• Five observations from the Thunder's 94-86 victory in Miami

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    Here are five observations from the Thunder’s 94-86 win over the Heat on Tuesday night: 1. Defense first – The win last Friday was all about offense, a 127-115 shootout where, as Berry Tramel put it, the Thunder out-Warriored the Warriors. The win on Sunday was about everything and nothing all at once, a 28-point beatdown of […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Heat

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder goes for its third win in a row. The Miami Heat stand in its way. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Marcus Smart says he 'had to take a lot of bad shots' at Oklahoma State

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    Marcus Smart has turned into a pretty decent 3-point shooter for the Boston Celtics as a rookie, a big contrast from his final days at Oklahoma State. It's a small sample size, but Smart has made 42.6 percent of his 3-pointers since his full return from an ankle injury on Dec. 7. In a piece on Celtics.com , Smart and Celtics coach Brad Stevens said that shot selection has played a key role in going from 29.9 percent from 3 in his sophomore season at OSU to his  improvement in the NBA. But Smart took some heat Tuesday for comments he made in the Celtics.com column. “In college I took a lot of bad shots because I was on a team where I had to take a lot of bad shots,” Smart said. “Here, I just have to knock down open shots and take the good ones." It makes sense that Smart's 3-point percentage would steadily improve. At OSU, he was assigned much of the ballhandling duties and the responsibility of creating offense for the Cowboys. With the Celtics, that responsibility has been lessened (again, Smart has only played 26 NBA games. We'll see how his role changes when he's presumably handed the keys to the franchise next season as the Day 1 starting point guard). He's also still only just 20 years old, and has been lauded for his defense in his rookie season. In response to some heat from the Celtics.com piece, Smart took to Twitter later on Tuesday.

  • Bulls Derrick Rose says team isn't competing: 'It's f---ing irritating'

    Published: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    The Thunder has had its struggles this season, particularly when stars Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant have missed time due to injury. The Chicago Bulls are familiar with the injury bug, first with Derrick Rose over the past 3-4 years and now with starters Joakim Noah and Mike Dunleavy. But after losing for the sixth time in eight games on Monday, Rose came with some strong words in postgame. "Everybody has to be on the same page," Rose said. "Until then, we're going to continue to get our a-- kicked." More from Rose: "I think communication is huge. We're quiet when we're out there, and it's leading to them getting easy baskets. We got to give a better effort. It seems like we're not even competing, and it's f---ing irritating." The Bulls canceled practice on Tuesday. Chicago is currently fourth in the Eastern Conference standings (27-16).

  • VIDEO: What is the best dunk of Russell Westbrook's career?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    Lost in the hoopla that was Russell Westbrook InterviewGate the past few days was what should have been an appreciation for quite possibly the best dunk of Westbrook’s career. It’s an impressive and growing list, but the fastbreak double-clutch reverse he pulled out against the Magic on Sunday makes a strong case for #1. It seemed like he […]

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Berry Tramel talks about Russell Westbrook's contentious interview

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    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 […]

  • VIDEO: Paul Pierce does Russell Westbrook impression with reporters

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce joked with reporters on Saturday, pulling a Russell Westbrook by continually saying “we executed.” Pierce even donned some oversized eyewear to complete the Westbrook look. He finished up with an “I don’t like you,” a reference to Westbrook’s answer to a Berry Tramel question following Friday’s Thunder-Warriors game. Even better: […]

  • Thunder Chat Recap: Anthony Slater on Russell Westbrook and the media, Thunder trades and all the Serge Ibaka 3s

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    Anthony Slater answered your questions on the Power Lunch chat on Monday, from the Thunder's involvement in the trade market to Russell Westbrook and the media. Here's the recap.

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 127-99 blowout of Orlando

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    Here are five observations from the Thunder’s highlight-filled 127-99 blowout of the Magic: 1. First half showcase – In the Thunder’s first three January road games — bad losses to the Warriors, Kings and Rockets — slow starts were a massive issue. OKC was outscored 102-59 combined in those three first quarters, with each early deficit eventually proving […]

  • VIDEO: Russell Westbrook submits his case for dunk of the year

    Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    The Thunder’s blowout of Orlando on Sunday night was chalked full of highlight plays. But one certainly flew above the rest. Literally. In the middle of the third quarter, Russell Westbrook soared for a fastbreak reverse slam with a loud splash of style. My personal opinion — It was the best dunk of his career. Check out […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Magic

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder faces off against the Orlando Magic in the first game of a five-game road trip. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Russell Westbrook continues his Marshawn Lynch-like interview tactics

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Sat, Jan 17, 2015

    Russell Westbrook has never been great with the media. He doesn’t delve into detail with his answers. He’s not particularly forthcoming. He occasionally pops off, most notably with a meme-worthy “What???” in Utah a couple seasons ago. But he typically gave proper answers to questions. Not anymore. Westbrook has apparently grown tired of the media and adopted […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Warriors

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder faces the Golden State Warriors in the second game of a back-to-back. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • OKC Thunder: Eight-year-old awaiting heart transplant gets to meet Kevin Durant

    Published: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    Eight-year-old Jhett Skaggs, an Oklahoma native who is waiting for his second heart transplant in Houston, had a chance to meet his favorite player Kevin Durant. Skaggs' family lives in Oklahoma, but he and his father are living in Houston while Jhett awaits a donor heart. That provide him the opportunity to meet Durant when the Thunder came to town Thursday. "He's a big fan of the NBA, but particularly of the Thunder," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said of Jhett. "Obviously, he likes No. 35 as millions of other young athletes out there. "There's so many things that our guys do that they don't look for the credit, but I see it every night and it makes me proud to coach them."

  • Report: Brook Lopez trade talks stall between Thunder and Nets

    staff reports | Published: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    A proposed three-way trade which would send Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez to the Oklahoma City Thunder is "dead, at least for now,"  according to Charlotte Hornets beat writer Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Obeserver. News started leaking out  about the proposed deal Thursday night, one that had Lopez going to Oklahoma City, Hornets guard Lance Stephenson going to Brooklyn, and Nets guard Jarrett Jacka and Thunder guard Jeremy Lamb to Charlotte.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: What exactly does Brook Lopez fix?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    Rumors persist that the Thunder is interesting in trading for Brook Lopez, the 7-foot Brooklyn center who makes $15.7 million and almost that much for podiatrists, since his chronic foot problems are a major concern. But Lopez is a quality offensive center. He can score in the low post, and I don’t mean score like […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Jenni Carlson

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    How would a Brook Lopez trade change the Thunder? What kind of work is Travis Ford doing in Stillwater? Is Lincoln Riley the Sooners' answer at offensive coordinator? Ask columnist Jenni Carlson on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 112-101 loss in Houston

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    Here are five observations from the Thunder’s 112-101 loss in Houston on Thursday night: 1. Nightmare first quarter: Coming off a five-day break, there was a sense — or at least an internal hope — that the Thunder would come back refreshed and in rhythm. For about three possessions, it looked that way. OKC was up […]

  • Report: Thunder in trade discussions to possibly land Brook Lopez

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    As the Thunder stumbled in Houston on Thursday night, continued trade rumors swirled around the struggling team. ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported that OKC is in discussions to potentially land Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez in a 3-team deal that would send Charlotte guard Lance Stephenson to Brooklyn and Jarrett Jack and Thunder guard Jeremy Lamb to Charlotte. But […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Rockets

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder renews one of the NBA's best rivalries against the Houston Rockets tonight at 7 p.m. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.