• OKC Thunder: Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis could have been a Thunder?

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    If the name Kristaps Porzingis rings a bell to Thunder fans Friday, it’s because the New York Knicks rookie was reportedly in the Thunder crosshairs even before he landed in the Big Apple this summer. Two drafts ago, it appeared that the Thunder was ahead of the curve on the young Latvian. In 2014, an ESPN report said that the Thunder had made a promise to select Porzingis in the first round of the NBA Draft, but the then-under-the-radar 18-year-old ended up pulling his name out of the draft. At the time, he was projected as a mid- to late-first rounder. The Thunder ended up selecting Mitch McGary and Josh Huestis with its two first-round picks at Nos. 21 and 29, respectively.

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant goes through more drills, running at Thunder practice

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    Kevin Durant is inching closer to getting back on the floor. Durant is still on the mend after straining his left hamstring Nov. 10 against the Washington Wizards, an injury that was slated to keep him out seven-to-10 days. At the conclusion of Thursday's Thunder practice, Durant was again seen going through individual drills with assistant coaches Monty Williams and Royal Ivey. The most promising portions of the short session were Durant engaging in some full-court sprints with the assistants, as well as defensive work in which he was forced to make quick-twitch lateral movements. Kevin Durant going through some more

  • OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan set to face childhood favorite Knicks for first time

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    Long before Thunder coach Billy Donovan was a two-time national championship-winning coach at Florida or the head of an NBA team, he was just a kid living in Long Island, N.Y., with a passion for the New York Knicks. Donovan will face off against his childhood favorites for the first time Friday night when the Knicks come to Chesapeake Energy Arena to play the Thunder. “I used to jump on the Long Island railroad, buy a $5 ticket up in the rafters with my friends and try to work my way down as close as I could to the court,” Donovan said of his adventures to Madison Square Garden. “From my house, the train ran right into Penn Station. [I was] going to the Garden, watching a lot of

  • OKC Thunder: Donovan on Westbrook: 'We don't want to become all predicated on him'

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    At one point in the fourth quarter Wednesday against the New Orleans Pelicans, the Thunder stretched its lead to 11, but it evaporated quickly. A 10-2 run capped by back-to-back 3s by the Pelicans cut the Thunder lead down to just three points, 97-94, with 3:25 to go. That's when Russell Westbrook ripped off 11 consecutive points of his own to close out the game. Is Westbrook overuse in play? He's currently averaging 35.0 minutes per game, close to his career-high of 35.3 in 2011-12, but 22nd in the NBA this season. Westbrook did his 43 points, nine rebounds and eight assists worth of damage in 36 minutes. According to NBA.

  • Why Kevin McHale could be headed back to Boston

    Updated: Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    Fired Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale could be headed back to Boston, where he enjoyed a Hall of Fame playing career with the Celtics, to help out with Boston's big men. "I've always tried to get Kevin to come work with me and work with my big guys," said Celtic president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told the Boston Herald. "I told Kevin that today," Ainge said Wednesday, "We've got a spot for him. I know we could figure something out for him in some capacity, but I think he's just in a wait and see mode. "He appreciated me reaching out to him, but I think he's just going to lay low. He's probably got bigger and better things to do — or more relaxing things to do.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Pelicans

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    Follow up-to-the-minute updates on tonight's Thunder-Pelicans game from our Thunder coverage team and more from around the web.

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant showing more mobility in Thunder practice

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    Kevin Durant looks like he's getting closer to making a return to the court with the Oklahoma City Thunder. A week after he was diagnosed with a left hamstring strain, Durant was seen after Thunder practice Wednesday taking some jump shots and showing more mobility than the last time we saw him on the practice court late last week. Last week, Durant was only seen taking a few set shots, but on Wednesday, he went through a series of drills with assistant coaches Monty Williams and Royal Ivey. In addition to jumpers, Durant also went through a drill with Ivey and Williams in which he had to beat the double team while dribbling from halfcourt then pull up for a 3-pointer in transition.

  • Power Lunch: chat with Thunder writer Erik Horne

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    Join The Oklahoman's Thunder writer Erik Horne at 11 a.m. to talk about the Thunder and the NBA in the Power Lunch live chat.

  • Thunder's fourth-quarter problems continue

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    The Thunder lost to Boston 100-85 Sunday night, then lost to Memphis 122-114 on Monday, and those defeats continued a small but troubling trend in the early season. Fourth quarter malaise in close games. The Thunder opened the season with great fourth quarters; OKC held off the Spurs 112-106 in the season opener and scored 33 fourth-quarter points, then the Thunder scored 42 fourth-quarter points to rally against Orlando in Game 2. But since then, if the game is close, the Thunder has wilted in the fourth quarter. OKC trailed Houston 82-79 after three quarters, then the Rockets just made more plays down the stretch and won 110-105. It happens. But the Thunder lost 103-98 at home to Toronto; OKC scored

  • OKC Thunder: 3-point defense part of Thunder's fourth-quarter woes

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    The Thunder’s defense hasn’t been at its best in the fourth quarter this season. Proof? The Thunder has a minus-3 point differential in the fourth quarter through 10 games, including minus-44 in its five losses. Monday’s loss in Memphis was a clear indicator of those struggles in the final period, as the Thunder gave up 43 points to the light-shooting Grizzlies in the fourth, the most points OKC has allowed in the fourth quarter this season. “I think it’s a couple of things.

  • Kevin Durant's restaurant offering lunch buffet benefitting Ronald McDonald House

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    Kevin Durant’s restaurant is teaming up with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City to benefit families with hospitalized children. Kd’s (224 Johnny Bench Drive in Bricktown) is offering a lunch buffet Nov. 23 and 24 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. with 100 percent of the proceeds being donated to the Ronald McDonald Charities of Oklahoma City. The lunch buffet is $12 and will feature homestyle foods such as fried chicken, meatloaf, mashed potatoes and green beans and your choice of drink. “We are elated to be hosting an event that will benefit a wonderful cause like Ronald McDonald House Charities Oklahoma City,” said Dwayne Bell, assistant general manager of Kd’s.

  • VIDEO: Thunder center Steven Adams' documentary 'The Kiwi Way' debuts this week

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    Thunder center Steven Adams has become a cult figure in the NBA for his affable personality (and now his hairdo). Now, you can get an inside look at the 7-footer and his life away from the court. This offseason, the Thunder followed Adams around to film a documentary entitled "The Kiwi Way: Steven Adams' New Zealand." The team filmed Adams in his native New Zealand and talked to friends, family, coaches, teammates and more about Adams' impact not just in the NBA, but in his philanthropic efforts back home. "He does a good job of adjusting and adapting to who's around him," Kevin Durant said in the piece. "That makes for a fun soul and that makes for a great basketball player.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder at Grizzlies

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Mon, Nov 16, 2015

    Russell Westbrook and the Thunder are looking to bounce back against Memphis after a home loss to Boston on Sunday night. Follow up-to-the-minute updates on tonight's game from Thunder writer Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant talks about his recovery from a hamstring strain

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Sun, Nov 15, 2015

    Kevin Durant met with the media before the Thunder's Sunday game against the Celtics, discussing his ongoing rehab for his left hamstring strain. Here's the Q&A session with Durant: What kind of things are you doing for it? Just a lot of treatment, trying to strengthen everything up. Haven't been on the practice floor yet, just been in the weight room and on the training table. How do you make sure your spirits stay up and you stay positive? When you look at the grand scheme of things, I'm breathing, my Mom is alright, my family's good. It's a little hamstring strain. I don't have to get surgery again, I don't have to go through that process again.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Celtics

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Sun, Nov 15, 2015

    The Thunder is at home against Boston in search of its fourth straight win. Follow up-to-the-minute updates on tonight's game from our Thunder coverage team and more from around the web.

  • OKC Thunder: Dion Waiters denies report he's hoping to play for hometown 76ers

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Sun, Nov 15, 2015

    Following the Thunder's recent win over the Philadelphia 76ers, a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer sited an unnamed source saying that Waiters has his eyes set on playing for his hometown team in the near future. “He wants to come home,” the source was quoted as telling the paper. “Plus, he knows that he could be the missing shooting guard they need. And he could possibility get a (very lucrative) contract with the Sixers.” After failing to reach an extension before the Nov. 2 deadline, Waiters will be a restricted free agent this summer. The Thunder has expressed interest in keeping the emerging shooting guard, who has played well in his bench role early this season.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Sixers

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    The Thunder is at home against Philadelphia tonight. Follow up-to-the-minute updates from our Thunder coverage team and more from around the web.

  • Can 76ers win before Warriors lose?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    The Philadelphia 76ers are in town tonight, and there was a time when that was a big deal. On Dec. 2, 2005, the Sixers came to the Ford Center. We were one month in to our NBA odyssey. The Hornets beat the Sixers 88-86. Philly’s starting lineup that night included center Samuel Dalembert, which won’t excite you. Every other starter will. Kyle Korver made three 3-pointers. Andre Igoudala played almost 39 minutes, took only five shots and guarded like a madman. Chris Webber played 44-1/2 minutes and scored 24 points. Allen Iverson played 43 minutes and scored 34 points, on 11-of-26 shooting. Lots of exciting nights that first year. But the day Allen Iverson made his OKC debut was near

  • Video flashback: Wolves rookie Karl Anthony-Towns interviews Kevin Durant...as a high school freshman

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    Timberwolves rookie Karl Anthony-Towns, the most recent No. 1 overall pick, has burst onto the NBA scene, flashing an impressively polished game for a 19-year-old. He's already battling and holding his own against the league's best stars. But not long ago, he idolized them. On Thursday night, Minnesota hosted the Warriors in a nationally televised game. As part of the broadcast, TNT dug up a flashback video of Towns, five years ago, interviewing the Thunder's Kevin Durant before a game in Philadelphia, calling KD one of his 'idols.

  • OKC Thunder: Who replaces Kevin Durant in the Thunder starting lineup?

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Nov 12, 2015

    Who’s the next man up for the Thunder now that Kevin Durant is down for at least a week? With Durant sidelined with a left hamstring strain, the Thunder listed Kyle Singler in its media game notes as the probable starter Friday night against the Philadelphia 76ers, but head coach Billy Donovan didn’t commit to Singler getting the start at small forward. “Not yet right now. I’m gonna look at that, watch Philly a little bit more, see their lineups and look at some of those things,” Donovan said when asked who would slot into the starting lineup for Durant. “We’ve certainly got options with Dion (Waiters), with Kyle (Singler), with A-Mo (Anthony Morrow). That’s