• OKC Thunder: A look at what the other top NBA rosters would look like with the Thunder's current injury situation

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Nov 5, 2014

    Injuries are random. They have no pattern. Sometimes they won’t come for months. Occasionally they’ll arrive in bunches. No NBA team is immune. But not many, in the history of the game, have seen a flood of bad injury luck this thick this early in a season. It’s been an avalanche of epic proportions for the Thunder. Five games in, […]

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 100-88 loss in Toronto

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    The Thunder lost 100-88 in Toronto on Tuesday night, falling to 1-4 on the season. Here are five observations: 1. Again… – It’s the worst kind of déjà vu. Another game, another loss and another injured player. The curse continues. Perry Jones was the latest victim. One night after playing through a knee scare, Jones wasn’t able […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Perry Jones injured in loss at Toronto

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    In its fifth game in seven nights, on the last half of a back-to-back, the injury-riddled Thunder nearly pulled off what would have been its second mammoth victory in three games. Until yet another injury occurred.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant commends LeBron James on return to Cleveland

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    In an interview Tuesday morning on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike” show, with Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, Kevin Durant fielded a variety of questions, including a few about LeBron James’ return to Cleveland. When asked if he talked to James about going home and how that decision might impact his in the future, Durant reiterated his desire to focus on the present. “I really haven’t thought about that, to be honest,” Durant said. “I hear it a lot. But I think I can make an impact on the community I grew up in from anywhere. So I think I’m doing a good job of that in Oklahoma. My friends, my family, the kids in my neighborhood, are seeing that. I’m inspiring them from Oklahoma City. I really haven’t thought

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Raptors

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder tries to pick up its first road win of the season against the Toronto Raptors tonight at 6:30 p.m. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • VIDEO: Perry Jones leaves Thunder-Raptors game with knee injury

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    Unlucky. Cursed. Jinxed. Ill-fated. Whatever injury hex the Thunder has on it, it refuses to go away. Already down to eight players to start Tuesday night’s game in Toronto, another one went down. Emerging forward Perry Jones went down with an apparent right knee injury in the third quarter (video below). The team is calling […]

  • Reggie Jackson wants the heck out of Dodge

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    The rash of Thunder injuries has been a blessing, in one small way. It’s masked the unpleasantness going on with Reggie Jackson. We’re starting to get it. Jackson doesn’t want to be in Oklahoma City. Heck, even he said so, in pregame Saturday night. Jackson was asked if this is the opportunity he’s been waiting […]

  • Questions and answers on the Oklahoma City Thunder

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    We ran into some technical difficulties at NewsOK.com on Monday, and it prevented me from hosting my weekly chat. But some of your questions still came through. Here are my answers. What’s a realistic record for The Thunder to have while RW and KD are out of the lineup. What’s your prediction on over/under .500 […]

  • LeBron James, Damian Lillard clear air over tweets

    Published: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star LeBron James acknowledged on Tuesday that Portland Trail Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard reached out and said there's no hard feeling over a series of harsh tweets Lillard made about James when Lillard was still in college, according to USA TODAY. "I didn't even see the tweets. I don't get into social media like that. But he came to me before it even got to me and we hashed it out right there, so it's no big deal," James said Tuesday morning after the Cavaliers' had shootaround in advance of the gameat the Moda Center.

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 116-85 loss in Brooklyn

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Nov 3, 2014

    The Thunder fell in Brooklyn on Monday night 116-85, dropping to 1-3 on the early season. Here are five observations: 1. Hits keep coming – This wasn’t a terrible loss. The Thunder played poorly, but minus half the rotation and all the star power, OKC never really had a chance against an average Nets team that played energized in its home opener. […]

  • VIDEO: Andre Roberson leaves Thunder-Nets game with foot injury

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Nov 3, 2014

    Another game, another injury. In the first half of the Thunder-Nets game on Monday night, OKC shooting guard Andre Roberson went down with what the team is calling a left foot sprain. Here’s slo-mo video of the play, where you can see a clear left ankle turn (not for the squeamish): It’s another brutal blow […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Nets

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Nov 3, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder faces off against the Brooklyn Nets, the first game of a two-game road set. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Marcus Smart back in Dallas for special road trip with Celtics

    Published: Mon, Nov 3, 2014

    Former Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart gets to return home tonight as the Boston Celtics play at Dallas against the Mavericks. For Smart, the return home is more than just another road trip. The Celtics rookie finally gets to check out the house he bought his mother. “I promised my mom when I was a little boy, if I ever made it to the NBA, that’s the first thing I’d do for her,” Smart said. “And right now, I’m blessed to be able to do that for her. She looked at it. She picked it out. She’s been doing all that. I haven’t got to see it yet, but she likes it.”

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Nov 3, 2014

    What has the undermanned Oklahoma City Thunder shown in the first three games? Ask Darnell Mayberry on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Short-handed Thunder grinds out impressive win over Nuggets

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com | Updated: Sat, Nov 1, 2014

    Perry Jones and Serge Ibaka each scored 23 points to help the short-handed Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 102-91 on Saturday night for their first victory of the season.

  • OKC Thunder: Kendrick Perkins' brief offensive explosion highlights wild Thunder win

    BY ANTHONY SLATER, Staff Writer, aslater@opubco.com | Updated: Sat, Nov 1, 2014

    The first time it happened a light murmur swept the arena, collectively asking “Is Scott Brooks really calling a Kendrick Perkins isolation?” The second time the nervous groans had turned to friendly cheers. A “hey, why not, it worked the first time, go back to it.” But by the third time, The Peake’s raucous crowd was in a full frenzy, craving something they typically fear. Against an undersized Danilo Gallinari, Perkins’ first post-up was bully ball. He powered his way into the lane and dropped in a straightaway hook shot. Clearly feeling it, he went to the right block on the next possession, overpowering Galinari again and tossing in a 6-footer.

  • Bosh scores 30, Heat top 76ers 114-96

    Updated: Sat, Nov 1, 2014

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — LeWho? Chris Bosh & Co. are cruising without their former MVP. Bosh had 30 points and eight rebounds and Mario Chalmers scored 20 off the bench to lead the Miami Heat past the Philadelphia 76ers 114-96 on Saturday night. Dwyane Wade had nine points and 10 assists to help the Heat to a 2-0 start in their post-LeBron James era. "Everyone is getting opportunities, which is a little different than we've had," Wade said. Tony Wroten had 21 points and 10 assists, and Brandon Davies scored 18 points for the winless Sixers. Expected to challenge the 82-game mark for worst record in NBA history, the Sixersalready 0-3 and could add to that winless streak with three more home games in the ne

  • Report: Thunder guard Reggie Jackson focused on restricted free agency in 2015

    Updated: Sat, Nov 1, 2014

    With so much money tied to their stars, the Thunder may not be able to match another team’s offer sheet for Jackson. After discussions on a contract extension perished on Friday, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Reggie Jackson is determined to pursue restricted free agency as a means to hunt a starting job in the NBA, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Jackson has been described as eager to get on the market next summer, out of All-Star Russell Westbrook’s shadow and prove his value as a frontline NBA point guard. As rival teams evaluate restricted free-agency candidates next July, league executives believe Jackson holds a distinct advantage among his peers: The Thunder’s investment into their star players may limit how far the franchise can go to match a rich offer sheet and make Jackson an ideal target to change teams. “Bottom line,” one NBA general manager told Yahoo Sports, “how much are they willing to pay for Westbrook’s backup?”

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Nuggets

    staff reports | Updated: Sat, Nov 1, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder opens its home schedule against the Denver Nuggets tonight at 7 p.m. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and The Oklahoman sports team.

  • WATCH: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook climb sand dunes in trailer for 'The Offseason'

    Published: Sat, Nov 1, 2014

    Kevin Durant is the subject of an HBO Sports documentary entitled "The Offseason: Kevin Durant," and a trailer for the 1-hour special shows some of his behind-the-scenes training methods. Durant and Russell Westbrook are shown running various offseason training drills in California with Thunder trainer Anthony Katzenmeir. "Russell thought it would be a great idea to work on our explosiveness and quickness," Durant says in the trailer. "Of course I'll never be as explosive and quick as Russell. "We're like brothers. I'm blessed to have someone like that to rely on and play with." "The Offseason: Kevin Durant" airs Nov. 4 at 9 p.m. on HBO.