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Thunder: How the Thunder embraced Enes Kanter the person and extracted the most out of him as a player

By Anthony Slater Staff writer ASlater@Oklahoman.comThe Thunder acquired Enes Kanter moments before the February 2015 trade deadline and sent a private jet to Salt Lake City moments afterward to pick him up. When he landed in OKC, general manager Sam Presti was waiting on the tarmac.
Via Thunder Rumblings
13 hours ago

Russell Westbrook: Kevin Durant and I will always have each other’s backs

If you’re searching for the greatest love story of our time, look no further than the Oklahoma City Thunder. Thunder guard Russell Westbrook clearly appreciated teammate Kevin Durant going out of his way to rebuke comments made by Mavericks owner Mark Cuban suggesting that Westbrook is not a “superstar.” Westbrook was asked on Wednesday about what it meant for Durant, who...
Via Larry Brown Sports
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Thunder Using its Time Wisely before Round 2

Up and down the floor they went, the Thunder 15, arming themselves mentally, physically and emotionally for their impending battle.
Via NBA.com
17 hours ago

Round 1: Thunder vs. Mavericks Series Recap

Via NBA.com
1 day ago

Sounds Of Thunder: Legion of Thunder Part IV

Thunder beat Mavericks.... and not a moment too soon. The Oklahoma City Thunder finished off the Dallas Maverick's season Monday night 118-104, but not without having to endure yet another round of Rick Carlisle and Mark Cuban's special form of "gamesmanship." A long injury list left the Mavericks devoid of the physical talent necessary to win the series so coach, players, and owner...
Via Welcome to Loud City
1 day ago

Thunder playoff TV ratings down 32 percent from 2014 first-round series

By Mel Bracht Staff Writer mbracht@oklahoman.comThe Oklahoma City Thunder averaged a 13.7 combined TV rating in Oklahoma City for its five-game first-round playoff series against Dallas, down 32 percent from its last first-round series, a seven-game series against Memphis in 2014 (20.2). The last two games of that series had huge ratings (23.0, 27.7).
Via Thunder Rumblings
1 day ago

Westbrook, Durant take shots at Charlie Villanueva

Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant took turns taking shots at Charlie Villanueva during a postgame press conference on Monday night. After the Oklahoma City Thunder eliminated the Dallas Mavericks from the playoffs with a 118-104 victory in Game 4, Westbrook was asked about Villanueva continuing to mess with him. Villanueva on Monday staked out Westbrook during the point guard...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Durant on Mark Cuban: ‘He’s an idiot’

After the Oklahoma City Thunder were able to close out their first-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday, the team’s top players spoke to the media to discuss the series that was, among other hot topics. One of the most talked about topics had nothing to do with the five-game series that had just ended in a Thunder win. Instead, it was all about what Dallas...
Via Sportsnaut
2 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Westbrook throws full-court pass to Durant for dunk

Russell Westbrook takes the ball out of bounds and launches a bomb to Kevin Durant, who finishes with a reverse dunk…. RUSS to KD https://t.co/LEyLljOp8i — NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) April 26, 2016 Long pass from Westbrook to Durant for the reverse on TNT! #NBARapidReplay #THUNDERvMAVS https://t.co/Q3nKvH44Rp — NBA (@NBA) April 26, 2016
Via Crossover Chronicles
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cuban on Westbrook: ‘He’s an All-Star but not a superstar’

It’s starting to become readily apparent that Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban just loves to hear himself talk. The always entertaining executive is now making waves around the NBA following comments he made regarding Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook on Monday. Mark Cuban says Kevin Durant is the Thunder's only superstar. What about Russell Westbrook? "He's an...
Via Sportsnaut
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Could this be the Oklahoma City Thunders year?

The Oklahoma City Thunder have been under the radar it seems like this season thanks to the record breaking regular seasons that both the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs had. Throughout the entire year the talk has been about who is going to win the West, the Warriors or Spurs, I don’t think people should discount this Thunder team just yet. With the Thunder defense...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Mejri calls out Durant for targeting rookie players

Tempers continue to flare in the series between the Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder, with Salah Mejri the latest to jump into the fray. The Mavericks rookie big man called out Kevin Durant in the wake of Durant's hit on Justin Anderson, and he did not hold back in his criticism, accusing Durant of only going after rookies. Had a one-on-one chat with Mejri, who...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

To the Brink: Oklahoma City On the Cusp of Advancing after wins in Games 3 and 4

After stumbling in Game 2, Oklahoma City swept their road games to take a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Dallas Mavericks Game 3 in a Nutshell: Oklahoma City responded to their Game 2 loss in a strong way, clocking Dallas early and rolling to a 131-102 win to take back the home court advantage in the series. Durant came out scoring early after the worst shooting game of his...
Via The Lottery Mafia
3 days ago  |  Discuss

This is how Thunder guard Russell Westbrook shows his love for Mavs fans

Tensions have been high in the Mavericks-Thunder series and Game 4 was no different. Russell Westbrook and Salah Mejri got into it in the third quarter after the Mavericks big man pulled the Thunder guard down on a drive attempt. Mavs fans stepped in and began yelling at Westbrook, so he gave them the business. “F— you” Westbrook could be seen yelling. That’s one...
Via The Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Rick Carlisle accuses Thunder of playing dirty, calls out Kevin Durant

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle isn’t happy with Kevin Durant, or the Oklahoma City Thunder for that matter. He accused Durant and the Thunder of playing dirty in Game 3 Thursday. In particular, Carlisle was upset about an elbow thrown by Durant in the chest of Salah Mejri. “There were four, what I would categorize as, non-basketball physical escalations that were initiated...
Via The Sports Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Oklahoma City Thunder get back home court

After a heartbreaking loss in game two after thinking Steven Adams tipped in the game winner with time expiring, the Oklahoma City thunder found themselves fighting to regain home court advantage against the Dallas Mavericks. The Thunder came out firing in game three with a impressive 131-102 win in Dallas. Now that the Thunder have stolen back home court advantage, look for their...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Thunder do a much better job protecting Westbrook-Payne pregame dance

Russell Westbrook and Cameron Payne had no interruptions during their pregame dance Thursday. They can thank one of their Oklahoma City Thunder teammates for this smooth performance before Game 3 against the Mavericks.Mitch McGary took matters into his own hands Thursday, walking toward the scorer's table, where Westbrook and Payne normally do their dance, to make it went off without...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Oklahoma City Thunder add name to groups opposing Oklahoma gun bills

The Oklahoma City Thunder are the only major professional team in the state of Oklahoma, and it is using that power to stand up to a pair of bills currently before the Oklahoma state senate regarding the rights of gun owners. While a professional team taking a very public stance on a controversial issue like gun rights bills is a bold step, the Thunder aren’t alone. Instead, they...
Via The Comeback
7 days ago  |  Discuss

NBA's Thunder among groups opposing 2 Oklahoma gun bills

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma City Thunder is among two dozen businesses, universities and law enforcement groups urging Oklahoma's Senate leader to kill two measures that would allow most adults to openly carry weapons without training or background checks. The groups signed the letter to President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman asking him to stop House Bill 3098 and House Joint...
Via Associated Press
7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Thunder could have a Shaq-and-Penny situation on their hands

There's this moment during the This Magic Moment 30 for 30 that had to have been stomach-churning for Oklahoma City Thunder fans.Toward the end of the lowlight reel of the Bulls sweeping the Magic in the 1996 Eastern Conference finals, it starts to set in that it's the last push this Magic team will have with this extraordinary collection of talent-- a transcendent guard like Penny...
Via Fox Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Thunderstorm: OKC shows why it can’t be trusted this season

The OKC Thunder are anything but OK at the moment. The Thunder live under a black cloud, but as you’ll note in the title of this piece, their problem is particular to this season. At least, that’s the best and fairest way to view the matter in the present tense. Steven Adams Has Game-Winning Buzzer-Beater Waved Off WATCH: https://t.co/ZavngPfRnG #Thunder #Mavs pic.twitter.com...
Via Crossover Chronicles
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Upon Further Review: Oklahoma City Thunder Games 1 and 2 Recap

An unexpected nailbighter in Game Two has the series even at one heading back to Dallas. What has stood out thus far? Game 1 in a Nutshell: Oklahoma City’s defense was dominant, shutting down the Mavericks across the board. Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 points and the rest of the starting lineup combined for 12, with the Mavericks scoring shooting a frigid 29.8% from the field, 22.2...
Via The Lottery Mafia
8 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Mavs stun Thunder as OKC putback bucket at buzzer waved off

After getting embarrassed 108-70 by the Oklahoma City Thunder in game one of their first-round series on Saturday, the Dallas Mavericks rebounded with a stunning 85-84 game two victory on Monday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena. It initially appeared that the Thunder had come away with a win and 2-0 series lead, when Thunder big man Steven Adams had this tip-in at the buzzer: However...
Via The Comeback
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Tempers flare prior to Mavs-Thunder playoff game

NBA players have special routines they go through prior to games. The most notorious might be Stephen Curry’s shot from the tunnel in Oakland. But almost every single player does something that’s original to him. For Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, his preparation is akin to a dance party with teammates. Dallas Mavericks forward Charlie Villanueva didn’t take...
Via Sportsnaut
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Oklahoma City Thunder need their bigs to step up in the playoffs

The Oklahoma City Thunder will start their playoff run against the Dallas Mavericks Saturday night. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will be ready to go, the question is who else on the Thunder will step up? Considering that the Thunder need to continue playing better defense if they want any chance to win the NBA title, their big men need to contribute on the offensive and defensive...
Via isportsweb.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss
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