• Why Andre Roberson doesn't rebound more

    Why Andre Roberson doesn\'t rebound more

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, May 6, 2016

    I wrote about Andre Roberson for the Friday Oklahoman. How his Game 2 defensive performance against the Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard in San Antonio was a kind of coming-out party. You can read that column here. But one thing I didn’t get into was Roberson’s rebounding. He came to OKC with a reputation as a great rebounder. And Roberson has shown flashes of that in his two seasons of regular play. But not a lot. This season, Roberson is averaging just 3.6 rebounds a game, which is sixth on the team, and 5.8 rebounds per 36 minutes, which is 11th on the team. Last season, Roberson averaged 3.8 rebounds a game, ninth on the team, and 7.1 rebounds per 36 minutes, eighth on the team.

  • Thunder stashed prospect Alex Abrines wins Euroleague Rising Star Trophy

    Thunder stashed prospect Alex Abrines wins...

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, May 5, 2016

    As part of the James Harden deal in October 2012, the Thunder received an early second round pick in the 2013 Draft, which OKC utilized on Spanish sharpshooter Alex Abrines. Over the last couple years, he's developed into a solid piece for FC Barcelona, one of the best teams in the Euroleague. On Thursday, Abrines was announced as the league's Rising Star, voted on by the coaches and given to the player, 22 or under when the season started, who had the most impact. Abrines averaged 9.5 points off the Barcelona bench this season, shooting 44.7 percent from three. He turns 23 in August. Here are some highlights from his season: The 2016 @Euroleague Rising Star Trophy goes to

  • Frank Vogel an assistant coaching option for the Thunder?

    Frank Vogel an assistant coaching option for...

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, May 5, 2016

    Frank Vogel is out in Indiana. Pacers president Larry Bird announced Thursday that Vogel wouldn't be back as head coach at the end of his contract, which expires after this season. So where does that leave the 42-year-old? Vogel has a .580 winning percentage in the regular season and a 31-30 record in the postseason in his six seasons in Indianapolis. Vogel also has a Billy Donovan connection. Vogel transferred to the University of Kentucky in 1994, where Donovan was an assistant under Rick Pitino from 1989-94. Vogel was a student manager at UK in 1994-95, Donovan's first year as a head coach at Marshall. “Both of us working for Coach (Rick) Pitino, there’s a relationship there,"

  • Q&A: Thunder veteran Anthony Morrow chats about his first playoff experience

    Q&A: Thunder veteran Anthony Morrow chats about...

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, May 5, 2016

    The Toronto Raptors played the first game of this postseason, ending Jason Thompson's postseason drought. The veteran appeared in 588 regular season games before finally making the playoffs. That meant Thunder sharpshooter Anthony Morrow, at 515 regular season games, took the crown. Temporarily. Later that day, Morrow's drought also ended after an eight-year NBA wait. Morrow remains on the fringe of the Thunder rotation. He appeared in the both Games 1 and 2 of the Mavericks series, nailing a pair of big 3s, but didn't even enter in Games 4 and 5. Against San Antonio, he played five minutes in Game 1 and 15 in Game 2. That trend may continue on Friday. Or maybe not. But no matter the inconsistent playing time,

  • San Antonio travelblog: 90 mph on the Pickle Parkway

    San Antonio travelblog: 90 mph on the Pickle...

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, May 5, 2016

    We made it home from San Antonio, and the MVP of the trip clearly was our photographer, Bryan Terry. Runnerup was whoever designed the Pickle Parkway. Bryan drove us all the way home Tuesday, allowing Erik Horne, A.C. Slater and I to work the entire 473-mile trip from San Antonio. It was a heavy news day. The chaos of those last 13.5 seconds, the national furor that ensued and the NBA’s eventual report that said the law left town during those 13.5 seconds that seemed like 13 minutes. Bryan’s driving was yeoman’s work and very valuable. And it was made easier by the new Texas turnpike that zips from Georgetown, on the far north side of greater Austin, to Seguin, about 36 miles east of San Antonio.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Anthony Slater

    Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Anthony...

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Thu, May 5, 2016

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

  • Good news for Thunder: Spurs have some road issues

    Good news for Thunder: Spurs have some road issues

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, May 5, 2016

    The Thunder-Spurs series moves to Oklahoma City, with OKC trying to do what it did to San Antonio in 2012 and 2014: sweep Games 3 and 4 at Chesapeake Arena. Win both these games, and the Thunder is positioned for a huge upset. Of course, nothing easy about sweeping. The games figure to be tossup affairs. This season at home, the Thunder was a good, not great, 32-9. But 32-9 is not far from the Thunder standard. Forget the star-crossed last season. The Thunder was 34-7 at home in both 2013-14 and 2012-13. In 2011-12, the lockout-shortened season the Thunder made the NBA Finals, OKC played at a 32-9 pace at home. In 2010-11, another West finals season, the Thunder was 30-11 at home. So 32-9 is not out of the ordinary

  • Billy Donovan has no regrets about Cameron Payne's regular-season minutes

    Billy Donovan has no regrets about Cameron...

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Thunder coach Billy Donovan said Wednesday he doesn’t have any regrets about Cameron Payne’s minutes in the regular season. Payne averaged a season-high 17.3 minutes in 15 games January, taking over for D.J. Augustin as the No. 2 point guard, but saw his minutes drop to below 12 per game over 20 combined games in February and March. “I think Cameron got a lot of experience. We went with him when D.J. was here,” Donovan said. “It’s like even with me as a coach: Everything you go through is new for the first time. “Even though Cameron was not in the rotation consistently the entire year, I don’t have any regret about maybe not playing him or having him in the

  • Kevin Durant on 1-of-7 All-NBA First Team lists by NBA.com staff

    Kevin Durant on 1-of-7 All-NBA First Team lists...

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Want an indication of how the All-NBA voting might play out for Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant? The official voting results for the All-NBA teams haven't been released, but NBA.com's panel of editors, writers and bloggers put together their All-NBA lists for public consumption. Six of the seven people on the NBA.com panel put Westbrook on their First Team. Durant, however, was only selected to the First Team by one of the seven. NBA.com's Ian Thomsen was the only panelist with Durant on the first team. Every other panelist has San Antonio forward Kawhi Leonard on the First Team over Durant. From NBA.com's Fran Blinebury: "Leonard steamrolled onto the first team with his dominant play

  • Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Jenni Carlson

    Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Jenni Carlson

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Join columnist Jenni Carlson to talk OU, OSU, the Thunder and more from the NBA playoffs in today's Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m.

  • LaMarcus Aldridge having historic series against Thunder

    LaMarcus Aldridge having historic series...

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Two wild things happened Monday night in San Antonio. The most infamous 13.5 seconds in recent NBA playoff history, and a monumental victory for the Thunder. The latter is glorious, but only partially relevant to the rest of this series. The former is fascinating but not at all relevant to the rest of this series. Lost in the grandeur of the Thunder victory and the anarchy of the last 13.5 seconds was a line on the box score. 15-21 FG; 10-10 FT; 8 Reb.; 41 points. That’s LaMarcus Aldridge’s line in Game 2. And here’s why it looms over this Western Conference semifinal like a thunderstorm over an outdoor wedding. Game 2 wasn’t Aldridge’s best game of this series.

  • The Thunder's biggest possession of Game 2 (non-last two minutes division)

    The Thunder\'s biggest possession of Game 2...

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, May 3, 2016

    It was Spurs-esque ball movement, what Thunder fans have seen in glimpses but not enough this season. It came at a crucial time, under 3 minutes left and the Thunder ahead by only two points in its eventual 98-97 Game 2 victory over San Antonio. When the Thunder is often desperate for a shot, Kevin Durant will hold his hand up, a defender draped on his back, and signal for Russell Westbrook to lob a pass to him for a one-on-one situation. Westbrook could have thrown the customary pass, but intelligently pulled it back down as Durant had Danny Green on his back. Westbrook instead passed to Steven Adams at the top of the 3-point arc and moved to the corner to create space for Durant, who broke to receive Adams’

  • Why the furor? Spurs got what they needed

    Why the furor? Spurs got what they needed

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, May 3, 2016

    The national furor of the final 13.5 seconds of Thunder-Spurs has masked the truth. The Spurs got exactly what they needed out of Dion Waiters’ inbounds pass. You know all the particulars. Up 98-97 and out of timeouts, the Thunder had trouble getting the ball in bounds. Dion Waiters was harassed by the Spurs’ Manu Ginobili. Ginobili appeared to step on the line and was in Waiters’ face. Waiters responded by elbowing Ginobili out of the way, then lofted a pass at Kevin Durant, who tumbled, lost the ball and gave the Spurs a golden chance to win. Danny Green picked up the ball, Patty Mills was well ahead of him and only Steven Adams was on patrol for the Thunder. And Ginobili was trailing close behind. It

  • Thunder-Spurs: NBA rules officials missed five calls on final possession of Game 2

    Thunder-Spurs: NBA rules officials missed five...

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, May 3, 2016

    As expected, the NBA on Tuesday announced a litany of violations that went uncalled in the final two minutes of Monday night's 98-97 Thunder win at San Antonio, including five on the final possession. There were seven incorrect no-calls in the final two minutes, according the NBA Officiating Last Two Minute Report. The final five incorrect no-calls began with 13.5 seconds remaining, when Spurs guard Manu Ginobili stepped over the out of bounds line while defending Thunder inbounds passer Dion Waiters. The NBA announced that Ginobili's infraction should have resulted in a delay of game on the Spurs.

  • Spurs fan: Popovich coached a bad game

    Spurs fan: Popovich coached a bad game

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, May 3, 2016

      Heath Holt is a big Spurs fan who works at the Federal Aviation Administration in Oklahoma City. Heath writes me frequently, offering Spurs updates. Heath wrote Monday night after Game 2 of Thunder-Spurs, and his observations were interesting enough to share: “Some very very unhappy notes from the Spurs-Thunder game. Make no mistake, the Spurs fans are steaming mad… Pop’s coaching was bad, Kansas football bad. Pulling a hot Kawhi Leonard who had just made three shots in a row and subbing in Ginobili to guard Westbrook (sheer lunacy). Telling the players in the huddle, “Just relax, we have the whole rest of the game ahead of us.” Just relax? I think they were pretty relaxed.

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: Recapping the Thunder's wild Game 2 win in San Antonio

    Thunder Buddies podcast: Recapping the...

    Anthony Slater,Berry Tramel,Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, May 3, 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 2 recap (<–Click Here) - The final 13.5 seconds of Thunder-Spurs Game 2 are still a little tough to comprehend. But OKC escaped with a massive win, tying the series. What will we remember most? What was the postgame scene like? What does this do to your perception of the series moving forward? We discuss.

  • San Antonio travelblog: A tight deadline and shooting NBA treys

    San Antonio travelblog: A tight deadline and...

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, May 3, 2016

    Wow. What a game Monday night in San Antonio. What a game and what a night for someone with a tight deadline. At about 11:05 p.m., it looked like the Thunder would hold off the Spurs. Then Serge Ibaka fouled LaMarcus Aldridge on a 3-point shot, Dion Waiters had trouble inbounding the ball and we had a month’s worth of action in the final 13.5 seconds. Great theater. Tough to report when you’ve got two items to write and little more than an hour to do it. But that’s what makes the job fun. Fun and tough. Here’s how I went through the next 75 minutes or so. Erik and I were sitting at the top of the lower level of seats, sort of in the corner. Literally 15 steps from the main concourse.

  • Thunder-Spurs: NBA official says Dion Waiters should have been called for offensive foul

    Thunder-Spurs: NBA official says Dion Waiters...

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, May 3, 2016

    Following the crazy final seconds of Thunder-Spurs Game 2, NBA crew chief Ken Mauer was asked by a pool reporter about the final inbound play in which Thunder guard Dion Waiters looked to elbow Spurs guard Manu Ginobili. Mauer said after review Waiters should have been called for an offensive foul. The transcript from pool reporter Mike Monroe: Question: Can you explain what you saw on the inbounds play with 13.5 seconds remaining when Dion Waiters appeared to make contact with Manu Ginobili? Mauer: "On the floor, we did not see the foul on the play. However, upon review we realize and we agree that we should have had an offensive foul on the play. It's a play that we have never seen before, ever, but we feel

  • Video shows Spurs fan holding Steven Adams' arm on final play

    Video shows Spurs fan holding Steven Adams\' arm...

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, May 3, 2016

    The final sequence of Game 2 between the Thunder and Spurs on Monday night had about 17 no-calls. Unofficially, of course. But while the basketball world talks about Dion Waiters getting away with using his forearm to create separation from Manu Ginobili on the Thunder's final inbounds play -- and to a lesser extent Ginobili getting away with stepping on the sideline while guarding Waiters on the inbounds pass -- there appeared to be another questionable maneuver inside the final three seconds. This one was made by a Spurs fan. When center Steven Adams sold out to contest Patty Mills' last-second 3-point attempt, his momentum carried him into the fans seated courtside.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder at Spurs

    Live Coverage: Thunder at Spurs

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    The Thunder is looking to bounce back after a brutal Game 1 loss. Follow live coverage of tonight's Game 2 from our Thunder coverage team and more from around the web.




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