• Should the Clippers trade Blake Griffin?

    Published: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    If the Los Angeles Clippers come up short again this season, Doc Rivers might need to think about selling high on his franchise player. Of the Clippers' three foundational stars, Blake Griffin probably would net the highest return in a trade. Several league sources insist that if Rivers, the Clippers coach and general manager, were forced to pick one of the three to flip, it would likely be Griffin -- in part because he knows Griffin would bring back the most. This promises to be one of the thorniest player-organization situations in the league over the next few months, as Griffin's contract ticks toward expiration at the end of the 2016-17 season.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook decline to respond to Stephen Curry comment

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    A surprising quote from Stephen Curry hit the web on Thursday afternoon. While at a news conference announcing the Warriors new planned-arena, Curry, a Panthers fan, was asked about his favorite football team playing in the Super Bowl in the Bay Area. The night before, the Warriors and Thunder meet at Oracle Arena for the first time this season. "It'll be a good 48 hours," Curry said. "A win and a win." On Friday morning, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook chatted with the media for the first time since that Curry comment. Each were asked about the guarantee. Both took different routes to the high-road. Durant was up first, saying: "I don't pay attention to (expletive) like that. We play tonight.

  • OKC Thunder: Cameron Payne (concussion) out against the Rockets

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Jan 28, 2016

    The Thunder is still feeling the effects of its arduous four-game road trip. On Thursday, tests confirmed that rookie point guard Cameron Payne suffered a concussion during the Thunder's Wednesday night win in Minnesota. He will miss OKC's home game against the Rockets on Friday and will remain in the NBA's concussion protocol moving forward, needing to pass baseline tests before returning to the court. All concussions are different, with the timetable for return varying by degree and player. This is the Thunder's second this season. Reserve forward Mitch McGary suffered one in preseason and missed eight days. Payne's concussion occurred early in the second quarter on Wednesday. He was nailed in the

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Stephen Curry already predicting a win over the Thunder next week

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Thu, Jan 28, 2016

    The highly-anticipated first meeting between Oklahoma City and Golden State didn't need anymore buildup. Stephen Curry just added some anyway. Curry, the league's reigning MVP and frontrunner to win the award again this year, called out the Thunder on Thursday in an interview with ESPN's Sage Steele, according to Warriors beat writer Diamond Leung. Stephen Curry on the Warriors playing Oklahoma City Thunder the day before the Super Bowl: "It'll be a good 48 hours - a win and a win." — Diamond Leung (@diamond83) January 28, 2016 // Stephen Curry laughed and Sage Steele said, "Oooo, I like when you talk

  • Silver lining on a troubling road trip: Thunder bench comes through

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Jan 28, 2016

    The Thunder’s wild road trip is over, and despite too many hairy moments for a team this good, you still have to grade it a B. The Thunder went 3-1; 4-0 would have been an A, 2-2 would have been a C, 1-3 a D and 0-4 an F. Our man A.C. Slater wrote about the road trip for the Thursday Oklahoman, which you can read here. Notably about the ridiculously lax defense in the four games. Here’s how absurd the Thunder defense was, against mostly-mediocre offenses: In 16 quarters on the road trip, the Thunder gave up at least 30 points in eight of those 12-minute periods. And when the Thunder didn’t give up 30 points, it was giving up 29 (Knickerbockers, second quarter, and Timberwolves, fourth quarter) and

  • Q&A: Kevin Durant discusses the Thunder's occasional lack of passion

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Jan 28, 2016

    Between giving up 122 points to the Knicks on Tuesday night and 123 to the Timberwolves on Wednesday night, yet still winning both games, Kevin Durant gave an interesting quote about the Thunder’s sometimes lackluster body language. “We just gotta play with a little bit more passion,” Durant said. “…We play every single day, we practice every single day. The process can get boring. I hate to say that. But we have to stay with it.” Strange times for the Thunder. Through the season’s first 48 games, OKC has compiled a solid 35-13 record, winning 24 of the last 29 games and setting a more-than-respectable 60-win pace. But the schedule has been easy, the defense has been

  • OKC Thunder: Cameron Payne leaves Timberwolves game with concussion-like symptoms

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Jan 27, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS -- The Thunder's tumultuous road trip continued on Wednesday night in Minnesota, with rookie point guard Cameron Payne leaving OKC's game against the Timberwolves with concussion-like symptoms. Payne was nailed in the head while defending a Zach LaVine drive early in the second quarter. He stayed in for a couple more minutes before he was subbed out for Russell Westbrook. At halftime, the team diagnosed it and deemed him out for the game. Payne is the third Thunder player injured during this four-game road trip. Steven Adams sprained his elbow during pregame warmups in Dallas, missing the first two games but returning on Tuesday night. Andre Roberson sprained his knee in Brooklyn and will miss at least

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook ranked 49th greatest player ever in ESPN's #NBArank

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Jan 27, 2016

    Is Russell Westbrook a Top 50 NBA player all-time? ESPN.com thinks so. The site is continuing its #NBArank, a countdown of the 100 greatest players in NBA history determined by a ballot of the 150 greatest players ever. Per ESPN.com, its "expert panel voted on thousands of head-to-head matchups, with voting based on both peak performance and career value." Earlier this month in its all-time position rankings, ESPN.com listed Kevin Durant as the fourth-best small forward ever. When the voting concluded for the Top 100, Westbrook was No. 49, a spot ahead of future Hall of Famer Ray Allen and current Hall of Famer Willis Reed. Westbrook's spot on the list was so controversial, five ESPN.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder at Timberwolves

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, Jan 27, 2016

    Follow live updates on tonight's game from Thunder beat writer Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant is NBA's 40-point game leader since entering league

    erik horne,Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Jan 27, 2016

    Following his 44-point explosion against the New York Knicks on Tuesday, Kevin Durant expanded his lead on an elite list. Kevin Durant has 45 career 40-point games, the most in the NBA since he entered the league in 2007-08. pic.twitter.com/fJcaXeFJ47 — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 27, 2016 Per ESPN, since arriving in the league in the 2007-08 season, Durant has 45 40-point games, the most in the NBA in that span. Here's the list of the Top 10 players (per basketball-reference.com): Most 40-point games in NBA since 2007-08 1. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City, 45 2. LeBron James, Cleveland/Miami, 38 3. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers,

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: New York drooling over Kevin Durant

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Jan 27, 2016

    When the NBA arrived in Oklahoma City, not in 2008 with the Thunder but in 2005 with the temporarily-displaced New Orleans Hornets, local media members had a nagging habit of asking the same thing over and over. "What do you think of us?" We'd pose that question to everyone from David Stern to Peja Stojakovic. It got old fast. But this city was seeking validation that it could support a pro franchise. And because positive reactions were the norm, our audiences were eating up those quotes. So we kept asking. Ten years later, those questions have ceased. The Thunder is here to stay. Oklahoma City is without question a "big-league city," and a championship parade is all that's on the

  • Live Coverage: Thunder at Knicks

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    The Thunder is at New York tonight looking to bounce back from Sunday's loss at Brooklyn. Follow live updates on tonight's game from Thunder beat writer Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Kevin Durant talks free agency in New York: "I haven't sat down and thought about it"

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    Sitting inside Madison Square Garden after the Thunder's Tuesday morning shootaround, Thunder star Kevin Durant was asked a batch of free agency questions for the first time since his trip home to Washington D.C. in early November. Nothing extremely noteworthy. But here's a transcript: Obviously your free agency is a big topic around here. I was wondering if there was any more clarity in terms of what you want, what's important to you in that process? Durant: "I'm just really, to be honest with you, I haven't sat down and thought about it. The season moves along so quickly. Every time I get alone, it's on the plane or in the city thinking about the game the next day. Of course, I can't say I haven't

  • Update: Blake Griffin reportedly out weeks with broken hand stemming from fight with team employee

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    Update: 10:45 a.m.: There is now a story behind the "undisclosed team-related incident" that resulted in Griffin's fractured right hand. According to ESPN's Michael Eaves, Griffin busted his hand during a fight with a member of the Los Angeles Clippers equipment staff on Sunday night in Toronto. #Clippers forward Blake Griffin injured his right hand after hitting a member of the team's equipment staff during an argument in Toronto — Michael Eaves (@michaeleaves) January 26, 2016 // The altercation started in a restaurant. It proceeded outside where Griffin hit the equipment staffer multiple times.

  • Kevin Durant: We're not going to move the ball like the Spurs, but we don't need to

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    NEW YORK -- In general, the Thunder offense seems to be moving a bit more fluidly this season. OKC's assists are up and its point distribution is more spread. But despite Billy Donovan's tweaks, the engine of the Thunder's offense is still its rare individual talent. Nearly everything is predicated off Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook making something happen, often in isolation. Per NBA.com/stats, the Thunder ranks dead last in the league 263.3 passes per game, more than 10 fewer than the next team (the Detroit Pistons). But despite that, OKC's offensive rating (points per 100 possessions) is second in the league at 109.2, right behind the Warriors (112.7) and ahead of the Spurs (108.2). The Warriors

  • VIDEO: Russell Westbrook talks fashion on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    With the Thunder in New York City this week, Russell Westbrook carved out some time Monday night to join The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The interview was short and not super revealing. Just a brief conversation about Westbrook's favorite topic: Fashion. But as he's done on other late night talk shows, Westbrook flashed a peek into his more fun personality, which he doesn't exactly flash in typical interview settings.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    Join The Oklahoman's award-winning sports columnist Berry Tramel to talk OU, OSU, the Thunder and NFL at 11 a.m. in today's Power Lunch live chat.

  • Would the Thunder have been better off with Brook Lopez?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Jan 25, 2016

      Brook Lopez took apart the Thunder on Sunday night: 31 points, 10 rebounds, in the Brooklyn Nets' 116-106 victory. Made you wonder what might have been. Last February, the Thunder went to the trade deadline dangling Reggie Jackson for a center, with two teams the most likely destination: Utah, for Enes Kanter, and Brooklyn, for Lopez. Of course, the Thunder pulled the trigger on Kanter, and you know the particulars. Kanter, Kyle Singler, D.J. Augustin and Steve Novak came to OKC; Jackson went to Detroit and Kendrick Perkins went to Utah, which quickly cut Perk in a straight salary dump. We don’t know the particulars of the possible Lopez trade, other than Jackson would have been in Brooklyn and

  • OKC Thunder: Andre Roberson to miss at least three weeks with knee sprain

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Jan 25, 2016

    Starting shooting guard Andre Roberson will miss at least three weeks with a right knee sprain suffered in the first half of OKC's Sunday night loss in Brooklyn, The Oklahoman has learned. OKC's training staff will reevaluate him after that.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Erik Horne

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Mon, Jan 25, 2016

    Talk about the Oklahoma City Thunder with The Oklahoman's Thunder writer Erik Horne at 11 a.m. in the Power Lunch live chat.




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