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January 2017

Thunder end road trip with loss in San Antonio

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Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports Quite possibly the most challenging month in the history of the Oklahoma City Thunder finally came to an end Tuesday night in San Antonio as the Thunder fell short to the Gregg Popovich-lead Spurs 108-94. Tuesday night’s game was much like a roller coaster ride, with many ups and downs intertwined…

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Thunder Game Day #49: at San Antonio Spurs

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Oklahoma City Thunder (28-20, 12-14 away) vs. San Antonio Spurs (36-11, 16-6 home) Tuesday, Jan. 31 :: 7:30 p.m. CST :: AT&T Center (18,581) vs.  TV: FS Oklahoma (DirectTV 676-5, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27, U-Verse 751/1751 HD) Online Stream: here. Radio: WWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa View from the enemy: Here. Line: Oklahoma City is a 9-point…

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Thunder get rolled by Cavs 107-91

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Russell Westbrook recorded his 24th triple-double of the season for the Thunder, but it wasn’t enough as Oklahoma City fell to the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers 107-91. Oklahoma City got out to a hot start, as they were pushing the ball in transition and beating Cleveland down the court almost every time. They won the…

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Thunder Game Day #48: at Cleveland Cavaliers

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Oklahoma City Thunder (28-19, 12-13 away) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (31-14, 20-5 home) Sunday, Jan. 29 :: 2:30 p.m. CST :: Quicken Loans Arena (20,562) vs.  TV: ABC (5 DirecTV, 8 Cox, 705 HD, 5 AT&T U-Verse, 5 Dish) Online Stream: here. Radio: WWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa View from the enemy: Here. Line: Oklahoma City is a 7-point underdog.…

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Russell Westbrook is a man on a mission

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Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports Russell Westbrook doesn’t give a damn about starting in the All-Star game. Though, you can bet he’s going to make you remember his name since the fans didn’t vote him in. Westbrook said numerous times he doesn’t care what anyone thinks. His fashion statements are living proof that the man from Leuzinger…

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Enes Kanter out indefinitely with forearm fracture

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Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports Enes Kanter punched a chair during a timeout in the second quarter on Thursday night and fractured his forearm. Kanter, who immediately left for the training room was initially out with a right wrist sprain, but it was apparent immediately after the game when Kanter was seen in a fully…

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Westbrook’s 45 leads OKC by Dallas

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Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports Russell Westbrook dropped 45 points on the second night of a back-to-back as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Dallas Mavericks 109-98 on Thursday night. Oklahoma City improved to 28-19 on the season. They’ve won three straight. Westbrook’s fourth quarter was yet another sensational performance that has been one after…

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Russell Westbrook named to Western All-Star team

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Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports Many feel Russell Westbrook is the MVP, but he wasn’t picked to be an All-Star starter. However, the coaches fixed that on Thursday. The OKC guard was picked as a reserve for the Western Conference in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game. The All-Star appearance will be Westbrook’s sixth of his…

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Thunder Game Day #47: vs. Dallas Mavericks

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Oklahoma City Thunder (27-19, 15-6 home) vs. Dallas Mavericks (29-16, 6-17 away) Thursday, Jan. 26 :: 7:00 p.m. CST :: Chesapeake Energy Arena (18,203) vs.  TV: TNT (245 DirecTV, 31 Cox, 730 HD 108 AT&T U-Verse, 138 Dish) Online Stream: here. Radio: WWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa View from the enemy: Here. Line: Oklahoma City is a 9½-point favorite. O/U…

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Thunder top Pelicans in NOLA

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Jan 25, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts after teammate center Enes Kanter (not pictured) during against the New Orleans Pelicans during the first quarter at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports The Oklahoma City Thunder nabbed their second straight victory tonight against…

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Thunder Game Day #46: at New Orleans Pelicans

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Oklahoma City Thunder (26-19, 11-13 away) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (29-16, 16-7 home) Monday, Jan. 23 :: 7:00 p.m. CST :: Smoothie King Center (17,188) vs.  TV: FS Oklahoma (DirectTV 676-5, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27, U-Verse 751/1751 HD) Online Stream: here. Radio: WWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa View from the enemy: Here. Line: Oklahoma City is a 1½-point…

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Domantas Sabonis selected for Rising Stars Challenge

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(Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images) The NBA released the participants for this season’s Rising Stars Challenge on Wednesday, featuring a litany of young potential future stars divided by international waters and, by the time they get to New Orleans, a half court line. Oklahoma City’s Domantas Sabonis was named to the International team. The Rising…

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Jazz Meltdown! 1.23.17

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The Thunder popped the Jazz on Monday night in an event that saw Westbrook almost end Gobert and Russ nailing essentially a buzzer beater. It’s good to be a Russ fan. Jazz fans complaining about a lot, tried to say there was an illegal screen, but some were sensible. Good game from the Thunder! we…

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Thunder Digits: Westbrook breaks Jazz’s hearts

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Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports Oklahoma City went into Utah losing their last two, looking for a big road win versus a hot Utah Jazz team. After a gritty, defensive battle, Russell Westbrook’s late game heroics once again surged Thunder to victory. Here are some key numbers to Thunder’s huge road win: 22 Westbrook attained his…

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Russ nails last second shot to top Jazz

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Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports Russell Westbrook finished with 38 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds on a night where shots weren’t falling, but he managed to hit the biggest one of the game. With time running out, Westbrook opted to take a step in from the three-point line and shoot an elbow jumper. Smart decision…

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Thunder Game Day #45: at Utah Jazz

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Oklahoma City Thunder (25-19, 10-13 away) vs. Utah Jazz(29-16, 16-7 home) Monday, Jan. 23 :: 8:00 p.m. CST :: Vivint Smart Home Arena (19,911) vs.  TV: FS Oklahoma (DirectTV 676-5, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27, U-Verse 751/1751 HD) Online Stream: here. Radio: WWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa View from the enemy: Here. Line: Oklahoma City is a 13-point underdog. O/U…

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Westbrook snubbed for All-Star starter

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January 16, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) during a stoppage in play against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports The 2017 NBA All-Star starters are out and Russell Westbrook is not among them. A travesty for…

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Westbrook has choice words for Pachulia, Warriors

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Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports A collision brought a man to the ground only for a second. He arose, made the free throws, and said some choice words after the game. “I’m going to get his ass,” Russell Westbrook said. “Straight up.” With that moment, this series became once again no longer about just Kevin vs.…

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Weak second half sinks Thunder

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(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) In a highly anticipated mid-season match up at Golden State, the wheels fell of for the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Warriors got out on an 8-0 run midway through the third quarter and never looked back from there. Golden State beat Oklahoma City 121-100. The Thunder now fall to 25-18…

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Bulls Meltdown! 1.9.17

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Oklahoma City decided to put it on the Bulls on Monday night. Surprisingly enough, there were no complaining about the officials, just a bunch of self hating comments. Oklahoma City has won two in a row, here’s what the Bulls fans had to say in their meldown: GET EXCITED FANS, IT’S RAJON RONDO BOBBLEHEAD NIGHT…

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Thunder Game Day #44: at Golden State Warriors

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Oklahoma City Thunder (25-18, 8-10 away) vs. Golden State Warriors (35-6, 19-3 home) Wednesday, Jan. 18 :: 7:00 p.m. CST :: Oracle Arena (19,596) vs.  TV: ESPN (206 Directv, 28 Cox, 720 HD , 602 AT&T U-Verse, 140 Dish) Online Stream: here. Radio: WWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa View from the enemy: Here. Line: Oklahoma City is a 13-point underdog. O/U…

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Thunder Digits: Oklahoma City gets blown out by Clipper

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LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 16: Austin Rivers #25 of the LA Clippers goes up for a lay up against the Oklahoma City Thunder on January 16, 2017 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the…

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Thunder lose big to red hot Clippers

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January 16, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) plays for the ball against Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports The odds were stacked against the Oklahoma City Thunder (25-18) coming into Monday night’s showdown…

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Thunder Game Day #43: at L.A. Clippers

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Oklahoma City Thunder (25-17, 10-11 away) vs. L.A. Clippers (28-14, 16-6 home) Monday, Jan. 16 :: 9:30 p.m. CST :: Staples Center (19,060) vs.  TV: TNT (245 DirecTV, 31 Cox, 730 HD 108 AT&T U-Verse, 138 Dish) Online Stream: here. Radio: WWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa View from the enemy: Here. Line: Oklahoma City is a 8-point underdog. O/U…

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Adams out tonight vs. Clips

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Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports Thunder’s center Steven Adams has officially been diagnosed with a concussion and will no play tonight vs. the Clippers. Adams was pushed hard to the floor by Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins and appeared to hit his head on the floor. It happened at the 10:15 mark of the third…

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Kanter, Westbrook power OKC by Kings

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Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports Despite the late scare, Enes Kanter scored a season high 29 points as Oklahoma City beat the Sacramento Kings 122-118. Enes Kanter, who played 32 minutes as Steven Adams left with concussion-like symptoms, dominated the head-to-head duo against DeMarcus Cousins. “Right now he has concussion-like symptoms,” Thunder head coach Billy…

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Thunder Game Day #42: at Sacramento Kings

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Oklahoma City Thunder (24-17, 9-11 away) vs. Sacramento Kings (16-23, 8-11 home) Sunday, Jan. 15 :: 8:00 p.m. CST :: Golden 1 Center (17,608) vs.  TV: FS Oklahoma (DirectTV 676-5, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27, U-Verse 751/1751 HD) Online Stream: here. Radio: WWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa View from the enemy: Here. Line: Oklahoma City is a 1.5-point…

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OKC in 10 game stretches shows team’s success

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Dec 14, 2016; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan reacts during the first half against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports Professional basketball players are asked every day, before and after each game, about the importance or disappointment of a single…

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Kanter earning his contract from the bench

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Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports Ever since his arrival to the great plains of Oklahoma City, Enes Kanter has been a bit of a controversial subject for the Thunder faithful. Conflict lies between the bounds of his innate ability to read defenders in the post and score, paired very closely with his glaring deficiencies on…

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Thunder Game Day #41: at Minnesota Timberwolves

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Oklahoma City Thunder (24-16, 9-10 away) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (13-26, 8-13 home) Friday, Jan. 13 :: 7:00 p.m. CST :: Target Center (19,356) vs.  TV: FS Oklahoma (DirectTV 676-5, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27, U-Verse 751/1751 HD) Online Stream: here. Radio: WWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa View from the enemy: Here. Line: Oklahoma City is a…

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Cameron Payne: The Story Of An Underdog

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Nov 20, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Cameron Payne (22) on the court prior to game against the Indiana Pacers at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports Underdog. (noun) – a competitor thought to have little chance of winning a fight or contest. Everyone loves an underdog,…

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OKC closes Memphis 103-95

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Jan 11, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jerami Grant (9) blocks a shot attempt by Memphis Grizzlies forward James Ennis (8) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports Last season, Russell Westbrook needed all 82 regular season games to hit 18 triple-doubles. Through…

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Thunder Game Day #40: vs. Memphis Grizzlies

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Oklahoma City Thunder (23-16, 14-6 home) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (24-16, 10-9 away) Wednesday, Jan. 11 :: 7:00 p.m. CST :: Chesapeake Energy Arena (18,203) vs.  TV: ESPN (206 Directv, 28 Cox, 720 HD , 602 AT&T U-Verse, 140 Dish) Online Stream: here. Radio: WWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa View from the enemy: Here. Line: Oklahoma City is a 4-point favorite.…

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Thunder Digits: Thunder wallop Bulls

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Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images While you were all watching the national championship, the Oklahoma City Thunder were busy taking care of business in Chicago. Oklahoma City beat the Chicago Bulls 109-94 on Monday night. Chicago never got within 10 in the second half as Oklahoma City were in complete control. 30 Oklahoma City had a season…

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Russ vs. KD — Round 2 Promo

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On Jan. 18 the former teammates will go toe-to-toe once again. TD follower Shane Steinkraus decided to throw together a nice promo for that game. The first meeting didn’t exactly go Oklahoma City’s way as the Warriors and Kevin Durant went on a three-point barrage and blew the Thunder out of the Oracle. It didn’t help…

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Bulls Meltdown! 1.9.17

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Oklahoma City decided to put it on the Bulls on Monday night. Surprisingly enough, there were no complaining about the officials, just a bunch of self hating comments. Oklahoma City has won two in a row, here’s what the Bulls fans had to say in their meldown: GET EXCITED FANS, IT’S RAJON RONDO BOBBLEHEAD NIGHT…

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Thunder tame the Bulls 109-94

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Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports It what was maybe the most complete game of the season, Oklahoma City thumped the Chicago Bulls 109-94 on Monday night. The Thunder improved to 23-16 on the season and grabbed their first road win in a tough January slate. We certainly have a long stretch ahead of this month,” Thunder…

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Thunder Game Day #39: at Chicago Bulls

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Oklahoma City Thunder (22-16, 8-10 away) vs. Chicago Bulls (19-18, 12-7 home) Monday, Jan. 9 :: 7:00 p.m. CST :: United Center (20,500) vs.  TV: FS Oklahoma (DirectTV 676-5, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27, U-Verse 751/1751 HD) Online Stream: here. Radio: WWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa View from the enemy: Here. Line: Oklahoma City is a 1½-point…

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Cameron Payne shows flashes in season debut

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Photo by Layne Murdoch | NBAE via Getty Images Despite a television timeout delaying his comeback, it finally happened with 2:05 left in the first quarter. Payne checked in his first NBA action since the Western Conference Finals last season. “I got up there, it was a timeout coming,” Payne said. “So, I was like,…

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Thunder Digits: Westbrook shines in win over Denver

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Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports It was another monster game from Russell Westbrook as the Oklahoma City ended their three game losing streak with a home win versus the Denver Nuggets. It was a nice bounce back game, as the Thunder had a fully healthy roster with the return of Cameron Payne. Here are some…

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Nuggets Meltdown! 1.7.17

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Russell Westbrook went bananas. Cameron Payne returned and the Oklahoma City Thunder ended their losing streak. That brings us to a meltdown. I had to dig and dig for these, not a lot of message board traffic for the Nuggets. A lot of self-deprecating comments. There’s one out of line comment, made by the drunk…

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Thunder top Nuggets, end skid

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Jan 7, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts after a play against the Denver Nuggets during the fourth quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports A barrage of Westbrook three-point hay-makers and another triple-double fires Oklahoma City to their first win of the…

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Thunder Game Day #38: vs. Denver Nuggets

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Oklahoma City Thunder (21-16, 13-6 home) vs. Denver Nuggets (14-22, 7-11 away) Saturday, Jan. 7 :: 7:00 p.m. CST :: Chesapeake Energy Arena (18,203) vs.  TV: FS Oklahoma (DirectTV 676-5, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27, U-Verse 751/1751 HD) Online Stream: here. Radio: WWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa View from the enemy: Here. Line: Oklahoma City is a…

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OKC loses third straight, falls to Rockets 118-116

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Jan 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) is guarded by Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) in the third quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports The Oklahoma City Thunder (21-16) dropped a heart breaker to the Houston Rockets (28-9) 118-116. Russell Westbrook was on…

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Westbrook vs Harden – MVP comparison

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Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) blocks a shot attempt by Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports Tonight’s NBA showdown puts Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder against the James Harden led Houston Rockets. The Thunder are coming…

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Hornets sting OKC’s comeback hopes: Notes/Recap:

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Jan 4, 2017; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) and Oklahoma Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) go after a loose ball during the first half at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports A big night at the free throw line helped the Hornets beat the Thunder 123-112 Wednesday night.…

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Thunder Game Day #36: at Charlotte Hornets

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Oklahoma City Thunder (21-14, 8-8 away) vs. Charlotte Hornets (19-16, 11-7 home) Wednesday, Jan. 4 :: 6:00 p.m. CST :: Spectrum Center (20,200) vs.  TV: FS Oklahoma (DirectTV 676-5, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27, U-Verse 751/1751 HD) Online Stream: here. Radio: WWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa View from the enemy: Here. Line: Oklahoma City is a 2-point underdog. O/U…

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NBA rescinds 2 Westbrook technicals

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Dec 17, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) brings the ball up court against the Phoenix Suns during the first quarter at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports For Russell Westbrook, good news came down from the league office on Wednesday, they rescinded two technical…

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Death schedule, also known as January for the Thunder

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Dec 9, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts after a play against the Houston Rockets during the fourth quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports Following the month of December in which the Thunder finished with a record of 9-5, they will now…

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Bad Russ shows up as OKC gets bucked in Milwaukee

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Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports Every now and then the greatest person you know has a bad day. For Russell Westbrook, he really only had a bad half. It was enough to cost Oklahoma City the game. Milwaukee overcame a six-point Oklahoma City halftime lead to beat the Thunder 98-94 on Monday night. The Thunder are…

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Changes in NBA CBA agreement

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Dec 31, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Victor Oladipo (5) and guard Alex Abrines (8) celebrate after a three point shot against the LA Clippers to end the first half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports The league and the NBA Player’s association agreed to a…

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Thunder Digits: No Thunder in Brew City

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Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports Oklahoma City found a defeat in Milwaukee on Monday evening while everyone else watched the Sugar Bowl. Milwaukee used a powerful second half to beat the Thunder 98-94. Oklahoma City fell to 21-14 on the season. Here are a few Thunder digits that led to the loss: 11 Oklahoma City made…

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Thunder Game Day #35: at Milwaukee Bucks

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Oklahoma City Thunder (21-13, 8-7 away) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (16-16, 10-7 home) Monday, Jan. 2 :: 6:00 p.m. CST :: BMO Harris Bradley Center (18,717) vs.  TV: FS Oklahoma (DirectTV 676-5, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27, U-Verse 751/1751 HD) Online Stream: here. Radio: WWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa View from the enemy: Here. Line: Oklahoma City is a…

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