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Thunder Defeat Mavericks 4-1, Will Face Spurs in Round Two

Apr 25, 2016 11:13 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Dallas Mavericks 118-104 to win the series 4-1.

Russell Westbrook scored 36 points with 12 rebounds and 9 assists while Kevin Durant added 33 points of his own.

As the West's #3 seed, the Thunder will face the Spurs in Round Two. The series will start Saturday, April 30th.

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Russell Westbrook Fined $25,000 For Inappropriate Language Towards Fan

Apr 24, 2016 7:27 PM

The NBA fined Russell Westbrook $25,000 for "directing inappropriate language toward a fan" during Oklahoma City's Game 4 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

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Kevin Durant Ejected From Game 4 Win, Will Not Be Suspended

Apr 24, 2016 1:38 PM

Kevin Durant was ejected from Saturday's Game Four win against the Dallas Mavericks for a blow to the head of Justin Anderson.

The rule for a Flagrant 2 is "unnecessary and excessive contact" and the league office will review the foul with the latitude to suspend Durant for Game 5 of the series, which the Thunder lead 3-1.

The NBA sent out a memo to teams before the playoffs emphasizing the crackdown on blows to the head whether or not they were intentional. 

On Sunday, Durant was fined $15,000 but not suspended.

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Kevin Durant Not Keen On Playing In Washington

Apr 21, 2016 11:58 PM

The Washington Wizards hired the ex-coach of Kevin Durant in Scott Brooks but it is not expected to make a difference in his free agency decision.

Friends say Durant isn't keen on returning to his hometown. Durant's inner circle has tightened considerably in recent years and he isn't interested in dealing with distant friends and family members.

Durant's lone visit to Washington this season was stressful, according to sources.

Durant respects Brooks and even missed him at various points in the season. Despite Brooks' limitations as a head coach, Durant knew he held everyone accountable and had a track record of player development.

Chris Mannix/The Vertical

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Monty Williams Attends Oklahoma City's Game 1

Apr 17, 2016 9:59 AM

For the first time since the death of his wife, Ingrid, following a Feb. 9 car crash, Monty Williams was at Chesapeake Energy Arena for Game 1 of the Oklahoma City Thunder series against the Dallas Mavericks.

The Thunder announced March 11 that Williams wouldn't return to the team this season.

In March, Billy Donovan said Williams' return will likely be decided after his children finish their academic school year.

“He’s still, in my opinion, part of this family, part of this organization,” Donovan said. “I think the one thing we’ve always tried to do here is always extend an open invitation."

Williams was also at Oklahoma City's practice before Game 1 on Friday.


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Kevin Durant Endorses Scott Brooks To Get Another Chance In NBA

Apr 14, 2016 7:53 PM

Kevin Durant endorsed Scott Brooks to get another chance as an NBA head coach.

Brooks was fired last season by the Oklahoma City Thunder and he's now a candidate for the Washington Wizards, Minnesota Timberwolves and Sacramento Kings.

“I can’t keep saying it enough, Scotty did a great job with us,” Durant said. “It’s nothing against him, but it’s different. Different plays, different schemes, different terms and what we want to do on both ends of the floor.”

Durant talked about how Brooks coached last season with a limited roster due to injuries.

“In Coach Brooks’ defense, he didn’t have me, Russ, Enes, Serge, Dion and A-Mo all on the court at the same time,” Durant said. “Obviously when you have more scorers out there, your numbers are gonna be up.

"That just shows we've got multiple guys out there that can put numbers on the board and we've been doing it at a high level this year.”

Erik Horne/Oklahoman

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Russell Westbrook Leads NBA In 'Grab And Go Buckets'

Apr 12, 2016 3:26 PM

Russell Westbrook leads the NBA in "grab and go buckets" with 85 for the season.

A "grab and go" is defined as either a player's own unassisted make or assists to teammates in seven seconds or less following a defensive rebound.

Draymond Green ranks second with 65.

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LeBron James, Russell Westbrook Named Players Of The Month

Apr 5, 2016 3:08 PM

LeBron James and Russell Westbrook have been named the NBA's Players of the Month for March.

In the month of March, James appeared in 14 games (10-4) and averaged 25.6 points on .538 shooting from the field, 8.2 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 1.1 steals in 34.1 minutes per game. 

Westbrook led the Thunder to an 11-5 record behind averages of 21.7 points, 10.6 assists (third in the NBA) and 8.3 rebounds.  His seven triple-doubles in March were the most in a calendar month since Michael Jordan had seven in April 1989.

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Stanley Johnson: No One Is Scared Of Playing Against Kevin Durant

Apr 1, 2016 2:07 PM

Stanley Johnson said comments from Kevin Durant were “uncalled for” and said Durant “disrespected” the franchise.

Durant criticized how Reggie Jackson enjoyed himself too much at the end of the Detroit Pistons' 88-82 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“I wanted to play against Detroit, for sure, but you know, it's Detroit. Who cares about Detroit?” Durant said to explain his reasoning for skipping the game.

“If he wanted to have an impact on the game, he should have just played,” Johnson said after this morning’s shoot-around.

“No one is scared of playing against him on this side of town,” Johnson said. “Next year we have two games scheduled, and I know, for me, it's circled on my schedule from now on.”

Durant called Jackson's actions as "bush league."

“I don't think we're something to play with,” Johnson said. “I think we can be a playoff team and you gotta respect that. I think by saying that, he disrespected our whole team.”

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Serge Ibaka: It's Sometimes Hard Not To Be More Involved In Offense

Mar 29, 2016 2:36 PM

Serge Ibaka had 15 points, eight rebounds and two blocks in Monday's win by the Oklahoma City Thunder over the Toronto Raptors. Most impressive was perhaps Ibaka's +39 in 33 minutes.

Ibaka made several key passes as well as shot fakes into mid-range jumpers.

“Those things I’ve been working all season,” Ibaka said. “I just think it’s paying off now.”

Ibaka used his gravitational pull to create offense for other players.

“Guys have to respect that 15-, 17-foot jumper,” Westbrook said. “Because that’s easy money for him. So he’s doing a better job reading and reacting.”

Said Billy Donovan: “He’s seeing things now for whatever reason that maybe he was missing in previous games.”

“I’m gonna tell you the truth, it’s hard sometimes when you play hard, you play you’re (butt off),” Ibaka swore, before apologizing and rephrasing. “You play so hard on defense, then you come to offense and you’re going to be out there in the corner for 4, 5, 6, sometimes 8 minutes and you don’t touch the ball. We human, man. It’s hard.”

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

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Kyle Lowry, Kevin Durant Named NBA's Players Of The Week
Kyle Lowry ranked fourth in East scoring last week averaging 27.2 points and led the NBA in fourth quarter scoring at 10.8 points.

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Kevin Durant: Oklahoma City Is Home
Kevin Durant is frequently asked for his opinion on other cities this season as he approaches free agency, but he was asked about Oklahoma City during a fundraiser to benefit his foundation.

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Kevin Durant: We Love Each Other, Sometimes X's And O's Are Reason For Losses
Kevin Durant was clear in supporting his supporting cast with the Thunder.

Chris Mannix/The Vertical

Spurs Expected To Explore Pursuit Of Kevin Durant
San Antonio would have to figure out how to play Kevin Durant with Kawhi Leonard despite the fact they play the same position.

Chris Mannix/Sports Illustrated

Kevin Durant Likes Family Atmosphere Of Boston
Kevin Durant hasn't played a game in Boston since Nov. 23, 2012 due to various injuries over the past few seasons.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Monty Williams To Miss Remainder Of Season
Monty Williams will not return to the Thunder this season after the passing of his wife Ingrid last month.

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Kevin Durant: Free Agent Talk Hasn't Been Totally Quiet But It's Been Cool
Kevin Durant and his management team put a plan in place to try and limit rumors.

Dan Woike/Orange County Register

Brother Of Dion Waiters Killed In Philadelphia
Fox 29 in Philadelphia reports Dion Waiters' brother was one of six people killed on Tuesday in three separate acts of violence.

Royce Young/ESPN

Kevin Durant: Everyone Makes Up Rumors This Time Of Year
Kevin Durant was asked to respond to comments he would leave the Thunder if the team didn't at least reach The Finals.

Tim Daniels/Bleacher Report

Nazr Mohammed Agrees To Sign With Thunder
Nazr Mohammed played with the Bulls from 2012 until 2015 but was previously with the Thunder.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Kevin Durant: Rising Cap 'Makes Everything Wide Open' On Decision
Because of the increase in the NBA salary cap, there will be more teams capable of offering a max contract to free agents this offseason.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Durant: We're Fooling Ourselves With Current Play If We Want To Be Great Team
The Thunder are now 42-19 and have lost five of seven since the All-Star break.

Royce Young/ESPN

Recently Indicted Thunder Co-Owner Dies In Single Car Crash
Aubrey McClendon crashed into an embankment while traveling at a "high rate of speed" Wednesday morning.

Jacob Pramuk/CNBC

Mavs, Cavs, Heat, Hawks Thunder Interested In Kevin Martin If Bought Out
Kevin Martin's destination could hinge on where Joe Johnson signs.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Thunder Stagger Minutes Of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook For Entire Game
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook played approximately 12 minutes together and 12 minutes apart in each half.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook 'Get Along Great'
There has been some minor tension as Russell Westbrook has taken on a bigger role in the Thunder offense.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Woj: Lakers Not 'Real Significant Factor' For Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant may not consider the Lakers as capable of contending for a title in the near-term.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical (via Fox)

Thunder, Spurs, Warriors Interested In Anderson Varejao
Anderson Varejao has averaged 10.0 minutes per game in 31 appearances this season for the Cavaliers.

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Thunder, Nuggets In Advanced Talks On Randy Foye
Randy Foye would give the Thunder another veteran backcourt player.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Durant, Westbrook Not Clamoring For Thunder To Make Deadline Deal
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were asked about the roster of the Thunder ahead of the trade deadline.

Royce Young/Oklahoman