vs. Warriors (9-2, 4-2 road) vs. Thunder (3-11, 2-4 home) TV: FS Oklahoma Stream: Click here Radio: WWLS The Sports Animal (98.1 FM, 640 AM, 1300 AM The Buzz Tulsa) Time: 6:00 CT Offensive Rating: Thunder – 99.2 (29th), Keep reading »
Nets beat the Thunder, fall to 3-11. Keep reading »
The Thunder fall to 3-10 on the season despite 22 and 13 from Serge Ibaka. Keep reading »
Offensive Rating: Thunder – 99.2 (29th), Warriors – 108.5 (9th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 105.1 (12th), Warriors – 97.9 (2nd)
In the wake of another loss Thunder fans got welcome news that Durant and Westbrook went through the non-contact portions of practice on Saturday as they both move closer and closer to returning from their respective injuries. And this news may have to serve as comfort once again as the Thunder face one of the most complete teams in basketball — the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors come in at 9-2 and are holding down 2nd place in this brutal Western Conference. In his first year as head coach Steve Kerr as already made Warriors’ front office look really good for their decision to part ways with MJax. Kerr has unleashed Steph Curry and this offense like a Katniss Everdeen exploding arrow. The Thunder — how can I say this nicely — has its hands full tonight. Keep Reading…
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Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook can’t get back soon enough.
No, I mean really though. It’s starting to look like they really can’t make it back in time for the Thunder to make the playoffs in the brutal-as-ever Western Conference.
Reggie Jackson missed a clean look at a game-winning 3-pointer as the clock wound down, and Oklahoma City fell victim to another tough fourth quarter in a 94-92 loss to the Nets on Friday at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The loss dropped OKC to 3-11 on the year — 2-4 at home — to remain a half-game behind the woeful Lakers as the worst team in the West.
To finish with 50 wins, which will likely be needed to snag the final spot in the West, the Thunder now have to finish the season 47-21 from here on out. And that number will likely slip to 47-20 after Sunday, when the Warriors come to town and will likely send the Thunder to a sixth straight loss. With no return in sight for KD and Russ, a finish with 50 wins would rank as perhaps the most remarkable achievement for the team since it came to town. Keep Reading…
Offensive Rating: Thunder – 98.8 (29th), Nets – 107.0 (17th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 105.0 (11th), Nets – 107.3 (28th)
It’s the battle of the wounded in Oklahoma City tonight as the Nets, losers of its last five games and the Thunder, its last four, square off tonight at The Peake. The Nets are coming off a triple-overtime loss at home to the Bucks and look to get a win for the first time since Nov. 9.
Oklahoma City comes in with familiar struggles and unfamiliar noise surrounding its team. The Thunder now sits alone at the bottom of the Western Conference standings at 3-10 and the free fall might not be over. With every loss the challenge gets for KD and Russ to stand up to. So what gives? Keep Reading…
Darnell Mayberry with a great piece on the Thunder’s immediate future: “That’s why these next eight games will reveal to us who this 2014-15 Thunder team is. Six of these next eight games are against teams with a combined record of 24-46. Five of the eight are at home, beginning with Friday’s rematch against the Nets, the first of a four-game home stand. Of course, the Thunder already has fallen to three of the team’s in this typical cakewalk of a stretch, losing to the Jazz, Pistons and Bucks. So wins against anyone are far from a given. But many of these next eight have become must-wins. How will the Thunder respond? The season could be slipping away, and so far this situation has resulted in only close-but-no-cigar efforts and sparked never-before-seen skepticism from the fan base.”
Andrew Gilman of Fox Sports Southwest: “Ibaka is averaging 4.8 3-point attempts per game and is shooting 36.8 percent on 3s. That’s fine when there’s no one else to take them, but he’ll become more valuable when Durant and Westbrook return doing what he’s done over the past few years. Ibaka is averaging 15 points per game, but he’s been resistant to getting into the paint. Maybe it’s because Ibaka is not wanting to tire and he’s trying to conserve energy by avoiding contact in the paint as he is one of the best options left on offense for the Thunder. He took just two of his 15 shots from the paint. Ibaka only took two free throws on Wednesday against Denver, too, showing his inability to get to the basket and to settle for jumpers. Ibaka took three free throws against Utah and none against Houston, Detroit or Boston. He has six games this season with no free throw attempts. That basically means Ibaka is taking too many jumpers.” Keep Reading…
1. This is a list of the restaurants we had in the town I grew up in. We’ve since added a doughnut place and a Boomerang Diner — great biscuits and gravy, my dad says — but they weren’t around when I left so they don’t count.
Some Snow Cone Stand With “Paradise” In The Title
There was a good three year period there before I could drive when my mom, after picking me up from school, would drive me to Sonic. We’d get a drink and a Blast or some fries or mozzarella sticks. It was a daily thing. I liked it a lot. Keep Reading…
Darnell Mayberry: “After a Serge Ibaka 3-pointer trimmed the deficit to three, Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler missed a 3 at the other end, which set up an improbable opportunity for the Thunder. But guard Reggie Jackson missed a straight-away 3-pointer and the Nuggets nailed back-to-back 3-pointers to bump their lead to nine with 1:42 remaining. The shame of this one was that the Thunder finally produced a respectable offensive performance that on most nights would have been enough to power OKC to victory. But when the defense that had been so steady to this point disappeared in Denver, the Thunder never really stood a chance.”
KD has signed with Sonic via Darren Rovell: “An extra layer of motivation to forge the partnership comes from the fact that Sonic, which has 3,500 restaurants in 44 states, has its headquarters in Oklahoma City. It’s the second deal that Durant has done this year with an Oklahoma City company. Yogurt franchise Orange Leaf is also based there. But, for Sonic, signing Durant is clearly a national play for a growing brand.” Keep Reading…
It continues to be an incredibly odd feeling, the Thunder being down just three with 3:15 left, and knowing that they would very likely not win the game. Last season, they could’ve been 13 with three minutes left — like they were against the Clippers in Game 5 — and you felt like there was a decent chance they were still winning the thing.
But then again, the fact they were even within a possession actually caught me off guard. They trailed by 16 to start the fourth — 90-74 — and on the second night of a back-to-back, looked completely cooked. A bucket from Reggie Jackson, a 3 by Sebastian Telfair, some free throws for Jackson and an Ibaka jumper and the Thunder had it to nine with a little less than nine to go. Nice push, but it’s still over.
Free throws by Jackson, a runner from Anthony Morrow, free throws by Morrow, another 3 for Telfair (what?!), split free throws from Nick Collison, and then a nifty pump-and-dump 3 from Serge Ibaka, and there it was, the Thunder had clawed back to 101-98, 3:15 to go. Keep Reading…