• Oklahoma City Thunder: Why Steven Adams' improving post defense is vital in his and the Thunder's continued growth

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    Last March, Steven Adams struggled to defend Al Jefferson. On Friday, the wiser Adams got his shot at revenge. And he made the most of it. Adams stayed strong in the post, stayed down on the pump fakes and limited Jefferson to four points on 2-of-7 shooting in the Thunder’s blowout win.

  • Collected Wisdom: Mark Price, former NBA star, Charlotte Hornets assistant coach and Oklahoma native

    INTERVIEWED BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    After helping turn the Georgia Tech program around and then starring in the NBA, Mark Price is now an assistant for the Charlotte Hornets. He was in town on Friday night. And he shared some of his collected wisdom.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Could Russell Westbrook's December to remember earn him Western Conference Player of the Month honors?

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    With two games remaining this month, Russell Westbrook has compiled averages of 29.6 points, six rebounds, 7.5 assists and 2.2 steals in 33.6 minutes. In 14 games this month, he’s shooting 46.2 percent from the field, and 82 percent from the foul line.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Jeremy Lamb returns to Thunder rotation in win over Hornets

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    On Friday night, Scott Brooks reinserted Jeremy Lamb back into the rotation. During the Thunder’s 98-75 blowout of the Hornets, he played 21 minutes, the most court time he’s received in the past 11 games.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC locks down Al Jefferson, Kemba Walker in win over Charlotte Hornets

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Oklahoma City effectively eliminated Charlotte’s two biggest scoring threats and the Hornets never had a chance, as the Thunder snapped a two-game home losing streak with a 98-75 rout inside Chesapeake Energy Arena.

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant back on the court ... with kids

    Erik Horne | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    He didn’t play in the Thunder’s 98-75 win over the Charlotte Hornets, but Kevin Durant participated in shootaround on Friday, an indication that he’s close to a return from his ankle sprain. He didn’t look too shabby after Friday’s game, either, as he was lifting kids up for dunks in postgame among some pleas of […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant participates in shootaround, nearing return from ankle injury

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    For the first time since the injury, Durant participated in team portions of practice Friday morning, according to Thunder coach Scott Brooks. And when shootaround opened for the media, he was seen strolling around, shooting free throws and even rose up for a dunk.

  • Thunder-Hornets first-half observations

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder shot out to a commanding start against the Charlotte Hornets in the first half, leading 59-40. Here are three observations (you can also follow our live coverage here): 1. Westivus continues: Since it’s the holiday season, and in honor of colleague Jason Kersey, I’ve deemed this recent run of excellent play […]

  • Scott Brooks talks about the curious case of Jeremy Lamb

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Scott Brooks wasn’t all that interested in discussing Jeremy Lamb on Friday night. No surprise there. The Thunder coach often becomes short or defensive with reporters when questions start to fly about who’s in and who’s out of his rotation and why. But during his customary media session before the Thunder took on Charlotte, Brooks […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Hornets

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Coming off a big win against San Antonio, the Oklahoma City Thunder returns home to face the Charlotte Hornets. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Blue acquires Reggie Williams and future draft pick

    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Blue has acquired guard Reggie Williams through its returning player rights. Williams previously played for the Oklahoma City Thunder and its D-League affiliate. He's played in 180 games with Golden State, Charlotte and Oklahoma City over his five-year career. The Blue also acquired a third-round pick in the 2015 NBA D-League Draft from the Westchester Knicks in exchange for forward Ron Anderson.

  • Marcus Smart returning to Celtics starting lineup

    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Former Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart is making his return to the starting lineup for the Boston Celtics tonight against the Brooklyn Nets. Smart started his first career game earlier this week in a loss to the Miami Heat, a game in which he logged three points, four rebounds, four assists, a steal and two turnovers in 28 minutes. Celtics coach Brad Stevens went back to veteran Jameer Nelson as the starter against Orlando on Tuesday, but Smart gets the call against the Nets as he works his way back from ankle and achilles injuries. Those injuries have limited Smart to just 13 games for the Celtics this season, with averages of 5.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists per contest.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Steven Adams turns in big-time performance in win over Spurs

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    The second-year center scored 16 points with a game-high 15 rebounds (seven coming on the offensive end) and added three blocked shots, two steals and an assist in 31 minutes. Working primarily in the post against future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan, Adams also made five of eight shots.

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 114-106 Christmas Day win over the Spurs

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    Here are five observations from the Thunder’s 114-106 win in San Antonio on Christmas Day: Best win – The reigning league MVP and the reigning Finals MVP were both rocking suit jackets. Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard didn’t play. So these two teams certainly weren’t the full-throttle title-contenders we expect to see come May. But […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook, Thunder overpower Spurs

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    Russell Westbrook scored 34 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs 114-106 on Thursday in a fiery rematch of last season’s Western Conference Finals.

  • Kevin Durant addresses his ankle injury and concerns it might be more than a mild sprain

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    SAN ANTONIO — Kevin Durant missed his fourth straight game Thursday at San Antonio due to a mild ankle sprain he sustained just before halftime at Golden State last week. Thunder coach Scott Brooks announced before the game that Durant “could not go if he wanted to go.” Brooks labeled Durant as day-to-day. But the […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Spurs

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    It's a Christmas Day treat, as the Thunder and the defending champion San Antonio Spurs face off in a rematch of the 2014 Western Conference Finals. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • OKC Thunder: Analyst Hubie Brown says Thunder has to prove it can beat good teams

    By Mel Bracht | Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    THUNDER VS. SPURS — The ABC analyst for the Christmas Day broadcast says the Thunder’s performance against winning teams will determine how far it climbs in the Western Conference standings. The next challenge arrives Thursday in San Antonio against the defending NBA champions.

  • Report: Rockets sign Kevin McHale to three-year extension

    Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    The Rockets have signed coach Kevin McHale to a three-year, fully guaranteed contract extension valued in excess of $12 million, sources told ESPN. McHale is 192-159 in six seasons as an NBA head coach (currently in his fourth season with Houston, two with Minnesota). McHale is 153-104 during his Houston tenure.

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: What would you get Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant for Christmas?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Dec 24, 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 […]