TAG: Oklahoma City Thunder

NBA / Apr 7, 2014 / 1:15 pm

The 10 Stars With The Most To Prove In The Playoffs

John Wall

John Wall (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

The NBA Playoffs provides a unique landscape. After 82 games are played, eight teams from each conference are pitted against each other in the NBA’s version of The Hunger Games. At the front of this battle are the stars of each respective team. Some are coming into the playoffs with high expectations, while some are just happy to be here. Let’s put it this way, the Wizards and Bobcats are happy just to be in the playoffs whereas teams like the Pacers and Thunder won’t be satisfied without holding a trophy. Read More »

NBA, Video / Apr 7, 2014 / 11:15 am

The 10 Best Game-Winners In The NBA In 2014

Stephen Curry, Jose Calderon

Stephen Curry, Jose Calderon (Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)

There is nothing more beautiful or thrilling than a game-winning shot. When 48 minutes of blood, sweat and tears all comes down to one single moment, the art of basketball shines brightest. The feeling of your heart pounding when the game is on the line is arguably unmatched in this game we love. Read More »

NBA / Apr 1, 2014 / 3:00 pm

Why LeBron Needs To Lose This NBA MVP Race

LeBron James, Kevin Durant

LeBron James, Kevin Durant (Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports)

Over the past few years, LeBron James has spent juggling various identities as we’ve all compared him to past greats such as Magic, Jordan, Oscar Robertson and so many more, playing different positions on the floor and being criticized for almost every misstep. But by the end of the 2013 Finals, we all finally figured out who he really was. He’s LeBron James. Read More »

GIFs, NBA, Smack / Mar 29, 2014 / 2:40 pm

LeBron’s First Triple-Double This Season Vs. Kevin Durant’s Stunning Shooting

LeBron James, Kevin Durant

LeBron James, Kevin Durant (Rick Osentoski, Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports)

They’ve been neck and neck for the 2014 NBA MVP award, and they both showed why last night. LeBron James, despite a few close calls this season, finally recorded his first triple-double in a dominating Heat win in Detroit as the Bad Boys of the late 1980s looked on. And while Kevin Durant didn’t have the all-around performance of ‘Bron, his shooting was so efficient, he only needed 11 shots to score a game-high 29 points against the overmatched Kings. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Mar 26, 2014 / 4:06 am

Video: Dirk Nowitzki Outduels Kevin Durant In OT

Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Durant

Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Durant (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

It was a clinic of Dirk Nowitzki step-back jumpers — usually off one foot from the mid-range on Tuesday night in Dallas. The Mavs needed vintage Dirk if they were going to have any chance of surviving Kevin Durant‘s 43 points. But Rick Carlisle‘s team won it down the stretch and Nowitzki hit the dagger from deep with a minute left in OT to seal a 128-119 win. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Mar 25, 2014 / 10:00 am

Kevin Durant Abuses Darrell Arthur With Yo-Yo Crossover

Kevin Durant

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

The Thunder took down the Nuggets last night, 117-96, despite 2014 MVP (we’re giving it to him early, sorry), Kevin Durant, shooting just 1-for-7 from beyond the arc. Regardless of his struggles form deep, he was 9-of-14 everywhere else for 27 points, eight dimes and two steals. But it was his annihilation of Darrell Arthur that made our jaw drop as he crossed him up twice before driving for the and-1 bucket off the glass. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Mar 23, 2014 / 12:33 am

Russell Westbrok MRI Reveals “No Issues Of Concern”

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook (Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)

Phew. After a Friday night knee-to-knee collision with Kyle Lowry, it appeared that Russell Westbrook would suffer another setback to his surgically repaired right knee. The same knee that’s still got him on a minutes restriction after a third surgery earlier this season. But a full examination on Saturday that included an MRI revealed “no issues of concern.” Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Mar 22, 2014 / 2:04 pm

Russell Westbrook Sprains Right Knee; MRI Coming

Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka, Kevin Durant

Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka, Kevin Durant (Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)

It happened midway through the third quarter, and while Oklahoma City’s collective breathe was being held after Russell Westbrook grabbed his surgically repaired right knee, Kevin Durant was in the midst of annihilating the Raptors in a double-OT epic. But after the adrenalin wore off, the Thunder still want to know what’s up with their star PG. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Mar 22, 2014 / 1:30 am

Video: Kevin Durant Hits Game-Winning Three-Pointer In 2nd OT On 51-Point Night

Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka

Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka (Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)

This is March Madness, NBA-style. The Raptors and Thunder played a doozy of a double-overtime thriller on Friday night, and the apogee of action crescendoed at the end in what should do even more to cement Kevin Durant‘s status as the 2014 MVP. After beating the Cavs with 35 last night, Durant was even better in Toronto, hanging 51 on a tough Raptors team including the game-winner in the second overtime session. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Mar 21, 2014 / 10:45 am

Kevin Durant Destroys In Cleveland, Continues Streak Towards MVP

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

The Thunder beat the Cavs on Thursday night while most of the country was watching the bevy of NCAA Tournament games on opening night. They were without Russell Westbrook, and while the MAvs killed them sans Russ earlier in the week, the Thunder were able to withstand the Cavs thanks largely to this season’s ostensible leader in the MVP race, Kevin Durant. Watch his crazy alley-oop and a three from way, way back. Read More »