Apr 23, 2014 3:15 PM EDT
Russell Westbrook went 11-for-28 in a 105-111 Oklahoma City loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 2.
The Grizzlies apparently prefer a high usage rate from Westbrook because it limits the number of opportunities Kevin Durant receives.
"We're fine with Westbrook taking shots, I mean, that's kinda what you want - the more shots he takes, the less Durant takes," said Courtney Lee.
Apr 22, 2014 4:08 PM EDT
During the first two games of their first round series, Kevin Durant is 9-for-25 (36 percent) while being guarded by Tony Allen and 10-for-18 (55.5 percent) against everyone else on the Memphis Grizzlies.
Allen missed 27 games this season while recovering from a knee issue and appears to be healthier and faster.
Allen is especially adept at avoiding screens to stick with Durant.
Apr 18, 2014 2:14 PM EDT
In this episode of RealGM Radio, host Daniel Leroux previews the NBA Playoffs with four different guests.
Beckley Mason (@BeckleyMason) of the New York Times and ESPN joins the show to work through the bracket and provide his take from the first round to the finals.
After that, Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) of Basketball Insiders comes on to provide his insight on the various matchups he is looking forward to in the next few weeks.
Following him, Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) of RealGM projects how the various first round series will shake out and what he is looking forward to the most.
Finally, Arturo Galletti (@ArturoGalletti) of BoxScoreGeeks.com shares his playoff predictions and discusses the playoff prediction contest his site is running with Wages of Wins.
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Apr 18, 2014 12:29 PM EDT
George Kaiser bought an ownership stake of the Oklahoma City Thunder and has become the newest co-owner.
“We are honored to welcome George Kaiser as a member of the ownership group of the Oklahoma City Thunder,” Clay Bennett said in a statement Friday. “George is a well-respected and important Oklahoma business leader, as well as one of the state and nation’s top philanthropists. His commitment to successful business and community leadership is in true alignment with that of the Thunder.
“I also appreciate the commitment and leadership provided by Tom Ward as a member of our ownership group from the beginning.”
Kaiser is president, CEO and primary owner of Tulsa-based GBK Corp., parent of Kaiser-Francis Oil Co., which he has managed for 40 years.
Apr 17, 2014 12:30 PM EDT
The San Antonio Spurs finished the 13-14 regular season with the best efficiency differential in the NBA with a mark of +8.1. The Spurs scored 110.5 points per 100 possession while allowing 102.4 points per 100 possessions.
The Los Angeles Clippers ranked second, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors.
The Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns round out the top-10.
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Apr 17, 2014 12:08 PM EDT
LeBron James has the NBA's best-selling jersey, beating out Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose and Stephen Curry.
Bryant and Rose played in just 16 combined games.
James has finished with the top-selling jersey in six of his 11 seasons in the NBA.
Apr 16, 2014 4:34 PM EDT
James Harden was adamant that he saw himself spending his entire career with the Oklahoma City Thunder before turning down a contract extension offer and subsequently being traded to the Houston Rockets in 2012.
“I thought we were going to be together forever," Harden said in a sit down interview. "Russell Westbrook. James Harden. Kevin Durant."
When asked whether he would still be in Oklahoma City if money was not a factor, Harden said: "Definitely. Definitely. No question.
"I felt like I already made a sacrifice coming off the bench and doing whatever it takes to help the team, and they weren’t willing to help me."
Apr 12, 2014 12:41 PM EDT
The Oklahoma City Thunder have joined the San Antonio Spurs in securing homecourt advantage in The Finals should they make it.
The Thunder are guaranteed to have a better record than both the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat with their win on Friday.
Apr 11, 2014 10:48 PM EDT
Monty Williams compared the style of Kevin Durant to Len Bias, who was the second overall pick in the 1986 NBA Draft out of Maryland.
“(Durant)’s a very unique player, reminds me of what Len Bias would have been if he played in the league,” Williams explained. “(At) 6-8, 6-9, can shoot it and run, can dunk and defend, play many positions. I’m just impressed by the way he gets better every year and his passion for the game.”
Williams also added two more players to the Bias comparison.
“I think he’s the most unique guy I’ve seen, like Alex English, Glen Rice, Len Bias, all these guys all in one,” Williams said of Durant. “He does everything. You just can’t recall a guy that long who can do what he does every single night. Shooting from 30 feet on the floor with confidence, then driving to the basket and dunking on guys and then go post up. To top it off, he’s a great teammate and a good kid.”
Apr 11, 2014 4:55 PM EDT
Russell Westbrook has played with an increased chip on his shoulder since returning from his latest knee injury.
"For anybody who gets hurt, you come back with a bigger shovel," Westbrook said. "You want to compete, come back better and compete at the level before you got hurt.
"It's made me even more meaner. But that's normal for me."
Westbrook and his teammates believe the point guard was able to learn from sitting and watching the Oklahoma City Thunder.
"He looks like he is more explosive and he's making good decisions," Kevin Durant said. "It looks like he learned a lot just sitting there watching. You think the game more just sitting and watching.
"He always plays with a chip on his shoulder," Durant said. "Angry could be good and bad. But it's on the good side for Russ. He doesn't like anybody he is playing against. He plays with that edge and he plays at a high level."
"Just watch his court awareness. He's very selective about his shot selection now," Kendrick Perkins added. "He is still being aggressive, but he is picking and choosing when to be aggressive, which is helping us."
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The Thunder will not sign Reggie Williams following the expiration of his second 10-day contract, sources tell RealGM.
Derek Fisher has consistently stated he will retire after this season.
Kevin Durant averaged 34.5 points per game in March.
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Joe Johnson is the first member of the Nets to win the award since Devin Harris in 2009.
Russell Westbrook underwent an MRI on his right knee and it showed "no issues of concern."
Russell Westbrook inadvertently bumped his right knee into the knee of Kyle Lowry.
Mustafa Shakur has appeared in 37 games in the D-League this season.
Reggie Williams will return to the Tulsa 66ers of the D-League.
Russell Westbrook is also playing with a minutes restriction.
Reggie Williams is averaging 21.1 points per game for the 66ers this season.
An MRI for Thabo Sefolosha's calf injury confirmed a strain.
Caron Butler has agreed to sign with the Thunder.
The Thunder, Heat, Spurs and Bulls will pursue Caron Butler.
Kendrick Perkins is averaging 3.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 19.7 minutes per contest.
The Knicks deemed Iman Shumpert more valuable than the late first round choice that the Thunder offered.
Sources believe the Clippers may have been posturing to keep the Knicks from dealing Iman Shumpert from being traded to the Thunder.
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