• Video: The People v. Draymond Green

    Video: The People v. Draymond Green

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Mon, May 23, 2016

    The basketball world is buzzing today as everyone waits and wonders whether the NBA will suspend Golden State forward Draymond Green for Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals after his low blow to Thunder center Steven Adams in Game 3 on Sunday night. The internet is on fire with take after take about whether Green's kick to Adam's man region was warrants a one-game suspension, and reporters have flooded Twitter with reaction from both sides, as well as comparable cheap shots throughout NBA history. Of all the fallout from Green's below-the-belt hit, the folks over at Bill Simmons' new project, The Ringer, might have put together the best parody video. They dubbed it "The People v. Draymond

  • Former NBA player Etan Thomas says he was denied train seat

    Former NBA player Etan Thomas says he was...

    Updated: Mon, May 23, 2016

    Former NBA player Etan Thomas has called out a woman he says denied him a seat next to her on a crowded train, only to offer it up to another passenger. He wrote in a Friday Facebook post that he asked a woman if he could sit next to her on a crowded train but was told the seat was taken. Thomas, who is black, said a white man inquired about the seat less than two minutes later and the woman obliged. Thomas said he confronted the woman and took a picture, which he later posted to Facebook. He said she called the conductor, who Thomas said was a fan of his. Thomas didn't say where the incident took place or what train line he was on.

  • Draymond Green wants to apologize to Steven Adams for low blow

    Draymond Green wants to apologize to Steven...

    Published: Mon, May 23, 2016

    Golden State forward Draymond Green maintains that he did not kick Thunder center Steven Adams in the groin intentionally in Game 3 on Sunday night, and he said he would apologize to Adams if given the opportunity. In a diary entry for The Undefeated, Green attempted to explain his side of the incident. "I would tell (Adams), 'My bad. I didn't try to do something like that,'" Green said. "Honestly, I wanted to go up to him during the game and say that. But I know what type of competitor he is and I think I know how he would react. If he would have reacted the way I thought he would have reacted, I know what that would have done to me as well. I just kind of erred on the side of not saying anything and was hopeful I may catch him after the game. I didn't intentionally kick him down there. Whether he believes me or not, which I don't think he will and wouldn't in the moment, which is why I didn't say anything. I would definitely apologize, and I look forward to apologizing to him, if I see him."

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Erik Horne

    Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Erik Horne

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Mon, May 23, 2016

    The Thunder holds a 2-1 series lead over Golden State in the Western Conference Finals. Talk about the series and more with Thunder writer Erik Horne.

  • Draymond Green should be punished by NBA for hitting below the belt — again

    Draymond Green should be punished by NBA for...

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, May 23, 2016

    Steven Adams went down to his hands and knees, then darn near curled up in the fetal position right there on the floor of The Peake. When King Kiwi, who usually delivers the pain, takes a shot that fells him, you know it's bad. And this was horrible. Midway through the second quarter, the Thunder big man took a swift upper kick to his groin. It was one of those things that you don't want to see twice, made even more painful by the fact that this was the second time in as many games he took a serious shot to the privates. It's easy to snicker and chuckle about such things, and Adams' affable personality makes it even easier. But this is serious — especially since the guy hitting below the belt was the same both

  • Donovan's reliance on small ball kick starts Thunder rout

    Donovan\'s reliance on small ball kick starts...

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, May 23, 2016

    Draymond Green again kicked Steven Adams in the family jewels, Chesapeake Arena erupted in anger, the legislature convened on the fly to remove Patrick Beverley from Public Enemy No. 1 status and soon enough the Thunder retaliated by kicking the Golden State Warriors in the you-know-what. But don't go thinking that rage was the dynamite that kick-started the Thunder's stunning 133-105 rout of Golden State on Sunday night that gives OKC a 2-1 series lead in the Western Conference finals. Billy Donovan did that with his lineup. Donovan flipped the script. The Thunder's strength is size. OKC can bully a smallish team like the Warriors and did in a Game 1 upset.

  • Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook shined brightest in Game 3

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook shined...

    By Anthony Slater Staff Writer aslater@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 22, 2016

    With the lanky Shaun Livingston in front and 7-foot Festus Ezeli stalking from behind, Russell Westbrook went Rucker Park, trying a risky, fastbreak between-the-legs bounce pass to a streaking Randy Foye. Not the kind of maneuver you'd expect in the Western Conference Finals. But on this night, as Westbrook's shoes emblazon: Why not? Everything else was working. And so did this. Westbrook's trick pass led to two Foye free throws. Which put the Thunder up 36 points. In the third quarter. Against the historic 73-win Warriors. OKC's lead ballooned as high as 41 and the dust settled at 133-105, a shocking Game 3 blowout that gave the Thunder a 2-1 series lead, changing the tenor of this tilt, which now favors

  • GAME 3 BY THE NUMBERS

    GAME 3 BY THE NUMBERS

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, May 22, 2016

    Here are some pertinent numbers from the Thunder’s Game 3 beatdown of the Warriors.

  • Q&A: Warriors guard Shaun Livingston on what's gone wrong for Golden State

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 22, 2016

    Golden State guard Shaun Livingston was a Thunder player in 2009-10, appearing in 10 games for OKC. After battling knee injuries early in his career, he's thrived with the Warriors for the past two seasons as a reserve point guard. Livingston talked about what the Thunder did to throttle the Warriors 133-105 in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday. Q: What has the Thunder done to take your team out of character in two of the last three games? A: "I think they came out with aggression tonight. They played to their home crowd. They are a talented team, you've got to give them credit, they are talented. Again, it's more about us. It's more about us making sure we play our style of basketball. I think in the

  • Thunder Report Card: Grading OKC's 133-105 win over Golden State in Game 3

    Thunder Report Card: Grading OKC\'s 133-105 win...

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, May 22, 2016

    The Thunder got ahead early and then played even better. The result was a resounding blowout of Golden State, 133-105, that gives OKC a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals, and the grades reflect a superb performance. SECOND-QUARTER DEFENSE: A. The Warriors were playing decent basketball for awhile. They made 14 of their first 25 shots. Then the Thunder defense got ferocious. Golden State made just six of 31 shots in the second quarter. That's 19 percent. Warriors coach Steve Kerr blamed it on quick shots and impatience. Maybe so. Golden State made just two of 11 3-pointers in the second quarter. But even when the Warriors were getting in the lane, their shots weren't going in. Golden State in the second quarter made

  • Durant, Westbrook lead Thunder in blowout win over Warriors

    Durant, Westbrook lead Thunder in blowout win...

    Updated: Sun, May 22, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Thunder gave the Warriors as complete a beating as they experienced during their record-setting season. Suddenly, a second straight title seems to be anything but a given for Golden State. Now the Warriors are just trying to survive. Durant scored 33 points, Westbrook had 30 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds, and Oklahoma City rolled to a 133-105 victory on Sunday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals. The Warriors, who set an NBA record with 73 victories in the regular season, trailed by 41 points, their largest deficit this season. "We got what we deserved," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. Durant made 10 of 15 shots and

  • Dion Waiters at center of infectious Thunder ball-movement

    Dion Waiters at center of infectious Thunder...

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 22, 2016

    With the Thunder leading by three points in the first quarter, Billy Donovan made his first substitution at 7:19, bringing in Dion Waiters. Less than two minutes later, Waiters picked up the ball on the break and saw 6-foot-11 Festus Ezeli in front of him. The Thunder guard hesitated a beat to get Ezeli thinking he was going to pull up for a jumper. Wrong. Waiters blew by Ezeli … but looked stuffed at the rim before uncoiling a wraparound pass to Serge Ibaka for an easy dunk. Jokes have been made about “Waiters Island,” a place where ball movement stops and jumpers go up. But Waiters' infectious passing spread throughout the Thunder in its 133-105 blowout of the Warriors in Game 3 of the Western Conference

  • Thunderous explosion

    Thunderous explosion

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, May 22, 2016

    Oklahoma City Thunder took a 2-1 advantage in this best-of-seven Western Conference Finals with a 133-105 win Sunday night over the Golden State Warriors.

  • What they're saying about Thunder-Warriors Game 3

    What they\'re saying about Thunder-Warriors Game 3

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 22, 2016

    Mike Prada, NBA editor for sbnation.com in first quarter (via Twitter): “Strange to see someone go small and run the Warriors off the floor.” Diamond Leung, Warriors beat writer for Bay Area News Group (via Twitter): “Andrew Bogut and Steven Adams are professional about annoying each other. Played armsies with each other on the free throw.” J.A. Adande, ESPN.com columnist on Draymond Green Flagrant Foul 1 on Steven Adams in second quarter (via Twitter): “It's easy to sit Dahntay Jones for a game. Does the NBA have the, uh, stones to suspend Draymond Green for Game 4?” Gabe Ikard, Former OU offensive lineman (sitting courtside, via Twitter): “Draymond Green has entered the OKC Hate Zone with Patrick

  • Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook lead Thunder in blowout win over Warriors, power OKC to a 2-1 series lead

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook lead Thunder in...

    By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer | Published: Sun, May 22, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 33 points, Russell Westbrook had 30 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled past the Golden State Warriors 133-105 on Sunday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals. Serge Ibaka added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Thunder, who matched a franchise record for most points scored in a playoff game. Oklahoma City reasserted its dominance on the glass, outrebounding Golden State 52-38. The last time Golden State's Stephen Curry had played in Oklahoma City, he scored 46 points, tied an NBA record with 12 3-pointers and hit a game-winning, 37-footer. This time, the league MVP finished with 24 points on 7-for-17 shooting. Klay

  • Poll: Should Draymond Green be suspended for Game 4?

    Poll: Should Draymond Green be suspended for...

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Sun, May 22, 2016

    Golden State forward Draymond Green was issued a Flagrant 1 for kicking Thunder center Steven Adams in the groin in Game 3. Do you think he should be suspended for Game 4?

  • Physical intensity picks up between Cavaliers and Raptors

    Physical intensity picks up between Cavaliers...

    Updated: Sun, May 22, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan remembers the angry emotions Raptors teammate Bismack Biyombo once stirred in him as an opponent. "I hated him," DeRozan said Sunday. The Cavaliers likely feel a little anger toward Biyombo after his pivotal performance Saturday, when he helped stop Cleveland's 10-0 start to the playoffs in Toronto's 99-84 victory in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. Game 4 is Monday night at Air Canada Centre. Biyombo hauled down a Raptors' playoff-record 26 rebounds, blocked four shots, and scored six of his seven points in a quick fourth-quarter spurt that helped seal Toronto's win. That wasn't all.

  • Jones suspended, Casey fined by NBA for Game 3 actions

    Jones suspended, Casey fined by NBA for Game 3...

    Updated: Sun, May 22, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Cleveland's Dahntay Jones has been suspended for one game by the NBA for striking Toronto's Bismack Biyombo in the groin. The league also fined Raptors coach Dwane Casey $25,000 on Sunday for his criticisms of the officiating. Biyombo remained on his knees on the court after time expired in Game 3 on Saturday night after Jones hit him with 17.6 seconds remaining. The little-used reserve will miss Game 4 of the series Monday night. Casey's comments, including his belief that Biyombo isn't getting enough calls, came in his postgame press conference following the Raptors' 99-84 victory. Cleveland leads the series 2-1.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Warriors

    Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Warriors

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Sun, May 22, 2016

    The Thunder looks to protect homecourt advantage as the Western Conference Finals series shifts to Oklahoma City for Game 3. Follow live updates on tonight's game from our Thunder coverage team and more from around the web.

  • The Collected Wisdom of Al Attles, legendary former Warriors player and coach

    The Collected Wisdom of Al Attles, legendary...

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 22, 2016

    Attles started his career with the Philadelphia Warriors in 1960, the beginning of a relationship with the franchise that’s lasted more than half a century




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