• Celtics guard Marcus Smart suspended 1 game for hitting Spurs forward Matt Bonner

    Published: Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart has been suspended for one game by the NBA because he punched San Antonio’s Matt Bonner in the crotch. The Celtics rookie was ejected from Friday night’s game when he wound up and delivered an uppercut on Bonner as the Spurs’ big man set a screen. Smart will sit out Sunday’s game against the Detroit Pistons.

  • Thunder forward Nick Collison to miss at least 10 days with sprained ankle

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    After spraining his left ankle in the second half of Friday night’s win over Atlanta, forward Nick Collison will now miss at least 10 days, Thunder coach Scott Brooks told reporters Saturday. The injury will sideline Collison at least through March, which will cost him at least five games. Collison joins Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder takes down East-leading Atlanta

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    In tumultuous season, Russell Westbrook and the Thunder keep providing entertaining distractions

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Dion Waiters snaps out of shooting slump at right time

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    Dion Waiters tied his season high of 26 points on 11 of 18 shooting. He added three rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocked shots in 37 minutes.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant is out indefinitely

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    A trying season for the Oklahoma City Thunder took a turn for the worse Friday when the team announced that Kevin Durant will be out indefinitely due to persistent soreness in his surgically-repaired right foot.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Dissecting the latest Kevin Durant injury setback

    Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    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 […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Hawks

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    The Thunder is without Kevin Durant and Enes Kanter against one of the best teams in the NBA -- the Atlanta Hawks -- tonight at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the Web.

  • OKC Thunder: Kendrick Perkins says James Harden needed his own team

    erik horne | Published: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    It's the question that has seemlingly been asked on for ages: What would the Thunder have looked like had it kept James Harden? Was it the right move? Was it the wrong move? Many questions haven't yet been answered. It's a to-be-decided in both the Thunder and Rockets histories. Since the deal, two thing has definitely become clear: Russell Westbrook has emerged as a Top 5 player in the NBA. So has Harden. And former Thunder player Kendrick Perkins told Bleacher Report that Harden wouldn't have reached those heights without that infamous trade in 2012. "No, because James needed his own team," Perkins said. "He wouldn't have been able to flourish and be the guy who he is under Russ and KD. So he definitely needed his own team to be able to do what he's doing right now." Bleacher Report's Ethan Skolnick goes on to back up Perkins' wisdom with a point that some people just don't want to seem to understand: This Harden we're seeing now would not have emerged as a third option with the Thunder. The circumstances had to play out the way they did in order for Harden to grow as a player and ascend to MVP status. That's not a discredit to Harden's talent, but a realistic view of a crowded room of Kevin Durant, Westbrook and Harden. "He worked hard," Perkins told BR about Harden. "He came ready to play. And then he would come off the bench and have a quick 15 in 12 minutes, just straight getting buckets. And we already knew that he was ready. There just wasn't room for him to really flourish like this. So he had to break away."

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Enes Kanter (ankle) doesn't practice, questionable for the Hawks game

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    After Wednesday’s game, Kanter estimated that he’s sprained his ankle 10 times and rated this one, on a pain level, at a “6 (of) 7 out of 10.”

  • OKC Thunder: Steven Adams tries "interesting" jumper against the Mavericks

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    With Serge Ibaka out for an extended period, the Thunder is void of its most potent mid-range shooter. There’s a few big men on the OKC roster who may attempt to pick up the slack — Enes Kanter, Nick Collison and, occasionally, Mitch McGary. But you wouldn’t think Steven Adams would be on that list. […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: More foot soreness casts doubt on when — or if — Kevin Durant returns to lineup this season

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Thunder coach Scott Brooks repeatedly referred to what Durant is experiencing as “peaks and valleys” in his recovery. But by the sound of it, the operative word seemed to be “setback.”

  • Russell Westbrook's biggest fan? Allen Iverson

    Published: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Allen Iverson was known throughout his career as a player who sacrificed his body and played with reckless abandon every time he stepped on the floor. It's no coincidence that Iverson calls Russell Westbrook one of his favorite players. Iverson was a guest on the Philadelphia 76ers' Comcast SportsNet broadcast on Wednesday and he spoke glowingly about the Thunder guard. "The fight," Iverson said. "The fight in the guy. I'm the biggest Westbrook fan, I think, there is. You know what I mean? Because he reminds me so much of myself as far as his heart and laying it on the line night in and night out. Just a guy that's going to bring it every single night."

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant misses practice with more soreness in surgically-repaired foot

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com | Published: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Kevin Durant has been ruled out of Friday’s game against Atlanta, according to Thunder coach Scott Brooks, and his return date to the team’s lineup remains uncertain. Durant did not practice Thursday due to soreness in his right foot, which he underwent a second operation on back on Feb. 22 that was supposed to alleviate swelling. “That’s expected, to have some peaks and valleys,” Brooks said. “We always have a cautious approach, so today he didn’t do anything.” Durant had increased his activity in recent weeks and returned to practice last Saturday, participating in portions of the session as well as playing 3-on-3, according to Brooks.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Where does OKC stand heading into the stretch run?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    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 […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Berry Tramel is live from Columbus, Ohio, where he's getting ready for OU's NCAA Tournament opener against Albany on Friday. Ask Berry your tourney questions and more on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC fights back in second half for win over Celtics

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Russell Westbrook then keyed a second-half turnaround that started with the Thunder scoring 40 third-quarter points and ultimately buckling down on defense to secure a 122-118 victory Wednesday night.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Former OSU guard Marcus Smart emerging in his rookie year with the Boston Celtics

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Unlike at Oklahoma State, Smart has developed a semi-reliable 3-point shot. He’s made more than 34 percent of his attempts this season, including a career-high seven on 12 attempts Wednesday night, keeping the Celtics in it against a desperate Thunder team. It has rounded out the rest of his game.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Enes Kanter injures wrist, ankle in win over Celtics

    By Anthony Slater and Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    From a statistical perspective, it was a nice night for Enes Kanter. He finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds. But from a physical standpoint, it was a rough night. Midway through the third quarter, Kanter went to the locker room holding his wrist. He eventually returned to the bench with an ice pack and to the game with a wrist wrap. But soon after returning, Kanter looked to tweak his left ankle on a rebound attempt. He seemed to be in significant pain and hobbled back to the locker room. Kanter didn’t return. An update on his status was unknown at press time.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Celtics

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    The Thunder welcomes back Marcus Smart to Oklahoma tonight as it takes on the Boston Celtics. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the Web.

  • Former Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha nearing return from injury

    Published: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Thabo Sefolosha competed in three-on-three work following Hawks shootaround Wednesday, a sign the guard/forward is close to a return from a calf injury. Sefolosha has missed the past 20 games for the Eastern Conference leaders due to a Grade 3 strain of his right calf. He won't play Wednesday against the Golden State Warriors, but could be ready in time for the Hawks' game against the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Friday. Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution , Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said that three-on-three work was the final step of Sefolosha's recovery process.




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