• OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook will start against the Knicks; Kevin Durant still out

    Erik Horne | Updated: 0 min ago

    Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks announced at practice Friday that point guard Russell Westbrook will be in the starting lineup tonight against the New York Knicks. Westbrook will play for the first time since Oct. 30 when he fractured his right hand in the Thunder’s second game of the season against the Los Angeles […]

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook will start against the Knicks; Kevin Durant still out

    staff reports | Published: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks announced that Russell Westbrook will be in the starting lineup Friday night against the New York Knicks. Westbrook will play for the first time since Oct. 30 when he fractured his right hand in the Thunder's second game of the season against the Los Angeles Clippers. Brooks also said that Westbrook will not be on a minutes restriction, and that Reggie Jackson will come off the bench. According to Brooks, Kevin Durant will not play against the Knicks, but forward Grant Jerrett will be available for the first time this season following offseason ankle surgery .

  • Thunder waives guard Sebastian Telfair, trims roster to 15

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    In a surprise move, the Thunder has waived point guard Sebastian Telfair. The team announced the news Wednesday night, hours after its home win over Utah. Telfair came into the season projected to be the Thunder’s third string point guard but ended up playing a prominent role for a team that has been decimated by […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Jazz

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Can the Oklahoma City Thunder end its six-game losing streak? Follow Thunder vs. the Utah Jazz tonight at 7 p.m. with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and others from around the web.

  • Carmelo Anthony likely will miss Friday's game against Thunder

    Published: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    New York Knicks leading scorer Carmelo Anthony is battling back issues, and is looking like he'll miss Friday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman . "Anthony is out for an unknown period of time," Berman wrote. "The Knicks still have him listed officially as “doubtful’’ for Wednesday’s game in Dallas, but it’s a certainty he’s shut down for this trip that ends Friday in Oklahoma City, if not longer." Anthony didn't participate in Wednesday's shootaround in Dallas and hasn't had any tests on his back yet. This isn't the first time Anthony has had issues with his back, as he had back spasms in the 2011 playoffs, and was shut down late in the 2012 season because of a bulging disk. Anthony played just 18 minutes and scored 14 points Monday in a 91-86 loss to the Houston Rockets. Anthony left the game with back spasms with less than two minutes remaining in the first half and didn't return. In addition to missing out on Anthony on Friday, the Thunder  may get point guard Russell Westbrook back in the lineup. Westbrook has missed the Thunder's last 13 games with a broken hand.

  • Marcus Smart could play this weekend for Boston Celtics

    Published: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart could be back in a game as soon as this weekend. The former Oklahoma State guard returned to practice on Wednesday following close to three weeks out with a sprained left ankle. He didn't finish practice due to minor discomfort, but could be available to play Friday against the Chicago Bulls. If not Friday, Smart could see his first action Sunday vs. the San Antonio Spurs.

  • Injury could mean Xavier Henry gets cut from Lakers

    Published: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Is the brief Xavier Henry era coming to a close in Los Angeles? The former Putnam City High School star  underwent successful surgery on his ruptured left Achilles on Tuesday, sidelining him for the season. With the loss of Henry and a string of other season-ending injuries, the Lakers have moved to sign forward Earl Clark. Clark's signing could be bad news for Henry, says Los Angeles Times Lakers beat writer Mike Bresnahan. "The Earl Clark signing likely means the end of Xavier Henry's Laker tenure," Bresnahan  said via Twitter Wednesday. "He's the guy to be cut to make room for Clark's guaranteed deal." If cut, Henry would  get the guaranteed $1.1 million due to him this season. Also, it doesn't mean the Lakers couldn't bring him back next year as an unrestricted free agent in 2015.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Are the Thunder reinforcements on the way? Can Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowboy Football do away the Gundy-Stoops-Florida rumors? Ask Berry Tramel on the Power Lunch chat, live from H&H Shooting Sports at 11 a.m.

  • Is the clock ticking on Jeremy Lamb?

    Jon Hamm | Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    Jeremy Lamb was considered the prize of the James Harden trade. Three years later, is his time running out in Oklahoma City?

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: What has gone wrong in all the close Thunder losses?

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    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 you enjoy: Thunder Buddies - 11/25 (<--Click here) - The Thunder's losing streak has hit six. Berry Tramel joins us to talk about what went wrong, why it has gone south and what can be done to fix it. Archive Thunder Buddies - 11/20 - After four straight losses, the Thunder is 3-10 and in

  • Kendrick Perkins responds to Marreese Speights: "It's his world, I'm just living in it"

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    Warriors backup center Marreese Speights torched the Thunder for a surprising  28 points on Sunday night. Then after the game, he made some surprising comments — jokingly crediting Kendrick Perkins by ripping the Thunder big man’s game. “It’s just that Perk always has something to say,” Speights told reporters. “He thinks he’s a tough guy, […]

  • Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook participate in 'most' of Thunder practice

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook participated in ‘most’ of Thunder practice on Monday afternoon, including contact drills for the first time since their injuries. “They did participate and looked good,” Scott Brooks said. The superstar duo continues an accelerated path toward recovery, with each expected to return at some point during the early part of their […]

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook participate in contact portions of practice

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks said Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook participated in the majority of the team's practice today, including some contact portions, per The Oklahoman's  Darnell Mayberry and Anthony Slater . Even though both are practicing, per NBA rules regarding the hardship exception,  neither are eligible to return to the lineup until Friday (vs. New York Knicks) at the earliest. Mayberry explained the hardship exception in relation to the duo's return in his Saturday piece: The positives within their progression, coupled with the Thunder’s increasingly unsatisfactory record, are indications that both could return sooner than expected. It’s possible the Thunder is targeting Friday’s home game against New York for Westbrook’s return. It would be the day before his originally scheduled evaluation date. It’s also the earliest either player — or fellow injured teammates Mitch McGary and Grant Jerrett — can return due to the NBA’s hardship rules. The league granted the Thunder an additional roster spot above the maximum of 15, which the Thunder used to sign point guard Ish Smith. The supplemental spot is available in 10-day stretches, and Smith’s second 10 days expire Thanksgiving. Durant and Westbrook  partcipated in some non-contact portions of Thunder practice on Saturday. The duo hasn't played together at all this season, as Durant (foot) has missed the entire regular season thusfar, and Westbrook (hand) has played in just two games. The Thunder has started the season 3-12.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    The Thunder is in a slump. Is help on the way from Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook? Ask Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry your Thunder and NBA related questions at 11 a.m. on the Power Lunch chat.

  • Marreese Speights on Kendrick Perkins: "He thinks he's a tough guy...but his game is terrible"

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    The Thunder did its primary defensive duty about as well as can be expected on Sunday night, limiting Steph Curry and Klay Thompson to a combined 35 points on an inefficient 11-of-35 shooting. But in OKC’s 91-86 loss, the Thunder was burned by an unlikely foe — Marreese Speights. Golden State’s backup big man had a […]

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to participate in parts of Saturday's practice

    Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    When the Thunder’s Friday morning shootaround opened for reporters, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were seen on a far court, continuing to intensify their individual workouts. Wearing a protective splint, Westbrook dribbled and shot with his surgically repaired right hand. Durant, meanwhile, rose off his surgically repaired right foot for a pair of easy dunks. “They […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Nets

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    Can the Thunder end a four-game slide? Follow OKC against the Brooklyn Nets with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Oklahoma sports fans: What are you thankful for in your sports world?

    Jenni Carlson | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    If you’re a sports fan in Oklahoma, you know that times are rough. OU and OSU football are down. The Thunder is struggling. But Thanksgiving is coming, so we’re looking for things in your sports world for which you’re still thankful. Could be funny. Could be serious. Send your thoughts to Jenni Carlson at jcarlson@opubco.com, […]

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Is it time to panic about the Thunder's playoff chances?

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    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 you enjoy: Thunder Buddies - 11/20 (<--Click here) - After four straight losses, the Thunder is 3-10 and in dead last in the Western Conference. Is it time for full-scale panic in OKC? Are the playoffs becoming unlikely? What's up with Reggie Jackson? How about Serge Ibaka? We discuss.

  • Kobe Bryant on Durant vs. Howard: You'll say things you don't really mean

    erik horne | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    A big deal has been made of Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard not being looked at in the nicest way by NBA stars such as Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant. And by "not being looked at in the nicest way," I mean being called a " p---y " and " soft " by Durant and Bryant, respectively, in a three-week stretch. But Bryant says he and Durant don't really mean the things they say sometimes. Things happen in the heat of the moment. Following the Lakers' 98-92 win over the Rockets,  Bryant was asked about his whether or not he actually thinks Howard is what Durant said he is: | "No, I don't feel that way. I don't think Kevin does, either," Bryant said. "In moments of confrontation during a game, you'll say things in the heat of the moment. "I know Dwight. I'm sure Kevin does. We don't really feel that way about him. It's like when you get in an argument with somebody, you'll say things out of frustration, out of anger, that you don't really mean."