TAG: Oklahoma City Thunder

Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Apr 15, 2014 / 1:00 pm

2013-14 All-Fantasy Basketball First Team

Anthony Davis, Kelly Olynyk

Anthony Davis, Kelly Olynyk (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

As much as we love to talk about the sleepers and the busts, fantasy championships are won by the stars. Just as in real life, if you have a Kevin Durant or a LeBron James or a Dwight Howard, you can ride them deep into the playoffs. Read More »

NBA, Video / Apr 14, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Buzzer-Beaters, Dunks & The NBA Season’s Top 25 Plays

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)

Finally, at long last, the real season begins. But that doesn’t mean we can’t stop, look back, and appreciate the highlights and events that captivated us and stole our attention during the 2013-14 season. We’ve been treated to some great games, as recently as Sunday’s Golden State-Portland affair, and some highlights that may have been forgotten because of all the entertaining games we’ve witnessed this year. In case you may have forgotten, fans have been able to witness some of the greatest game-winners, poster dunks, and alley-oops in recent memory. Read More »

GIFs, NBA, Smack / Apr 13, 2014 / 8:34 pm

Russell Westbrook Goaltends Consecutive Shots After Whistle & Falls

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

Kevin Garnett was the first player to popularize the post whistle goaltend in an effort to prevent an opposing shooter from finding his shooting rhythm by shooting during a dead ball situation. Since then, it’s become commonplace around the Association, and Russell Westbrook swatted two in a row after the whistle when the Thunder visited Indiana on Sunday. Except, #WhyNot Russ took quite the spill on the second one. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Apr 10, 2014 / 1:23 am

DeAndre Jordan Destroys The Serge Protector

Serge Ibaka, DeAndre Jordan

Serge Ibaka, DeAndre Jordan (Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports)

When an elite defender and one of the most electric dunkers in the game meet at the rim, you almost expect to be let down. That didn’t happen on Wednesday night during the Thunder-Clippers game. Serge Ibaka rose to block a DeAndre Jordan dunk attempt from the right baseline, and you could almost see the universe folding in on itself as NBA fans froze in time. Only one would come out on top. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Apr 7, 2014 / 2:00 pm

Kevin Durant On Passing MJ’s Streak Of 25-Plus Points: “I Wish It Was Over”

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

A lot has been made of the streak Kevin Durant has been on where he’s scored at least 25 points over the course of now-41 games during his all-but-certain MVP season. While the number is somewhat arbitrary, especially when you consider KD averages 32.2 PPG, which leads the NBA, the man he replaced when his streak hit 41 games yesterday, Michael Jeffrey Jordan, makes it somewhat remarkable. Just don’t tell Durantula that… Read More »

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 »