• Oklahoma City Thunder: Depleted Thunder dejected after another heartbreaking loss

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Fourteen games into a marathon NBA season – less than 18 percent of the way through a six-month journey – it felt far more like a team that had just been eliminated in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals than one that had just suffered a random mid-November 94-92 loss to the Nets.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Why Serge Ibaka's increased 3-point shooting will likely stick around when the stars return

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    Serge Ibaka has already tied a career-high in both makes (23) and attempts (60) from deep. He’s taken as many as nine in a game. He’s made as many as four. It’s become a thing. And if you ask Scott Brooks, it’s not going anywhere, even when his injured teammates return.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook practice, participate in non-contact drills on Saturday

    By Darnell Mayberry | Yesterday

    'They’re still in the rehab process of getting back to being able to play,' says Thunder coach Scott Brooks.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook will return to practice on Saturday

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    When the Thunder's Friday morning shootaround opened for reporters, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were seen on a far court, continuing to intensify their individual workouts.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC falls to Brooklyn Nets for fifth straight loss

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    Jarrett Jack scored 23 points off the bench to help the Brooklyn Nets defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 94-92 on Friday night and snap a five-game losing streak.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to participate in parts of Saturday's practice

    Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    When the Thunder’s Friday morning shootaround opened for reporters, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were seen on a far court, continuing to intensify their individual workouts. Wearing a protective splint, Westbrook dribbled and shot with his surgically repaired right hand. Durant, meanwhile, rose off his surgically repaired right foot for a pair of easy dunks. “They […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Nets

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    Can the Thunder end a four-game slide? Follow OKC against the Brooklyn Nets with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Oklahoma sports fans: What are you thankful for in your sports world?

    Jenni Carlson | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    If you’re a sports fan in Oklahoma, you know that times are rough. OU and OSU football are down. The Thunder is struggling. But Thanksgiving is coming, so we’re looking for things in your sports world for which you’re still thankful. Could be funny. Could be serious. Send your thoughts to Jenni Carlson at jcarlson@opubco.com, […]

  • The Malice in the Palace helped make the NBA a wonderful experience for Oklahoma City.

    By Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    In OKC, this is what the NBA looks like. Not just Russell Westbrook dunking or Kevin Durant scoring or Serge Ibaka blocking shots in the third row. The NBA looks like Kendrick Perkins with a Santa hat on during a holiday shopping spree for a needy family, or Jeremy Lamb calling out Bingo at a senior citizen center, or Westbrook, with a fractured hand, serving Thanksgiving stuffing to awestruck kids.

  • Power Lunch: Chat live with columnist Jenni Carlson

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    Ready to talk OU and OSU football? How about Thunder basketball? Bring your questions and join columnist Jenni Carlson at 10:45 a.m. this morning for our special early-edition Power Lunch live chat. She'll be taking questions leading up to our weekly Football Friday Google hangout.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Next eight games will provide answers to a messy situation

    By Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    Will this be a team that splinters and flies in the face of the fabled fabric of the organization, or will it be a team that rallies, comes together and turns all those trite clichés into a season-saving battle cry?

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant partners with Sonic

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    Durant and Sonic — a match made in endorsement heaven — became official on Thursday morning, a multi-year deal between a local megastar and a local mega-corporation.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Is it time to panic about the Thunder's playoff chances?

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    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 OKC’s only professional team. 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 - 11/20 (<--Click here) - After four straight losses, the Thunder is 3-10 and in dead last in the Western Conference. Is it time for full-scale panic in OKC? Are the playoffs becoming unlikely? What's up with Reggie Jackson? How about Serge Ibaka? We discuss.

  • Kobe Bryant on Durant vs. Howard: You'll say things you don't really mean

    erik horne | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    A big deal has been made of Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard not being looked at in the nicest way by NBA stars such as Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant. And by "not being looked at in the nicest way," I mean being called a " p---y " and " soft " by Durant and Bryant, respectively, in a three-week stretch. But Bryant says he and Durant don't really mean the things they say sometimes. Things happen in the heat of the moment. Following the Lakers' 98-92 win over the Rockets,  Bryant was asked about his whether or not he actually thinks Howard is what Durant said he is: | "No, I don't feel that way. I don't think Kevin does, either," Bryant said. "In moments of confrontation during a game, you'll say things in the heat of the moment. "I know Dwight. I'm sure Kevin does. We don't really feel that way about him. It's like when you get in an argument with somebody, you'll say things out of frustration, out of anger, that you don't really mean."

  • Oklahoma fan's chat with Russell Westbrook receives national attention

    Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    When Ada resident Justin Rodrigues engaged in a “friendly” conversation with injured Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook, he didn’t imagine it would get national attention. But that’s exactly what happened, according to The Ada News. The 24-year-old Rodrigues is a native of Hilmar, California and a life-long Los Angeles Lakers fan who has lived in Ada for the past five years. He spent a few months as a volunteer assistant coach for the Ada High boys basketball team during the 2012-13 season.

  • Kevin Durant adds endorsement deal with Sonic

    staff reports | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    On Thursday, Kevin Durant -- who has more endorsement deals than any other NBA player -- signed on with fast food drive-in chain Sonic to be its first-ever athlete ambassador. "Everything that Kevin pitches comes from an authentic point of view," said Michael Yormark, president and chief of branding and strategy for Roc Nation, Jay Z's agency that represents Durant. "When it comes to grab-and-go food, KD's a Sonic guy." Durant  hinted at his newest partnership on Wednesday via Twitter, saying "getting excited to announce my newest partner ... the name is gonna be familiar." Durant added via Twitter Thursday morning that's looking forward to working with Sonic on a variety of healthy options on their menu.  ESPN reports say Durant had to get approval from KIND that he wouldn't position himself to endorse unhealthy brands.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder drops fourth straight

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    The Thunder buckled down and got back to the basics but the early damage was too much to overcome as OKC ultimately fell, 107-100, to the Nuggets on Wednesday night inside the Pepsi Center.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Thunder schedule softens over the next week

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    Schedule includes Utah, New York, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Detroit and Milwaukee. Those teams have a combined record of 23-45.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Nuggets

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder, looking to stop a three-game losing skid against, faces off against the Denver Nuggets. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Marcus Smart closer to returning to action for Celtics

    Published: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    Marcus Smart looked like he'd be out for a while after what looked like a serious ankle injury a few weeks ago, but the Boston Celtics guard could be back on the court as early as Sunday. The Boston Globe's Gary Washburn says Smart was on the court with teammates Wednesday, taking jumpers with his left ankle taped. Twelve days ago, the former Oklahoma State guard was projected to be out two to three weeks. "I think there's the potential he could be back as early as next week," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.