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Westbrook: The Mask Is Not Going To Stop Me

Mar 5, 2015 10:55 AM

Russell Westbrook had another triple double in his first game back from a facial fracture.

Westbrook, who wore a protective mask, finished the overtime win with 49 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists.

“It was OK,” Westbrook said of the mask. “It was weird, obviously. Keep wiping it and it was a total big process of trying to keep everything from not fogging up. But it’s not going to stop me. My job is to come out there and lead my team.”

Darnell Mayberry/Oklahoman

Tags: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Russell Westbrook, LeBron James Named Players Of The Month

Mar 4, 2015 7:24 PM

Russell Westbrook and LeBron James have been named the NBA Players of the Month for February.

Westbrook had a PER of 34.6 in February, averaging 31.2 points, 9.1 rebounds and 10.2 assists per game for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

James averaged 24.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game for the month.

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Tags: Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Award

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Russell Westbrook Undergoes Surgery On Zygomatic Bone Fracture

Feb 28, 2015 4:32 PM

Russell Westbrook underwent a surgical procedure on a fracture to his zygomatic arch bone. 

Westbrook will miss Sunday's game and will be reevaluated this week.

Westbrook suffered the injury in the Oklahoma City Thunder's loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday.

Darnell Mayberry/The Oklahoman

Tags: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Injury

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Daryl Morey: Even We Had Doubts About James Harden Trade

Feb 26, 2015 2:44 PM

James Harden has become one of the NBA's best players since his trade to the Houston Rockets, but wasn't a clear-cut win at the time for Daryl Morey.

Some believed Harden would not be able to extend his production to superstar minutes when he was 6th Man of the Year with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"The Harden trade was about 60-40 in favor of our side at the time," said Morey. "Even we had doubts. You need to prepare yourself to be ready for those opportunities when they come. It's not like anyone's giving away these good players. You have to maneuver your way into them....The notion that people in analytics don't think talent wins is ludicrous."

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Tags: James Harden, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Westbrook Has 30.0+ PER In Four Of Seven Months Since Third Surgery

Feb 25, 2015 12:44 PM

With Derrick Rose undergoing another surgery for a torn meniscus in his right knee, Russell Westbrook has been referenced as a reason for optimism.

Westbrook underwent three surgeries following his torn meniscus suffered during the 2013 NBA Playoffs. Westbrook has inarguably been one of the NBA's best players since the third surgery from December of 2013. Westbrook had a PER of 24.6 while playing all 82 games during the 12-13 season.

PER by Month

November 2013: 16.8

December 2013: 24.7

(third surgery)

February 2014: 24.8

March 2014: 30.9

April 2014: 31.3

Playoffs 2014: 28.6

December 2014: 30.0

January 2015: 19.9

February 2015: 35.0

Rose's production has been consistently down from his MVP levels since returning from a torn ACL. 


PER: 23.6/15.9

TS%: .550/.496

AST%: 38.6/29.8

FTr: .348/.224

Dunks Per Game: 0.39/0.09

(Westbrook: 0.52 in 12-13/0.77 in 14-15)

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Tags: Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Source: Thunder Don't Make Decisions Based On Whether Durant, Westbrook Will Approve

Feb 23, 2015 12:16 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder aggressively remade their supporting cast via trades this season, acquiring Dion Waiters, Enes Kanter, D.J. Augustin, Kyle Singler and Steve Novak.

Kevin Durant will be a free agent in 2016 and Russell Westbrook follows one year later, but the Thunder front office doesn't operate "like, geez, are these guys gonna leave? Are these guys gonna be happy?," a league source said.

Kendrick Perkins was a beloved teammate the Thunder parted ways with at the deadline.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Tags: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Kevin Durant To Be Reevaluated In One Week After Procedure On Foot

Feb 22, 2015 3:50 PM

Kevin Durant has undergone a second surgical procedure on his right foot and will be reevaluated in one week.

Darnell Mayberry/The Oklahoman

Tags: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Injury

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Cavaliers Appear To Be Preferred Team Of Kendrick Perkins

Feb 21, 2015 3:10 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers are the frontrunners to sign Kendrick Perkins.

Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers still are pursuing Perkins, but he's said to be leaning strongly towards the Cavaliers.

One significant criteria for Perkins in choosing a team has been the opportunity for playing time.

Perkins and the Utah Jazz are close to agreement on a buyout.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Kendrick Perkins, Cleveland Cavaliers, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Durant: Reggie Jackson Got What He Wanted

Feb 20, 2015 2:04 PM

The final months of Reggie Jackson's tenure with the Oklahoma City Thunder were acrimonious.

Two hours after word of Jackson's trade to the Detroit Pistons broke, Jackson tweeted, "Crying tears of joy #godisgreat." 

"We felt like everybody wanted to be here except for one guy," said Kevin Durant.

Jackson wanted to have a starter's role and make starter's money, which was always going to be difficult if not impossible with Russell Westbrook ahead of him.

Jackson stopped attacking the basket with regularity, attempting 5.1 shots per 48 minutes in the restricted area this season compared to 6.1 last season. 

As Durant said Thursday, "He got what he wanted. You can't really --."

Durant paused for a second to think, but he'd already said how he felt

"He got what he wanted," he repeated.

Royce Young/ESPN

Tags: Reggie Jackson, Detroit Pistons, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Westbrook, Durant Have No Desire To Be Consulted On Thunder Trade Decisions

Feb 20, 2015 10:53 AM

Russell Westbrook said he and Kevin Durant feel no need to be consulted at the trade deadline by the Oklahoma City Thunder front office.

Not my job,” Westbrook said. “My job is to come out and play. We have a great general manager, great owner and great coach who have done a great job thus far putting this team together. So I’m pretty sure they know what’s best for us.”

Westbrook was asked if Sam Presti ever comes to them to gather their feedback.

“I don’t want to repeat the same answer, so whatever I just said last time use it as that answer,” he said.


Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Tags: Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Pelicans Trade For Ish Smith From Thunder
Ish Smith appeared in 30 games this season with Oklahoma City, averaging 1.2 points, 0.9 rebounds and 0.9 assists.

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Reggie Jackson Traded To Pistons, Enes Kanter To Thunder
Reggie Jackson has been dealt to the Pistons, while Enes Kanter goes to the Thunder.

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Nets, Jazz, Pacers, Pistons Interested In Reggie Jackson
Reggie Jackson will be a restricted free agent in the offseason after he rejected a four-year, $48 million offer from the Thunder.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Thunder Considering Trade For Enes Kanter
Enes Kanter will become a restricted free agent in the offseason.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Nets, Thunder Close To Brook Lopez For Reggie Jackson Trade
The deal could also be expanded to send Jarrett Jack to the Wizards and Kevin Garnett to the Timberwolves.

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Thunder Interested In Trading For Norris Cole
The Thunder have interest in trading for Norris Cole if Reggie Jackson is moved.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Nets Interested In Brook Lopez For Reggie Jackson Trade With Thunder
The Nets need to believe they will be able to convince Reggie Jackson to re-sign in the offseason.

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Westbrook Fully Believes In Benefits Of Durant Partnership
Russell Westbrook prefers having Kevin Durant as his running mate rather than being the unquestioned top player.

Dan Patrick Show (via Dan Devine/Yahoo! Sports)

Durant Doesn't Resent Thunder For Trading Harden, Won't Impact His 2016 Decision
Kevin Durant clarified his comments to GQ about how he could have easily tried to get traded from the Thunder.

Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Reggie Jackson Requests Trade From Thunder
Reggie Jackson has averaged 12.4 points, 4.2 assists and four rebounds for the Thunder this season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Kevin Durant: I Could Have Easily Wanted Out
Kevin Durant signed a full extension with the Thunder in 2010 without any opt-outs in an expression of his loyalty.

Zach Baron/GQ

Nets Continue To Shop Brook Lopez
Brook Lopez has a player option for the 15-16 season.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Thunder, Kings, Bulls, Clippers Interested In Arron Afflalo
The Nuggets are making Arron Afflalo available in trade talks, though serious discussions have yet to take place at this point.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Kevin Durant Rants About Media Following Question On Scott Brooks
Kevin Durant was later asked what kinds of questions he'd prefer the media to focus on.

Royce Young/ESPN

Warriors, Hawks, Blazers In Top-10 On Both Offense, Defense
Fourteen other teams are in the top-10 in either offensive or defensive efficiency.

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Antetokounmpo, Westbrook Named NBA Players Of The Week
Giannis Antetokounmpo averaged 19.5 points (.633 FG%), 11.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.8 blocks during the week while leading the Bucks to a 3-1 record.

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Steven Adams Out At Least Three Weeks With Broken Hand
Steven Adams injured his hand while jumping near the basket and hitting the back of his hand on another player's body.

Darnell Mayberry/Oklahoman

Kendrick Perkins Suspended One Game By NBA For Head Contact With Evans
Kendrick Perkins was suspended for one game without pay for initiating and making head to head contact with Tyreke Evans on Friday.

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Durant: Whoever Wants My ASG Spot Can Play Me One-On-One For It
Kevin Durant was a somewhat controversial All-Star selection due to how many games he's missed because of injury.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Russell Westbrook To Get His Own Signature Jordan Brand Shoe
Russell Westbrook signed with Jordan Brand in 2012.

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