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Jodie Meeks, Gerald Green, Tyreke Evans, Cantankerous Caldwell-Pope. OK, so Caldwell-Pope’s name is Kentavious. But he’s the latest in a series of mostly unknown player...(full article)

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. ...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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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...

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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...

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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

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Durant Ready to Overtake LeBron

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

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Another NBA Golden Age Emerging

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Durant Can Burnish MVP Credentials

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LeBron 'Jealous' Only That Durant Will Be MVP

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If Stoops Bolts for NFL, It Won't Be Browns

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Sorry, Mack: Texas-Oklahoma Really Matters

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Schools Owe Players Nothing Once They Leave

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Oklahoma St. Should Take Hit It Deserves

OSU has some wiggle room in the Sports Illustrated-reported scandal that landed on our laptops Tuesday morning. Who knows what's coming in the next three days, but the scathing al...

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LeBron's Performance Flawless

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Chalmers Makes Thunder Pay

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Harden Has Another Rough Night

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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

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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