• Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Rockets

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, Nov 16, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder faces off against James Harden and the Houston Rockets tonight at 6 p.m. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • OKC Thunder: Adverse experience should be beneficial for Scott Brooks and the Thunder

    BY ANTHONY SLATER, Staff Writer, aslater@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Nov 15, 2014

    With the shot clock ticking toward single-digits and a play needing to be made, Kendrick Perkins swung the ball to his small forward and set up a simple 5-3 pick-and-roll. The only problem was – because of the Thunder’s well-documented health issues – Nick Collison happened to be that small forward. “It was borderline comical, borderline insanity and borderline exciting,” Scott Brooks joked of the situation. “…I was on the sideline and I was saying to myself: ‘I cannot wait to see what happens with this pick.’” It didn’t result in any points. But the big-to-big play was run correctly, Brooks said. And these days, that qualifies as a minor win. Injuries have gutted the roster. Occasional foul

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: James Harden and the Houston Rockets visit

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sat, Nov 15, 2014

    With three wing players sidelined with injuries, the Thunder could have its hands full Sunday night against James Harden and the Houston Rockets. Harden ranks second in the league in scoring with a career-high 26.2-point average. He’s also averaging 6.3 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 1.8 steals and one blocked shot, all career highs as well. “It’s not going to be easy,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “He’s an All-Star player.” Jeremy Lamb is the natural matchup with Harden at the shooting guard position. But it’s possible point guard Reggie Jackson and temporary starting small forward Lance Thomas could see time on Harden as well. None of the three are ideal options.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Reggie Jackson highly critical of himself after overtime loss to Brandon Jennings and the Pistons

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    Brandon Jennings outdueled Reggie Jackson in the battle of the point guards, scoring 25 of his game-high 29 points after halftime and leading the Pistons to a 96-89 overtime win.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Brandon Jennings takes control in overtime as Pistons hold off Thunder

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    Brandon Jennings took control late, scoring 25 of his game-high 29 points after halftime to lead the Pistons to a 96-89 overtime victory inside Chesapeake Energy Arena. He made 9-of-15 shots and drained all five of his 3-pointers in the final 29 minutes.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Serge Ibaka not worried about his dip in shot-blocking

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    Serge Ibaka’s threes are up this season. Way up. He’ll soon eclipse a career-high for makes in a season. But his blocks — maybe Ibaka’s most important statistical category — are down.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Pistons

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder returns home to take on the Detroit Pistons. Follow our live coverage with Thunder writers Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater, and more from around the web.

  • PHOTO: Thunder Christmas Day jersey released, to have first names on back

    Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    The NBA traditionally goes with some kind of unique jersey for its Christmas Day games. Last year it was sleeves, this year it’ll be first names on the back of each player’s jerseys. Below is a look at the Thunder’s threads. OKC will be playing the defending champion Spurs on Christmas in San Antonio. Tip is at […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Jenni Carlson

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    Plenty to talk about on this blustery Friday. OKC Thunder at home tonight. OU and OSU football team in action tomorrow. College basketball getting kicked off. High school playoffs starting. So bring your questions for Jenni and she'll get started at 11 a.m.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Five things to know about the Blue's Semaj Christon

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Updated: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    Former Xavier player Semaj Christon be starring for the OKC Blue — the city’s new D-League franchise that begins play on Friday night at the Cox Convention Center. Tip is at 7 p.m. And in advance, here are five things to know about the recently turned 22-year-old who will likely serve as the team’s starting point guard:

  • Former Thunder player Robert Swift charged after police seize grenade launcher, drugs

    Published: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    Former Seattle Sonic and Oklahoma City Thunder center Robert Swift has been charged with a gun crime one month after police claim to have seized drugs, guns and a grenade launcher from a home where he was living, KOMONews in Seattle reports . Swift, 28, was once the Sonics' starting center and drafted to the NBA directly out of high school. Last year his home was foreclosed on, and county prosecutors in Seattle say that he's a heroin addict and that authorities seized a military-style grenade launcher and sawed-off shotgun during a raid on the home where Swift was living. You can read the rest of this story on KOMONews.com .

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Reggie Jackson turning heads with hot start

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    Reggie Jackson risked turning people off each time he openly talked about wanting a starting role. And in some cases, he did. But now the Thunder’s fourth-year point guard is turning heads with how he’s excelling in that unexpected role so far this season.

  • Behold this gloriously ugly Thunder sweater

    Matt Carney | Updated: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    How many varying patterns do an ugly sweater make? This one, sold by Clark Toys, appears to have five of them, and if that wasn’t gauche enough for you it’s got different-colored sleeves like something in Russell Westbrook’s enormous closet. It’ll run you $59.99 before tax and shipping so it’s a little pricey for a […]

  • Marcus Smart discusses return from ankle injury

    Published: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    WALTHAM, Mass. – Boston Celtics rookie Marcus Smart was carted off of the court in Boston with a severe ankle sprain last week. The former Oklahoma State guard made his first media appearance since suffering the injury, which will keep him out 2-3 weeks . “It’s a blessing,” Smart said on Thursday. “I just thank God it wasn’t a lot worse than what it could’ve been. “I felt like my foot was on fire. Looking back at the video and listening to what they had to say, they thought I broke it for a moment. I did too.” Celtics.com says that Smart has been able to walk on his left foot for at least three days. Smart says he's making progress and out of the walking boot. Smart is averaging 6.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in five games this season.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Is Anthony Morrow the Thunder's missing link?

    Updated: Thu, Nov 13, 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 - 11/13 (<--Click here) - This opening month has been about treading water and accumulating wins whenever possible. That's just what the Thunder did on Thursday night. How big a win was it? How important will the Anthony Morrow signing prove to be? Is Jeremy Lamb gonna even remain in

  • Blake Griffin calls assault charges a distraction

    Published: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    The day after news broke that Blake Griffin had been charged with one count of misdemeanor battery, the Clippers' superstar power forward said at practice Thursday that he couldn't really speak about the incident. The case filed in Las Vegas Justice Court alleges that the former OU forward squeezed the hand and shoulder of and/or slapped Daniel Schuman, 39, in the face over an incident involving the use of a camera at Tao Nightclub. "I feel more bad just for the fact that it's a distraction," Griffin said. "And I don't know how big of a distraction it really is, but it is. And that's what I feel mostly bad about."

  • VIDEO CLIP: Russell Westbrook to guest star on Nickelodeon show this Saturday

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    Russell Westbrook is an outspoken Taylor Swift fan, presented at the Teen Choice Awards last year and dons outfits that occasionally look like they’re picked out by a colorful eighth grader. So, of course the Thunder superstar is guest starring on a Nickelodeon show this coming weekend. On Saturday night at 7 p.m. CT on Henry […]

  • Clippers' Blake Griffin charged in nightclub incident

    Published: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin has been charged with one count of misdemeanor battery for an incident in a Las Vegas nightclub last month, ESPN reports. According to the filing Wednesday in the Clark County District Attorney's office, Griffin "wilfully and unlawfully used force or violence" on Oct. 19 on Daniel Schuman, squeezing Schuman's hand and shoulder and/or slapping him on the face. According to reports at the time of the incident, Griffin was upset by camera flashes in his face and grabbed Schuman's phone. Teammates DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul were with Griffin at the club that night but were not involved in the alleged incident.

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 109-94 win over the Celtics

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    Behind a monster second half, the Thunder beat the Celtics 109-94 in Boston on Wednesday night, improving to 3-6 on the season. Here are five observations: 1. Breakout 2nd half – The first six quarters of this road trip were an offensive disaster. OKC shot 33 percent in a brutal loss to the Bucks on Tuesday night, […]

  • Anthony Morrow sparks Oklahoma City Thunder past Celtics

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    BOSTON — Reggie Jackson had 28 points and eight assists, and Anthony Morrow scored 28 to lift the injury-riddled Oklahoma City Thunder to a 109-94 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. It was the second win in six games for the Thunder, who are missing stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Jackson, a standout at nearby Boston College from 2008-11, posted his big game a night after scoring a career-high 29 in a loss at Milwaukee. Rajon Rondo just missed his second triple-double of the season with 20 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds. Avery Bradley added 17 points for Boston, which had won its last two. The Celtics went 9 for 33 from beyond the 3-point line.