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The Oklahoma City Thunder, quite literally, have always had Kevin Durant. When the Sonics ditched Seattle under nefarious circumstances, they had a lanky young superstar who endea...(full article)

If you look at the NBA as a living, growing, constantly evolving organism, the injury bug is one unavoidable affliction capable of making it -- and everyone peripherally connected ...(full article)

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The buzzer had sounded in Game 5, and for the first time in their brief Oklahoma City history, the Oklahoma City Thunder had won a playoff series, advancing past t...(full article)

FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU coach Gary Patterson tried to calm down his celebrating players in the locker room. He told them to act like this win was just like any other.  But eventu...(full article)

Derek Jeter Week finished Sunday in Boston, of all places, and even Red Sox Nation stood and cheered. America said good-bye to that rarest of sportsmen. A baseball superstar. Any...(full article)

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When every day is a brand new world, at least where I wake up, it’s comforting to remember that Texas’ greatest natural resources remain oil and gas, cattle, cotton and...

Oklahoma State Impressive in Loss

ARLINGTON, Tex. -- Mike Gundy came into Saturday night's game with Florida State not knowing what he'd get from one of the youngest rosters in the country. He left with the game fi...

Shadow of Winston Incident Haunts Sooners

A linebacker is fighting the university for which he plays, feuding with the name he wears across the front of his jersey. That university is fighting back, petitioning the highest...

Stark Realities Lead Durant to Quit Team USA

For a guy with his own line of signature shoes, Kevin Durant sure spends a lot of time wearing retro Air Jordans. The sneakerhead side of Durant came out Thursday, because he didn...

There's a Method to Stoops' Tweaking of SEC

Bob Stoops stands alone. Tiananmen Square alone. Stoops stares, defying the monster, with dozens of other coaches cheering him but only with whispers. They support him from the s...

OKC Sweats as Durant Talks Free Agency

In his most extensive public comments about his highly-anticipated free agency, Kevin Durant addressed rampant speculation that he will soon leave Oklahoma City for his native Wa...

Stoops Sticks Verbal Shivs in SEC's Ribs

I’m betting Bob Stoops isn’t invited to make a guest appearance on the SEC Network any time soon. Stoops is at it again, taking shots at the SEC and even calling out Ni...

2 Futures on the Line at Oklahoma

Timing is everything, someone once said. Probably a watchmaker. But in the curious case of Dorial Green-Beckham, timing is a wash. Bob Stoops is sticking out his neck for Green-Be...

Thunder Going for 'Draft and Stash'?

The Thunder announced late Friday afternoon that its NBA Development League affiliate, the Tulsa 66ers, will relocate in time for the 2014-15 season, joining their parent club in O...

Smart Toting Lots of Baggage to NBA Draft

Before college basketball’s 2013-14 season, Marcus Smart was seen as a good kid who turned down millions to return to Stillwater for his sophomore season at Oklahoma State. That ...

College Coaches Worth Their Big Salaries

Nick Saban, owner of a two-game losing streak, received a pay raise the other day. The Alabama football coach now is making $6.8 million a year, plus a variety of bonus possibili...

Tough Lesson for Thunder: Spurs Are Better

The better team won. That’s a hard truth to swallow, especially for a Thunder team that could say otherwise, at least in the Western Conference, for almost three years. But now w...

Can Spurs Stand Up to Test of Time?

OKLAHOMA CITY – The worst nightmare of these San Antonio Spurs had unfolded across 48 hours here, frame by frightening frame, and now the sullen patriarchs of this dynasty in win...

What's the Point With Thunder's Westbrook?

Russell Westbrook receives more criticism than any other NBA player near his stature. Critics take aim at his style of play at the point guard position, in particular his propens...

Thunder's Demise Could Cost Them Durant

As the San Antonio Spurs continue to play brilliantly, the Oklahoma City Thunder potentially faces a much bigger threat to its future than merely being embarrassed in the Western C...

Bad Time for a Durant-Westbrook Meltdown

SAN ANTONIO — Russell Westbrook locked eyes with Kevin Durant and pointed to his temples. Moments earlier, Durant lost Danny Green, his defensive assignment, and the Spur swingma...

Going Small May Be Huge for Thunder

In the third quarter of Oklahoma City’s Thursday night win over Los Angeles, Thunder coach Scott Brooks, long maligned for doing the same old thing, discovered something new: a l...

Is This the Thunder's Last Chance?

There’s a poignant moment in Jonathan Abrams’s oral history about the 2002 Kings, right after the section covering their gut-wrenching Game 7 defeat, when a Sacramento ...

Clippers Battling Thunder, History

The game began with a strange quiet among the late-arriving fans, and an odd reticence from their weary team. The Staples Center distinctly lacked a playoff atmosphere. The Clipper...

Paul vs. Westbrook: It Gets No Better

Until we finally get to see the NBA matchup that will captivate the country, the one that will break twitter, the one that will shake the league, the one with so much anticipatio...

Brooks' System Isn't Working for Thunder

Yes, a career .633 win percentage and three consecutive seasons of .700 ball don't beg to be argued against, but that fails to contextualize Scott Brooks' uniquely blessed situatio...

Durant Earns MVP, Intense Scrutiny

Welcome, Kevin Durant, to LeBron James’s world. Enjoy yourself, while being mindful of every competitive stumble. Someone is liable to knock you over, kick you when you&rsq...

Move Over, Durant, Paul Still Owns OKC

OKLAHOMA CITY – Before Kevin Durant, this was Chris Paul's town. With the New Orleans Hornets displaced by Hurricane Katrina, Paul spent part of his first two NBA seasons here. H...

Criticism of Durant Bubbles Below Surface

Kevin Durant has had things pretty easy in his seven-year NBA career. His rise to NBA superstardom came at a time when his humble, hardworking, clean-cut public image made him an...

Durant Dissolving Into Playoff Non-Factor

Joey Crawford came sprinting at Kevin Durant, blowing a whistle and waving arms and the bright lights of Chesapeake Arena shining off Crawford’s bald head, and Durant surel...

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Thunder Must Find Their Lost Defense

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Missouri Should Hope Haith Gets Tulsa Post

Frank Haith won a national coach of the year award and made two NCAA Tournaments in three seasons at Missouri but the best thing he can do for the basketball program is get out. ...

Playmaking Turns Durant Into Lock for MVP

LeBron James should probably have won the past five NBA MVP awards. He took the crown almost unanimously in 2009 and 2010, then met a combination of Miami backlash and unachieve...

Finally, It's Durant's Time to Capture MVP

LeBron James' place on the Mount Rushmore of MVP winners will have to wait. Kevin Durant deserves the hardware this time around. The Oklahoma City Thunder star has been playing th...

Durant's Virtuoso Shotmaking Sets Him Apart

Allow me to throw some numbers at you: 48, 30, 33, 37, 36, 54, 30, 46, 36, 32, 41, 33, 26, 26, 31, 26, 29, 41, 36, 43, 28, 42, 28, 37, 28, 42, 34, 27, 42, 29, 30, 35, 35, 51, 2...

You're Right, Magic, Durant Is MVP

Darrell Arthur was wearing Nike high tops. White uppers. Silver details. Baby blue swoosh. Kevin Durant only made it look like he was wearing roller skates. Late in the first qu...

Anonymous Bison Unknown No More

This is going to require some introductions. It's not every day that an NCAA Tournament upset is cobbled together from the muscle developed on a pig, corn and soybean farm in south...

D-I Newcomer N. Dakota St. Pulls Stunner

When star senior Taylor Braun fouled out in overtime, it didn't mean the end for North Dakota State. It meant opportunity. Carlin Dupree, a lightly used freshman guard, replaced B...

Durant's Underrated Attribute: Defense

Here’s a brief list of some of Kevin Durant’s defensive assignments during the Thunder’s recent six-game homestand: •Blake Griffin, the Clippers’ hype...

LeBron's 61-Point Night Obscures Big Picture

Just when LeBron James was starting to move comfortably through the prime of his career without the albatross that haunted the beginning of it, he managed to usher a new elephant...

Smart Brings Smiles Back to Oklahoma State

STILLWATER — Marcus Smart came clean Saturday. And was it ever cleansing, for him and the Cowboys and a big and boisterous crowd at Gallagher-Iba Arena.   Admitting that he hadn...

LeBron Puts the Hurt on Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Heat saw its future flash before its eyes late in Thursday's 103-81 win over the host Thunder. Star forward LeBron James lay in a heap along the baseline, bloo...

Durant Ready to Overtake LeBron

On Jan. 16, the Oklahoma City Thunder squared off against a healthy, vengeful Houston Rockets. About two weeks earlier, Houston was seared by 31 points in a fast-break-a-thon p...

Smart's Ban Will Change ... Uh, Not Much

So Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart received a three-game suspension for shoving a middle-aged Texas Tech fan who called him a “piece of crap.” That was the party line agreed ...

Another NBA Golden Age Emerging

The NBA's ideal form is as an engine of chaos, and the Elder Gods have finally deemed us worthy of its return. This is a beyond-rare state of play because it demands specific cir...

Westbrook Would Save Knicks' Season, Future

Through the first half of the NBA season, much has been made about how the New York Knicks have grossly underachieved. Entering the campaign with title aspirations, things ...

Durant Leaves Heat Thunderstruck in Rout

About an hour before Kevin Durant would send the sort of statement not often seen in NBA regular-season play, the Oklahoma City Thunder star wasn't talking about the MVP race or ...

Durant Can Burnish MVP Credentials

Reggie Jackson called him the baddest man on the planet. Nick Collison insisted he's playing the best basketball of his career. Scott Brooks said he'll be an MVP candidate until he...

LeBron 'Jealous' Only That Durant Will Be MVP

LeBron James says he's jealous of Kevin Durant, and I believe him. LeBron says he's jealous because Durant takes more shots. But I don't believe that. Before we go further, unders...

James-Durant Rivalry Just Beginning

For years, the LeBron/Kobe rivalry was the most compelling one in basketball, but we never truly got to see it play out on the court. Sure, their teams would play each other twic...

How Thunder Can Still Win Title

Kevin Durant, fourth-quarter Superman. After Game 1, it looked as though Durant might well have the best-player-in-the-league torch passed to him. Durant scored 36 points in tha...

Despite Odds, Thunder Believe

A 3-1 series hole hung over the Thunder's head like the blanket of clouds that have swept in and stolen South Beach's scenic nature the past two days. History says this team is ...

LeBron's Performance Flawless

LeBron James was flawless. If James was playing quarterback, he would have had a near perfect rating. If he was a pitcher, he would have tossed a complete one-hitter. In a word, ...

Chalmers Makes Thunder Pay

In the two previous NBA Finals games, Kevin Durant ran into some serious foul which was not exactly high on the Thunder’s wish list. So last night, Oklahoma City tried keep...

Harden Has Another Rough Night

In the Thunder's 104-98 loss to the Miami Heat in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night, Harden shot just 2 for 10 from the field, 1 for 5 from 3-point range, had four turno...

Heat Tougher, More Resourceful

Dwyane Wade landed on his tailbone. Given Wade’s vertical leap, it’s a long way down to the hardwood. He grimaced, clutched his lower back, rolled on the floor. It didn...

Heat 1 Win From Championship

LeBron James was accused of taking the easy way to his breakthrough championship, but the last two years have been anything but easy. He was five minutes and 49 seconds away from...

Going Small Working for Miami

It was a simple defensive switch -- the kind of defensive strategy that would have been considered a concession and a mistake in old-school Miami Heat thinking -- and it left Dwy...

OKC Must Overcome Doubt

It's come this far by coming back — from an 0-2 series hole in San Antonio, from double-digit deficits almost nightly throughout the playoffs. But this is unchartered terr...

Thunder Can't Match Heat Resolve

The championship is waiting for LeBron James now, within his grasp, a confluence borne of configuring his mind and body with the scattered state of these Oklahoma City Thunder. H...

Westbrook Not to Blame for Loss

After the Oklahoma City Thunder’s loss to the Miami Heat in Game 2, many people are placing the blame on Russell Westbrook. Westbrook took the most shots of anyone in the gam...

Perkins Not Made for These Finals

When the Oklahoma City Thunder traded Jeff Green for Kendrick Perkins in February 2011, the main draws were post defense and championship experience. Perk had helped the Boston C...

Controversial Non-Call the Right Call

“No question that’s a foul.” Those were ABC broadcaster Jeff Van Gundy’s final words on Thursday night’s broadcast, and the foul/non-foul will be sho...

Heat Still Have Cause for Concern

They won. If you’re the Heat, you can just pack your bags, board the team charter and take the NBA Finals back to Miami, knowing that the series is now even after your 100-...

LeBron Gets Best of Durant in 4th

Kevin Durant got the ball in scoring position, with the game in the balance, and suddenly all was right in Thunderworld. The Thunder had played cruddy for 3 1/2 quarters Thursday n...

Wade, Bosh Fail to Deliver

Kevin Durant, as so often is the case, knows the right thing to say. The Oklahoma City Thunder forward is not foolish enough to come into these NBA Finals and publicly contemplat...

Heat Stars Fade in 4th Quarter Again

Kevin Durant was the best player on the court. In the first of what will undoubtedly be many NBA Finals games in his career, Kevin Durant settled the Thunder at the beginning and...

Durant Outplays LeBron in Game 1

They are the two most explosive players in the game offensively, but it was the differing approaches at the less glamorous end of the floor that defined Kevin Durant and LeBron J...

Which Is Best Matchup for Thunder?

The Heat  have gotten by on the extraordinary talents of two players, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade -- and not necessarily in that order. The Celtics, meanwhile, continue to ...

Thunder 'Hollywood Script' Continues

Down 2-0 in the series, down 18 points in the first quarter, down 15 points at halftime, the Thunder continued to write a remarkable story. The Thunder rallied to beat the San A...

Spurs Embrace Challenge Ahead

So this was the moment the Spurs had been waiting for. Down 13 points to Oklahoma City, with little more than five minutes to play in a pivotal Game 5 of the Western Conference fi...

Can Anyone Stop the Thunder?

Here’s how good the Thunder are: Their offense went through the late-game yips again in their Game 5 win against the Spurs, with Russell Westbrook authoring perhaps the sin...

Spurs' Streak Gone, Series On

The longest winning streak in franchise history was still warm Thursday, having been euthanized moments earlier in a brutal 102-82 loss to Oklahoma City in Game 3 of the Western ...

Spurs' Invincibility Disappears

The Spurs hadn't lost since April 11, had lost only twice in 33 games since March 21, and now all they have to show for it is a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals. San A...

Game 3 Telling Moment for Thunder

Tiago Splitter was intentionally fouled away from the ball by Oklahoma City's Kendrick Perkins, then again 14 seconds later by Perkins, then again nine seconds later by Nick Coll...

Thunder Can't Stop Spurs' Parker

The San Antonio Spurs are up 2-0 in the Western Conference finals, but they nearly lost because they got away from what was working so well for them. It's obvious that Oklahoma C...

Do Thunder Have Any Hope?

The Thunder had a plan for defending the Spurs’ deadly pick-and-roll attack, and the plan has failed miserably. That leaves two options: 1. Be better at the plan. 2. Change ...

Thunder Hope to Emulate Spurs

Greater San Antonio has 2.194 million residents. Little bit bigger than Sacramento, almost as big as Portland. Oklahoma City's television market ranks 45th in America, just ahead ...

Youthful Thunder Ready to Test Spurs

How the Thunder can win They must simply overwhelm the Spurs with their superior speed, and quickness, as well as their considerable edge in overall talent. Kevin Durant's high-...

Gritty, Satisfying Win for Thunder

Want to know what frustration looks like? His reaction after the Lakers missed their last shot to save themselves from a late-game, road-playoff collapse said it all. Thunder 77,...

Paul, Clippers Finish Off Thunder

The media had formed a semi-circle around an exhausted-looking Chris Paul sitting inside theClippers' locker room, the group waiting for the All-Star guard to explain how...

Heat Get Revenge on Thunder

If the Heat and Thunder meet again this season, it won’t be until the NBA Finals. And what an epic series that would be. It’s going to be hard to wait until June. Less ...

Cavs Snap Thunder's Home Streak

This is why the Thunder's veterans have preached consistency. They knew that, sooner or later, the good fortune wouldn't be there for them in the fourth quarter. They knew that, ...

Short-Handed Hawks Top Thunder

How did the short-handed Hawks measure up against the NBA’s best? Just fine, thank you. The Hawks won 97-90 over the Oklahoma City Thunder, who entered the game with the top...

Thunder Blow Lead, Fall to Kings

The Sacramento Kings closed out the game with a 19-6 scoring spurt to post a 106-101 victory before a sellout crowd of 17,317 at Power Balance Pavilion. The scrappy Kings were ...

Ibaka Helps Thunder Beat Mavs

After a five-game playoff series last year, two preseason games to start this season and two more early regular season contests against the Dallas Mavericks, forward Serge Ibaka o...

Wizards Hand Thunder 3rd Loss

Jordan Crawford tossed the ball skyward from near halfcourt and John Wall soared to catch it and dunked with two hands. Wall swung on the rim, let out a guttural scream and viol...

5 Challengers for Next Season

1) Miami Heat You didn't really think they'd just go away, did you? Now that they couldn't cruise through the express lane at the check-out counter to buy a championship, the Hea...

Mavs Heading to NBA Finals

Five years, time that neither Dirk Nowitzki nor Jason Terry can ever get back. Five long years it’s taken for them to get back to the NBA Finals. The opportunity to avenge th...

Thunder Not Mature Enough

Maybe there will come a time years from now when they'll look back on it as a notch on the kitchen wall, providing tangible proof of how much they've grown. Or they'll wear it li...

Mavs' Time to Win Is Now

The Dallas Mavericks do not need external influences to create a sense of urgency. Their nine-man rotation, led by a gray-haired, all-time-great point guard, has a combined 103 sea...

Sensational Nowitzki Rescues Mavs

So if that miracle comeback in LA three weeks ago was the Dallas Mavericks' ticket-to-ride in these playoffs, then this one was ... what? Maybe after three decades of various pos...

Mean Streak Good for Thunder

Both Durant and Scotty Brooks called it their favorite dunks ever. ESPN's Jeff Van Gundy called it the NBA's play of the year. Mark Jackson called it one of the five best playoff ...

Westbrook 'Good' With Benching

At crunch time in Game 2 on Thursday night, he was missing in action. Despite logging 0:00 in the final quarter, Westbrook insisted he couldn't have been happier after the Oklahom...

Bench Helps Thunder Even Series

The Oklahoma City Thunder stole homecourt advantage with a 106-100 win in Game 2 of this Western Conference Finals, stunning a sold out American Airlines Center crowd before headi...

Randolph, Grizzlies Force Game 7

There will be a Game 7. Zach Randolph made sure of it by bringing lightning with a 30-point, 13-rebound performance in the Grizzlies’ 95-83 victory over the Oklahoma City Thu...

Last Stand for Grizzlies

The last drive to the arena. The last national anthem. The last home game of this magical, improbable year. Shane Battier is a free agent after this season. It could be the last t...

Thunder Throttle Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies never stood a chance. Oklahoma City cruised to a 99-72 cakewalk in Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead over the Grizzlies. The Thunder is now just one win awa...

Harden Is Thunder's X-Factor

While other players scored more, shot better from the field or secured more highlight-reel plays, Harden was simply solid. And it's his play that has proven to be the biggest ke...

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