell Westbrook will.…

  11. Kevin Durant says Russell Westbrook to return Thursday vs. Heat

    Feb 17, 2014, 8:48 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Golden State Warriors

    Welcome back Russell Westbrook, as a present we got you the two-time defending NBA champions to deal with. You can thank us later. We had told you before this could be coming, but it sounds much more official when Kevin Durant says it — Russell Westbrook should return Thursday when the Thunder take on. “Next…

  12. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Thunder, Heat on top coming up to trade deadline

    Feb 17, 2014, 8:16 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    Today’s PBT NBA Power Rankings — brought to you by the technology of airplane wi-fi — will talk about the All-Star weekend past and the trade deadline coming up, as there weren’t many other games to speak of. 1. Thunder (43-12, Last Week No. 1). Their addition at the trade deadline is simply getting Russell…

  13. Jordan sets up Flight Lab experience at All-Star weekend in New Orleans (PHOTOS)

    Feb 17, 2014, 1:16 PM EDT

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    NEW ORLEANS – All-Star weekend brings the game’s best athletes together for three action-packed days of festivities, and the major shoe companies similarly show up with unique and original installations to help fans partake in the overall experience. Jordan Brand set up a unique space it called Flight Lab where fans could work with some…

  14. Kevin Durant extremely tired of LeBron James comparisons

    Feb 16, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, LeBron James

    Kevin Durant and LeBron James have pulled away from the field, setting up what could be a thrilling head-to-head finish down the stretch for Most Valuable Player. Durant is having the better season so far. There’s little question about that. With Russell Westbrook out, Durant has put the Thunder on his back, raising his game…

  15. Report: OKC hopeful Russell Westbrook will play in Feb. 20 matchup with Miami

    Feb 16, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook takes a break on the court against the Houston Rockets in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    And the rich stand to get much, much richer. The Oklahoma City Thunder already own the league’s best record, and if you had to call it right now, they have the league MVP in Kevin Durant as well. Most thought the Thunder could reasonably stay afloat during this time, but few expected them to thrive…

  16. Oklahoma City Thunder reportedly want to trade for a shooter

    Feb 14, 2014, 12:59 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Thabo Sefolosha

    The Thunder have an above-average 3-point percentage and a top-end defense. But in the hunt for a title, Oklahoma City is leaving nothing to chance. Armed with trade exceptions, OKC has been active in search for a shooter to fortify them for title run, league sources tell Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 13, 2014 To…

  17. LeBron James: Kevin Durant will feel title pressure ‘when I retire’

    Feb 13, 2014, 4:03 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder vs Miami Heat

    A statistical projection developed by John Hollinger pegs the Oklahoma City Thunder as this season’s most likely NBA champions. So does Kevin Pelton’s formula. The Thunder of have the the league’s best record (42-12_, best player (Kevin Durant) and arguably best No. 2 once he returns (Russell Westbrook). They’ve been to the Finals before and…

  18. The Extra Pass: Three players who are ready to start

    Feb 12, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Taj Gibson

    Let’s take a look at three players who were in action Tuesday night who deserve starting jobs sooner rather than later. Jeremy Lamb, Oklahoma City Thunder Reggie Jackson has understandably received plenty of praise in Russell Westbrook‘s absence, but don’t sleep on Lamb’s emergence as a reliable scorer. With Thabo Sefolosha struggling to find his…

  19. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Thunder stay on top, Bucks stay on bottom

    Feb 10, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    More and more I think Adam Silver’s first NBA Finals as commissioner will feature Indiana and Oklahoma City — which would be good basketball but not exactly Super Bowl ratings. Things can change, but those are the two best teams right now.   1 Thunder (41-12, Last Week No. 1). We gave been praising Kevin…

  20. The Extra Pass: Putting some numbers, perspective to Kevin Durant’s amazing season

    Feb 10, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Orlando Magic

    Kevin Durant is going to be your MVP. He could well lead his Oklahoma City Thunder back to the NBA Finals — Oklahoma City has set the bar in the West this season. If another team (San Antonio, Golden State, Memphis, Portland, the Clippers) has designs on reaching the Finals out of the West they…

  21. Sunday night NBA grades: It’s Kevin Durant’s world we just live in it

    Feb 10, 2014, 3:08 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while watching Jeopardy to see what all the Arthur Chu fuss is about…. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder. If you are going to win the MVP award you need a couple monster games on national television. Durant delivered that on Sunday — 41 points, 10…

  22. Kevin Durant dislikes dark ‘Slim Reaper’ nickname

    Feb 3, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Nicolas Batum

    To compete at the highest levels, Michael Jordan channeled something inside himself, something dark and menacing. Sometimes, it made him really unlikable, even to his teammates. But it also separated him from several similarly talented players to the point there’s little debate about the greatest player of all time. Jordan’s mean streak both helped him…

  23. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Adam Silver signs the balls, Kevin Durant keeps shooting them

    Feb 3, 2014, 2:21 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Brooklyn Nets

    A look at PBT’s power rankings show basically the only thing that really changed this week was the signature on the Spaulding balls — Adam Silver’s signature is in play. Aside that Durant has the Thunder on top and the Lakers continue fall like the lead balloon they are. 1. Thunder (38-11, Last Week No.…

  24. Jordan Brand celebrates grand opening of first Flight 23 store (PHOTOS)

    Feb 2, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony Flight 23 opening

    Jordan Brand has always had a huge retail footprint (pun intended), but had yet to open specialized individual retail stores of its own — at least until now. From the official release: “[Saturday] morning in midtown Manhattan, Jordan Brand president Larry Miller, Footaction CEO Jake Jacobs and filmmaker Spike Lee officially welcomed the first consumers to…

  25. Kevin Durant sings praises of OKC, sounds like a guy who wants to stay put

    Jan 31, 2014, 8:46 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    Consider this our version of the equal time rule. Thursday we told you the Brooklyn Nets planned to go hard at Kevin Durant in 2016 when he can become a free agent. They will not be alone — it is likely the Knicks, Lakers and a host of other teams that could have cap space…

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