• Oakland travelblog: Saline Creek & late-night podcast

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 20 hr ago

    Sunday was not a typical day. Not in the least. It began at 6 a.m., about five hours after I left Chesapeake Arena. It ended around 1:30 a.m. California time, which is 3:30 a.m. Oklahoma time. And there was a great time in between. The Tramels long have staged a family reunion on Memorial Day Sunday in the Ozark foothills. If there’s a chance for me to go, I go. Two years ago, Thunder-Spurs Game 6 was played on Memorial Day Sunday. I went to the reunion, then my son-in-law dropped me off in downtown OKC a couple of hours before tipoff. This time, thanks to the Thunder’s meltdown in Game 6, I had a flight to Oakland on Memorial Day Sunday. My original plan was to fly out of Tulsa. Have my family drop me

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Darnell Mayberry

    Power Lunch: Chat with Darnell Mayberry

    From Staff Reports | Yesterday

    Talk about the Thunder's stunning Game 6 defeat and its chances in a win-or-go-home Game 7 tonight at Golden State with Darnell Mayberry in the Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m.

  • Thunder: 'Professional scorer' Kevin Durant tasked with solving professional defender Andre Iguodala as Game 7 looms

    Thunder: \'Professional scorer\' Kevin Durant...

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, May 29, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant has an earned offensive arrogance. He won a scoring title at age 21 and three more before his 26th birthday. So even after the roughest of performances — like, say, a 10-of-31 showing in a gut-wrenching Game 6 home loss with the NBA Finals on the line — Durant's refuses to doubt himself publicly. “On the offensive end, you don't have to worry about me,” Durant said Sunday afternoon. “I'm a professional scorer. I tend to figure things out.” Professional scorer meet professional defender. Warriors reserve forward Andre Iguodala re-entered the game with 6:33 left on Saturday night and the Warriors trailing by four. From that point on, the Thunder committed six turnovers and

  • Warriors know Game 7 back home for Finals trip won't be easy

    Warriors know Game 7 back home for Finals trip...

    Updated: Sun, May 29, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — After a record 73 wins and a memorable Game 6 comeback on the road, the Golden State Warriors' goal of getting back to the NBA Finals and defending their title comes down to Game 7 at home against the powerful Oklahoma City Thunder. All along, the Warriors have said the numerous team milestones and personal accomplishments they set during this special season won't matter a bit unless they repeat as champions. They need one more victory to become the 10th team to rally from a 3-1 postseason deficit. "I've learned that our players are tough, they're mentally tough," Coach of the Year Steve Kerr said Sunday, when his team took a day off from film and practice. "I don't know if I really learned that

  • Thunder: Andre Roberson has become indispensable in the Western Conference finals

    Thunder: Andre Roberson has become...

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 29, 2016

    The play of the third-year guard might not always be clear on the stat sheet, but its become obvious in this Western Conference finals that Roberson has become indispensable.

  • Durant on Game 6 aftermath: 'If we walk in here like it's a funeral, we've already lost'

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 29, 2016

    The Thunder’s collapse in the final 2:06 – five turnovers and just one shot attempt – seems like something worth of watching in film study, but Durant said the Thunder didn’t watch any video from Game 6. “We know all about this team,” Durant said. “We know what we have to do.”

  • Thunder players face the hardest game of their basketball lives

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 29, 2016

    How hard is a Game 7? How hard will be this winner-take-all showdown for the Western Conference championship? Even the team with all the momentum, and all the favor of home court advantage, and all the confidence from winning not just an NBA-record 73 regular-season games but a character-defining Game 6 in the Oklahoma City fiery furnace, sees Game 7 as a major mountain to climb.

  • GAME 7 FACTS

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com Staff  | Published: Sun, May 29, 2016

    HOME DOMINANCE Home teams are 100-24 all-time in Game 7's. * In the last 12 Game 7's, the road team has won just once — the Nets went to overtime to beat the Raptors 104-103 in Toronto, in the 2014 East first round. * This season, three series have gone to Game 7. The Heat beat the Hornets 106-73 in the East first round, the Raptors beat the Pacers 89-84 in the East first round and the Raptors beat the Heat 116-89 in the East semifinals.   RECENT HISTORY The core of this Thunder and this Golden State team has played a combined three Game 7's. 2011 West semifinals: the Thunder beat the Grizzlies 105-90 in OKC. 2014 West first round: the Clippers beat the Warriors 126-121 in Los Angeles.

  • Agent: Pelicans' Dejean-Jones in 'wrong place' when shot

    Agent: Pelicans\' Dejean-Jones in \'wrong place\'...

    Updated: Sun, May 29, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) — Bryce Dejean-Jones had a bright future in the NBA, the league commissioner said following the death of the New Orleans Pelicans guard who was shot after kicking down the door of what he mistakenly thought was his girlfriend's apartment in Dallas. The death of the promising 23-year-old player rattled the league over the long weekend and raised questions about what led up to the shooting. Dallas police said Sunday they would not have more information about the incident until after the holiday and did not answer The Associated Press' question regarding whether the man who shot Dejean-Jones would face charges. It is legal in Texas for people to use deadly force to protect themselves from intruders.

  • Grizzlies announce David Fizdale as their new coach

    Grizzlies announce David Fizdale as their new...

    Updated: Sun, May 29, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Grizzlies have hired another first-time head coach, and general manager Chris Wallace thinks David Fizdale's resume working with the Miami Heat has him primed to continue Memphis' recent success Memphis announced Sunday that Fizdale has been hired as the Grizzlies new coach and will introduce him at a news conference Tuesday. "David's achievements throughout his career, his reputation as a strong tactician, his leadership with player development, and his ability to communicate and build strong relationships with his players make him the clear choice to guide the Grizzlies on and off the court, as we move forward and collectively build on the consistent success we have attained over the last several

  • Police: Pelicans guard Dejean-Jones fatally shot in Dallas

    Police: Pelicans guard Dejean-Jones fatally...

    Updated: Sun, May 29, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) — New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones was fatally shot after breaking down the door to a Dallas apartment, authorities said Saturday. A man living at the apartment was sleeping when he heard his front door kicked open, Dallas Police Senior Cpl. DeMarquis Black said in a statement. When Dejean-Jones began kicking at the bedroom door, the man retrieved a handgun and fired. Officers who responded found Dejean-Jones collapsed in an outdoor passageway, and he died at a hospital. He was 23. "We are devastated at the loss of this young man's life," the Pelicans said in a statement. Dejean-Jones was visiting his girlfriend for his daughter's first birthday, which was Saturday, according to his agen

  • Thunder's fourth-quarter fade, Klay Thompson's 3-point record sends series to Game 7

    Thunder\'s fourth-quarter fade, Klay Thompson\'s...

    By Ryan Aber Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, May 29, 2016

    Golden State's Klay Thompson's right arm lingered in the air, having just flung up yet another 3-pointer. This one went over Thunder star Kevin Durant and, like 10 others in Game Six of the Western Conference finals, fell through the basket. Thompson's final shot of his record-breaking night stunned the crowd of 18,203 at Chesapeake Energy Arena, waiting to celebrate the franchise's second trip to the NBA Finals. Instead, after Golden State's 108-101 win, the series returns to Oakland for a decisive Game Seven on Monday (8 p.m., TNT). Warriors coach Steve Kerr called Thompson's 41-point, 11 3-point performance “ridiculous.” The Thunder just left the court shaking their heads, lamenting an opportunity

  • Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry lead dramatic fourth-quarter comeback, hand Thunder crushing Game 6 loss

    Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry lead dramatic...

    By Anthony Slater Staff Writer aslater@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 29, 2016

    Stephen Curry navigated right, bursting past Serge Ibaka's 6-foot-10 frame but knowing an array of long limbs stalked from behind. So Curry got to about eight feet out, planted with his left and faded right, falling back toward the Warriors bench as his soft floater fell through, kissing softly off the glass and dropping like a hammer on the heart of Oklahoma City. It was the dagger, much like his memorable 37-foot rainbow game-winner back in February, but this one, while not as mesmerizing to watch, carried far more significance. The floater put the Warriors up five with 14 seconds left, all but sealing the Thunder's Game 6 fate. The final: Warriors 108, Thunder 101.

  • Epic collapse by Durant & Westbrook forces Game 7

    Epic collapse by Durant & Westbrook forces Game 7

    By Berry Tramel Column btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 29, 2016

    Chesapeake Arena was ready to explode all night. Heck, not just the arena. The whole danged city. The entire state. Oklahomans were on edge before the game, awaiting a game that could put the Thunder in the NBA Finals, then were on the edge, ready to erupt, as the Thunder led the mighty Warriors most of Game 6 Saturday night. But Golden State kept it close. Klay Thompson kept making 3-pointers, or Andre Roberson — Andre Roberson! — would pick up a foul that threatened to ruin the Thunder's chances, or Kevin Durant would miss a shot you'd have bet your paycheck he would make. Trepidation settled in. Then it morphed into horror. The Thunder led by seven points with five minutes left but started struggling, and

  • Q&A: Andre Roberson: 'We've won there before. Why not do it again?'

    Q&A: Andre Roberson: \'We\'ve won there before....

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 29, 2016

    Thunder guard Andre Roberson had another strong game for OKC in a 108-101 loss, tallying 11 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots. Yet, foul trouble kept him on the bench for key stretches for the Thunder in Game 6 against the Warriors: Q: Golden State outscored the Thunder by 54 points from the 3-point line. Was it defensive breakdowns or great shooting? A: "A little bit of both. Obviously they have the two best shooters in the game right now with Klay and Steph, and we know what they're capable of. We definitely had some mishaps on our behalf; miscommunications, leaving them wide open, transition, and switches here and there. They got open with a couple and got going. When they get going, they're definitely tough

  • The mood: Thunder Game 6 collapse 'pretty demoralizing,' says Bogut

    The mood: Thunder Game 6 collapse \'pretty...

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 29, 2016

    As Stephen Curry made his way to the Warriors' locker room, a call of “somehow, someway,” echoed through the hall at Chesapeake Energy Arena. It wasn't from Curry. The two-time MVP walked casually, receiving a pat on the chest from center Anderson Varejao as he went through the locker room door. A few claps. Some cheers. On the Thunder side, it was much quieter after its 108-101 loss to the Warriors in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals. Kevin Durant slouched in his chair in only compression pants as the media mass waited for Enes Kanter to come over. The loudest sound in the room? Scissors. Feet away from Durant, still in his full uniform, Russell Westbrook was cutting the tape off his ankles.

  • Thompson's 41 points, 11 3s save Golden State's season

    Thompson\'s 41 points, 11 3s save Golden State\'s...

    Updated: Sun, May 29, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Stephen Curry turned things over to Klay Thompson, and his Splash Brother delivered. And when Curry came on at the end, the Golden State Warriors were assured at least one more game in their record-setting season. Thompson made a playoff-record 11 3-pointers and scored 41 points, and the defending champions forced a seventh game in the Western Conference finals with a 108-101 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night. Thompson scored 19 points in the fourth quarter to help the Warriors overcome an eight-point deficit. "Steph told me before I went out in the fourth, 'This is your time,'" Thompson said. "' You know, put on a show out there and have fun.' I took those words to he

  • Report card: Grading the Thunder's performance in Game 6

    Report card: Grading the Thunder\'s performance...

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, May 28, 2016

    What could have been a historic night for the Thunder turned into a harrowing night. The Thunder squandered a late lead, collapsed in the final two minutes and lost 108-101 in Game 6 Saturday night. The grades reflect a loss that could live long in Thunder lore. THREE-POINT DEFENSE: C. Seems crazy to give this high of a grade on a night when Golden State made 21 of 44 3-pointers, including 17 of 31 from sharpshooters Klay Thompson and Steph Curry. But the Thunder actually didn't leave them free much. Both made deep and/or tough shots. The Thunder has to get out on them more, but it wasn't like Thompson and Curry found all kinds of space. OKC made it tough on them at times. Still, the fourth quarter was not good.

  • GAME 6 BY THE NUMBERS

    GAME 6 BY THE NUMBERS

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Sat, May 28, 2016

    0 — First-quarter points for Stephen Curry.   0 — First-half turnovers combined for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.   4 — Turnovers in the final minute by the duo. The combined for eight in the second half.   12 — 3-pointers by Klay Thompson, a record for most in a playoff game. The previous record was nine.   19 — Combined free-throw misses for the two teams, 10 by the Thunder.   20 — Missed 3-pointers by the Thunder, who hit just three. It was the lowest for OKC in a playoff game since May 21, 2014, when it hit just two against the Spurs.   23 — Second-quarter points, out of 30, the Thunder scored in the paint.   48 —

  • Klay Thompson's 41 points, playoff record 11 3s save Golden State's season in stunning Game 6 victory over Thunder

    Klay Thompson\'s 41 points, playoff record 11 3s...

    By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer | Published: Sat, May 28, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Klay Thompson made a playoff-record 11 3-pointers and scored 41 points, and the defending champion Golden State Warriors forced a seventh game in the Western Conference finals with a 108-101 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night. Stephen Curry bounced back from a slow start to finish with 29 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. The Warriors, who set the league's regular-season record with 73 wins, will host Game 7 on Monday. The winner will play Cleveland in the NBA Finals. "I just so proud of everybody, man," Thompson said. "We were down almost the whole game and we never gave up." Oklahoma City dominated Games 3 and 4 at home, but the Warriors made 21 of 44 3-pointers




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