TAG: Oklahoma City Thunder

NBA / Apr 24, 2014 / 9:08 pm

Kendrick Perkins & Z-Bo Ask Ref To Let Them Be Physical

Kendrick Perkins, Zach Randolph

Kendrick Perkins, Zach Randolph (Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports)

So many people get nostalgic for a more physical NBA. Any time there’s a little roughness in the paint these days, you’re always expecting a whistle. Some misconstrue this and believe the players are getting soft, but the league has cracked down more than anything. That’s what makes this video clip before the Thunder and Grizzlies tipped off so enthralling. Watch as Kendrick Perkins and Zach Randolph ask head referee Monty McCutchen to let them be physical in the post. Read More »

NBA / Apr 22, 2014 / 12:23 am

Kendrick Perkins Forces OT With Buzzer-Beater, But Grizzlies Still Tie Series 1-1

Kendrick Perkins, Kevin Durant

Game 2 between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Oklahoma City Thunder turned out to be a thrilling spectacle of basketball. The game went back and forth and proved that playoff basketball is nothing but pure entertainment. With the score at 99-97 in favor of Memphis, OKC had one final chance to either win the game or force overtime. Russell Westbrook chucked up a prayer from downtown, but came up short. Luckily for OKC, Kendrick Perkins was in the right place at the right time, as he grabbed the offensive rebound and banked in a layup to beat the buzzer. Read More »

GIFs, NBA, Video / Apr 21, 2014 / 11:43 pm

Kevin Durant’s Impossible Falling Out of Bounds 3-Pointer Plus The Foul

Kevin Durant, Marc Gasol

We’re pretty sure cardiac arrest is the only possible by-product of the helter-skelter Game 2 between the Grizzlies and Thunder. The Thunder were down five with less than 20 seconds left and most fans believed this series would shortly be tied 1-1. But after a broken play, Russell Westbrook saved the ball from flying out of bounds to Kevin Durant who was covered closely by Marc Gasol in the near corner. KD was falling out of bounds as he caught the ball, but still found a way to get the shot up… Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Apr 21, 2014 / 11:07 pm

Serge Ibaka Blocks Ed Davis Then Wags His Finger

Serge Ibaka, Ed Davis

Serge Ibaka, Ed Davis (Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports)

The ol’ Dikembe Mutombo finger wag after a big block would get T’d up in the contemporary NBA for taunting. But that didn’t stop Serge Ibaka from channeling his inner Mutombo after a huge recovery block on Ed Davis in the first half Monday night. Except Ibaka added one small caveat: he wagged his finger at the OKC crowd (much to their delight), thereby nullifying a subsequent technical. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Apr 21, 2014 / 10:45 pm

Video: Russell Westbrook’s Huge Slam That Didn’t Count

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook (Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports)

It’s not often that you see a slam that totally pumps you up, ignites the crowd and doesn’t count. In the first quarter of Game 2 on Monday night between the Thunder and Grizzlies, Russell Westbrook got a full head of steam coming around a screen and absolutely ignited the rim with his slam. Read More »

NBA / Apr 21, 2014 / 11:00 am

10 Players Under The Most Pressure In The Playoffs

Roy Hibbert

Roy Hibbert (Andrew Richardson/USA TODAY Sports)

Just over two years ago, had you asked me whom I considered to be the NBA’s elite players, I would have given you three names: Dirk Nowitzki, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade.

Fresh off an NBA Finals run in which his Mavericks took down Kobe’s Los Angeles Lakers, Kevin Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder, and the “Dream Team” Miami Heat en route to the championship, Dirk was a shoo-in on the list. Read More »

NBA / Apr 18, 2014 / 5:00 pm

8 Keys To Watch For In The NBA Playoffs This Weekend

Manu Ginobili

Manu Ginobili (Soobum Im/USA TODAY Sports)

The NBA postseason is upon us and it should be a great one. The Western Conference has three can’t-miss first-round series, while the elite teams in the East look to get by some of the new faces in the playoffs.

For teams like San Antonio, Miami, Oklahoma City and Brooklyn, the most important key to the first round is to stay healthy. San Antonio and Brooklyn have veteran rosters and will need the extra rest to stay healthy throughout the playoffs. Read More »

NBA / Apr 18, 2014 / 4:00 pm

The 5 Best Matchups To Watch In The NBA Playoffs This Weekend

Stephen Curry, Chris Paul

Stephen Curry, Chris Paul (Jayne Kamin/Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

It’s that time of year again. After 2,460 games played in the 2013-14 season, 16 teams have earned their placement in the 2014 Playoffs. As Doc Rivers urges, “Now the real basketball starts.”

While much attention has been focused on the first-round matchups in the Western Conference due to the stellar performances by the majority of Western teams this season, there are intriguing matchups in the East that could translate into even more intriguing matchups in the second round. Read More »

NBA, Smack / Apr 17, 2014 / 11:35 am

James Harden Says He’d “Definitely” Be In OKC If Money Wasn’t Involved

James Harden, Kevin Durant

James Harden, Kevin Durant (Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports)

The decision Sam Presti and OKC made in the fall of 2012 to deal James Harden to the Houston Rockets for 50 cents on the dollar sent reverberations throughout the NBA and made Houston a title contender even while OKC continues to be one of the top teams in the league. During a recent one-on-one with ESPN’s Hannah Storm, Harden goes into the details behind his trade to Houston and how things might have played out differently if money hadn’t been an issue. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Apr 16, 2014 / 11:29 pm

Video: Kevin Durant Attacks The Rim With Fury

Andre Drummond, Kevin Durant

Andre Drummond, Kevin Durant (Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports)

Capping off a season where he’s likely to capture his first MVP award, Kevin Durant also nabbed his fourth scoring title in five years, averaging a career-high 32.0 PPG. KD, who finished with 42 points against the visiting Pistons, also lit up Chesapeake Energy Arena in the first quarter with a ridiculous throw-down. Durantula drove down the middle of the lane, took off, and soared in for a monster dunk over Andre Drummond. Read More »