Thunder Rumors & News

  • Warriors cap comeback, KO Thunder in Game 7

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors are returning to the NBA Finals. "By the skin of our teeth," coach Steve Kerr admitted. The defending NBA champions, who fell behind the Oklahoma City Thunder 3-1 in the Western Conference finals, capped their comeback with a barrage of..." May 31

  • Lue: 'We just want the winner' of Game 7

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Following his typical afternoon nap, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue will grab his notebook, break down film of Oklahoma City and Golden State -- some of the Finals games from last season included -- and then watch Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals. As always, he will be taking..." May 30

  • Ticket Prices For Game 7 Of Warriors-Thunder Are Completely Obnoxious

    Dime Magazine "The Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder have been compelling — although, at times, one-sided — and incredibly fun. Even as someone who doesn’t care all that much about the NBA, this has been an enjoyable product. But something this great comes..." May 30

  • Stephen Jackson Uses DVR to Show Key KD Mental Lapse

    Black Sports Online "Kevin Durant has played all-world defense for most of the series, so we have to be careful to kill him for one defensive lapse in Game 6. The play that Stephen Jackson shows KD floating a bit and it gives Steph room for the open three, but you can’t say KD hasn’t been playing great defense like..." May 30

  • Warriors win vs. Thunder highest rated Game 6 of all time

    USA Today "Most everyone involved in Saturday's Game 6 of the Western Conference finals thinks it was one of the best games they've been involved in — OK, maybe not the Oklahoma City Thunder players and coaches — and so did viewers. The TNT broadcast of the Golden State Warriors' 108-101 win vs. the..." May 30

  • 'Professional scorer' Kevin Durant tasked with solving professional defender Andre Iguodala as Game 7 looms

    The Oklahoman "Kevin Durant has an earned offensive arrogance. He won a scoring title at age 21 and three more before his 26th birthday. So even after the roughest of performances — like, say, a 10-of-31 showing in a gut-wrenching Game 6 home loss with the NBA Finals on the line — Durant's refuses to doubt..." May 30

  • Harrison Barnes' illegal screen missed by officials

    East Bay Times "The NBA reported Sunday that Warrior forward Harrison Barnes set an illegal screen on Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook in Game 6 that officials incorrectly did not call with 23.7 seconds left and the Warriors leading 104-101. Stephen Curry later in the possession scored to give the Warriors a..." May 30

  • Durant says OKC players won't watch film from Game 6 collapse vs. Warriors

    CBS Sports "Losing to the Golden State Warriors at home for the first time in the Western Conference finals on Saturday, Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder have to now head on the road to play a win-or-go-home. Golden State now seemingly has the momentum heading into Game 7 and have also been..." May 30

  • 'Professional scorer' Durant not bothered by shooting woes

    The Score "Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant isn't fretting about a bad shooting night. After missing 21 shots in Game 6, Durant reassured fans he would figure out his shooting woes. He finished with 29 points on 31 field-goal attempts as the Thunder lost in heartbreaking fashion..." May 29

  • NBA Facebook Page Already Selling Tickets for Warriors vs. Cavs Finals

    Black Sports Online "Home teams are 100-24 in Game 7s in the NBA playoffs, so there is essentially a 75% shot that the Warriors are indeed going to make it to the Finals. The NBA is trying to prepare in advance, especially because of the short turnaround, but SB Nation noticed they were already selling tickets for..." May 29

  • Patriots' Terrance Knighton ready to resume Kevin Durant recruitment to Celtics

    ESPN "With good friend Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder one win away from a trip to the NBA Finals, New England Patriots defensive lineman Terrance Knighton has paused his attempts to coerce the former MVP to join the Boston Celtics this summer. But the Windsor, Connecticut, native who..." May 29

  • Curry on Westbrook: 'I could care less about people's opinion of me'

    The Score "Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star Russell Westbrook couldn't contain his laughter when asked about Stephen Curry being underrated as a defender following a 120-111 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 on Thursday. Westbrook's snickering didn't seem to faze the league's back-to-back Most..." May 28

  • Why would Westbrook, Durant take shots at Curry?

    USA Today "If Russell Westbrook is a tornado, as Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr described the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard recently, then Stephen Curry is a basketball earthquake. He simmers beneath the surface before the eruption comes, the force unleashed by all those shifts in the soil..." May 28

  • Warriors shoot past Thunder, extend West finals

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors believe their championship team showed up for Game 5 of the Western Conference finals Thursday night. Now the question is: Does it travel? Andre Iguodala and Harrison Barnes bombed in 3-pointers on consecutive possessions during an..." May 27

  • Draymond Green Kicked Andre Roberson in the Face

    The Big Lead "The NBA declined to suspend Draymond Green for kicking Steven Adams in the groin. Many men consider that region to be an important part of the body. Also important? The face. Green continued his Rockette-like moves in Game 5 because the league has already sent the message that he won’t be..." May 27

  • Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have fun with question about Stephen Curry’s defense

    Washington Post "The saying goes that a picture paints a thousand words. The video of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant attempting to respond to a question about Stephen Curry’s defense, however, said much more than that. Following Thursday night’s 120-111 win for the Golden State Warriors over the Oklahoma..." May 27

  • Adam Silver: Officials get it right ‘roughly 90 percent’ of the time

    ESPN "Commissioner Adam Silver says the NBA doesn't have a choice on whether to be as transparent as possible in determining whether key crunch-time plays were officiated correctly "with so many cameras focused on the action, with so many other kinds of services providing that same information to our..." May 26

  • All NBA-Teams Announced; Will Anthony Davis Get His Extra $24 Mil

    Black Sports Online "The answer to the Anthony Davis question is no. He had to make at least All-NBA 3rd team to make his extra $24 million and he did not. While he isn’t hurting for cash, you can’t make up $24 million. Damian Lillard though….. Anything else surprise you about the teams? Here is a..." May 26

  • Warriors owner Joe Lacob got into it with Thunder fan

    Larry Brown Sports "After setting the NBA record for wins in a single season with 73, the Golden State Warriors have found themselves in the unexpected predicament of being on the brink of playoff elimination. From the sound of it, team owner Joe Lacob is not taking it all that well. In a feature that examines the..." May 26

  • Billy Donovan deserves more credit for Thunder rolling

    Sportsnaut "The Oklahoma City Thunder are absolutely rolling over the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. Russell Westbrook has found another gear, Kevin Durant is finally feeling like himself again after a rather miserable Game 1 and guys like Steven Adams and Andre Roberson are playing..." May 25

  • Thunder one win from Finals after Game 4 blowout

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook collected 36 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds, leading the Oklahoma City to an 118-94 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday and moving the Thunder within one victory of the NBA Finals. Oklahoma City grabbed a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference..." May 25

  • The Thunder Came Very Close to Drafting Brook Lopez Over Russell Westbrook in 2008

    Complex "If the Thunder didn’t have Russell Westbrook on their team right now, there’s a pretty good chance they wouldn’t be up 3-1 in the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors. Hell, if the Thunder didn’t have Russell Westbrook on their team right now, there’s a pretty good chance they wouldn’t..." May 25

  • Report: Steven Adams suffered testicular contusion

    Pro Basketball Talk "When Draymond Green kicked Steven Adams in the groin, it did more than create mass debate about the appropriate punishment. Green hurt Adams badly, it sounds like." May 25

  • Report: Draymond avoids suspension from Kanter trip

    The Score "Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green will once again avoid suspension. The NBA won't upgrade Green's trip against Enes Kanter to a flagrant 1, reports USA Today's Sam Amick. Green's feet got tangled up with Kanter's in the second quarter of Tuesday's Game 4. Upon falling to the..." May 25

  • Leonard, Green, Jordan, Bradley, Paul On All-Defensive Team

    Pro Basketball Talk "There wasn’t much consensus among All-Defensive voters, except for this. Kawhi Leonard is really good. The back-to-back reigning Defensive Player of the Year was the only player to appear on every ballot, and he made the first team on all 130. He leads a pretty well-selected group: First..." May 25

  • The Thunder Discovered Their Own Lineup Of Death

    Deadspin "The Golden State Warriors have spent two seasons terrorizing opponents with what has become known as the Lineup of Death. It’s a small-ball lineup featuring Draymond Green at the five and Harrison Barnes at the four, and it works for a few simple reasons: There are shooters all over the floor,..." May 25

  • NBA Playoffs Odds 2016: Warriors Lose Status As Championship Favorites

    NESN "For the first time in many months, the Golden State Warriors no longer are the favorites to win the 2016 NBA Finals. The defending champions trail the Oklahoma City Thunder 3-1 in their Western Conference finals series after losing Game 4 on Tuesday night. Golden State will try to become just the..." May 25

  • Derek Fisher Reportedly Agrees to Pay Ex-Wife $1.3 Million in Annual Spousal Support

    The Big Lead "Derek Fisher and his ex-wife Candace have finalized their divorce settlement. According to TMZ, court documents indicated that the former Knicks coach has agreed to pay $109,000 per month – or $1.3 million per year – in spousal support, in addition to $15,000 per month in child support for their..." May 25

  • How Andre Roberson is making the Warriors pay for ignoring him

    SB Nation "The Oklahoma City Thunder have spent the Western Conference Finals turning a 73-win Warriors team into a hapless shell of itself. Oklahoma City's defense, led by all those long limbs and quick feet, has transformed Stephen Curry and the rest of Golden State's normally high-octane attack into an..." May 25

  • Kanter says Green kicked out leg to trip him in Game 4

    The Score "In the aftermath of another big Thunder win over the Warriors, Draymond Green may once again find himself in the spotlight over a contentious play involving his flailing legs. Green, who avoided suspension for kicking Steven Adams in the groin while trying to sell a foul call during Game 3 of..." May 25

  • Kevin Durant on Draymond Green's Non-Suspension: NBA Is "Pro-Business"

    Complex "Draymond Green has been on many Thunder fans' shit list after he kicked Steven Adams in the nuts (twice!) during the Western Conference Finals. And it doesn't help his case that he explained in his "playoff diary" that, although he's sorry, he doesn't want to immediately make amends with Adams for..." May 24

  • Craig Sager to receive Jimmy V Award for Perseverance

    College Spun "During the Western Conference Finals, NBA fans can find Craig Sager doing his normal job, handling sideline duties for TNT. Sager, who was given just a few months to live back in March, continues to work the job he loves, even driving hours from chemotherapy treatments to make sure he’s in time..." May 24

  • Kevin Durant on foot injury: ‘I was scared, I was worried’

    The Score "Kevin Durant is two wins away from reaching the NBA Finals, but it was just a year ago he was concerned his career might be over. The Oklahoma City Thunder star was limited to 27 games last season after surgery to repair a Jones fracture in his right foot, and he admitted there was a thought..." May 24

  • Mission Impossible: African-Americans & analytics

    The Undefeated "The mission was to find black folks who spend anytime talking about advanced analytics, whose conversations are framed by — or even casually include references to — win shares or effective shooting percentage, WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched) or points per 100 possessions. It’s a failed..." May 24

  • Green explains kick, cites Westbrook 'acting'

    ESPN "Draymond Green repeated his assertion that his kick to the groin of Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams was accidental, while also pushing back against Russell Westbrook's statement that he thought the kick was intentional. "You know Russell [Westbrook] said I did it on purpose, but he's..." May 23

  • Adams says apology from Green wouldn't matter, mulls wearing cup

    The Score "Count the man who was kicked as someone who thinks Draymond Green's legwork Sunday night was intentional. Thunder center Steven Adams told reporters Monday that watching replays of Green's kick to his groin "confirmed" to him that the act was intentional. When asked if an apology from Green..." May 23

  • Kerr backs Green on kick to groin being accident

    ESPN "Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he backs the assertion that Draymond Green's kick to the groin of Thunder center Steven Adams during Sunday's Game 3 was an accident. Kerr, in fact, said the flagrant foul 1 Green received after the first-half play should be reversed by the NBA -- as..." May 23

  • Lil B Explains via Twitter How KD is Trying to Break The Curse

    Black Sports Online "KD and Russell Westbrook are playing at levels even the Based God can’t stop them. " May 23

  • Draymond 'didn't know I hit' Adams, doesn't expect suspension

    Sporting News "Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green was up to his usual antics during Game 3 of the Western Conference finals Sunday when he kicked Steven Adams in the groin as Green followed through on a shot attempt. Green was handed a flagrant foul 1 for his actions, but many are wondering whether..." May 23

  • Report: Heat privately admit signing Durant is a long shot

    Yardbarker "The Miami Heat’s reported interest in soon-to-be free agent Kevin Durant makes a ton of sense for numerous reasons. First off, the team needs to add another upper-echelon player to its existing roster in order to contend for a championship. That much was made clear during Miami’s series loss to..." May 23

  • Thunder demolish Warriors, grab 2-1 series lead

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY -- Kevin Durant wants his team to stay focused. Whether it's dealing with bad calls from refs or taking big leads in games and not letting up, he wants Oklahoma City to never stop fighting. Durant got what he wanted Sunday in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. After the..." May 22

  • Mark Cuban picks the Thunder to win the NBA title

    CBS Sports "Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was on NBC's "Meet The Press" on Sunday and after commenting on a number of political topics, Cuban was asked who he thinks will win the title. He, surprisingly, did not go with defending champion Golden State or the Eastern Conference juggernaut Cleveland..." May 22

  • Kevin Durant Explains Why He Said "F**k You" to Dion Waiters During Game 2

    The Oklahoman "In the second quarter of Thunder-Warriors Game 2, Kevin Durant raised his hand on the fast break, signaling to Dion Waiters for a pass. He clapped as he started to run under the basket. Durant obviously wanted the ball. Waiters, dribbling up the other side of the court, held it instead, waiting..." May 22

  • Brooklyn Nets hire Kevin Durant's former trainer as shooting coach

    Nets Daily "David Aldridge reports the Nets have hired Kevin Durant's former personal trainer as shooting coach. Harrington has referred to himself as a "shooting specialist" and "skills trainer." He has spent the past several years building With Purpose Training, working with various NBA and NCAA..." May 22

  • Thunder's Adams: Draymond has 'peaked with annoyingness'

    CSN Bay Area "Draymond Green is very demonstrative on the court and is known for wearing his emotions on his sleeves. When asked if Draymond is being more pesky and annoying in the series against the Thunder, Steven Adams didn't hold back. "I think he's peaked with annoyingness," Adams told..." May 21

  • Miami's Top Priority Is To Get Meeting With Kevin Durant

    Real GM Basketball "The Miami Heat continue to plan on pursuing Kevin Durant in free agency. The Heat are limited in how they can pursue Durant while re-signing Hassan Whiteside and Dwyane Wade where it would be virtually impossible. "The plan is and always has been: Go after Durant and free everything up – so..." May 20

  • Kyle Lowry Wanted to Watch OKC-Warriors With Tyronn Lue

    Fox Sports "Toronto Raptors star guard Kyle Lowry has a very close relationship with Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue. How close? The Raptors point guard, who talked to Lue throughout the first two rounds of the Eastern Conference playoffs, told Lue he wanted to watch Game 2 of the..." May 20

  • Kevin Durant on Stephen Curry: ‘He makes bad shots’

    Sportsnaut "The Golden State Warriors evened up the Western Conference Finals at a game a piece with a dominating in over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 2 on Wednesday night. What seemed to be a close game through the first half turned into a blowout within the matter of a couple minutes, primarily due..." May 20

  • How Kevin Durant Indirectly Helped Under Armour Blow Up

    Yahoo! Sports "When Under Armour went all in to sign Kevin Durant during the summer of 2014, the appeal was clear from the start. Durant was the reigning league MVP, an Olympian and perennial All-Star starter. He headlined one of the Western Conference's elite teams. He was a pure scorer with a jump shot..." May 20

  • Behind Curry's surge, Warriors even West finals

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry found himself on the bench for almost the entire fourth quarter of Game 2 of the Western Conference finals Wednesday night. Fortunately for the defending champs, it had nothing to do with the knee sprain he sustained in the previous..." May 19