• 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. […]

  • Why Russell Westbrook is having the most dominant offensive season in NBA history (ESPN Insider)

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Don't laugh, but ESPN's Tom Haberstroh broke down the numbers to show that Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is posting, at least statistically speaking, the most offensively dominant season in NBA history. Just a sample of the stats that back Westbrook's historic season ( ESPN Insider content ): "How good is Westbrook's 29.2 PER (Player Efficiency Rating this season)? Of the 50 greatest players in NBA history that were named in 1996, 45 of them never posted a PER above 29 over a full season at any point of their career. Westbrook, as of now, is in the rarest of company."

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Trail Blazers

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    It's a big-time division matchup between the Thunder and the Portland Trail Blazers. Follow live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Thunder in trouble if it can't defend the pick-and-roll

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Bob Stoops likes to tell the story of his early days coaching at Kansas State, when the Wildcats routinely were outmanned, and Bill Snyder’s young staff had to be innovative in keeping K-State competitive. In one particular gameplan session, Stoops expressed pessimism that KSU’s interior defense could hold up. The nose tackle or defensive tackles, […]

  • Thunder Chat Recap: Anthony Slater on starting center, OKC's depth advantage and wanting the Warriors

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Thunder writer Anthony Slater answered your questions on the Power Lunch chat Friday. Here's the recap.

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 117-113 overtime loss in Phoenix

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Here are five observations from the Thunder's 117-113 overtime loss to the Suns on Thursday night: 1. Draining defeat- The Thunder played without Kevin Durant, couldn't hit a shot (or layup) for much of the first half, climbed out of an early 39-25 hole and took a desperate Phoenix team into overtime at home. Not a bad loss or even a surprising one. Just the kind that happens within the course of an NBA season. The Thunder is now 9-2 in February with the only defeats coming on Anthony Davis' double-clutch buzzer-beater and Thursday night's overtime thriller. Things are going fine for OKC. But the loss to the Suns could prove costly on Friday night. The Thunder tips off in Portland less than 21 hours after the final buzzer in

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Suns

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Looking for its eighth win in a row, the Thunder takes on the Phoenix Suns. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Mavericks guard Rajon Rondo suspended 1 game

    Published: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Dallas Mavericks point guard Rajon Rondo has been suspended one game by the team following an exchange between Rondo and Mavs coach Rick Carlisle during Tuesday's game. Now, The Dallas Morning News says the two extending their argument into the postgame locker room. The original argument took place with 8:10 remaining in the third quarter. The two got into a heated exchange after Carlisle called timeout and Rondo didn't play the rest of the game.

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: Where does Russell Westbrook stand in the MVP debate?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Feb 25, 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 […]

  • Thunder Film Room: Examining the budding chemistry between Russell Westbrook and Enes Kanter

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Back on January 28th, in arguably the lowest point of this up-and-down season, the Thunder lost to Derek Fisher’s hapless 10-45 New York Knicks, a defeat turned even more insulting when Lance Thomas started tossing in daggers. It was an extremely uninspired effort. To start the game, Russell Westbrook — again playing without Kevin Durant — came […]

  • VIDEO: Serge Ibaka 'Son of the Congo' movie trailer released

    staff reports | Published: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Grantland.com released a trailer Wednesday for "Son of the Congo," a film which focuses on the rise of Thunder forward Serge Ibaka from humble beginnings in Africa. From Grantland's YouTube channel: "Serge Ibaka managed to escape the war-torn streets of the Congo and play his way to the top of the NBA. In 'Son of the Congo,' he returns to his native country, revisiting the empty lots where he used to sleep, reconnecting with his daughter, and confronting the stark reality facing Congolese youth. The odds are long, but Ibaka imparts his unshakable belief that a better future is possible if you never stop trying."