• OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant named Western Conference Player of the Week

    Published: Mon, Jan 5, 2015

    Two games were all Kevin Durant needed to lock up Western Conference Player of the Week honors. Playing in his first two games since missing six in a row with an ankle sprain, Durant averaged a league-best 39.0 ppg in wins over the Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards. Jeff Teague of the Atlanta Hawks was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";}

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Jan 5, 2015

    The Thunder are back in action tonight against exciting rival Golden State. Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry will be answering your questions live on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • VIDEO: Steven Adams, Nick Collison have the greatest handshake in the NBA

    Published: Fri, Jan 2, 2015

    If you've seen this, great. If not, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. While FOX Sports' Leslie McCaslin does her normal pregame duties, witness the awkward glory which is Steven Adams and Nick Collison doing a four-second staredown-of-a handshake in the background.  This isn't new from the Thunder frontcourt duo. Even better: Notice Kevin Durant waiting his turn to the right of the screen as Adams and Collison complete their gaze ritual. Sometimes even the MVP has to wait. (h/t Chris Hanneke )

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Wizards

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Jan 2, 2015

    It's an elite point guard battle between Russell Westbrook and John Wall as the Washington Wizards come to town. How will Kevin Durant fare in his second game back? Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • LeBron James to miss two weeks with knee, back strains

    Published: Thu, Jan 1, 2015

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James is projected to miss two weeks after tests revealed left knee and lower back strains. The Cavaliers sent out a press release stating "these conditions will be treated via a multimodal approach consisting of anti-inflammatories, rehabilitation, training room treatments, and rest." James, who turned 30 on Dec. 30, has missed the Cavaliers' last two games with knee soreness. The Cavs have lost three consecutive games, including James' last appearance Sunday against the Detroit Pistons. Cleveland is currently 18-14, four games behind Chicago in the Eastern Conference's Central Division.

  • Marcus Smart sent a message with physical play against Kings

    Published: Thu, Jan 1, 2015

    The play that stood out in the Boston Celtics' beatdown of the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday? DeMarcus Cousins going all WWE on Marcus Smart, slinging him to the ground and getting himself ejected. Smart's physicality is something that will be critical to the Celtics' rebuilding process. Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe says Smart, the future of the franchise following the Rajon Rondo trade, "needs to become the same undersized bull he was at Oklahoma State." "With Rondo gone, the Celtics have lost all their villains," Washburn says. "It’s going to take time, but he [Smart] will become the Celtic hated by opposing fans because of his rugged style. He will be the object of hecklers, and that’s a sign of respect."

  • Russell Westbrook goes Marshawn Lynch in postgame presser: "It was a good win for us"

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Dec 31, 2014

    With seven seconds left in the first half on Wednesday night, Russell Westbrook received a controversial second technical foul for taunting the Suns bench. He was ejected. But the Thunder ended up winning anyway. And when Westbrook was asked about the ejection postgame — and the sequence leading up to it, which included his first technical […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Suns

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Dec 31, 2014

    Kevin Durant makes his return to the Thunder lineup tonight against the Phoenix Suns. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • VIDEO: DeMarcus Cousins gets ejected for slinging Marcus Smart

    staff reports | Published: Wed, Dec 31, 2014

    Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins was ejected against the Boston Celtics for slinging rookie guard Marcus Smart to the floor. Smart went to box out Cousins on a Kings shot and Cousins appeared to take offense, slinging the former Oklahoma State star by his right arm and jersey. On the play, Smart picked up a technical foul and Cousins picked up his second technical, resulting in his ejection.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant will play against Suns tonight

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com | Updated: Wed, Dec 31, 2014

    Thunder coach Scott Brooks announced at shootaround Wednesday morning that Kevin Durant will play against the Phoenix Suns tonight. Durant had missed the previous six games with an ankle injury. The Thunder went 3-3 in that span, with wins against the Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs and Charlotte Hornets. Durant's last game was against the Golden State Warriors on Dec. 18.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Dec 31, 2014

    Columnist Berry Tramel jumps on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m. to discuss the OU bowl fallout, Oklahoma State's chances against Washington, the Thunder's climb back above .500 and more. Get your questions in here.

  • VIDEO: Serge Ibaka's two most impressive plays during his strong performance in Dallas

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Dec 29, 2014

    During arguably his best performance of the season on Sunday night — which included a 26-point, 10-rebound double-double in which he made 11 of his 14 shots — Serge Ibaka did a ton of positive things. But beyond the numbers, Scott Brooks pointed out two of Ibaka’s plays that were particularly encouraging. The first came with […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Dec 29, 2014

    Kevin Durant's return? Late-game collapses? Questions about the Thunder? Ask Darnell Mayberry on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Mavericks

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, Dec 28, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder takes its two-game winnings streak into Dallas to face off against the Mavericks. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant back on the court ... with kids

    Erik Horne | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    He didn’t play in the Thunder’s 98-75 win over the Charlotte Hornets, but Kevin Durant participated in shootaround on Friday, an indication that he’s close to a return from his ankle sprain. He didn’t look too shabby after Friday’s game, either, as he was lifting kids up for dunks in postgame among some pleas of […]

  • Thunder-Hornets first-half observations

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder shot out to a commanding start against the Charlotte Hornets in the first half, leading 59-40. Here are three observations (you can also follow our live coverage here): 1. Westivus continues: Since it’s the holiday season, and in honor of colleague Jason Kersey, I’ve deemed this recent run of excellent play […]

  • Scott Brooks talks about the curious case of Jeremy Lamb

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Scott Brooks wasn’t all that interested in discussing Jeremy Lamb on Friday night. No surprise there. The Thunder coach often becomes short or defensive with reporters when questions start to fly about who’s in and who’s out of his rotation and why. But during his customary media session before the Thunder took on Charlotte, Brooks […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Hornets

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Coming off a big win against San Antonio, the Oklahoma City Thunder returns home to face the Charlotte Hornets. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Blue acquires Reggie Williams and future draft pick

    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Blue has acquired guard Reggie Williams through its returning player rights. Williams previously played for the Oklahoma City Thunder and its D-League affiliate. He's played in 180 games with Golden State, Charlotte and Oklahoma City over his five-year career. The Blue also acquired a third-round pick in the 2015 NBA D-League Draft from the Westchester Knicks in exchange for forward Ron Anderson.

  • Marcus Smart returning to Celtics starting lineup

    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Former Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart is making his return to the starting lineup for the Boston Celtics tonight against the Brooklyn Nets. Smart started his first career game earlier this week in a loss to the Miami Heat, a game in which he logged three points, four rebounds, four assists, a steal and two turnovers in 28 minutes. Celtics coach Brad Stevens went back to veteran Jameer Nelson as the starter against Orlando on Tuesday, but Smart gets the call against the Nets as he works his way back from ankle and achilles injuries. Those injuries have limited Smart to just 13 games for the Celtics this season, with averages of 5.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists per contest.