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Russell Westbrook Promises Revenge Upon Zaza Pachulia

Jan 19, 2017 12:17 PM

Russell Westbrook is promising revenge on Zaza Pachulia for the hard foul he took in the second quarter of the Golden State Warriors' 121-100 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

With time ticking down before the half, Pachulia knocked Westbrook down, appearing to push the ball into Westbrook's face. Westbrook remained on the floor holding his face while Pachulia stood over him.

"He hit me kind of hard," Westbrook said. "But it's all right. I'm gonna get his ass back. Straight up."

Pachulia was handed a flagrant foul 1 for the play, following a review by the officials.

"No, I didn't see that until just now, but I don't play that game," a clearly agitated Westbrook said. "I'm gonna get his ass back. Whenever that is, I don't know what it's going to be, but I don't play that game."

The Warriors visit the Thunder on Feb. 11.

"I thought it was a good steal, honestly, because I had the ball in my hands," Pachulia said. "Officials called a foul; there's nothing you can do. A foul is a foul. If it was a hard foul, it was a hard foul. There is nothing you can do. So you just move on. If he got hurt, that's fine too. It's part of the game."

Pachulia said he is not concerned with Westbrook's comments, instead focusing on what the Warriors have in front of them.

"We're thinking about this team and staying healthy moving forward and, better, getting into the playoffs and playing for the championship. That's what I'm thinking about," Pachulia said. "I'm not thinking about these kind of comments. That team is not there, so they might be thinking about other stuff, like getting back. So, you know, OK, you can get me back.

"But this is my 14th year. We all know what my game is, to play hard. Not dirty, but play hard. If it was a hard foul, it was a foul. It wasn't dirty at all, so I'm not worried about this."

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Kevin Durant Reflects On Time With Westbrook, Harden

Jan 18, 2017 11:15 PM

Kevin Durant reflected back this week on how special the Oklahoma City Thunder were earlier in his career playing beside fellow MVP candidates Russell Westbrook and James Harden.

The Thunder traded away Harden in 2012.

“It’s easy to say we were supposed to be together for the rest of our careers, but it didn’t play out like that,” Durant said. “I think all three of us will have memorable careers. And it’ll be a journey we’ll always remember, something that’s different and unique, playing with two different guys who are doing incredible things in the league right now. But when you look back, think about the fun times instead of what could’ve been.”

Durant and Westbrook were only 23 when they reached The Finals, while Harden was 22. Oklahoma City staying together is one of the greatest what-ifs in NBA history.

“No. We never looked at it that way, like we could be best of all-time,” Durant said. “It was really AAU basketball, man. We were just having fun. We weren’t listening to anyone on the outside, media, none of that. It was just pure fun. When we did hear something about the group, it was like, what is this? That was so foreign to us because we never paid attention to it.”


Durant believes Harden could have remained Oklahoma City's Sixth Man.

“I think he’d have stayed in that role. I think so,” Durant said. “He’d have still been a really great player. You look at it, a lot of people wouldn’t have looked at him as a Sixth Man. He’d have been better. I think he’d have been better. Obviously I’m sure he loves what he’s doing now, but if we would’ve won a championship, I think the perception of him would’ve just been as a great player. ‘He’s the heart, he’s what makes us go.’ That’s what his label would’ve been, instead of just Sixth Man. He would’ve probably been the best Sixth Man that ever was.”

Durant paused, looking frustrated at himself for even entertaining the question.

“But don’t even worry about that,” he said. “I don’t even want to talk about that.”

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Tags: Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

Thunder Assign Semaj Christon To D-League

Jan 12, 2017 6:43 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder has assigned guard Semaj Christon to the Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA Development League.

In 36 games with the Thunder this season, Christon is averaging 3.2 points and 1.4 assists in 15.4 minutes.

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Cameron Payne Recalled From D-League By Thunder

Jan 7, 2017 2:00 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have recalled Cameron Payne from the Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA Development League.

During Payne’s recent assignment, the Blue went a perfect 2-0 as the Murray State product averaged 18.0 points, 3.0 assists and 1.0 rebound in 20.0 minutes.

Payne is returning from multiple issues with his foot over the offseason.

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Russell Westbrook Claims Throwing Ball At Ref Was Unintentional

Jan 5, 2017 10:31 AM

Russell Westbrook had two of his league-high 11 technical fouls rescinded by the NBA to drop his total to nine during the day on Wednesday. But he picked up one Wednesday night when he threw a ball at the referee.

“I would never ever disrespect the game in that type of way, throw the ball at a referee,” Westbrook said. “I’ve never done it before.”

Official Sean Corbin explained to a pool reporter that “Instead of Russell (Westbrook) giving the ball to the nearest official, he throws it in the area where Tre (Maddox) is and Tre is not looking. The ball hits him in the face, so that is a technical foul.”

“I just know that Russell felt terrible about it,” Billy Donovan said. “The official who came flying in to give a technical (Brian Berneky), I think Russell went out there and tried to explain it. I don’t know if he was shooting the ball or throwing the ball. I didn’t realize it.

“But in no way was he trying to do that."

Erik Horne/Oklahoman

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Kevin Durant May Have Chosen Celtics Had Warriors Won 2016 Title

Jan 4, 2017 11:41 AM

The Boston Celtics were one of the teams that met with Kevin Durant during his 2016 free agency in the Hamptons.

Durant met with the Boston contingent, which included Tom Brady, for four hours. The Celtics were offering a strong core of role players plus a number of future draft pick assets to put a title contender around Durant.

Many sources around the NBA have come to believe Durant would have signed with the Celtics had the Golden State Warriors won the Finals. For Durant, the optics of joining a team that had just won back-to-back championships may have been too difficult to overcome.

Even as Durant was finalizing his decision to join the Warriors, he asked Joe Lacob and Bob Myers how they would shield him from criticism should he decide to join their franchise.

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Thunder Assign Cameron Payne To D-League

Jan 1, 2017 12:19 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder has assigned guard Cameron Payne to the Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA Development League.

Payne, the 14th overall selection in the 2015 NBA Draft, averaged 5.0 points, 1.9 assists and 1.5 rebounds in 57 games during his rookie season.

Payne hasn't played this season as he's dealt with multiple foot injuries.


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Russell Westbrook Believes He's Treated Differently By Officials

Dec 30, 2016 12:06 PM

Russell Westbrook was ejected in Thursday's loss by the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Memphis Grizzlies as he picked up back-to-back technical fouls. Westbrook believes he's being officiated differently from other players.

"Honestly, I don't know, man. Honestly, it's crazy to be ejected like that, especially when I didn't do nothing," Westbrook said. "It's just crazy, man. Especially for me, because I feel like I don't get the benefit of the doubt most of the time, especially throughout the game with refs.

"I get so many techs just for talking. I can't even say nothing when I'm getting hammered every time I go to the damn basket throughout the games and previous games. Not tonight, but every night. I just don't get ref'd the same way as other people, and I don't appreciate it."

Westbrook's ejection Thursday came after he argued what he thought was an air ball by the Grizzlies and an incorrect resetting of the shot clock.

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Isaiah Thomas, Russell Westbrook Named NBA Players Of The Week

Dec 26, 2016 5:56 PM

Isaiah Thomas and Russell Westbrook have been named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Dec. 19 through Sunday, Dec. 25.

Thomas led the Eastern Conference in scoring (33.3 ppg) and ranked sixth in assists (7.3 apg) as the Celtics went 3-1, with all three wins coming on the road. He scored a career-high 44 points, including 36 in the second half, in a 112-109 overtime win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Dec. 20. Thomas shot 48.8 percent from the field and 90.7 percent (39-for-43) from the free throw line for the week. He matched his season high with 10 assists in a 117-112 loss to the Thunder on Dec. 23.

Westbrook led the Thunder to a 3-1 week, averaging a league-high 41.0 points, 10.0 assists and 9.8 rebounds. He became only the third player in history to log three straight games with at least 40 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, joining Elgin Baylor, who did it twice, and Wilt Chamberlain. Westbrook notched his league-leading 14th triple-double of the season with 45 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in Oklahoma City’s win over the Celtics. It was his sixth career triple-double with at least 40 points, placing him third all-time behind Oscar Robertson (22) and Chamberlain (seven).   

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Russell Westbrook Denies Yelling 'Thank You Kyrie'

Dec 25, 2016 10:45 PM

Russell Westbrook was adamant he didn't yell "Thank you Kyrie!" as he ran off the court making a shot to close out his pregame shootaround. The Oklahoma City Twitter account posted video of the incident.

Kyrie Irving made the game-winning shot for the Cleveland Cavaliers to beat the Golden State Warriors earlier in the day.

“What? F--- do I look like, man? Why would I ever say that?” Westbrook said in pregame interviews, apparently unaware of the video until he was asked about it. “I would never say no other man’s name like that, for one. ‘Thank you Kyrie.’ What do I look like? I was talking to my trainer’s daughter. His daughter’s name is Jayme. ‘Thank you Jayme.’ I’m tired of – I ain’t about to keep going on that. I’m gonna keep my spirit up. I’m not about to even involve myself in no dumb stuff like that. Next question, man.”

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Russell Westbrook, James Harden Will Be Grandfathered Into Super-Max
Both James Harden and Russell Westbrook signed extensions in the 2016 offseason.

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Victor Oladipo Continues To Miss Time But Won't Need Surgery On Wrist
Billy Donovan didn't say Victor Oladipo was day-to-day, but emphasized that Oladipo is "getting better and progressing."

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Cameron Payne Nearing His 16-17 Season Debut
Cameron Payne suffered a fracture of his fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

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Russell Westbrook Sick Of Triple-Double Talk After Two Straight Games Without One
Before Russell Westbrook's two-game slide of losses and no triple-doubles, he was more willing to discuss triple-doubles.

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Thunder, Pacers, Rockets Have Had Interest In Rudy Gay
Rudy Gay can become a free agent this offseason and has openly suggested he isn't interested in re-signing with the Kings.

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Victor Oladipo Suffers Sprained Right Wrist
Victor Oladipo was down for several minutes before eventually walking to the Thunder locker room on his own power.

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Mark Cuban Still Doesn't Put Russell Westbrook In 'Superstar' Category
Mark Cuban believes a true superstar can carry a mediocre roster to 50 wins and a postseason series win.

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RealGM Radio: Royce Young On The Thunder
Host Danny Leroux and Royce Young of ESPN go in-depth on the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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LeBron James, Russell Westbrook Named Players Of The Month
LeBron James averaged 23.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 9.3 assists in 35.9 minutes as the Cavaliers went 13-2 in the 15 contests he appeared in.

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Scott Brooks On Durant, Westbrook's Relationship: It Doesn't Make Me Feel Good
Scott Brooks was asked a number of questions about Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook during his first trip back to Oklahoma City.

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Westbrook Averaging Triple-Double Later In Season Than Anyone Since Oscar
Russell Westbrook is averaging 30.9 points, 10.3 rebounds and 11.3 assists through 19 games.

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Thunder Retire Navy Blue Alternate Uniforms
The Thunder last wore the navy blue alternates during their 124-92 loss to the Spurs in the 2016 Western Conference semifinals.

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Semaj Christon Suffers Concussion, Facial Fracture
Semaj Christon can play with the fracture when he returns from concussion protocol as long as he plays with a protective mas

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Blake Griffin Exhibiting No Signs Of Interest In Playing For Hometown Thunder
Blake Griffin has an early termination option in his deal with the Clippers this summer.

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Thunder Remain Interested In Trading For Rudy Gay
Rudy Gay would allow them to slide Victor Oladipo to a 6th man role and Andre Roberson to shooting guard.

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James Harden: Thunder Now A One-Man Show
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Kevin Durant Defends Greg Oden On 'Biggest NBA Bust' Comments
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Victor Oladipo On Trade To Thunder: I'm Glad Where I Am
Victor Oladipo will play the Magic on Sunday for the first time since his trade to the Thunder.

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Andrew Bogut: Thunder Exposed Warriors Little Bit With Their Big Lineup In WCF
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Thunder Trying To Get Russell Westbrook To See Different Ways Of Impacting Teammates
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