Erik Horne
Digital News Thunder Beat Writer

Erik Horne is in his first season on the Thunder beat. Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep sports, to rodeo, to OU pro days, to monster truck rallies.

A native of LaPlace, La. – located 25 miles west of New Orleans – Horne headed to Atlanta following high school, graduating from Oglethorpe University in 2007 as a four-year letterman in soccer. While in Atlanta, Horne worked two years as an intern then sports editor for SCORE Atlanta, providing coverage of the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Falcons and high schools in the Atlanta metro area.

Horne lives in Oklahoma City.

  • OKC Thunder: Previewing the Thunder's Saturday game against the Golden State Warriors

    By Erik Horne, Staff Writer, | Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    The Oklahoman's Erik Horne previews the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. the Golden State Warriors: When: 8 p.m., Saturday Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, Calif. TV: ESPN (Cox 29/HD 720, Dish 140, DirecTV 206, U-verse 602/1602); FS Oklahoma (Cox 37/HD 722 — Dish 416 — DirecTV 676-5 — U-verse 751/1751) Radio: WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM THREE THINGS TO KNOW * The Warriors (114.9) and Thunder (112.8) rank No. 1 and 2, respectively, in the NBA in offensive rating, or points per 100 possessions, per * At 22-0, the Warriors are one of two teams in the NBA (San Antonio) which is unbeaten at home this season.  Golden State has won 40 consecutive regular season home games at Oracle

  • OKC Thunder: Will Kevin Durant see time at center against the Warriors?

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    Golden State puts 6-foot-7 Draymond Green at center in small lineups. Could the Thunder do the same with Kevin Durant against the Warriors? b ability to defend multiple positions will presumably be stretched to his limits against a Warriors lineup that has its best offensive rating with Green at center. Ibaka was seen post-practice Friday getting in extra work away from the rest of the Thunder bigs, guarding D.J. Augustin in one-on-one situations. With Ibaka possibly being deployed against guards and perimeter players in a small Thunder lineup, Billy Donovan didn’t rule out Durant anchoring the Thunder frontcourt at times.  “I don’t know about that necessarily.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant rooting for Peyton Manning and Cam Newton in Super Bowl

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    When asked about his Super Bowl 50 prediction Friday, Kevin Durant shied away from picking a winner between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers. Durant did, however, voice his admiration for the two quarterbacks suiting up Sunday in San Francisco, saying he's a longtime Peyton Manning fan and that he's rooting for Panthers QB Cam Newton. "My little brother is a Peyton Manning fan, and I'm a huge Peyton Manning fan so it'd be cool to see him win," Durant said. "I'm a huge Cam Newton guy, especially with what's going on now ... everybody's doubting him, talking nonsense about who he is as a person. Whoever wins I'll be happy.

  • OKC Thunder: Warriors center Festus Ezeli not expected to play against Thunder

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    The Golden State Warriors appear to be going into their first game against the Thunder without one of their key reserves. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Friday he doesn't expect center Festus Ezeli to play Saturday. The 6-foot-11 Ezeli had missed the previous four games with a left knee ailment. Per Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle, Ezeli and forward James Michael McAdoo are each listed as out on the Warriors' pregame notes. Ezeli is averaging 7.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 17.8 minutes a game for the Warriors. Steve Kerr said Warriors "don't expect" to have Festus Ezeli vs Thunder tomorrow. Been dealing with a knee issue.

  • OKC Thunder: Andre Roberson goes through individual workout

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    Following team practice on Friday, Thunder guard Andre Roberson went through a light individual workout as part of his continued rehab from a right knee sprain. Wearing a black brace/sleeve on the knee, Roberson made a few short cuts and showed off backpedaling and forward jogging as he practiced baseline jumpers with Thunder assistant Darko Rajakovic feeding him passes. Light individual work for Andre Roberson today after Thunder practice. — Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) February 5, 2016 Thunder coach Billy Donovan said Roberson is doing light treadmill work and spot shooting. Roberson is still projected to return to the Thunder

  • Thunder journal: Will the Thunder make the Warriors play its way?

    By Erik HorneStaff | Published: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    Small is big for Golden State. Will coach Billy Donovan counter by going big and taking the game to the Warriors his way, or try to play a smaller lineup to match up with the Warriors' "Death Lineup" of Green, Harrison Barnes, Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry?

  • OKC Thunder: Will the Thunder make the Warriors play its way?

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    There have been moments this season when the Thunder has gone small to take down its opposition (Ex.: OKC's rout of the Memphis Grizzlies on Dec. 8), but against the Golden State Warriors this weekend, the Warriors' best lineup is with the 6-foot-6 Draymond Green at center. Small is big for Golden State. Will Billy Donovan counter by going big and taking the game to the Warriors his way, or try to play a smaller lineup to matchup with the Warriors' "Death Lineup" of Green, Harrison Barnes, Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry? "If they play Draymond Green at the 5-spot, it's always gonna be challenging to any frontcourt player," Donovan said.

  • OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan tries to explain Russell Westbrook's rebounding

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    Russell Westbrook had a career-best 19 rebounds in the Thunder's win against Orlando on Wednesday, and Billy Donovan did his best to describe Westbrook ability to do multiple things on the court, starting with offensive rebounds. Seven of Westbrook's boards in the 117-114 win came on the offensive glass, including a possession in the fourth quarter in which Westbrook came away with two offensive rebounds before receiving a standing ovation from the Chesapeake Energy Arena crowd as he called for a timeout. "The seven offensive rebounds ... that's a little bit uncharacteristic for a guard to get seven offensive rebounds," Donovan said Thursday.

  • Charles Barkley on Thunder: 'There's no team in the NBA that's got more talent'

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    Ahead of the NBA All-Star Break, TNT's Inside the NBA crew of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal had a media conference call on Thursday. Among the topics on the call was the Oklahoma City Thunder. Barkley, who's been critical this season of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant's willingness to get teammates involved, stood by his pick of the Thunder to win the NBA championship. "There's no team in the NBA that's got more talent that Oklahoma City. No team," Barkley said. "They're two deep at every position. My only concern is, when the game is on the line, Kevin and Russell go one-on-one so much and take tough shots. They don't take advantage of Steven Adams. They

  • Thunder ranks 29th out of 30 in's floor design power rankings

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    Since its introduction in 2008, the Thunder's logo and branding hasn't received universal approval from the public, from ESPN critiques to fans coming up with concepts to rebrand the team altogether. On Thursday, unveiled its power rankings of the 30 NBA floor designs (which you can view here), and the Thunder is ranked 29th out of 30 teams. Only the L.A. Clippers's court design was ranked lower. Brooklyn, Milwaukee, Boston, Golden State and Toronto made's Top 5. From Tim Newcomb: "It doesn’t get much more drab than the floor in Oklahoma City. The muted blue that fills the key and out of bounds baseline and apron areas lacks intrigue, especially when paired with the light

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka thrill in final seconds to top Magic on OKC's off defensive night

    By Erik HorneStaff | Published: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    The Thunder secured its 117-114 win over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday in a 40-second sequence that took big plays from each member of the Big Three.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Magic

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Follow live coverage of tonight's matchup with our Thunder coverage team and more from around the web.

  • OKC Blue's J.P. Tokoto to compete in D-League Slam Dunk contest

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Oklahoma City Blue guard J.P. Tokoto was announced Wednesday as one of five competitors in the NBA D-League Slam Dunk contest, set for Feb. 13 at 12:30 p.m. at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto. In 30 games for the Blue this season, the 6-foot-6 Tokoto is averaging 12.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. The D-League Slam Dunk contest will air live on NBA TV and during halftime of the D-League All-Star Game. Tokoto will be in Toronto the same weekend Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will represent the Oklahoma City Thunder as starters for the Western Conference in the NBA All-Star Game (Feb. 14, 7 p.m.

  • OKC Thunder: Serge Ibaka striving for consistency during strange 7th season

    By Erik HorneStaff | Published: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    Is Ibaka's statistical slump a sign of decline, or is it more the game around him that's changing?

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: Previewing Saturday's big game against the Warriors

    Anthony Slater,Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio's highly-acclaimed comedy 'Ted', but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of the Thunder. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your podcast listening experience, click here and subscribe. Hope you enjoy: Thunder Buddies -- 02/02 (<–Click Here) - It's not the Super Bowl, but it serves as a perfect appetizer. The Thunder is in the Bay Area for a Saturday night showcase game against the Golden State Warriors. In advance, we preview the intriguing matchup. Archive Thunder Buddies -- 01/28 - The Thunder just completed one of its

  • OKC Thunder: Serge Ibaka bounces back in win over Wizards

    By Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    Ibaka finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in the Thunder’s 114-98 win, the most emphatic of his plays in the runaway win coming on his throwback dunk.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Wizards

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    The Thunder is at home taking on the Wizards. Follow live updates on tonight's game from our Thunder coverage team and more from around the web.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant named Western Conference Player of the Week

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    Following a 3-0 week by the Thunder, Kevin Durant was named the NBA's Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Jan. 25-31. Durant averaged a league-best 34.7 points per game last week, along with 11.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists in the Thunder's wins against the New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves and Houston Rockets. Jan. 26 at N.Y. Knicks: 44 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists Jan. 27 at Minnesota: 27 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists Jan. 29 vs. Houston: 33 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week. Russell Westbrook was also nominated for Western Conference Player of the Week award.

  • OKC Thunder: How the Wizards have weakened in the Kevin Durant free agency race

    By Erik HorneStaff | Updated: Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    With his free agency looming in the summer of 2016, was this the impression the Wizards wanted to make on Durant? Since the Thunder’s win in the nation’s capital Nov. 10, the Wizards’ case for a LeBron James-esque homecoming from Durant hasn’t gotten any stronger.

  • OKC Thunder: Why the NBA’s most valuable shot - the Corner 3 - isn’t so easy

    By Erik HorneStaff | Updated: Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    That space is known as "The Corner," an emotion-swinging piece of real estate which doubles as the shortest distance required to make the NBA’s most valuable shot: the corner 3.