• Silver lining on a troubling road trip: Thunder bench comes through

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Jan 28, 2016

    The Thunder’s wild road trip is over, and despite too many hairy moments for a team this good, you still have to grade it a B. The Thunder went 3-1; 4-0 would have been an A, 2-2 would have been a C, 1-3 a D and 0-4 an F. Our man A.C. Slater wrote about the road trip for the Thursday Oklahoman, which you can read here. Notably about the ridiculously lax defense in the four games. Here’s how absurd the Thunder defense was, against mostly-mediocre offenses: In 16 quarters on the road trip, the Thunder gave up at least 30 points in eight of those 12-minute periods. And when the Thunder didn’t give up 30 points, it was giving up 29 (Knickerbockers, second quarter, and Timberwolves, fourth quarter) and

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook ranked 49th greatest player ever in ESPN's #NBArank

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Jan 27, 2016

    Is Russell Westbrook a Top 50 NBA player all-time? ESPN.com thinks so. The site is continuing its #NBArank, a countdown of the 100 greatest players in NBA history determined by a ballot of the 150 greatest players ever. Per ESPN.com, its "expert panel voted on thousands of head-to-head matchups, with voting based on both peak performance and career value." Earlier this month in its all-time position rankings, ESPN.com listed Kevin Durant as the fourth-best small forward ever. When the voting concluded for the Top 100, Westbrook was No. 49, a spot ahead of future Hall of Famer Ray Allen and current Hall of Famer Willis Reed. Westbrook's spot on the list was so controversial, five ESPN.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder at Timberwolves

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, Jan 27, 2016

    Follow live updates on tonight's game from Thunder beat writer Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant is NBA's 40-point game leader since entering league

    erik horne,Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Jan 27, 2016

    Following his 44-point explosion against the New York Knicks on Tuesday, Kevin Durant expanded his lead on an elite list. Kevin Durant has 45 career 40-point games, the most in the NBA since he entered the league in 2007-08. pic.twitter.com/fJcaXeFJ47 — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 27, 2016 Per ESPN, since arriving in the league in the 2007-08 season, Durant has 45 40-point games, the most in the NBA in that span. Here's the list of the Top 10 players (per basketball-reference.com): Most 40-point games in NBA since 2007-08 1. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City, 45 2. LeBron James, Cleveland/Miami, 38 3. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers,

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: New York drooling over Kevin Durant

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Jan 27, 2016

    When the NBA arrived in Oklahoma City, not in 2008 with the Thunder but in 2005 with the temporarily-displaced New Orleans Hornets, local media members had a nagging habit of asking the same thing over and over. "What do you think of us?" We'd pose that question to everyone from David Stern to Peja Stojakovic. It got old fast. But this city was seeking validation that it could support a pro franchise. And because positive reactions were the norm, our audiences were eating up those quotes. So we kept asking. Ten years later, those questions have ceased. The Thunder is here to stay. Oklahoma City is without question a "big-league city," and a championship parade is all that's on the

  • Something sinister made Blake Griffin slug a friend

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Jan 27, 2016

    Blake Griffin’s latest altercation is a troubling sign for the revered former Sooner. Something is going on. Alcohol? Anger management? Something. The NBA superstar repeatedly slugged a Los Angeles Clipper equipment manager, Matias Testi, who has been described as a friend of Griffin, even to the point of vacationing together. This is not a case of a celebrity growing tired of the public infringing on his private space. Not some random guy in a bar. This is not a product of Griffin’s environment. Some people are raised amid constant violence. Griffin was not. There is every reason to believe that with Tommy and Gail Griffin, Blake Griffin received good home-training.

  • Thunder journal: Kevin Durant fields free agency questions from the New York media

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    When asked the difference between a big and small market, Durant said “it’s not different,” as far as brand exposure.

  • How Oklahoma paved the way for LSU phenom Ben Simmons

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    Recruiting was different. The summer circuit wasn’t so much AAU tournaments and elite camps. Sometimes, you could find a prospect on urban asphalts.

  • OKC Thunder: Previewing the Thunder's Wednesday game against the Minnesota Timberwolves

    By Erik Horne, Staff Writer, ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    The Oklahoman's Erik Horne previews the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves When: 7 p.m. on Wednesday Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minn. TV: FS-Oklahoma (Cox 37/HD 722 —  Dish 416 —  DirecTV 676-5 —  U-verse 751/1751) Radio: WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM THREE THINGS TO KNOW * Minnesota hasn't won consecutive games since Dec. 26-27 against the Sacramento Kings and Brooklyn Nets, going 3-16 since. * In January, Russell Westbrook is averaging his lowest points per game (19.0) and shooting percentage (39.7) of any month this season, but also his highest rebound (8.4) and assist per game (10.5) totals.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder at Knicks

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    The Thunder is at New York tonight looking to bounce back from Sunday's loss at Brooklyn. Follow live updates on tonight's game from Thunder beat writer Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • OKC Thunder: What ever happened to the circus that was supposed to be Kevin Durant’s free agency season?

    By Anthony Slater Staff Writer aslater@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    On Monday, Durant sat smack in the middle of the Nets and Knicks, both geographically and on the NBA schedule. His Thunder played in Brooklyn on Sunday and will play in Manhattan on Tuesday. It’s his lone trip to New York this season. And Monday provided the best chance for any NYC-based reporters to get Durant in a reflective state.

  • Update: Blake Griffin reportedly out weeks with broken hand stemming from fight with team employee

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    Update: 10:45 a.m.: There is now a story behind the "undisclosed team-related incident" that resulted in Griffin's fractured right hand. According to ESPN's Michael Eaves, Griffin busted his hand during a fight with a member of the Los Angeles Clippers equipment staff on Sunday night in Toronto. #Clippers forward Blake Griffin injured his right hand after hitting a member of the team's equipment staff during an argument in Toronto — Michael Eaves (@michaeleaves) January 26, 2016 // The altercation started in a restaurant. It proceeded outside where Griffin hit the equipment staffer multiple times.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    Join The Oklahoman's award-winning sports columnist Berry Tramel to talk OU, OSU, the Thunder and NFL at 11 a.m. in today's Power Lunch live chat.

  • Previewing the Thunder vs. the New York Knicks

    By Erik HorneStaff Writerehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    The Oklahoman's Erik Horne previews the Thunder vs. the New York Knicks. When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Where: Madison Square Garden, New York TV: FS Oklahoma (Cox 37/HD 722, Dish 416, DirecTV 676-5, U-verse 751/1751) Radio: WWLS 98.1-FM/640-AM Three things to know *In their first meeting this season at Chesapeake Energy Arena, the Knicks beat the Thunder 93-90 on Nov. 20, hitting 12-of-20 from 3-point range. Kevin Durant missed that game with a hamstring strain. *Without Steven Adams on the court, the Thunder's defensive rating (points allowed per 100 possessions) jumps from 95.3 to 105.7. Without Andre Roberson on the court? 97.5 to 103.2. *Nine of the Thunder's 13 losses

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Erik Horne

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Mon, Jan 25, 2016

    Talk about the Oklahoma City Thunder with The Oklahoman's Thunder writer Erik Horne at 11 a.m. in the Power Lunch live chat.

  • Lack of focus the reason Thunder lost in Brooklyn

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Jan 25, 2016

    The Thunder’s 116-106 loss at Brooklyn on Sunday night probably wasn’t the Thunder’s worst loss of the season, although it's hard to think of a worse one. OKC was at least missing Steven Adams on Sunday night. But still. This was an absurdly poor performance for a team that had been playing well. “It was a tough loss, but that’s what happens in this league,” Kevin Durant said. “You come on the road and you’re not locked in from the beginning and you lose the game.” The locked-in part was apparent from the start. The Thunder, with just a little bit of defensive rebounding, would have led big early.

  • OKC Thunder: Thunder’s defense melts down in bad loss to the struggling Brooklyn Nets

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Jan 24, 2016

    The final — a 116-106 victory for a 12-33 Nets team that recently fired its coach in the midst of a 2-10 January — was ugly.

  • OKC Thunder: How Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant learned to coexist

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Updated: Sun, Jan 24, 2016

    They chose to stick together, and ever since that December night they’ve upheld a partnership many deem impossible to maintain — two alpha males playing for the same team, working toward the same goal.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder at Nets

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Sun, Jan 24, 2016

    The Thunder is in Brooklyn tonight looking for its eighth straight win. Follow live updates from Thunder beat writer Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Previewing the Thunder against the Brooklyn Nets

    By Erik HorneStaff Writerehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jan 24, 2016

    The Oklahoman's Erik Horne previews the Oklahoma City Thunder against the Brooklyn Nets. When: 2:30 p.m. on Sunday Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y. TV: FS Oklahoma (Cox 37/HD 722 Dish 416 DirecTV 676-5 U-verse 751/1751) Radio: WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM Three things to know -Brooklyn is 1-6 since firing head coach Lionel Hollins on Jan. 10 and has lost 10 of its last 11 games. -During its current seven-game winning streak, the Thunder is outscoring its opponents by 13.1 points per game despite only shooting 32.4 percent (59-of-182) from 3-point range. -In his last five games, Thunder forward Kyle Singler is shooting 60 percent from 3-point range (6-of-10).