• Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Erik Horne

    Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Erik Horne

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Mon, May 16, 2016

    The Thunder is in the Western Conference Finals for the fourth time in six years. Talk about the matchup with the Golden State Warriors with Thunder writer Erik Horne in today's Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m.

  • Has the NBA bid farewell to Manu Ginobili & Tim Duncan?

    Has the NBA bid farewell to Manu Ginobili & Tim...

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, May 13, 2016

    I introduced you to Spurs fan Heath Holt a couple of times in recent weeks. He works and lives in Oklahoma now but is a lifelong Spurs fan. Heath was really reflective after the Spurs were eliminated in Game 6, since it was possibly the final game for both Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. Duncan played the entire fourth quarter, meaning there was no ceremonial exit for one of the NBA’s greatest players. Ginobili fouled out in the final minute of the game, and the Thunder public address played “Hit the Road, Jack” as the crowd roared and Ginobili walked to the bench. That’s not how one of basketball’s greatest champions should go out.

  • Are your ears still ringing, Thunder fans?

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: Fri, May 13, 2016

    I'm bad at non-sports superlatives. Talk sports, and I can give you my opinion about who's the best, who's the worst, who's the most skilled, who's the most overrated, who's the most underrated. Even if I didn't get paid for this type of thing as a sports columnist, I'd still be able to rattle of those bests and worst. But get outside the realm of what's happening on a court or a field, and I struggle. What's the best movie ever made? Where's the best place to watch the sunset? Who's got the best sushi or burgers or steaks or tacos? Uh ... I know what I like, but picking one above all others is always tough for me. So it goes with loudest crowds at sporting events.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with sports editor Mike Sherman

    Power Lunch: Chat with sports editor Mike Sherman

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Fri, May 13, 2016

    Join sports editor Mike Sherman to talk OU, OSU and the Thunder in today's Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m.

  • Thunder stays big and plays big against Spurs' small-ball lineup

    Thunder stays big and plays big against Spurs\'...

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, May 13, 2016

    Some San Antonio people were talking before Game 5 at the AT&T Center the other night. The Thunder had tied the series 2-2, and they were trying to figure out how Gregg Popovich could ignite the Spurs. Their theory: go to a small-ball lineup. Try to get another shooter on the court. Pop didn’t do that in Game 5, and the Thunder won a 95-91 prizefight. But at halftime of Game 6 Thursday night, with the Thunder up 55-31 and blowing the roof off Chesapeake Arena on its way to an eventual 113-99 victory, Popovich decided a small lineup couldn’t hurt. So to start the second half, Popovich sat down one ancient star, Tim Duncan, in favor of another, Manu Ginobili.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Spurs

    Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Spurs

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Thu, May 12, 2016

    The Thunder can close out San Antonio with a win in this critical Game 6. Follow tonight's action with our Thunder coverage team and more from around the web.

  • Why Russell Westbrook is like Bob Dylan & National Geographic

    Why Russell Westbrook is like Bob Dylan &...

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, May 12, 2016

    For the Thursday Oklahoman, I wrote about Russell Westbrook’s entertainment value. It’s high, in case you didn’t know. You can read that column here. I reached out to some fans and we talked to some teammates, but I had more stuff than I could possibly fit into a single column. So I thought I would share what people had to say about the Thunder’s mercurial point guard. CHRIS NICK, Oklahoma City: “It’s like watching something on the National Geographic Channel that you have never seen before. You think, ‘Well, that is very interesting and I can understand why that would do something along those lines.’ Then pow! You jump out of your seat and say, ‘You kidding me; no way

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Erik Horne

    Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Erik Horne

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Thu, May 12, 2016

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

  • Thunder has survived while playing from behind

    Thunder has survived while playing from behind

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, May 12, 2016

    One of the most impressive things about the Thunder’s 3-2 series lead over the Spurs is OKC’s ability to play from behind. The Thunder twice has won games in which it trailed the majority of the game. In Game 5 Tuesday night in San Antonio, the Spurs led for 30:55 of the game’s 48 minutes. The Thunder led for 23:07, but for just 65 seconds of the second half. In Game 4 Sunday night in OKC, the Spurs led 31:40 of the game’s 48 minutes. But until the fourth quarter, the Thunder led for just 17 seconds. Then the Thunder led for the game’s final 9:13. Only in Game 2, when the Thunder jumped to the big lead, did OKC lead for the majority of the game.

  • Tim Duncan has the best plus-minus in Thunder-Spurs series

    Tim Duncan has the best plus-minus in...

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, May 11, 2016

    Dion Waiters played 26 minutes in Game 5 of Thunder-Spurs on Tuesday night, and the Thunder outscored San Antonio by 18 points during those 26 minutes. That was the biggest plus-minus, by far, of any player on either team. Billy Donovan was pleased with Waiters’ performance — nine points on 3-of-5 shooting, 3-of-4 foul shooting, three rebounds, two assists and one turnover — but cautioned against putting too much stock into plus-minus. “Sometimes the plus-minus is a little misleading,” Donovan said. “Who’s out there? What’s going on? But Dion’s given us good minutes coming off the bench. That’s been encouraging to see. He’s been in some different

  • NBA's Last Two Minute Report notes two incorrect calls in Thunder-Spurs Game 5

    NBA\'s Last Two Minute Report notes two...

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, May 11, 2016

    The NBA's officiating web site released its Last Two Minute Report from the Thunder's 95-91 win over San Antonio in Game 5, and the review showed and incorrect call and incorrect no-call which both ruled against San Antonio. With Game 5 tied 90-90, Spurs guard Danny Green was called for a shooting foul on Kevin Durant. Green appeared to be tripped by Steven Adams on the play, but the call went in the Thunder's favor. Durant made both free throws to put the Thunder ahead 92-90 with 54 seconds left. On Wednesday, the league report deemed the play an "Incorrect Call," stating that "Adams extended his leg into Green's path, causing him to trip and fall into Durant.

  • Thunder met at airport, welcomed home by hundreds of fans after Game 5 win

    Thunder met at airport, welcomed home by...

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, May 11, 2016

    Thunder fans late Tuesday night continued their tradition of greeting the team at the airport following a road playoff game. This time, an estimated crowd of more than 500 people gathered to welcome Thunder players, coaches and support staff home after the team secured a 95-91 victory over San Antonio in Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead. Kevin Durant talked about the fan support and passion Wednesday at practice. "It's something I never really thought about when you want to be an NBA player, how dedicated the fans are and how much you mean to the city," Durant said. "When you're in college, the college has been there 30 or 40 years, 50 years. But here, we're a new franchise and they embraced us from the beginning.

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: Discussing the Thunder's huge Game 5 win in San Antonio

    Thunder Buddies podcast: Discussing the...

    Anthony Slater,Berry Tramel,Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, May 11, 2016

    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 the Thunder. 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 -- Spurs-Thunder Game 5 recap (<–Click Here) - Led by a psychotic Russell Westbrook performance, the Thunder escaped San Antonio with a monster Game 5 win. What was most impressive? What have you thought about the coaching of Billy Donovan? The play of Enes Kanter? We discuss.

  • San Antonio travelblog: How the Riverwalk is like the AT&T Center

    San Antonio travelblog: How the Riverwalk is...

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, May 11, 2016

    For two straight games in San Antonio, I’ve walked the concourse immediately after the game, and it’s a surrealistic feeling. Hundreds of stunned Spurs fans, milling toward the exits, with the only sounds coming from an occasional gloating Thunder fan. Not the day the Earth stood still, but eerie. At least for those in San Antonio black. The quick trip to San Antonio for Game 5 ended in a rousing 95-91 victory for the Thunder, which now controls this Western Conference semifinal series. It’s possible we’ll be back for Game 7; the road team has won three of the five games in this series. So who knows? But the quick trip was a memorable trip for all things Oklahoma City. For us, not a lot of

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Anthony Slater

    Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Anthony...

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, May 11, 2016

    The Thunder is one win away from advancing to the Western Conference Finals. Talk about OKC's pivotal game 5 win and its upcoming Game 6 with Thunder writer Anthony Slater in today's Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m.

  • What they're saying about Thunder-Spurs Game 5

    What they\'re saying about Thunder-Spurs Game 5

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, May 10, 2016

    The Thunder took a thrilling 95-91 victory over San Antonio in Game 5 on Tuesday night. Here is a sampling of the reaction from around the web. Inexplicable that the refs wouldn't call the first foul, and did call the 2nd. https://t.co/SM3L5vnOR7 — Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) May 11, 2016 //   Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant scored or assisted on 80 of the @okcthunder's 95 points — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 11, 2016   Westbrook seemed as surprised as anyone that foul wasn't called on Kawhi during that interview with Sager.

  • Will Popovich put Kawhi Leonard on Durant or Westbrook?

    Will Popovich put Kawhi Leonard on Durant or...

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, May 10, 2016

    Thunder-Spurs Game 5 approaches, and the biggest question to me is how will Gregg Popovich choose to defend Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook? In Games 1-3, Pop put defensive phenom Kawhi Leonard on Westbrook, with Danny Green assigned to Durant. It generally worked. Westbrook had no great shooting nights, and Durant, while efficient, was largely held under control. In Game 4, Popovich decided on

  • Live Coverage: Thunder at Spurs

    Live Coverage: Thunder at Spurs

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Tue, May 10, 2016

    It's Game 5 of this Western Conference semifinals series. Follow live coverage of tonight's matchup from our Thunder coverage team and more from around the web.

  • Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant place fourth, fifth in MVP voting

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant place fourth,...

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, May 10, 2016

    Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry was announced as the NBA's Most Valuable Player on Tuesday, the first unanimous winner in the 61-year history of the award. Curry received all 131 first-place votes (1,310 points) from the panel of sportswriters and broadcasters nationwide. San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard was a distant second with 634 points. Cleveland's LeBron James was third (631). Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was fourth in the voting with 486 points and Kevin Durant placed fifth (147 points). Westbrook received 29 second-place votes to Durant's two. .@russwest44 & @KDTrey5: 1st teammates to both finish in the top-5 in NBA MVP voting since Kobe and Shaq in 2002-03

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: Discussing Kevin Durant's 41-point Game 4 eruption

    Thunder Buddies podcast: Discussing Kevin...

    Anthony Slater,Berry Tramel,Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, May 9, 2016

    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 the Thunder. 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 -- Spurs-Thunder Game 4 recap (<–Click Here) - Kevin Durant erupted for 41 points in an emotional Game 4 home win over the Spurs on Sunday night. How important was the performance not just in this series but in his impending free agency? Also: How about Dion Waiters and Steven Adams? We break down what has been a fantastic




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