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  1. Scott Brooks lets Omer Asik steal the show from Kevin Durant and James Harden in Thunder’s Game 5 loss to Rockets

    May 2, 2013, 1:50 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's coach Brooks shouts at an official during their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff against Houston Rockets in Oklahoma

    Kevin Durant has an attitude. Kevin McHale has a sense of humor. Scott Brooks has a job (for now). James Harden has an illness. And we have a Game 6. The Rockets beat the increasingly vulnerable-looking Thunder, 107-100, tonight. After taking a 3-0 series lead, Oklahoma City has lost two straight, but none more embarrassingly…

  2. Rockets-Thunder Game 5 preview: Patrick Beverly returns to Oklahoma City after Russell Westbrook injury

    May 1, 2013, 9:27 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverly drives against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    After trying for a steal on the play that injured Russell Westbrook, Patrick Beverly has become disliked – in some cases, to extreme levels – among Thunder fans. So, now that the series has shifted back to Oklahoma City, nobody is taking any chances. Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle: Arena security stationed a police…

  3. Delfino dunks on Durant? Delfino dunks on Durant. (VIDEO)

    Apr 30, 2013, 10:57 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets - Game Three

    Even before Russell Westbrook went down, I thought there would be one game this series where the young and improving Houston Rockets would put it all together well enough to beat the Thunder. The kind of game where James Harden and crew would make plays the Thunder could not stop. Such as Carlos Defino on…

  4. Serge Ibaka misses bunny at the buzzer in Thunder loss (VIDEO)

    Apr 30, 2013, 8:42 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets - Game Four

    Oklahoma City had its chances. There will be a Game 5 after the Rockets beat the Thunder Monday night (although that’s likely where it ends). But the Thunder had their chance at a sweep, it just seems like the final play became a scramble of lost opportunities like much of the game was for them.…

  5. Kevin Durant & Thunder solve Rockets’ gameplan; Chandler Parsons comes up big in Rockets’ win

    Apr 30, 2013, 1:31 AM EDT

    Serge Ibaka, Kevin Durant

    Chandler Parsons stood on the court and said, “It’s unbelievable.” Moments ago, Serge Ibaka laid on the same court court and covered his eyes with both hands before making his body limp as two of his teammates tried to pick him. A few feet away, Reggie Jackson, knocked to the ground, sat up and reached…

  6. Jeremy Lin out for Game 4 with bruised chest injury

    Apr 29, 2013, 8:14 PM EDT

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Jeremy Lin has been ruled out for the Rockets in Game 4 against the Thunder due to a bruised chest injury, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Lin originally suffered the injury in the first half of Game 2, and was unable to start the second half because of it. He…

  7. James Harden says Kevin Durant’s late three-pointer was ‘a lucky shot’

    Apr 28, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, James Harden

    To say that Kevin Durant was the beneficiary of a fortuitous bounce on this three-pointer that went down with 36.9 seconds remaining in the Thunder’s Game 3 win over the Rockets would be an understatement. The ball first hit the back of the rim, then bounced off high into the air, before landing softly on…

  8. Report: Dwight Howard to talk to other teams besides Lakers this summer

    Apr 28, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Three

    The Lakers knew this when they traded for Dwight Howard last summer — under the terms of the new CBA it makes financial sense for a max player to play out his current deal and become a free agent then re-sign with the same team than it does to sign an extension to a deal…

  9. Thunder ball boy under investigation for ‘death threats’ sent to Patrick Beverley following injury to Russell Westbrook

    Apr 28, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    When it was learned that Russell Westbrook would be lost for the rest of the playoffs due to a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee that required surgery, there were sure to be some Thunder fans upset with the way one of their team’s best players was injured. Westbrook collided with Patrick Beverley of…

  10. Kevin Durant scores 41, Thunder take 3-0 lead, but Rockets show how Russell Westbrook’s injury could hurt Oklahoma City later

    Apr 28, 2013, 1:44 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets - Game Three

    Kevin Durant swarmed Jeremy Lin as the Rockets point guard tried to call timeout early in the second quarter, hacking at the ball and Lin until a official granted the timeout. That play – intentionally similar to the one where Patrick Beverly injured Russell Westbrook in Game 3 – aggravated Lin’s chest injury, and he…

  11. Patrick Beverley says there was no intent to injure Russell Westbrook

    Apr 26, 2013, 3:25 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    When the news broke that Russell Westbrook would be out indefinitely after needing to undergo surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus he suffered in the Thunder’s Game 3 win over the Rockets, all eyes turned to Patrick Beverley, and the play where Westbrook was injured. Beverley ended up knocking knees with Westbrook, on a…

  12. Russell Westbrook to undergo knee surgery, out indefinitely

    Apr 26, 2013, 1:07 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.

    Russell Westbrook will undergo surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee and will be out indefinitely, the Thunder announced on Friday. The injury occurred with 5:34 to play in the second quarter of the Thunder’s Game 3 win over the Rockets, and as seen in the video clip above, there will…

  13. MRI confirms Jeremy Lin has bruised chest, is day-to-day

    Apr 25, 2013, 3:52 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin works against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook in the second half of their Game 1 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    The Rockets are coming out of Game 2 thinking “we can get back in this series” — they just need to keep running, keep bombing away from three, keep gambling. We can debate that strategy if you want, but it almost worked Wednesday night and now they head home. It will be easier to do…

  14. James Harden with tomahawk dunk (VIDEO)

    Apr 25, 2013, 1:21 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets guard James Harden takes a defensive position against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City

    James Harden was an absolute beast Wednesday night — 36 points and 11 boards. He was aggressive and attacking his former teammates and it was almost enough to even the series. Almost. But he did create a few highlights, like this drive and tomahawk dunk. Notice how Kendrick Perkins thinks about challenging it and decides…

  15. Jeremy Lin questionable for Game 3 against Thunder after sitting second half of Game 2 with chest injury

    Apr 24, 2013, 11:31 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets guard Lin drives against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Westbrook during their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    The Rockets battled back from a 15-point fourth quarter deficit before eventually dropping Game 2 to the Thunder, and they did so without one of their most important players. Jeremy Lin played 20 first half minutes on Wednesday, but the pain in his chest was too much to bear to return to play in the…

  16. Rockets play much better, but Thunder escape with the win for a 2-0 series lead

    Apr 24, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverly drives against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    After dropping Game 1 of their first round playoff series to the top seeded Thunder by 29 points, there weren’t many who believed the Rockets would be able to compete for more than short stretches the rest of the series. But thanks to some key adjustments, Houston gave the Thunder all they could handle in…

  17. Rockets-Thunder Game 2 preview: Houston looks to adjust selfish offense after Oklahoma City rout

    Apr 24, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets guard James Harden directs his team against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second half of their Game 1 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    Every higher seed in the NBA playoffs won its first game, but none did so more impressively than the Thunder, who beat the Rockets by 29. One game doesn’t make a postseason, or even a series, but Oklahoma City’s victory is promising. Last year, the Heat led the playoffs in wins by such a margin.…

  18. Suns part ways with GM Lance Blanks

    Apr 22, 2013, 6:37 PM EDT

    lance-blanks-suns

    The Suns have parted ways with GM Lance Blanks, the team announced on Monday via official release. The move doesn’t come as a huge surprise, considering that president of basketball operations Lon Babby was just given a two-year contract extension, and some organizational changes were obviously necessary in the wake of the dismal 25-57 season…

  19. James Harden: 29-point loss to Thunder ‘was definitely good for us’

    Apr 22, 2013, 6:26 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets guard James Harden directs his team against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second half of their Game 1 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    A 120-91 loss to the Thunder in Game 1? No problem for the Rockets, says James Harden. “Losing like this was definitely good for us,” Harden said. ”Now, we know how to play. It’s a lot of guys’ first time here, even in the playoffs.” Call me crazy, but I think Game 1 was better…

  20. Thunder turn Game 1 against Rockets into a laugher

    Apr 22, 2013, 12:54 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder Durant , Ibaka of Congo, and Perkins share a light moment on the bench late in the game against the Houston Rockets in Oklahoma City

    The Thunder led 13-2 before the Rockets tied the game at 38, but Oklahoma City responded with a 14-1 run late in the first half. Houston hung around the fringe of striking distance before the Thunder made another 13-2 run midway through the second half. The Rockets – and the Western Conference – are trying…

  21. Mavericks want to make Dirk Nowitzki their second-best player

    Apr 21, 2013, 11:32 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki, Ryan Anderson

    For the first time since the 1999-00 season, when Michael Finley did it, Dirk Nowitzki didn’t lead the Mavericks in win shares. As Nowitzki missed a large of the 2012-13 season due to injury, Vince Carter, Darren Collison and Shawn Marion passed him in the all-in-one stat. If the Mavericks have their way, Nowitzki won’t…

  22. Seven players whose teams need them to step up big in the postseason

    Apr 20, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    Jeff Green Since his 43-point game in mid-March (excluding Boston’s season finale, when regular players rested), Green has averaged 20.0, 5.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. By any eye test, he’s looked excellent. But in that span, the Celtics have been outscored by 3.6 points per 100 possession with him on the court and…

  23. PBT NBA Playoff Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets

    Apr 19, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets

    SEASON RECORDS Oklahoma City: 60-22, first seed in East Houston: 45-37, eighth seed in East SEASON SERIES The Thunder won 2-1, though that doesn’t truly capture how much they dominated the series. Oklahoma City won by 22 and 30, and Houston won by just three. KEY INJURIES Oklahoma City: Kevin Martin and Kendrick Perkins haven’t…

  24. Seven NBA playoff story lines to watch

    Apr 19, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    After weeks of trying to predict seedings and matchups while watching teams rest their perfectly healthy superstars, the playoffs are finally upon us. In no particular order, here are the story lines we’ll be watching when the postseason tournament opens on Saturday. How much damage can the Lakers do without Kobe Bryant? L.A. opened the…

  25. NBA announces anti-flopping rules for the playoffs

    Apr 18, 2013, 3:55 PM EDT

    Reggie Evans; Amir Johnson

    The NBA instituted an anti-flopping policy at the beginning of the season aimed at cutting down the amount of acting players do to garner the favor of the officials. The punishments for violating the league’s rules against flopping were extremely minor, with a player getting a warning for a first offense, followed by a $5,000…

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