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Westbrook locks up historic third consecutive triple-double average

There can be a desensitization to what Russell Westbrook has accomplished in his last three seasons. There shouldn’t be. “I...

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Russell Westbrook, Dennis Schroder combine for 25 assists as Thunder beat Pistons 123-110

Moving at that speed down the court, Russell Westbrook shouldn’t have been able to spin on a dime the way he did. He shouldn’t...

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Paul George reinvented his diet before the best season of his career

The buttery smell of popcorn drew Paul George to the open side door of the concession stand after practice in Toronto last...

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Writing on the wall for Roberson's season

On Thursday, Thunder coach Billy Donovan gave strong indication that Andre Roberson won't play this season. Starting with...

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Russell Westbrook secures third consecutive season with triple-double average

There can be a desensitization to what Russell Westbrook has accomplished in his last three seasons. There shouldn’t be.

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Russell Westbrook hosts ninth annual Why Not? Bowl

Always assisting, Russell Westbrook stood behind his young son, Noah, and helped the almost two-year-old push a bowling ball...

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The pioneer of Oklahoma sportstalk radio is honored

Eschbach has been around since the Bud Wilkinson days of Oklahoma football

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Thunder vs. Pistons lineups, tip-off time and TV info

PISTONS AT THUNDER When: 7 p.m., Friday Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena TV: FS Oklahoma (Cox 37 / HD 722, Dish 412, DirecTV 675,...

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Berry Tramel: The Markieff Morris experiment isn't working

The Thunder was rolling when Patrick Patterson was banished to the bench; since then, the Thunder has slumped

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Billy Donovan points to Andre Roberson not playing this season

On Thursday, Thunder coach Billy Donovan gave strong indication that Roberson won't play this season. The Thunder has four...

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Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel

The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel answered questions from readers Thursday morning.

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Thunder journal: Terrance Ferguson's offense reemerges

Terrance Ferguson’s first shot went in. The 20-year-old who developed into a 3-and-D specialist and then continued to add to...

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Thunder’s success in halfcourt imperative to playoff success

The questions poured in about momentum, a galvanizing moment, an instance of joy that the Thunder could use as a springboard to...

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Lakers, Knicks have fewest NBA wins over the last six years

How deep is the Lakers' slide? Worse than Phoenix's or Orlando's or Sacramento's over the last six years.

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Russell Westbrook's 20-20-20 night allows the Thunder to exhale

There were some issues with Westbrook's historic night, but chasing Wilt Chamberlain wasn't one of them

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Thunder Buddies podcast: Russell Westbrook makes history against the Lakers

Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studios' comedy 'Ted,' but inspired by our...

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Russell Westbrook matches Wilt Chamberlain with historic triple-double in Thunder's win vs. Lakers

Russell Westbrook came down with a defensive rebound with 39.5 seconds left, the Thunder called timeout and the crowd and bench...

OU football: Tanner Schafer trying to follow in Taylor Cornelius' footsteps

SportsApr 3, 2019

NORMAN — Tanner Schafer shrugs a bit at the question. “Did it bother you that you weren’t more highly recruited?” Oklahoma’s redshirt junior walk-on quarterback was asked last week. “I don’t know,” Schafer said. “I guess it’s because I’m from...

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Thunder Journal: OKC starts fast against Lakers

Paul George’s second shot of the night was like something straight out if the All-Star game. In fact, it was the exact same...

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FINAL: Thunder 119, Lakers 103

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NBA rescinds Russell Westbrook's latest technical foul

Westbrook enters the Thunder’s game against the Lakers Tuesday still two regular-season technicals away from a second suspension.

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Both resting and playing Paul George has its drawbacks as Thunder approaches playoffs

Luka Doncic didn’t make the trip to Oklahoma City with the Mavericks on Saturday. LeBron James won’t take the floor at...

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Jawun Evans a new face late in OKC's season

Working in shooting drills alongside Donte Grantham and Hamidou Diallo on Monday, there was an unmistakable new face at the...

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Thunder vs. Lakers lineups, tip-off time and TV info

LAKERS AT THUNDER When: 7 p.m., Tuesday Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena TV: FS Oklahoma (Cox 37 / HD 722, Dish 412, DirecTV 675,...

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Westbrook's 'next question' act is about control

Westbrook likes to run things, and the Thunder has been quite accommodating in letting him do exactly that

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Jawun Evans a new face late in Thunder’s season

Working in shooting drills alongside Donte Grantham and Hamidou Diallo on Monday, there was an unmistakable new face at the...

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No easy games left for Thunder, even against hobbled Lakers

If the Thunder wasn’t already on high alert after losing seven of 10 games, it should be on Tuesday.

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Russell Westbrook approaching more history as season closes

More history approaches for Russell Westbrook, who is virtually a lock to wrap up his unprecedented third consecutive season...

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Thunder Buddies podcast: Downer against Dallas

Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studios' comedy 'Ted,' but inspired by our...

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Thunder's plunge off the cliff continues in bewildering loss to Mavericks

Russell Westbrook air-balled a 3-point shot on the Thunder’s first possession, though in all fairness, it might have been a...

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Thunder's offense grinds to a halt in 106-103 loss to Mavericks

Dallas took the lead too easily. Out of a timeout, rookie guard Jalen Brunson went past Paul George, forcing Steven Adams to...

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Thunder journal: Mavs bench hurts Thunder from 3-point line

During Thunder coach Billy Donovan’s first timeout of the game, he pointed out to his team that the Mavericks were taking a lot...

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FINAL: Mavericks 106, Thunder 103

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With Thunder officially in NBA playoffs, do regular-season sweeps matter going forward?

Denver Nuggets coach Mike Malone all but dismissed the question even before Denver beat OKC for the fourth time this season....

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Dirk Nowitzki's (possible) last ride won't be forgotten

Perhaps it’s nearing the end for one of the NBA’s all-time greats. Or maybe Dirk Nowitzki has more left in the tank. Dennis...

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Thunder vs. Mavericks lineups, tip-off time and TV info

When: 2:30 p.m., Sunday Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena TV: FS Oklahoma (Cox 37/HD 722, Dish 412, DirecTV 675, U-verse...

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Thunder Buddies podcast: Swept away by Denver

Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studios' comedy 'Ted,' but inspired by our...

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Same old, same old for Thunder vs. Nuggets, who score a 115-105 victory

It was almost as if the Thunder was following a predetermined script, one that had played out in three previous losses to the...

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Denver made the big plays to complete season sweep of Thunder

Russell Westbrook drove the lane and spun home one of those baskets like he has so many times, and you thought maybe the...

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OKC defense can’t match up with Nuggets

Thunder center Steven Adams switched onto Denver guard Jamal Murray, forcing him to shoot a 3-pointer while leaning back....

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UPDATE: Paul George available against the Nuggets

Thunder coach Billy Donovan announced that Paul George will be a game-time decision after the All-Star goes through his pregame...

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Berry Tramel: Who is UCLA waiting on? Kelvin Sampson, Chris Beard, Billy Donovan?

The Bruins obviously are waiting on a coach whose team remains alive. Is that coach in the NCAA Tournament or the NBA?

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Jerami Grant's not just a game-changing presence for the Thunder, but is a Most Improved Player candidate

There are times when Jerami Grant snuffs out possessions, appearing at the point of attack so quickly and with such ferocity...

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Thunder journal: Paul George ‘questionable’ for Friday against the Nuggets

Paul George sat in front of his locker after the Thunder’s 107-99 win over the Pacers looking cyborg-esque. His left side was...

The expansion of the NCAA Tournament has diluted March Madness

SportsMar 17, 2019

In March 1993, Billy Tubbs’ Sooners went to Kansas City with a 19-10 record and lost 69-55 to Iowa State in the Big Eight Tournament quarterfinals. Those Sooners went 7-7 in a loaded Big Eight, tied for fifth. OU played a really good...

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Thunder vs. Nuggets lineups, tip-off time and TV info

When: 7 p.m., Friday Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena TV: FS Oklahoma (Cox 37/HD 722, Dish 412, DirecTV 675, U-verse 751/1751)...

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Have Thunder fans cooled on Russell Westbrook?

Thunder fans are starting to question Westbrook more and more

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Only two technicals for the Thunder in the last five games, none from George or Westbrook

The Thunder has been better behaved since Westbrook's one-game suspension, and that's a good thing.

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Thunder Buddies podcast: Outpacing the Pacers

Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studios' comedy 'Ted,' but inspired by our...

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Jerami Grant’s blocks ignite OKC Thunder victory over the Indiana Pacers

Thaddeus Young muscled in for a shot; Jerami Grant leaped and blocked it, denying the Pacers a chance to build a double-digit...

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Westbrook, Grant close the door on Pacers in 107-99 win

The Pacers were trying to extend the Thunder’s string of misery. Jerami Grant did not allow it. In the Thunder’s 107-99 win...

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Thunder journal: Adams returns to pre-All-Star form

Steven Adams was all over the floor. He grabbed the rebound off Russell Westbrook’s miss and tossed it out to Paul George on...

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FINAL: Thunder 107, Pacers 99

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Hervey, Hopson lead Blue to G League playoff win against Salt Lake City

Kevin Hervey scored 22 points and had six rebounds, but his defensive versatility was just as important in the Oklahoma City...

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Thunder peaks often give way to valleys

The next time the Thunder plays well, will it be able to replicate that in the game after? OKC coach Billy Donovan posed the...

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Power Lunch: Chat recap with columnist Berry Tramel

"Oh, Westbrook is never on the same page with anyone. He's never going to come close to real analysis. But you're right about...

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Is Billy Donovan safe for next season after this Thunder slide?

On the Thunder’s first defensive possession of the first quarter, Russell Westbrook, without the help of a screen or a...

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OKC looking for more efficiency in strengths

When asked if the Thunder’s style of play can be successful against a Western Conference playoff logjam of more shooters, more...

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Thunder vs. Pacers lineups, tip-off time and TV info

THUNDER VS. PACERS When: 7 p.m., Wednesday Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena TV: ESPN (Cox 29/HD 720, Dish 140, DirecTV 206,...

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Thunder Buddies podcast: OKC plays the blues in Memphis

Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studios' comedy 'Ted,' but inspired by our...

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Observational nuggets from the Thunder's 115-103 loss to the Grizzlies

This blog on the Thunder’s 115-103 loss to the Grizzlies is an homage to those who came before me.

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Memphis blues again for Thunder in 115-103 loss to Grizzlies

MEMPHIS – The Thunder stood around as Memphis dribbled out the clock. It had lost plenty of games since the All-Star break, but...

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Burton gets early playing time for struggling Thunder

MEMPHIS — With the Thunder dragging behind the Grizzlies, even with Memphis hobbled by injuries, Thunder wing Deonte Burton...

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Thunder claims former OSU guard Jawun Evans off waivers

The Thunder announced Monday it added former Oklahoma State guard Jawun Evans off waivers.

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Billy Donovan experiments with shortened rotation

TORONTO – The second half of the Thunder’s 116-109 win over the Raptors on Friday provided a preview of what a shortened...

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Paul George takes on leadership role with Thunder as promised

TORONTO -- Thunder coach Billy Donovan nodded last week as a reporter repeated what Paul George had said that morning – that he...

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Thunder vs. Grizzlies lineups, tip-off time and TV info

THUNDER AT GRIZZLIES When: 7 p.m., Monday Where: FedEx Forum; Memphis, Tenn. TV: FS Oklahoma (Cox 37/HD 722, Dish 412, DirecTV...

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Thunder previews 7-man rotation

Billy Donovan said he’ll judge the length of his rotations on a game-by-game basis in the final nine games of the season.

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Schroder fully participates in practice Sunday

Dennis Schroder rolled his ankle in the fourth quarter of the Thunder’s 116-109 win at Toronto Friday.

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OKC Blue enters playoffs Tuesday

The Blue won the Midwest Division to claim an automatic playoff berth.

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Thunder journal: Dennis Schroder takes advantage of double team on Paul George

The Raptors sent a double team to Paul George at the edge of the Toronto logo. He cut to his left and found Jerami Grant on the...

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OKC Thunder: Taking a look at the NBA Western Conference playoff picture

The Western Conference playoff teams are set. The order is anything but, ready to be shaken up with every result. With an...

Former OU coach Billy Tubbs knows that times have changed in college hoops

SportsApr 6, 2019

I ran into Billy Tubbs back in February at the OU-Texas basketball game. We did a little commiserating. Earlier that week, we each independently had stumbled upon the Purdue-Indiana game. Final score: Purdue 48, Indiana 46. We talked about...

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Thunder needs Friday's win over Toronto to be a turning point

TORONTO — About 10 hours before the Thunder snapped its four-game losing streak, Paul George outstretched his arms in...

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Observational nuggets from the Thunder's 116-109 win against the Raptors

This blog on the Thunder's 116-109 win against the Raptors is an homage to those who came before me.

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Thunder Buddies podcast: Revival against the Raptors

Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studios' comedy 'Ted,' but inspired by our...

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Thunder rallies past Raptors 116-109 to snap four-game losing streak

TORONTO – Paul George reached from behind the Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard and placed his hand squarely on the ball as Leonard went...

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Forced turnovers propel Thunder to win against Raptors

TORONTO -- The Thunder knew it had to do better at limiting turnovers after its first game against the Raptors. It couldn’t let...

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FINAL: Thunder 116, Raptors 109

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Thunder journal: OKC stumped at the free throw line

Chesapeake Energy Arena was eerily quiet. It was almost as if the Thunder fan base was collectively holding its breath as Paul...

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Thunder's plummet on offense starts with elevated defense on Paul George

The Thunder trailed by 10 early to the Warriors as Russell Westbrook dribbled into a halfcourt set. That Westbrook and Paul...

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Thunder at Raptors lineups, tip-off time and TV info

THUNDER AT RAPTORS When: 6:30 p.m., Friday Where: Scotiabank Arena TV: FS Oklahoma (Cox 37 / HD 722, Dish 412, DirecTV 675,...

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Kevin Durant's 'adopted brother' killed in Atlanta shooting

Clifford Dixon, a childhood friend of former Thunder forward Kevin Durant, was shot and killed outside of a metro Atlanta bar...

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Thunder to play Mavericks in Tulsa preseason game

The Thunder is returning to Tulsa for the preseason.

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Thunder Buddies podcast: Ripped by the Raptors

Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studios' comedy 'Ted,' but inspired by our...

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Thunder journal: Toronto takes advantage of OKC's shaky 3-point defense in first half

The Thunder’s two best defenders jumped on pump fakes in the first quarter. First, Paul George went flying past Toronto guard...

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Thunder digs a deeper hole in 123-114 overtime loss to Raptors

Paul George stepped to the free throw line to shoot a technical foul shot after the Raptors committed a defensive three seconds...

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Collison's special night followed by Thunder's 123-114 overtime loss to Toronto

High above the hardwood and behind the Thunder bench, a light revealed the white banner with blue letters and the No. 4 of Nick...

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Nick Collison's jersey retirement big news back in Iowa

Nick Collison smiled at the mention of his Iowa hometown, Iowa Falls. “Five stoplights,” he said, still grinning. Marissa...

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FINAL: Raptors 123, Thunder 114 (OT)

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Nick Collison's two-man game an unforgettable piece of his Thunder story

At the mere mention of Nick Collison’s backdoor passes, Steven Adams’ eyes lit up and his voice jumped headfirst into nostalgic...

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Serge Ibaka will be at Collison's number retirement thanks to 'perfect' timing

It took a couple days after Serge Ibaka’s fight with Cleveland’s Marquese Chris for Ibaka to actually pull up Toronto’s...

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The Thunder seems headed for eighth place in the West

The Thunder is headed in the wrong direction as the regular season nears completion

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NBA on ESPN announcer Mike Breen is a prince, and here's a story to prove it

I speak to a lot of classes and civic clubs. I take a lot of questions. I don’t remember ever being asked what was my biggest...

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Retired and honored numbers in the NBA

Eastern Conference 76ers 2 – Moses Malone 3 – Allen Iverson 4 – Dolph Schayes 6 – Julius Erving 10 – Maurice Cheeks 13 – Wilt...

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What they're saying about Thunder legend Nick Collison

As Nick Collison prepares to have his No. 4 Thunder jersey retired on Wednesday, The Oklahoman asked those around the Thunder...

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Thunder vs. Raptors lineups, tip-off time and TV info

RAPTORS AT THUNDER When: 8:30 p.m., Wednesday Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena TV: ESPN (Cox 29 / HD 720, Dish 140, DirecTV 206,...

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Thunder journal: Nerlens Noel's availability for Wednesday remains unknown

Thunder center Nerlens Noel caught a pass from Thunder assistant coach Mark Bryant and drove to the basket, losing his...

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Since he's in town, maybe Collison can help Westbrook

Nick Collison did a lot for the Thunder, and the Thunder did a lot for Collison, and that symbiotic relationship continues...

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Noel able to do 'light work' in Thunder practice

Thunder coach Billy Donovan said he didn’t expect to find out Noel’s availability for Wednesday’s game against Toronto until...

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Steven Adams on mass shooting in New Zealand: 'They need the support, not me'

In an NBA locker room across the world from his native New Zealand, Steven Adams feels the suffering of his countrymen.

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Thunder Buddies podcast: Zoned out against the Heat

Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studios' comedy 'Ted,' but inspired by our...

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Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel

Read an unedited transcript of today's chat with columnist Berry Tramel.

Promoting baseball runs in Mike Veeck's blood

SportsApr 4, 2019

Mike Veeck learned baseball from his dad. Bill Veeck was a baseball pioneer. Ran three franchises over the course of four decades and eventually made the Hall of Fame as the game’s greatest promoter. And father taught son a simple truth....

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Thunder journal: OKC professes issues are correctable after loss to Heat

On Monday, Nerlens Noel was a late scratch for the Thunder with a left quad contusion. His absence was noticed as much as...

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Without suspended Westbrook, OKC struggles in loss to Miami

Paul George gathered his teammates around the free throw line after Thunder forward Jerami Grant made the first of two free...

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Want to know why Nick Collison's number is being retired? It's the Thunder Way

The first time Sam Presti spoke publicly in Oklahoma City, the basketball bunch he oversaw didn’t even have a name. But there...

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Thunder has missed Westbrook's offense when he's sat

The Thunder held up well early in the season when Westbrook was sidelined; will that happen tonight?

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Thunder journal: Westbrook receives one-game suspension

The Thunder has gone 5-3 in the eight games Russell Westbrook has missed this season. OKC will get a chance to improve on that...

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Dwyane Wade's impact goes beyond basketball for Thunder, NBA

So much has changed in seven years in the NBA. Back in the 2012 season, however, time stood still. Dwyane Wade – still not in...

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Thunder vs. Heat lineups, tip-off time and TV info

THUNDER VS. MIAMI • When: 7 p.m., Monday • Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena • TV: FS Oklahoma (Cox 37/HD 722, Dish 412, DirecTV...

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Thunder Buddies podcast: Offensive exposure against the Warriors

Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studios' comedy 'Ted,' but inspired by our...

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Thunder journal: Russell Westbrook faces possible one-game suspension

Unless one of Russell Westbrook's technical fouls is rescinded before Monday, the Thunder point guard will be suspended for the...

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Thunder's offense slumps in 110-88 loss to Warriors

An exasperated Paul George didn’t have the breath to argue with official Marc Davis. George thought he was hacked on the...

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Offense was awful for the Thunder against Golden State

Thunder makes less than 33 percent of its 2-pointers vs. Golden State, and you know what that means

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Russell Westbrook faces one-game suspension unless technical foul is rescinded

Unless one of Russell Westbrook's technical fouls is rescinded before Monday, the Thunder point guard will be suspended for the...

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FINAL: Warriors 110, Thunder 88

Get up-to-the-minute coverage of tonight's bout beginning at 7:30 p.m.!

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Kevin Durant to miss Thunder-Warriors due to ankle contusion

In the final matchup between the Thunder and Warriors this season, there will be no Kevin Durant.

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Up-and-down Thunder still an intriguing matchup for Warriors

The Thunder had just blown a 19-point lead against the Pacers on the road. Why would it feel confident going into a game...

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Thunder vs. Warriors lineups, tip-off time and TV info

WARRIORS AT THUNDER When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena TV: ABC (KOCO;;Cox 8 / HD 705, Dish 5, DirecTV 5,...

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Western Conference seeding two through eight figures to be wild

Thunder has scheduling advantage down the stretch

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Report: Jazz issues second ban for fan who called Westbrook 'boy'

The Jazz have banned the fan who called Russell Westbrook “boy” in Game 4 of last season’s first round playoff series against...

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Thunder finds jersey sponsor close to home

If Russell Westbrook or Paul George break the internet on Saturday while viciously dunking over the Splash Brothers, Boogie,...

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Thunder Buddies podcast: An OKC collapse in Indy

Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studios' comedy 'Ted,' but inspired by our...

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Thunder, George squander 19-point lead in 108-106 loss to Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS – Just above the Pacers’ "P" he stepped on thousands of times in the first seven seasons of his NBA career, Paul...

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Thunder journal: Schroder tacked with key foul in OKC’s late loss to Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS – Dennis Schroder was working hard. The Thunder had already squandered a 19-point lead, but Schroder was fighting....

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FINAL: Pacers 108, Thunder 106

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Thunder Buddies podcast: Cutting down the Nets

Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studios' comedy 'Ted,' but inspired by our...

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Thunder at Pacers lineups, tip-off time and TV info

• When: 6 p.m., Thursday • Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse • TV: FS Oklahoma (Cox 37/HD 722, Dish 412, DirecTV 675, U-verse...

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Paul George not quite healthy but still shoulders the load in Thunder' 108-96 win vs. Nets

George had 25 points on 18 shots, including shooting 50 percent from 3 for the first time since Feb. 11 against Portland.

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Thunder journal: With Markieff Morris out, Deonte Burton takes his place

Thunder forward Deonte Burton twisted as he hovered in the air, dropping the ball into the hoop on his way down. The Thunder...

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FINAL: Thunder 108, Nets 96

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OU football: Recent secondary decommits signal change in Sooners' recruiting philosophy

SportsMar 31, 2019

NORMAN — In mid-March, Oklahoma got hit by a one-two punch of 2020 defensive backs decommitting from the Sooners. Four-star cornerback Darion Green-Warren from California and three-star corner Jalen Huff from Georgia announced their decisions...

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Russell Westbrook's exchange with Jazz fan a reminder of lack of human decency

I am not sure what Shane Keisel intended. “Get down on your knees like you’re used to!” When the Utah Jazz fan allegedly...

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Thunder vs. Nets lineups, tip-off time and TV info

NETS AT THUNDER When: 6 p.m., Wednesday Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City TV: FS Oklahoma (Cox 37 / HD 722, Dish...

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Thunder journal: Deonte Burton's whirlwind past three days feel like one long one

SALT LAKE CITY – It all felt like one day to Deonte Burton. From when his agent called him a couple days earlier to tell him...

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Westbrook fine, fan ban brings focus to rules and relationships

It was Orlando in the dying days of January and Russell Westbrook was talking to a fan. It was civil, a far cry from the events...

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Thunder completes season sweep of Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah crowd was still roaring from the play before, a 3-pointer by Joe Ingles. Then it was Dennis...

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Utah Jazz permanently bans fan, Russell Westbrook fined $25,000 for verbal altercation

The Utah Jazz announced Tuesday afternoon that it has placed a permanent ban on the fan who was involved in a verbal...

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Fans don't have carte blanche to say anything

Jazz fan and Westbrook get into it, and it's not Westbrook's fault

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Observational nuggets from the Thunder's 98-89 win against the Jazz

This blog on the Thunder's 98-89 win against the Jazz is an homage to those who came before me.

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Russell Westbrook and Jazz fan get in heated exchange

Thunder players call for increased protection from fans.

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Thunder Buddies podcast: A drama-filled night in Salt Lake City

Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studios' comedy 'Ted,' but inspired by our...

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Thunder journal: Deonte Burton plays his first game on an NBA contract

SALT LAKE CITY -- Deonte Burton suited up Monday for his first game on a fulltime NBA contract. He played in just the final...

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Schroder finds shooting touch, Thunder sinks Utah

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah crowd was still roaring from the play before, a 3-pointer by Joe Ingles. Then it was Schroder’s...

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FINAL: Thunder 98, Jazz 89

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Thunder's second unit starting to come together

Thunder center Nerlens Noel jumped away from his man to spring in front of Clippers guard Landry Shamet as he threw up a layup...

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The Thunder leads the NBA in technical fouls; how's that working out?

Russell Westbrook leads the NBA with 15 technical fouls, not counting two that were rescinded. Billy Donovan has been called...

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Thunder vs. Jazz lineups, tip-off time and TV info

THUNDER AT JAZZ When: 8 p.m., Monday Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City TV: FS Oklahoma (Cox 37 / HD 722, Dish 412,...

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Thunder signs Deonte Burton to NBA contract

The Thunder finally gave two-way player Deonte Burton a guarantee.

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Can Thunder align winning with Westbrook's offensive uptick?

Don’t ask Russell Westbrook about his shooting. The answer is typically binary, either a "next question" or silent dismissal....

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Paul George fined for criticism of officiating

Paul George’s extended critique covered more than just Friday’s game, in which the Clippers took 46 free throws and the...

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Talk of officiating has Thunder crying foul after 118-110 loss to Clippers

LOS ANGELES — The night before, Paul George had joked that he “had a lot of words for the officiating” until he realized that...

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Thunder Buddies podcast: Assessing a foul-happy back-to-back for OKC

Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studios' comedy 'Ted,' but inspired by our...

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Thunder journal: L2M identifies five incorrect non-calls

LOS ANGELES – The Thunder was already out of Portland and getting ready for its game against the Clippers on Friday when the...

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Jerami Grant's focus on balance has 'paid off' in his third season with the Thunder

Jerami Grant struck the air as if the red hand weight wrapped around his fist was a boxing glove. Each Thunder player has a...

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Elbow by George, offensive goaltending by Nurkic ruled incorrect non-calls in L2M

The NBA Officiating Last Two Minute Report for the Thunder’s 129-121 overtime win at Portland Thursday identified five...

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No secret why Thunder is 4-0 vs. Blazers this season

Thunder makes Lillard and McCollum work for their shots

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Russell Westbrook, Thunder secure season sweep of Trail Blazers with 129-121 OT win

PORTLAND — Russell Westbrook stood at halfcourt dancing to the silence as Trail Blazers fans streamed toward the exits. There...

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Thunder journal: What OKC took from playing without Paul George

With Paul George back in the lineup for the second straight game, the Thunder’s rotations have shifted back to normal. But its...

OSU football: Defensive ends forced to grow up quickly, but showing promise in spring

SportsMar 31, 2019

STILLWATER — Mike Gundy didn’t go into much detail in describing the performance of his defensive ends through the first few spring practices. It’s not that they’re playing poorly. Gundy feels comfortable with their progression. But he knows...

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OKC Thunder: Markieff Morris builds new habits on defense

Markieff Morris could have easily just said yes, he was feeling more comfortable in his role with the Thunder. He at least had...

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FINAL: Thunder 129, Trail Blazers 121 (OT)

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Thunder’s defense at a crossroads on critical Western Conference road trip

MINNEAPOLIS – When listening to Thunder players or coaches speak about defense, there isn’t an impression that it’s...

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Markieff Morris watched OU eliminate Kansas from title contention

The 8 p.m. start for Kansas at Oklahoma Tuesday gave Thunder forward Markieff Morris time to turn on the game after OKC's...

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Lakers' slump leaves LeBron looking dejected

30-35 Lakers are 6.5 games out of the playoff line, so this is a lost season for LeBron

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High volume scoring by Westbrook can't make up for defensive inconsistency

It happened again. Russell Westbrook scored over 35 points and the Thunder lost. In OKC’s 131-120 loss at Minnesota Tuesday,...

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Thunder at Trail Blazers lineups, tip-off time and TV info

• When: 9:30 p.m., Thursday • Where: Moda Center, Portland • TV: TNT (Cox 31/HD 730; Dish 138; DirecTV 245; U-verse 108/1108) •...

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Thunder Buddies podcast: Paul George returns and so does the struggle

Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studios' comedy 'Ted,' but inspired by our...

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Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel

Berry answers questions from readers.

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Thunder loses despite George's return to lineup

MINNEAPOLIS – The Thunder had a rare stop, Abdel Nader swatting Minnesota’s Derrick Rose. Coming down on the fast break, Paul...

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Thunder journal: OKC slows Andrew Wiggins, but Timberwolves' offense was red hot

MINNEAPOLIS – There’s an easy answer to keeping Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins off the free throw line. “Not fouling,” Thunder...

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OKC is in third place in the West, but the schedule gets tougher

Projections show that the Thunder, Blazers, Jazz, Rockets and Clippers all could finish tightly bunched

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From Egypt to America, Abdel Nader found his place through basketball

Abdel Nader was the last player on the court at shootaround at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, firing jump shot after jump...

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Thunder at Timberwolves lineups, tip-off time and TV info

THUNDER AT TIMBERWOLVES When: 7 p.m., Tuesday Where: Target Center, Minneapolis TV: FS Oklahoma (Cox 37/HD 722, Dish 412,...

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Hamidou Diallo's time with the Blue increases

The Thunder announced that it had assigned Hamidou Diallo to its G League affiliate Monday.

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Amidst shooting struggles, Schroder has turnaround fourth quarter

On Sunday, Schroder’s scoring woes continued. But in the fourth quarter he turned an inconsistent game into a strong finish in...

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Thunder offense has cratered without Paul George

Thunder survives the shell of the Grizzlies, rallying from a 13-point deficit midway through the fourth quarter

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Westbrook delivers, OKC snaps four-game skid

Russell Westbrook pump-faked and eyed the basket from the left wing. “No!” a fan yelled. The same fan had dissuaded him from...

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Thunder journal: Defense tightens in fourth to stop Memphis

The Thunder made its life more difficult than it should have Sunday against a patchwork Memphis team. Whether the Grizzlies...

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Thunder Buddies podcast: Breaking the slump against the Grizzlies

Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studios' comedy 'Ted,' but inspired by our...

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FINAL: Thunder 99, Grizzlies 95

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Thunder Buddies podcast: Missing Paul George Round 2 against the Spurs

Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studios' comedy 'Ted,' but inspired by our...

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Thunder journal: Raymond Felton offers brief spark in OKC loss

SAN ANTONIO — The possession was bad from the start, Dennis Schroder and Nerlens Noel resorting to throwing passes across...

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Thunder's slump continues minus Paul George in 116-102 loss to Spurs

SAN ANTONIO — Paul George scratched the back of his head and couldn’t keep still, bouncing from foot-to-foot as the Thunder...

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FINAL: Spurs 116, Thunder 102

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Paul George out against the Spurs with right shoulder soreness

SAN ANTONIO – Paul George sat on the scorer’s table with a smile on his face and an ice bag wrapped around his right shoulder....

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With or without Paul George, Thunder's weaknesses apparent in post-All-Star stretch

The first reaction should not be panic. Dennis Schroder had it right Thursday night, even after another Thunder loss in which...

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Thunder journal: Raymond Felton returns to the rotation

Thunder guard Raymond Felton’s minutes have increased in every game since the All-Star break. Before the break, Felton filled...

OU report card: Sooners played well in phases in 95-72 rout of Ole Miss

SportsMar 23, 2019

OU’s 95-72 domination of Ole Miss in the NCAA Tournament was so stunning, it’s hard to find anything on which to downgrade the Sooners. Here’s the report card: Starting lineup: A. The Sooner starters played 11:35 together. During those times,...

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Thunder vs. Spurs lineups, tip-off time and TV info

THUNDER VS. SPURS When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio TV: FS Oklahoma (Cox 37 / HD 722, Dish 412,...

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Historically the Thunder's record out of the break doesn't reveal much

The Thunder’s 108-104 loss to the 76ers Thursday was its third in four games out of the All-Star break, marking the first time...

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Foul or play defense? Did Donovan choose wrong?

The Thunder was in a tough spot with 28 seconds left and no timeouts, down two points to Philadelphia

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Thunder Buddies podcast: Missing Paul George against the Sixers

Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studios' comedy 'Ted,' but inspired by our...

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Paul George's value on full display as he sits out loss to Philadelphia

The Paul George MVP campaign picked up steam Thursday night. The same can’t be said for the Thunder. Playing without George,...

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Thunder journal: Jerami Grant plays three positions in Paul George's absence

The ball swung from Russell Westbrook to Terrance Ferguson to Jerami Grant. From the right wing, Grant drove to the basket and...

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Thunder focus wanes again late in 108-104 loss to Sixers

The Thunder needed a stop. Mike Scott stood alone. Instead of a furious rally capped by a storybook ending at home, the Thunder...

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Could Diallo return to the rotation against Sixers?

Thunder is short of wings vs. Philadelphia, so Donovan should take this chance to find out how the young players are developing

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Thunder forward Paul George ruled out against 76ers

The Thunder will be without its leading scorer on Thursday.

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Berry Tramel: Five Cyclone teammates enjoying NBA adventure

Of the 2015-16 Iowa State basketball team, five have made the NBA, despite no first-round draft picks.

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Thunder are finding themselves in an early hole when Paul George is not scoring

DENVER – Thunder forward Paul George pulled up just before the Nuggets logo, almost as if it was the 3-point line. But of...

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Thunder vs. 76ers lineups, tip-off time and TV info

•When: 7 p.m. on Thursday •Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena •TV: TNT (Cox 31/HD 730; Dish 138; DirecTV 245; U-verse 108/1108)...

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Can OKC take ‘The Streak’ to 20?

The Thunder has an unprecedented streak going against the 76ers. Entering Thursday, the Thunder has won 19 consecutive games...

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Thunder comeback bid fails in 121-112 loss to Nuggets

DENVER — Nerlens Noel stood frozen in place, holding the ball in both hands, staring into space in disbelief. He seemed to have...

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Can the Thunder take ‘The Streak’ against the 76ers to 20?

The Thunder has an unprecedented streak going against the 76ers.

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Thunder Buddies podcast: Why can't the Thunder beat the Nuggets?

Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studios' comedy 'Ted,' but inspired by our...

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Observational nuggets from the Thunder's 121-112 loss against the Nuggets

This blog on the Thunder's 121-112 loss against the Nuggets is a homage to those before me.

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Power Lunch: Chat live with columnist Berry Tramel

Log on at 11 a.m. to chat live with The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel. He'll be talking all things OKC Thunder, OU Sooners and OSU...

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Could Felton give Thunder some wing depth?

Donovan used three point guards vs. Denver because that's the way the Nuggets play, but could Raymond Felton help against other...

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Westbrook calls for more protection from fans

With three minutes left in the third quarter, Russell Westbrook walked up the sideline to inbound the ball, and a young fan...

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Steven Adams uses the stationary bike during games to sharpen the mind and body

Sitting on the stationary bike in the tunnel during a game, Thunder center Steven Adams will shout instructions and...

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Andre Roberson has progressed to shooting the ball

Billy Donovan reiterated Tuesday that he does not have a timetable for Andre Roberson’s return, but the team is optimistic that...

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FINAL: Nuggets 121, Thunder 112

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Markieff Morris on acclimation: Don't 'force things'

Morris’ signing with the Thunder marked the second time in his career that he has changed teams in the middle of the season. He...

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Sixers will play without Joel Embiid, Boban Marjanovic against Thunder Thursday

The Thunder's record winning streak against Philadelphia has a good chance of getting extended to 20 on Thursday.

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Markieff Morris brings brand of toughness Thunder likes to OKC

The Thunder is glad Markieff Morris is on its side. Morris is just glad to be back on the court. Two months without basketball...

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Thunder journal: What to expect from Denver center Nikola Jokic when he faces OKC

In two games this season, the Thunder have seen very different performances from Nuggets All-Star Nikola Jokic. In the first,...

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Thunder at Nuggets lineups, tip-off time and TV info

THUNDER AT NUGGETS When: 9:30 p.m., Tuesday Where: Pepsi Center, Denver TV: FS Oklahoma (Cox 37/HD 722, Dish 412, DirecTV 675,...

OU basketball team meets iconic announcing crew Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery & Grant Hill

SportsMar 22, 2019

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Three men, all of different generations, one of them twice as old as any Sooner player, another more than thrice as old, joined the OU basketball team in a huddle before practice Thursday at Colonial Life Arena. Call it a...

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Thunder journal: Russell Westbrook logs his three highest-scoring games on either side of the All-Star break

Russell Westbrook’s three highest-scoring games this season have come in the Thunder’s last three contests. “I think when it...

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Paul George has changed conversation around his clutch-time shooting

Look at how far Paul George has come. George was in the midst of his second-worst shooting performance of the season when he...

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How does Paul George stack up in the clutch?

How does Paul George stack up in the clutch? Paul George has been one of the better clutch shooters in the NBA this season,...

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Thunder's Patrick Patterson names winners of student film contest

On the same day as the Oscars, Patrick Patterson's partnership with deadCenter Film Festival culminated in a student film...

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Thunder Buddies podcast: Assessing OKC's up-and-down game against the Kings

Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studios' comedy 'Ted,' but inspired by our...

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Russell Westbrook’s game-tying basket vs. Kings erased amid controversy

Russell Westbrook made the right play a possession after making the wrong one. The officials thought otherwise. Westbrook was...

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Thunder can’t pull off comeback on second night of a back-to-back in 119-116 loss to Kings

Thunder center Nerlens Noel swatted a shot by the Sacramento’s Harrison Barnes, sending it straight into Oklahoma City newcomer...

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Thunder celebrates Black History Month by learning about the Black Fives

As the founder of an organization that seeks to, as its mission statement says, “research, preserve, showcase, and teach” the...

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Thunder Buddies podcast: Outlasting the Jazz

Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studios' comedy 'Ted,' but inspired by our...

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Thunder journal: Abdel Nader steps up in the clutch; Markieff Morris makes OKC debut

Seconds after Abdel Nader checked back into the game, after sitting for the better part of three quarters, he sank a 3-point...

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Excellent offense trumps dubious defense on this night

The Thunder went to the All-Star break playing excellent offense but dubious defense. That continued Friday night when the...

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Paul George floater lifts Thunder to thrilling 148-147 double-overtime win vs. Jazz

The crowd screamed “GO” as Paul George snagged the defensive rebound and dribbled up court with his hand up to calm the...

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FINAL: Thunder 148, Jazz 147 (2 OT)

Follow live updates from tonight's Thunder-Jazz basketball game.

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Morris twins have had remarkably similar careers

Marcus Morris was considered the better player at Kansas, then Markieff was considered better early in their pro careers, but...

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How has college basketball exploited Zion Williamson?

Duke has lifted Williamson's marketability to heights he never could have reached without college basketball

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Thunder vs. Jazz lineups, tip-off time and TV info

JAZZ AT THUNDER When: 8:30 p.m., Friday Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena TV: ESPN (Cox 29 / HD 720, Dish 140, DirecTV 206,...

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Thunder journal: OKC's pursuit of Markieff Morris felt like 'a college recruitment'

Markieff Morris, the newest addition to the Thunder, described the team’s efforts to woo him into signing with OKC as “kind of...

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With Thunder, Markieff Morris looking to leave behind defensive days with Wizards

The question was raised and Markieff Morris was determined to distinguish himself from his former employers. The question was...

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Paul George, Nike react to Duke star Zion Williamson splitting PG 2.5 basketball shoe

Paul George was concerned about Zion Williamson after the Duke phenom suffered a knee injury Wednesday night, so he reached out...

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Thunder and movie fans are invited to watch Oklahoma student films with Patrick Patterson, Steven Adams and Jerami Grant

Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Patrick Patterson and teammates Steven Adams and Jerami Grant will be in attendance for a...

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Paul George: 'My only concern is for Zion' Williamson

Williamson left 36 seconds into Duke’s game against North Carolina after blowing out the side of his right shoe and suffering...

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Which set of twins is the NBA's best ever?

Four notable set of twins have dotted the NBA, and the Thunder now has ties to half of them

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Why does the NBA go dark for several days in February?

The NBA could own the slow sports month of February if it would just move the All-Star Game

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Steven Adams has a tall task as the center of the Thunder’s defense

The image is fresh but it’s fading — Steven Adams’ mad defensive dash against the Spurs to save Game 2 of the Western...

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Thunder signs Markieff Morris

The Thunder has officially signed free agent Markieff Morris, the team announced Wednesday.

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Thunder has tough foes but lots of home games down the stretch

If the Thunder schedule conducive to catching Denver? Not really, but the Nuggets have a tough road, too

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How the Thunder can jump the Nuggets in the standings

The Thunder (37-20) sits in third place in the Western Conference, two games back of the Nuggets (39-18). On Tuesday, the two...

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Thunder could finish top-10 in defensive and offensive rating

After a breakout offensive performance in January, the Thunder’s offensive rating has jumped up to 110.4, which would have...

OU report card: Not much to grade highly for the Sooners

SportsMar 25, 2019

You figured Virginia would be a rugged opponent in the NCAA Tournament, and the Cavaliers most definitely were. They beat OU 63-51 Sunday night in the South Regional quarterfinals, and the grades reflect an uphill performance for the Sooners....

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Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel

Log on at 11 a.m. to chat live with The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel. He'll be talking all things Thunder, Cowboys and Sooners.

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For Felton, friendship with Thunder stars George, Westbrook is 'something that’s beyond basketball'

Some nights it’s started with a head nod. Others by a single word. Whatever the indication that it’s time, Paul George and...

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Westbrook can reach more triple-double history

Russell Westbrook is leading the NBA in triple-doubles and has a shot of matching his single-season triple-double record of...

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Thunder Buddies podcast (All-Star Edition Part 2): Wrapping up the weekend, looking ahead

Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studios' comedy 'Ted,' but inspired by our...

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Patrick Patterson announces engagement on Instagram

Looks like Patrick Patterson is having a great All-Star break.

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Russell Westbrook can reach more triple-double history

Russell Westbrook is leading the NBA in triple-doubles and has a shot of matching his single-season triple-double record of 42.

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Can Morris play on the perimeter for the Thunder?

Morris figures to cut into Patrick Patterson's playing time, but if Morris and Patterson could play together, the Thunder might...

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Three Thunder questions at the All-Star break

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Thunder enters the stretch run of the season with plenty of intrigue around its 37-20 campaign. The buzz...

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Thunder journal: Paul George's All-Star performance includes reverse 360

If it weren’t for Giannis Antetokounmpo’s high-flying alley-oop on a bounce-pass from Stephen Curry in Sunday's NBA All-Star...

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A closer look at three unique Thunder pregame ‘handshakes’

Before every game, the Thunder has a collection of handshake moments that could be the most unique in the NBA:

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Berry Tramel: When keeping records, don't be contrary to fact

You can have OKC-only records and you can have Thunder franchise records that include Seattle, and that's only historically...

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Paul George has done the impossible: He's given the Thunder another Kevin Durant

Let’s get something straight from the start. Kevin Durant is the best basketball player ever to call Oklahoma City home. And...

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Westbrook helps out old foe Nowitzki in Dirk's possible farewell All-Star

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Russell Westbrook’s hand was up as soon as Dirk Nowitzki let the shot go. Three fingers pointed to the...

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Paul George, Team Giannis come up short after Team LeBron rally

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Paul George gave his push for the All-Star Game’s Most Valuable Player, but it was a former Thunder player...

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Thunder Buddies podcast (All-Star Edition Part 1) – Hamidou Diallo Dunkfest

Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studios' comedy 'Ted,' but inspired by our...

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The Thunder's handshakes are next-level. Just watch Russell Westbrook, Steven Adams and Co.

Before every game, the Thunder has a collection of handshake moments that could be the most unique in the NBA.

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Thunder rookie Hamidou Diallo wins NBA dunk title with help from Shaq

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — “This is too easy. I need the biggest person in the building.” Thunder rookie Hamidou Diallo had already...

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Thunder rookie Hamidou Diallo wins 2019 Slam Dunk Contest

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – “This is too easy. I need the biggest person in the building.”

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VIDEO: Trae Young falls in NBA Skills Challenge final round on Jayson Tatum's halfcourt shot

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Trae Young looked like he was coasting to a 2-for-2 start in his first NBA All-Star Weekend. Then, Jayson...

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Kevin Durant says relationship with Russell Westbrook was never 'in a bad place'

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant aren't on the same team during All-Star Weekend, but Durant is taking up...

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For Paul George, this All-Star Weekend – this season – is a little different

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Paul George was already at the podium when he was noticed by maybe the youngest person at the Bojangles...

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The Thunder's 'King of New York' set to enter the dunk contest

“Hami one more time,” the Alimoe Day Memorial Classic MC said as Hamidou Diallo dribbled down the court on a fast break. In...

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All-Star journal: Don't call Buddy Hield a 'darkhorse' in the 3-point contest

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Call it a Buddy Breakout. Pistons forward Blake Griffin may stand as the best former University of Oklahoma...

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Trae Young's Hawks future looking bright with adjustments to the NBA

The play didn’t end with points, but it encompassed how far Trae Young had come, how much control the 20-year-old has imposed...

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Thunder Buddies podcast: OKC looks ready for the All-Star break in NOLA

Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studios' comedy 'Ted,' but inspired by our...

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How Markieff Morris could fit in with the Thunder

The Thunder has reportedly added what could be a key rotation player come playoff time. The Thunder agreed to a contract with...

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Thunder journal: Two-big lineup gives Thunder momentary spark

NEW ORLEANS – The wave of fashionably late fans hadn’t yet arrived, so a person halfway up the lower bowl could yell in the...

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NBA All-Star Break comes at right time for Thunder after 131-122 loss to Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS — Maybe the matchup appeared too lopsided. When applying Newton’s First Law, the Thunder seemed destined to roll...

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Russell Westbrook passes Gary Payton to become franchise all-time leading scorer

Russell Westbrook paced the Thunder with 44 points in the OKC’s 131-122 loss to the Pelicans Thursday.

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Report: Thunder to sign veteran forward Markieff Morris

The Thunder has reportedly added what could be a key rotation player come playoff time.

Eddie Sutton doesn't need the Basketball Hall of Fame to verify his iconic status

SportsApr 3, 2019

Eddie Sutton kept insulting his new team. Kept telling the Cowboys that what they were wasn’t good enough. “You gotta get out of that NIT mentality,” Sutton kept saying to that talented but raw group of OSU players Leonard Hamilton had...

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VIDEO: Russell Westbrook talks Kevin Durant and more on Kevin Hart's web series

Russell Westbrook has opened up again, this time in a cold tub.

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Jazz center, Edmond native Ekpe Udoh launches agricultural partnership with OSU-OKC

Ekpe Udoh is all about healthy eating. It’s why the Edmond native and Utah Jazz center was back in Oklahoma City this week for...

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Berry Tramel: Lakers, Pelicans both hurt by Anthony Davis' public trade request

Keeping things private would have better served the Lakers, the Pelicans and probably Davis himself

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Thunder signs Scotty Hopson and Richard Solomon to 10-day contracts

Scotty Hopson and Richard Solomon both traveled with the Thunder to New Orleans for its last game before the All-Star break.

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Seems clear: Clippers just wanted out from under Griffin's contract

With two blockbuster trades the last two winters, the Clippers are trying to set themselves up for free agency, all at...

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Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel

Log on at 11 a.m. to chat live with columnist Berry Tramel. He'll be talking all things Thunder, Sooners and Cowboys.

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The Thunder has become one of the NBA's most efficient 3-point shooting teams in 2019

Terrance Ferguson knocking down a corner 3-pointer off an outlet or kick-out pass has become a familiar sight. At the beginning...

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Thunder vs. Pelicans lineups, tip-off time and TV info

When: 7 p.m. Thursday Where: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans TV: FS Oklahoma (Cox 37/HD 722, Dish 412, DirecTV 675, U-verse...

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Westbrook opens up about criticism

More often than not, Russell Westbrook goes for brevity in his media sessions, but Wednesday was different. Before the Thunder...

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Report: Thunder to sign Scotty Hopson to a 10-day contract

The Thunder is reportedly planning to sign Oklahoma City Blue guard/forward Scotty Hopson to a 10-day contract, giving OKC...

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Russell Westbrook reflects on life, criticism of his game

More often than not, Russell Westbrook opts for brevity in his media sessions, but Wednesday was different.

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How Russell Westbrook set the record for consecutive triple-doubles

Paul George didn’t realize Russell Westbrook had roped him into a historic moment when he caught Westbrook’s pass at the top of...

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Assessing OKC Thunder's roster options

Deonte Burton's strong play is a good problem to have if you’re Thunder general manager Sam Presti. Burton wasn’t expected to...

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Thunder defense finding its footing

Portland’s Maurice Harkless drove, and Paul George was right there waiting. Still, Harkless looked like he had an opening to...