• OKC Thunder journal: Thunder-Warriors highest rated NBA cable telecast of all-time

    OKC Thunder journal: Thunder-Warriors highest...

    By Erik Horne and Berry Tramel Staff Writers | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Monday night’s broadcast of Thunder-Warriors on TNT averaged 15.9 million total viewers and an 8.8 U.S. household rating, cable television’s most-viewed NBA telecast of all time and TNT’s most-watched program in the network’s 28-year history.

  • This doesn't feel like the end for Kevin Durant in OKC

    This doesn\'t feel like the end for Kevin Durant...

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: 5 hr ago

    No, Durant didn't say anything about his pending free agency. There was no pledge to stay in Oklahoma City. There was no promise to be back next season. But despite that, those few minutes at Will Rogers World Airport on Tuesday afternoon were a reminder of something important.

  • Thunder roster is loaded; now it's up to Durant and Westbrook

    Thunder roster is loaded; now it\'s up to Durant...

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, May 31, 2016

    When the Thunder was on the cusp of a second major upset, on the verge of eliminating the Warriors two weeks after knocking off the Spurs, Durant and Westbrook didn’t produce.

  • The Thunder will regret Game 6, not 7

    The Thunder will regret Game 6, not 7

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: 8 hr ago

    OAKLAND, Calif. — You thought Oracle Arena might lose its lid, and the Thunder its composure, when Steph Curry hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the first quarter Monday night. Same when Klay Thompson went nuts in the second quarter, draining four 3-pointers in a four-minute span that cut into a 13-point Thunder lead. Definitely when the Warriors made 3-pointers on four straight possessions in the third quarter that wiped out the last lead of this Thunder season.

  • Memorial Day in San Francisco's Marina District

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 13 hr ago

    Another trip to Oakland, another trip to San Francisco for shootaround. Five day trips across the Bay Bridge (or under San Francisco Bay), and Monday was the finale. This one was different. It was a holiday. And San Francisco is a wonderful place on a holiday. No traffic. Or least little traffic. We sailed across the Bay Bridge and drove straight to the Four Seasons Hotel. The whole trip took about 15 minutes instead of 30. It was great. Just a few cars at every stoplight instead of 40 cars. The streets were lightly-populated. There was a nice breeze. Temperature about 60. It was great.

  • Numbers from Warriors series are promising for the Thunder

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 14 hr ago

    Thunder-Warriors is over. All that’s left are the memories and the data. The memories will last a long time. Steven Adams’ foul shots. Steph Curry’s and Klay Thompson’s uncanny shooting. Draymond Green’s kick. The two Thunder blowouts. The Game 6 meltdown. A worthy Game 7. The data won’t last long. So let’s look at it now. Golden State is a unique team. What works against the Warriors doesn’t work against other teams. What doesn’t work against Golden State might work against other teams. So the Thunder in this series learned a lot about future showdowns with the Warriors, provided the teams stay relatively similar. Over seven games, trends to even out. Quality comes to

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: Recapping the Thunder's postseason run

    Thunder Buddies podcast: Recapping the...

    Anthony Slater,Berry Tramel,Erik Horne | Updated: 15 hr ago

    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 -- Warriors-Thunder series recap -- The Thunder fell in Game 7 at Oracle Arena, dropping a heartbreaking clash for the Western Conference crown. We recap what was an encouraging postseason run for OKC. Archive Thunder Buddies -- Game 7 Thunder-Warriors preview (<–Click Here) - A winner-take-all

  • Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Jenni Carlson

    Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Jenni Carlson

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 15 hr ago

    Talk about OU, OSU and the Thunder with columnist Jenni Carlson in today's Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m.

  • Storm of 3s sinks Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 7

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, May 31, 2016

    In the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 96-88 loss to Golden State Warriors on Monday, the Warriors kept those fans on their feet with a barrage of 3-pointers — 17 in total, including 13 combined from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

  • Restricted free agent Dion Waiters says he'd like to return to the Thunder: "Of course"

    Restricted free agent Dion Waiters says he\'d...

    Anthony Slater | Yesterday

    OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Thunder's season ended late Monday night in Oakland, which officially marked the beginning of the Kevin Durant free agency watch. KD predictably side-stepped questions about his future postgame, saying he hadn't even begun thinking about it. But another Thunder free agent made his offseason desire clear. Reserve guard Dion Waiters is a restricted free agent. But he said he hopes to return to the Thunder. "Of course," Waiters said. "Why not? Since I got here I feel as though they have helped me become a better person off the court. It’s not even about basketball. I’ve never been connected with a group of guys like this that I’m actually close to. Why not? The best fans in

  • TNT analysts said Thunder altered its winning script in blowing 3-1 lead

    TNT analysts said Thunder altered its winning...

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer mbracht@oklahoman.com   | Yesterday

    TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith said the Oklahoma City Thunder blew their 3-1 series lead and lost the Western Conference Finals because they altered a winning script. “They resorted to what they did to blow the most regular-season leads,” Barkley said on the postgame show Monday night. “They play hero ball. You look at the first half. If they played like that the last two games, they would have been fine. But the last three games they did not play well.” Smith said the Thunder got away from its script of team basketball. “They (Golden State) stuck around long enough to see if the leopard would show his spots. They waited to see if Oklahoma would resort back to it, and they did.

  • Thunder journal: Steven Adams, Draymond Green end rugged series with respect

    Thunder journal: Steven Adams, Draymond Green...

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Yesterday

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Six games and two quarters into the Western Conference finals, you could feel it coming. Draymond Green and Steven Adams just had to continue their tradition of dust-ups in the climatic series. Be it a knee a foot or an elbow, there had to be some contact between the two physical frontcourt players. The final physicality between Adams and Green wasn't of violence. When the Warriors finished off the series with a 96-88 win in Game 7, Green and Adams shared a hug. “That was a battle, bro," Adams said. “That's why I felt I needed to go up after the game, to just give him credit, man." “There was no apology from either of us. Just a congratulations.

  • Thunder Report Card: Grading the Thunder's 96-88 loss to Golden State in Game 7

    Thunder Report Card: Grading the Thunder\'s...

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Yesterday

    The Thunder played hard and mostly smart, if not always well, and the grades reflect a performance that was laudable, if not impressive, in difficult circumstances: THIRD-QUARTER OFFENSE: F. The Thunder was in reasonably good shape at halftime, leading 48-42. But in the third quarter, the Thunder went from missing good shots to not getting good shots. OKC made just five of 19 shots in the period, including 0-of-7 from 3-point range. Few of those misses were good looks. The Thunder also committed three turnovers. Kevin Durant made two of five shots in the quarter. His teammates made three of 16. In 20 third-quarter possessions, the Thunder scored 12 points. That's where the game was lost. 3-POINT DEFENSE: C.

  • Game 7 Q&A: Warriors coach Steve Kerr

    Game 7 Q&A: Warriors coach Steve Kerr

    By Anthony Slater   | Published: Tue, May 31, 2016

    Just minutes after reaching his second NBA Finals in his second season as a coach, Steve Kerr began his news conference by congratulating the team he'd just dispatched to make it there — the Thunder. Here are a few of his postgame comments: Opening statement Kerr: “Before we get to the questions, I want to first say congratulations to OKC and their organization. Phenomenal basketball team that we just played, and we survived by the skin of our teeth. But they're incredibly talented, incredibly well-coached. I thought Billy (Donovan) and his staff did a phenomenal job. They had us on our heels constantly in this series. I want to say congrats also to Sam Presti, who is a good friend of mine. With the joy of

  • Kevin Durant's late flurry comes up short as Thunder season ends, uncertain begins

    Kevin Durant\'s late flurry comes up short as...

    By Anthony Slater Staff Writer aslater@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, May 31, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. — With the rope slipping, Kevin Durant made one last late push — a wing 3, a hard drive for free throws, a pull-up jumper and then a halfcourt roar as the Warriors called timeout. KD's personal 7-0 run had sliced Golden State's lead from 11 to four in 71 desperate seconds, giving the Thunder brief hope as its season — and Durant's future with the franchise — ticked toward a summer of uncertainty. “Can't leave anything in the clip,” Durant said. “Last game. Had to let it all fly.” But that brief hope didn't last long.

  • Former Thunder guard Reggie Jackson posts cryptic smirking tweet following Thunder loss in West finals

    Former Thunder guard Reggie Jackson posts...

    darnell mayberry | Yesterday

    Former Thunder guard Reggie Jackson drew the ire of his one-time fans once again following the Thunder's season-ending 96-88 loss to Golden State in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals. Jackson posted a cryptic tweet in that coincided with the Thunder's defeat Monday night. It was an emoji of what appears to be a smirking face. — Reggie Jackson (@Reggie_Jackson) May 31, 2016 // While it's unclear exactly what Jackson's intentions were in posting the tweet, the natural assumption is the smirk was a shot at his former team, which he unceremoniously parted ways with at the 2015 trading deadline.

  • Thunder-Warriors Game 7 What They're Saying

    Thunder-Warriors Game 7 What They\'re Saying

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, May 30, 2016

    Nothing was better than what we saw on the court in Game 7, but it was tons of fun watching the sports world react to the deciding game in what has been an extremely entertaining Western Conference finals. Here's a sampling from Twitter: Paul Flannery, SB Nation, @Pflanns: "This game is going to leave deep scars."  Tyler Lockett, Oklahoma native and Seattle Seahawks wide receiver, @TDLockett12: "The 3-point line needs to be scooted back! They make it look too easy."  Fran Fraschilla, ESPN, @franfraschilla: "Not that I would ever go into a bar, but if I did go into a bar, I want Steven Adams going in there with me."  Robert Klemko, Sports Illustrated, @RobertKlemko: "This series makes you think about a

  • Thunder-Warriors Game 7 By the Numbers

    Thunder-Warriors Game 7 By the Numbers

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, May 30, 2016

    .043: Series winning percentage for teams that faced a 3-1 deficit in the history of the NBA Playoffs. Golden State became only the 10th team out of 233 to rally from a 3-1 deficit to win the series. 0: Wins in the last 18 attempts for a team going against an opponent with the regular-season MVP in a Game 7.  3: Players in NBA Playoffs history who have scored at least 25 points in every game of a seven-game conference-finals series. Kevin Durant, who scored 27 points Monday night, became the third, joining Michael Jordan and LeBron James. 5:45: Left in the first quarter before Durant took his first shot of the game, the latest into a game that he attempted his first shot in any game this season, according to ESPN

  • Golden State eliminates Thunder with 96-88 victory in Game 7

    Golden State eliminates Thunder with 96-88...

    AP | Published: Mon, May 30, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson carried the 73-win Warriors right back to the NBA Finals, as Golden State rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 96-88 on Monday night in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals. Curry scored 36 points with seven 3-pointers to finish with an NBA-record 32 in a seven-game series, while Thompson added 21 points and six 3s, two days after his record 11 3-pointers led a Game 6 comeback that sent the series home to raucous Oracle Arena for one more. The Warriors became the 10th team to rally from a 3-1 deficit and win a postseason series.

  • Oakland travelblog: Saline Creek & late-night podcast

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, May 30, 2016

    Sunday was not a typical day. Not in the least. It began at 6 a.m., about five hours after I left Chesapeake Arena. It ended around 1:30 a.m. California time, which is 3:30 a.m. Oklahoma time. And there was a great time in between. The Tramels long have staged a family reunion on Memorial Day Sunday in the Ozark foothills. If there’s a chance for me to go, I go. Two years ago, Thunder-Spurs Game 6 was played on Memorial Day Sunday. I went to the reunion, then my son-in-law dropped me off in downtown OKC a couple of hours before tipoff. This time, thanks to the Thunder’s meltdown in Game 6, I had a flight to Oakland on Memorial Day Sunday. My original plan was to fly out of Tulsa. Have my family drop me