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Gabe Fernandez Gabe Fernandez Oct 28, 2019. 2 comments

Someone Should Put The Warriors In Rice

Someone Should Put The Warriors In Rice

After the Clippers beat the brakes off the Warriors on Friday, coach Steve Kerr offered the following foreboding quote to reporters about what his team should expect for the remainder of the season:

“This is not a one-off, this is the reality,” Kerr said. “There’s going to be nights like this this year. You’ve got to play through it, you’ve got to keep fighting and keep getting better. That’s...

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Gabe Fernandez Gabe Fernandez Jul 22, 2019. 17 comments

Cops: Man Threatened To Blow Up Oklahoma City Because The Thunder Got Rid Of Carmelo Anthony, Paul George, And Russell Westbrook

Cops: Man Threatened To Blow Up Oklahoma City Because The Thunder Got Rid Of Carmelo Anthony, Paul George, And Russell Westbrook

This past week, Oklahoma City police filed a search warrant to get information about a person who left two threatening voicemails in the general mailbox for the Oklahoma City Thunder. That person made the calls shortly after 1 a.m. on July 6 from a number with a Georgia area code—though the caller claimed to be from Virginia. The warrant was first reported by KOCO-TV in Oklahoma...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Jul 18, 2019. 17 comments

Free Chris Paul

Free Chris Paul

Before the Houston Rockets traded Chris Paul to the rebuilding Oklahoma City Thunder last week, they reportedly tried to involve a third team in the deal, in order to redirect Paul to a more competitive situation. When that effort proved especially cumbersome, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey resolved to make that second move the problem of Thunder general manager Sam Presti, and the...

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Ray Ratto Ray Ratto Jul 12, 2019. 19 comments

The NBA Offseason Doesn't Get Better Than This. Unfortunately.

The NBA Offseason Doesn't Get Better Than This. Unfortunately.

And now, the longer view on the Russell Westbrook–Chris Paul deal that you haven’t seen yet:

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Okay, that was nice. Now what else you got?

And no, Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona isn’t going to cut it.

Sure, you can do the winners-and-losers analysis that everyone has, secure in the knowledge that when this much money is being shoveled into the air, everyone wins just for the spectacle.

But let’s...

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Lauren Theisen Lauren Theisen Jul 12, 2019. 20 comments

NBA Teams Shouldn't Be Allowed To Even Think About 2026

NBA Teams Shouldn't Be Allowed To Even Think About 2026

Daryl Morey and the Houston Rockets pushed the absolute limits of the NBA’s rules on trading draft picks to dump Chris Paul in Oklahoma City and bring in a slightly younger ball-dominant point guard —one who’s only two years removed from his last All-NBA first team appearance instead of five. To ditch Paul’s contract and trade for Russell Westbrook, the Rockets essentially gave up four years...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Jul 12, 2019. 19 comments

So, Yeah, The Rockets Really Did Not Want Chris Paul Anymore

So, Yeah, The Rockets Really Did Not Want Chris Paul Anymore

Please allow me to spoil the various blogs picking out the winners and losers of Thursday night’s blockbuster trade sending Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Chris Paul and some draft goodies. The loser is Chris Paul, who had his ass kicked.

The more fascinating end of this trade is Houston’s, where general manager Daryl Morey evidently believes that $170 million worth...

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Gabe Fernandez Gabe Fernandez Jul 12, 2019. 11 comments

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Gabe Fernandez Gabe Fernandez Jul 12, 2019. 22 comments

Rockets Reunite Russell Westbrook And James Harden, Exile Chris Paul To Thunder In Trade

Rockets Reunite Russell Westbrook And James Harden, Exile Chris Paul To Thunder In Trade

Welp, so much for “nothing’s happening today .”

Once it became clear less than a week ago that the Thunder were prepared to nuke their current roster in favor of a rebuild, the timer on Russell Westbrook’s unceremonious exit from Oklahoma City via trade began counting down faster than ever before. That countdown came to an end on Thursday with this update from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski:

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Albert Burneko Albert Burneko Jul 09, 2019. 23 comments

Can The Thunder Trade Russell Westbrook?

Can The Thunder Trade Russell Westbrook?

The trade that brought Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers also in effect brought Kawhi Leonard to the Clippers . That alone makes it one of the more momentous trades in recent NBA history, and the shockwaves haven’t even finished circling the globe yet.

Players as good as those two—George got MVP and DPOY consideration this past season, and Leonard of course had one of the greatest...

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Ray Ratto Ray Ratto Jul 06, 2019. 21 comments

Kawhi Leonard Is The NBA's Executive Of The Year

Kawhi Leonard Is The NBA's Executive Of The Year

Kawhi Leonard dynamited what remained of the premise of the Executive of the Year Award, and in doing so redefined the meaning of such staples as: the Friday night news dump; the value of holding onto non-human playing assets; and even patriotism. Now if that’s not a full day’s work for an adult-sized person, that concept is gone as well.

In thinking of, driving, and then benefiting from the...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Apr 26, 2019. 15 comments

Russell Westbrook Considers Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook Considers Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook is headed for a summer of reckoning. Three straight triple-double seasons have been followed by three straight first-round playoff exits. This latest 4-1 defeat by the Blazers did not show many signs of progress, and, thanks to Damian Lillard, even cast his weaknesses in starker relief. Westbrook’s jumper has rarely looked worse; he shot a catastrophic 36 percent from the...

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Tom Ley Tom Ley Apr 24, 2019. 22 comments

They Are All Good Shots For Damian Lillard, You Absolute Fool

They Are All Good Shots For Damian Lillard, You Absolute Fool

Damian Lillard pulled up from 37 feet and waved goodbye to the Oklahoma City Thunder . We all saw it. We all lost our minds, and perhaps in a fit of jubilation (or despair, depending on where you live) did or said something we regret this morning. Nobody handled the aftermath of one of the greatest shots in playoff history quite as poorly as Paul George:

Once Lillard’s shot went in, it...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Apr 24, 2019. 21 comments

Damian Lillard Eliminates Thunder In Completely Psychotic Fashion

Damian Lillard Eliminates Thunder In Completely Psychotic Fashion

Damian Lillard opened Tuesday night’s Game 5 with a 19-point first quarter, keeping the Blazers close while Oklahoma City made everything thrown even vaguely in the direction of the basket. Lillard finished the first half with 34 points. He opened the second half with an utterly preposterous 30-foot step-back three. And he buried the Thunder at the final buzzer with one of the most...

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Patrick Redford Patrick Redford Apr 24, 2019. 19 comments

Steve Kerr Thinks Russell Westbrook's Media Grudge Is "Dangerous" For The NBA

Steve Kerr Thinks Russell Westbrook's Media Grudge Is "Dangerous" For The NBA

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is among the most eager and verbose figures in the NBA, which makes him the opposite of Thunder guard Russell Westbrook. Whereas Kerr will take the time to give his thoughts on gun control or own up to his own mistakes , Westbrook has pretty much always been antagonistic to the media. Kerr thinks it’s going too far.

The primary recipient of Westbrook’s icy...

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Tom Ley Tom Ley Apr 22, 2019. 12 comments

The Blazers Really Want Russell Westbrook To Keep Shooting

The Blazers Really Want Russell Westbrook To Keep Shooting

Russell Westbrook’s jumper has never been his best friend, but the relationship between the two has become particularly standoffish in the Thunder’s first-round playoff series against the Blazers. Westbrook keeps asking his jumper if he wouldn’t mind pitching in this time around, maybe help him advance out of the first round for once, and his jumper just keeps rolling its eyes and leaving the...

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Gabe Fernandez Gabe Fernandez Apr 21, 2019. 17 comments

The Thunder Really Enjoyed Their Flukey Shooting Night Against The Blazers

The Thunder Really Enjoyed Their Flukey Shooting Night Against The Blazers

There’s no secret as to why Damian Lillard was a little bothered on Friday following his game against Oklahoma City. After winning the first two games at home, the Blazers dropped Game 3 against the Thunder 120-108. But though his team still lead the series 2-1, and he was coming off a solid statistical night, there were other things that bothered Lillard about that game—namely, how the loss...

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Patrick Redford Patrick Redford Apr 18, 2019. 14 comments

Russell Westbrook Is Struggling

Russell Westbrook Is Struggling

The sixth-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder were such a popular pick to upset the third-seeded Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the NBA Playoffs that it’s hardly fair to even call them the underdogs. Only one of ESPN’s panel of 20 analysts picked the Blazers to take the series, and the thinking was fairly uniform; not only would the Blazers have to rely on the sieve-like Enes Kanter,...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Apr 17, 2019. 12 comments

The Damian Lillard Experience Is The Sweetest Show In Basketball

The Damian Lillard Experience Is The Sweetest Show In Basketball

Tell yourself you love basketball as a beautiful game, to watch the ball ping around the court as a team’s collective hive-mind hunts the best available shot. Then watch the last week of the NBA playoffs and see if you can stick to that conviction. Between Lou Williams’s rash of perverse leaners on Monday night and Jamal Murray’s brief emergence as the final avatar of Vishnu, it’s clear...

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Gabe Fernandez Gabe Fernandez Apr 17, 2019. 18 comments

Damian Lillard Boils Old Ham

Damian Lillard Boils Old Ham
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Damian Lillard absolutely torched the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night with 26 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals. It was a performance that came in a convincing 114-94 win that gave the Blazers an important 2-0 lead in the first-round series.

While there were plenty of plays to choose from that...

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Gabe Fernandez Gabe Fernandez Apr 15, 2019. 19 comments

Enes Kanter Saved The Blazers From Getting Swept For A Third Straight Year

Enes Kanter Saved The Blazers From Getting Swept For A Third Straight Year
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One of the hallmarks of surprise wins in the NBA is when the last player a team expects comes out of the woodwork with a sudden burst of talent that they’ve never displayed before and causes all sorts of pandemonium with their presence. For the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, the unexpected spoiler was Enes Kanter....

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