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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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.…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. The Extra Pass: Which non-All-Stars will make an All-NBA team?

    Jan 31, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans vs Miami Heat

    All-Star selections have become the de facto measure of good seasons, even though they’re really only the measure of good half seasons and rely on a gerrymandered system that splits players by conference. But All-NBA teams – which evaluate a full year and aren’t split by conference – are a better metric for good seasons. In the last…

  17. Kevin Durant, Thunder overwhelm and blow out Heat

    Jan 29, 2014, 11:16 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    For the first six minutes of this game, it felt like 2012 all over again — Miami’s defense was smothering, Miami’s offense was finding space and knocking down shots. Meanwhile the red-hot Kevin Durant could not fine room to make his play. For six minutes the Heat looked like the two-time defending champs and the…

  18. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Durant powers Thunder to top slot

    Jan 27, 2014, 3:29 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    No Russell Westbrook yet Kevin Durant has pushed the Thunder to the top of the West and the top of PBT’s weekly power rankings. Still strange to see the Celtics and Lakers near the bottom of the poll, but it’s where they belong this season.   1. Thunder (35-10, LW 4). Kevin Durant is making…

  19. Steven Adams exactly the player, personality Oklahoma City Thunder need him to be

    Jan 27, 2014, 2:57 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Boston Celtics

    BOSTON – Steven Adams arrived at Notre Dame Prep, as his first American coach put it, “with a guitar and a knapsack.” Ryan Hurd, who coaches the Massachusetts basketball powerhouse, knew his team needed a center, and the highly touted Adams certainly was one. Otherwise, Hurd didn’t know what to expect from Adams, a mid-year…

  20. John Wall trying to use USA Basketball snub as motivation

    Jan 27, 2014, 10:37 AM EDT

    the Washington Wizards host the Boston Celtics

    When USA Basketball announced its pool of players being considered for the World Championships this summer (and the Rio Olympics in a couple years) the list included the best point guards in the NBA: Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, and Damian Lillard. John Wall was not on that list. His…

  21. ProBasketballTalk’s mid-season awards: Durant for MVP, Carter-Williams for ROY

    Jan 27, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Charlotte Bobcats

    We are at the NBA’s mid-season — it takes that long to really start to get a line on the NBA’s award season. Guys get hot early then fade, and you can bet some guys will make a push the second half of the season (remember J.R. Smith for Sixth Man of the Year last…

  22. Kevin Durant returns from injury, puts up a triple-double against Sixers (VIDEO)

    Jan 26, 2014, 12:04 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant sat out of the Thunder’s win in Boston on Friday due to a shoulder injury, and it was the first time in the history of the Oklahoma City franchise that the team played a game without both Durant and Russell Westbrook. Durant didn’t want to make it a trend, so he returned to…

  23. Kevin Durant, even out injured, sparks Oklahoma City Thunder to sixth straight win

    Jan 24, 2014, 10:51 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Boston Celtics

    BOSTON – Kevin Durant rose from his seat on the bench, tugging up the slack on his warm-up pants as he inched forward at nearly action that could lead to an Oklahoma City Thunder basket. As the Thunder connected on shot after shot, Durant – out with a sore right shoulder that will be re-evaluated…

  24. Kevin Durant out with injury, putting Oklahoma City Thunder in uncharted territory

    Jan 24, 2014, 7:13 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    BOSTON – For the first time in the 492-game history of the Oklahoma City Thunder, they will play without Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. With Westbrook already sidelined with a knee injury, a sore shoulder will prevent Durant from playing tonight against the Boston Celtics. “It’s going to be weird,” Kendrick Perkins said. Thunder coach…

  25. We know the starters, so who should be the All-Star reserves?

    Jan 23, 2014, 8:27 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    Your job is done fans. You picked the NBA All-Star Game starters. Well done. Now the job of picking the reserves falls to the NBA’s coaches. Well, really whoever the coaches delegate the job to — an assistant coach, the video coordinator, the equipment manager, someone working the beer concession line — but the coach…

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