• PHOTO: Russell Westbook's mask (and headband) revealed

    staff reports | Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    No official word if this is the mask that Russell Westbrook will wear tonight against the Philadelphia 76ers, but here's a photo of Westbrook in the protective gear ( via KOCO's Carson Cunningham ). Looks as if Westbrook is wearing a headband as well. "Yeah, it’s definitely different," Westbrook said Wednesday at Thunder shootaround . "I’ve never played in a mask, so it’s something I gotta adjust to. But I’m just gonna go with it." Westbrook missed just one game after  having surgery Sunday for a fractured cheek bone.

  • Kendrick Perkins is LeBron James' motivational speaker

    Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Kendrick Perkins has a mission and it's to remind LeBron James that he's the best in the game. Since Perkins' arrival in Cleveland, the former Thunder center has shared pregame words of encouragement with James. It's similar to what Perkins has done with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant before games with the Thunder. "I've done it all the time," Perkins told Northeast Ohio Media Group. "I'm just getting them ready because I know we're all in the same boat looking for the same thing. You've got to take care of your dogs."

  • Q&A: Russell Westbrook talks about his scary injury, surprisingly quick return

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Despite a face fracture four days ago and face surgery three days ago, Russell Westbrook will return to the Thunder lineup on Wednesday night. Wearing a clear mask, Westbrook will start at point guard for OKC against the Sixers. At shootaround on Wednesday morning, he talked about the strange and scary injury, plus his ability […]

  • OKC Thunder: Why Russell Westbrook won't be wearing a stylish mask

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Russell Westbrook’s mask will be clear, much to the disappointment of NBA fans. But could Westbrook have chosen something a little more stylish? Not likely. Scott Brooks alluded to this at Tuesday’s shootaround: Scott Brooks on Westbrook’s mask: “Fortunately for all of us, he doesn’t get to choose the color. It’ll be a clear mask” […]

  • Q&A: Kevin Durant talks about his latest injury setback and potential return

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Despite a scary-looking face injury this past Saturday, the Thunder is getting Russell Westbrook back on Wednesday night. But Kevin Durant, OKC’s other transcendent star, is still a little ways away. Durant got a second surgery on his foot about 10 days ago, was reevaluated on Monday and will be reevaluated again early next week. […]

  • Berry Tramel chat recap: Heisman talk, OSU's hoops 'rise', and Big 12 Tournament picks

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Berry Tramel jumped on the Power Lunch chat live from H&H Shooting Sports to talk Thunder, Sooners, Cowboys and more. Here's the recap.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Is this the deepest Thunder team ever?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Mar 3, 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 […]

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant to be evaluated 'in a week or so'; Adams, Westbrook close to returning

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    At Tuesday's shootaround, Thunder coach Scott Brooks says Kevin Durant will be reevaluated again "in a week or so." Durant underwent a second surgery on his right foot Feb. 22 to alleviate increasing soreness stemming from the Jones fracture he sustained in October. The 2014 NBA Most Valuable Player has missed 33 of the Thunder's 60 games this season due to injury. Steven Adams (hand) and Russell Westbrook (cheek bone) each participated in Thunder practice today. Adams participated in most of practice for the first time since fracturing his right hand Feb. 8 . Westbrook  will likely play Wednesday against the Philadelphia 76ers following surgery on his fractured cheek.

  • Report: Russell Westbrook likely to return Wednesday vs. Sixers

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Russell Westbrook fractured his cheek bone on Friday. He could be back on the court in less than a week. The Thunder All-Star guard is likely to return on Wednesday against the Philadelphia 76ers, acccording to Yahoo Sports sources. Westbrook fractured his right cheek bone on an inadvertent knee to the face from teammate Andre Roberson against the Portland Trail Blazers last week. "Westbrook is expected to play barring an unforseen setback," Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski writes . Westbrook will reportedly wear a protective mask upon his return to the lineup. If Westbrook was to return on Wednesday, he'll have missed just one game following surgery on Saturday . The Thunder  beat the Los Angeles Lakers 108-101 without Westbrook on Sunday.

  • Daniel Orton: Fired for telling the truth

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    I occasionally get asked about writing a book. My answer is pat — when I find time to read a book, I’ll start finding time to write a book. But that’s for cheap laughs. The truth is, I’d be interested in writing a book, but I want a fresh topic. I mean, I could write […]

  • James Harden suspended 1 game for kicking LeBron James in the groin

    Published: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Houston Rockets guard James Harden has been suspended one game without pay by the NBA for kicking Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James in the groin in their game Sunday. Harden and James were fighting for the ball above the top of the three-point line when Harden went down to the floor around the 2:08 mark of the third quarter. Harden then extended his left leg into James' groin as James was standing over him. Harden was assessed a Flagrant Foul 1 for the incident. The foul has been upgraded to a Flagrant Foul 2 upon league office review. Houston won the game 105-103.

  • OKC Thunder: Scott Brooks named Western Conference Coach of the Month

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    On Monday, Thunder coach Scott Brooks was named the Western Conference Coach of the Month for February. Despite injuries to Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Steven Adams, Brooks guided the Thunder to a Western Conference best 9-3 mark in February, with wins over three teams currently in playoff position -- the Los Angeles Clippers (131-108), Memphis Grizzlies (105-89) and Dallas Mavericks (104-89). The Thunder's three losses in February came by a combined 10 points.

  • Thunder starting lineup in a constant state of flux

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    D.J. Augustin started for the Thunder on Sunday against the Lakers. So did Kyle Singler. Enes Kanter, too, making 60 percent of the Thunder lineup guys who had been with the team just 10 days. Crazy. For the Monday Oklahoman, I wrote about the Thunder’s myriad injury problems. You can read that column here. But […]

  • Thunder Chat Recap: Darnell Mayberry on Durant/Adams returns, Scott Brooks' rotation and alternate jerseys

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Darnell Mayberry answered questions on everything from Russell Westbrook's assist game to Enes Kanter in the pick-and-roll. Here's the recap:

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 108-101 win over the Lakers

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    Here are five observations from the Thunder’s 108-101 win in Los Angeles: 1. Nice win - Entering Sunday night on a two-game slide, this set up as a mildly important bounceback opportunity for a depleted Thunder team. The losses in both Phoenix and Portland were excusable. But an 0-3 road trip, capped by a defeat at the hands […]

  • OKC Thunder reveal new sleeved alternate home jerseys to debut Sunday

    Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    The sleeved jersey craze which has swept the NBA the past couple seasons has finally made its way to Oklahoma City. On Sunday night, the Thunder announced a new alternate jersey to debut next Sunday at home against the Toronto Raptors. It’s an all-white get-up with a blue collar and Thunder logo planted on the front […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Lakers

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    No Russell Westbrook or Kevin Durant for the Thunder against the Los Angeles Lakers in the final game of a three-game road trip. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the Web.

  • OKC Thunder: A closer look at Russell Westbrook's historic February

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Following a pair of free throws and a feathery 26-foot bomb — his fifth 3-pointer already in the first half — Kevin Durant had 30 points. The four-time scoring champ has compiled a catalog of monster games over his first eight years in the league. But he’d never scored 30 in a first half — until this mid-December night at […]

  • A deeper look at the Thunder's terrible injury luck this season

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Just a couple days before the Thunder was set to tip off its season against Portland in late October, OKC’s final training camp practice opened to a media crowd that entered with questions about an already depleted roster. Were there any updates on the foot fractures to both Kevin Durant and Mitch McGary? What about the recently sprained MCL […]

  • Russell Westbrook undergoes tests after taking a shot to the face in the Thunder's loss at Portland

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Thunder guard Russell Westbrook underwent medical tests before leaving the arena following Friday’s game at Portland after taking a knee to the side of the face. The team did not make Westbrook available to the media after the game, and it’s unclear what type of injury he sustained or what he was being evaluated for. […]