• 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.

  • 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 | Updated: 15 hr ago

    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 | Updated: 15 hr ago

    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.

  • The Thunder will regret Game 6, not 7

    The Thunder will regret Game 6, not 7

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

    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.

  • 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

  • Thunder: 'Professional scorer' Kevin Durant tasked with solving professional defender Andre Iguodala as Game 7 looms

    Thunder: \'Professional scorer\' Kevin Durant...

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, May 29, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant has an earned offensive arrogance. He won a scoring title at age 21 and three more before his 26th birthday. So even after the roughest of performances — like, say, a 10-of-31 showing in a gut-wrenching Game 6 home loss with the NBA Finals on the line — Durant's refuses to doubt himself publicly. “On the offensive end, you don't have to worry about me,” Durant said Sunday afternoon. “I'm a professional scorer. I tend to figure things out.” Professional scorer meet professional defender. Warriors reserve forward Andre Iguodala re-entered the game with 6:33 left on Saturday night and the Warriors trailing by four. From that point on, the Thunder committed six turnovers and

  • Thunder: Andre Roberson has become indispensable in the Western Conference finals

    Thunder: Andre Roberson has become...

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 29, 2016

    The play of the third-year guard might not always be clear on the stat sheet, but its become obvious in this Western Conference finals that Roberson has become indispensable.

  • Durant on Game 6 aftermath: 'If we walk in here like it's a funeral, we've already lost'

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 29, 2016

    The Thunder’s collapse in the final 2:06 – five turnovers and just one shot attempt – seems like something worth of watching in film study, but Durant said the Thunder didn’t watch any video from Game 6. “We know all about this team,” Durant said. “We know what we have to do.”

  • Thunder players face the hardest game of their basketball lives

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 29, 2016

    How hard is a Game 7? How hard will be this winner-take-all showdown for the Western Conference championship? Even the team with all the momentum, and all the favor of home court advantage, and all the confidence from winning not just an NBA-record 73 regular-season games but a character-defining Game 6 in the Oklahoma City fiery furnace, sees Game 7 as a major mountain to climb.

  • Epic collapse by Durant & Westbrook forces Game 7

    Epic collapse by Durant & Westbrook forces Game 7

    By Berry Tramel Column btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 29, 2016

    Chesapeake Arena was ready to explode all night. Heck, not just the arena. The whole danged city. The entire state. Oklahomans were on edge before the game, awaiting a game that could put the Thunder in the NBA Finals, then were on the edge, ready to erupt, as the Thunder led the mighty Warriors most of Game 6 Saturday night. But Golden State kept it close. Klay Thompson kept making 3-pointers, or Andre Roberson — Andre Roberson! — would pick up a foul that threatened to ruin the Thunder's chances, or Kevin Durant would miss a shot you'd have bet your paycheck he would make. Trepidation settled in. Then it morphed into horror. The Thunder led by seven points with five minutes left but started struggling, and

  • Q&A: Andre Roberson: 'We've won there before. Why not do it again?'

    Q&A: Andre Roberson: \'We\'ve won there before....

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 29, 2016

    Thunder guard Andre Roberson had another strong game for OKC in a 108-101 loss, tallying 11 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots. Yet, foul trouble kept him on the bench for key stretches for the Thunder in Game 6 against the Warriors: Q: Golden State outscored the Thunder by 54 points from the 3-point line. Was it defensive breakdowns or great shooting? A: "A little bit of both. Obviously they have the two best shooters in the game right now with Klay and Steph, and we know what they're capable of. We definitely had some mishaps on our behalf; miscommunications, leaving them wide open, transition, and switches here and there. They got open with a couple and got going. When they get going, they're definitely tough

  • The mood: Thunder Game 6 collapse 'pretty demoralizing,' says Bogut

    The mood: Thunder Game 6 collapse \'pretty...

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 29, 2016

    As Stephen Curry made his way to the Warriors' locker room, a call of “somehow, someway,” echoed through the hall at Chesapeake Energy Arena. It wasn't from Curry. The two-time MVP walked casually, receiving a pat on the chest from center Anderson Varejao as he went through the locker room door. A few claps. Some cheers. On the Thunder side, it was much quieter after its 108-101 loss to the Warriors in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals. Kevin Durant slouched in his chair in only compression pants as the media mass waited for Enes Kanter to come over. The loudest sound in the room? Scissors. Feet away from Durant, still in his full uniform, Russell Westbrook was cutting the tape off his ankles.

  • Report card: Grading the Thunder's performance in Game 6

    Report card: Grading the Thunder\'s performance...

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, May 28, 2016

    What could have been a historic night for the Thunder turned into a harrowing night. The Thunder squandered a late lead, collapsed in the final two minutes and lost 108-101 in Game 6 Saturday night. The grades reflect a loss that could live long in Thunder lore. THREE-POINT DEFENSE: C. Seems crazy to give this high of a grade on a night when Golden State made 21 of 44 3-pointers, including 17 of 31 from sharpshooters Klay Thompson and Steph Curry. But the Thunder actually didn't leave them free much. Both made deep and/or tough shots. The Thunder has to get out on them more, but it wasn't like Thompson and Curry found all kinds of space. OKC made it tough on them at times. Still, the fourth quarter was not good.

  • Previewing Thunder-Warriors, Western Conference finals, Game 6

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, May 28, 2016

    The Oklahoman's Erik Horne previews the Oklahoma City Thunder against the Golden State Warriors, Game 6 of the Western Conference finals. When: 8 p.m. Saturday Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena TV: TNT (Cox 31/HD 730; Dish 138; DirecTV 245; U-verse 108/1108) Radio: WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM Three things to know -Including the Game 5 loss to Golden State, the Thunder is 11-10 in franchise history in closeout games, 5-3 all-time in Game 6. -Russell Westbrook and Oscar Robertson are the only players in NBA history to average 26 points, six rebounds and 10 assists in a single postseason. -The Thunder is winning by an average of 22 points per game at home this postseason.

  • OKC Thunder journal: Billy Donovan leaves Draymond Green's continued kicking in NBA's hands

    OKC Thunder journal: Billy Donovan leaves...

    By Erik Horne and Berry Tramel Staff Writers | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    Warriors forward Draymond Green had two more instances in which his right leg went flailing into Thunder players in an attempt to draw a foul. The first kick connected with Kevin Durant to the left side of his body, the second caught Russell Westbrook in the face.

  • OKC Thunder: Stephen Curry's health the latest layer of intrigue in Thunder-Warriors series

    OKC Thunder: Stephen Curry\'s health the latest...

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    The “Is Curry Healthy?” saga is the latest addition to the back-and-forth off-court dance between the Thunder and Warriors in the Western Conference Finals:

  • Thunder has flipped the script against Golden State

    Thunder has flipped the script against Golden...

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    The Thunder enters its biggest game since the 2012 NBA Finals full of pride and confidence. You could tell even after Game 5, the way the Thunder high-fived each other and smiled confidently. OKC brought its A effort, just not its A game, and you get the feeling the Thunder believes both will be in attendance Saturday at Chesapeake Arena.

  • Thunder bench throttled in Game 5 against Warriors

    Thunder bench throttled in Game 5 against Warriors

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. — The Thunder was down 13 midway through the fourth quarter. Three minutes later during a timeout, a Warriors hype man ran right behind assistant coach Maurice Cheeks with a massive yellow flag that read “Strength in Numbers.” “That's kind of been our motto for the last couple years,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. The Warriors' bench showed it, blasting through the Thunder's bench en route to a 120-111 win in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. OKC's second unit was outscored 30-13, including 14 points from Marreese Speights, the outside-in big man who prefers the jumper to the low post game of an Enes Kanter. “Mo is instant offense for us,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He

  • Warriors go big to stay alive vs. Thunder

    Warriors go big to stay alive vs. Thunder

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. — The game was not yet a minute old when Russell Westbrook drove into the lane for the first time. Westbrook being Westbrook, he went straight to the basket. And a big man was there to greet him. Andrew Bogut stood his ground and caused Westbrook to loft a shot from just in front of the rim, rather than get to the comfort of the backboard. The ball hit the iron, bounced off and was grabbed by Bogut. Westbrook being Westbrook, he immediately stole the ball from Bogut. Alone on the baseline, Westbrook went up for an easy 10-footer. Except here came the 7-foot Bogut to contest the shot. It, too, bounced off. Welcome to the Thunder's world Thursday night. With a chance to close out the Western Conference




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