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Kevin Durant blames himself for beef with Russell Westbrook

Source | 1 day ago.

After a year of tension, the relationship between Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook is back in a good place. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are on speaking terms. The former Oklahoma City Thunder teammates will be All-Star teammates for the second year in a row, this time on Team LeBron on Sunday in Los Angeles.

Paul George, mum on future, gets hometown welcome during All-Star Weekend

Source | 1 day ago.

Just a few minutes after Paul George sat down at his podium for NBA All-Star media day, a robust chant of "We want Paul! We want Paul!'' broke out among the fans sitting in bleachers in the back of the convention hall. "It makes you feel great,'' the Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star said. "I love it. It's not to say that I don't. I felt the energy. I know where the love is.'' George grew up in Palmdale, about 65 miles from Staples Center, where the All-Star Game will be played Sunday night. "It feels good to be welcome. I think anybody would want to be wanted and be welcomed,'' he said. The fans, of course, want George to play with the? Lakers. He said he's happy with the Thunder, but with free

Kevin Love: It was necessary to clean house in Cleveland

Source | 1 day ago.

Kevin Love is on board with all the moves the Cleveland Cavaliers made at the NBA trade deadline. Love saw a team that needed change and Cleveland went through a near complete rebuild a week ago as the likes of Isaiah Thomas and Dwyane Wade made way for George Hill, Jordan Clarkson, Rodney Hood and Larry Nance Jr.

If LeBron James returns to Cleveland, salary plus tax could top $300 million

Source | 3 days ago.

The current highest payroll in NBA history is the 2013-14 “we’re moving into a new building so spend like mad” Brooklyn Nets at $193 million. Next season a couple NBA teams could blow that out of the water — to the tune of $300 million in salary and tax. One is the Oklahoma City Thunder if Paul George returns on a max deal and if, as expected, Carmelo Anthony opts into the $28 million he is owed on his current contract (remember the Thunder already gave Russell Westbrook a max extension).

Tyronn Lue wouldn’t let players run huddle: ‘They already said LeBron’s coaching the team’

Source | 4 days ago.

Would Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue allow LeBron James or other Cleveland players to do something similar? “I wouldn’t do that,” Lue said, before the Cavs played the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday. “They already said LeBron’s coaching the team, anyway.

LeBron's overhauled Cavs look mighty monstrous in taking down Thunder

Source | 5 days ago.

The last time LeBron James squared off against the Oklahoma City Thunder, he wound up on the receiving end of an embarrassing 24-point blowout that further clarified just how badly the Cleveland Cavaliers needed a change. Cleveland flexed muscles new and old in Oklahoma on Tuesday. Behind quality contributions from trade-deadline acquisitions Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr. and Rodney Hood, another strong game from the suddenly red-hot J.R. Smith, and a heaping helping of LeBron’s all-court brilliance, the Cavs established double-digit leads in the second and third quarters, held off a late-third OKC run and controlled the final frame en route to a 120-112 win.

LeBron James: Trae Young ‘better go pro’

Source | 5 days ago.

LeBron James has a strong opinion about a point guard in the draft. Asked the biggest adjustment Young will have to make, James said, “How much money he’s going to spend monthly and how much he’s going to save monthly. How high Young goes within the lottery is still an open question, though.

Osman earns another start when Cavs face Thunder

Source | 6 days ago.

Cedi Osman, for now at least, has changed Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue's thinking about his starting lineup. In the first two starts of the small forward's career in the wake of Cleveland's set of roster-morphing moves at the trade deadline, Osman has averaged 14 points, 5.5 rebounds and three assists. After initially saying that Osman's time in the starting lineup would be short-lived, Lue is now riding the hot hand, as Osman is expected to make a third consecutive start Tuesday when the Cavaliers play at the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Paul George loves OKC, but leaves door to Los Angeles open

Source | 9 days ago.

Paul George is going to finish this season in a Thunder uniform — teams calling about him at the trade deadline are being shot down. George told Sam Amick of the USA Today he’s happy in Oklahoma City, he loves playing with Russell Westbrook, but don’t confuse that with him staying this summer no matter what. “Well, I mean I’m happy here,” George said.

NBA fines Draymond Green $50K for offensive language toward official

Source | 9 days ago.

The NBA announced the fine on Thursday following an incident during Golden State's 125-105 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday. Green and Holtkamp also had a run-in earlier in the game on another play in which the former and Thunder forward Jerami Grant collided.

Lakers rout Thunder for 4th straight win

Source | 9 days ago.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 20 points and Brandon Ingram added 19 as the Los Angeles Lakers rolled to a 106-81 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Julius Randle added 17 points and Kyle Kuzma had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who have won four straight games and 12 of their past 16. Los Angeles limited the Thunder to 35 second-half points while winning its eighth consecutive home game.

Caldwell-Pope, Lakers trounce short-handed Thunder, 106-81

Source | 10 days ago.

The Los Angeles Lakers spent the morning giving themselves the financial flexibility to sign two free agents to max deals. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 20 points, and the balanced Lakers defeated the short-handed Oklahoma City Thunder 106-81 on Thursday night. Brandon Ingram added 19 points, Julius Randle scored 17 and Kyle Kuzma had 16 for the Lakers, who won their fourth straight.

Russell Westbrook + Paul George + dudes = a problem for the Warriors

Source | 11 days ago.

Yes, the Golden State Warriors remain the class of the NBA. Yes, it’s early February, the long, cold and dire doldrums of the NBA season, and picking any other team to hoist the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy come June still seems like a sucker’s bet. Billy Donovan’s team strolled into Oracle Arena, punched the defending NBA champions in the mouth, and never stopped.

Warriors star Draymond Green directs NSFW rant at female referee

Source | 11 days ago.

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green could face a stiff fine from the NBA after a run-in with female referee Lauren Holtkamp during the Oklahoma City Thunder’s statement win at Oracle Arena. After Thunder forward Jerami Grant collided with Green on a drive early in the second quarter of Tuesday’s game — resulting in a turnover and a Warriors layup on the other end — the reigning Defensive Player of the Year came up bleeding from his mouth and gave Holtkamp an earful. No technical foul was issued.

Russell Westbrook, Paul George lead Thunder rout of stumbling Warriors

Source | 11 days ago.

Paul George and Russell Westbrook ran Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors right off the floor from the opening tip. Westbrook had 34 points, nine rebounds and nine assists to get the better of old buddy and teammate Durant, George scored 38 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder embarrassed the defending champions 125-105 on Tuesday night to snap a four-game losing streak. The sellout crowd went crazy when Durant was called for a foul with 1:35 remaining in the third and replays show that Westbrook had clearly slipped and no contact was made.

Warriors, for once, are reeling

Source | 12 days ago.

The Warriors have spent the better part of three seasons beating the vast majority of opponents and embarrassing more than a few. The Oklahoma City Thunder strutted into Oracle Arena on Tuesday and strong-armed the Warriors, taking the money, the jewelry, the cars, the women and a 125-105 victory, leaving the defending champs to wonder not only what had hit them but also what it means. "Just something we got to hold ourselves accountable out there and come out and be better next game," Kevin Durant said.

Russell Westbrook on Thunder: ‘I believe in these guys more than anything in the world’

Source | 12 days ago.

Russell Westbrook believes in the latest incarnation of the Thunder. If the dunks didn’t seem to punish the rim with the same ferocity, the post-jam snarls and stank-faces seemed less frequent, or the high-stepping and double-barrel-boom celebrations appeared subdued the first six weeks of the season, Russell Westbrook doesn’t want anyone to get it twisted. True, the Oklahoma City Thunder have a different look and feel than previous seasons because of a first-ever super-team soirée.

Gameday: Curry vs Westbrook most likely to dictate the outcome

Source | 12 days ago.

OAKLAND -- Though the Warriors this season have done well to overcome an assortment of injuries, the Oklahoma City Thunder find themselves trying to recover from one major injury when they come to Oracle Arena on Tuesday night.The Warriors (41-12) are

The Lakers want their fans to stop expecting LeBron James and Paul George

Source | 12 days ago.

The Lakers made LeBron James and Paul George their top priorities in 2018. The Los Angeles Lakers are “recalibrating their focus” from a two-star pursuit in the 2018 free-agent class of LeBron James, Paul George and DeMarcus Cousins to a 2019 one featuring Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson and Jimmy Butler, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski. Or, as I read it: The Lakers can’t find any trade deadline deals for Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson that don’t mortgage their future, so all potential suitors should increase their offers now, please.

Thunder seek end of skid vs. Durant, Warriors

Source | 13 days ago.

The Oklahoma City Thunder will seek to end a losing streak while the Golden State Warriors attempt to extend two impressive runs of their own when the Western Conference rivals meet Tuesday night. The matchup will be the fifth since Kevin Durant left the Thunder after nine seasons to accept a free-agent offer from the Warriors in the summer of 2016. Durant averaged 37.7 points in three straight wins over the Thunder last season, but then just 21 when the Warriors lost 108-91 at Oklahoma City in November.

Lakers try to keep good times rolling vs. Suns

Source | 13 days ago.

The Los Angeles Lakers will try to continue their best stretch of the season when they meet the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center on Tuesday. The Lakers (21-31) beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-104 on Sunday for their second straight win and 10th in the past 14 games. The nationally televised win occurred two days after a 102-99 win in Brooklyn when the Lakers held the Nets to 14 points in the fourth quarter.

Lakers hope to have Ingram for game against Thunder

Source | 15 days ago.

On Friday night in Brooklyn, Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton gave his team a burst of offensive energy by taking out point guard Tyler Ennis and going instead with Brandon Ingram as a point forward. The result was noticeable in a 102-99 victory over the Nets in which Ennis did not play. If Ingram isn't able to go or if his ability to push the tempo is limited, it could be more difficult to take advantage of an Oklahoma City team still reeling defensively from the loss of Andre Roberson.

Watch Anthony Davis drop 43 on Thunder, get win to end post-Cousins skid

Source | 15 days ago.

Anthony Davis scored 43 points and became the Pelicans’ career scoring leader as New Orleans beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-100 on Friday night. The 24-year-old Davis passed David West on the franchise list and has 8,702 points. New Orleans had lost two straight since All-Star DeMarcus Cousins was lost for the season with a left Achilles tendon rupture.

Three Things to Know: Fan goes on court to confront Russell Westbrook

Source | 16 days ago.

Every day in the NBA there is a lot to unpack, so every weekday morning throughout the season we will give you the three things you need to know from the last 24 hours in the NBA. 1) Wild ending in Denver: Gary Harris drains game-winner, then fan confronts Westbrook. What we should be talking about is Denver getting its signature win of the season — they outplayed the Oklahoma City Thunder all night, including putting up 72 first-half points.

Russell Westbrook dozed off early and Gary Harris made the Thunder pay

Source | 16 days ago.

The Oklahoma City Thunder’s late-game defense has been consistently problematic this season. In what may have been the game of the season thus far, that inattentiveness reared its ugly head on the final play of the Thunder’s 127-124 loss to the Denver Nuggets. While defending the final possession, Russell Westbrook, as he has a habit of doing, lost track of Gary Harris before the throw-in.