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Sam Presti post-draft press conference

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After a grueling draft day that saw names big and small traded and selected, Oklahoma City Thunder GM Sam Presti took to the podium at the Integris Thunder Development Center to speak on the newest addition to the team; Terrence Ferguson. “With respect to Terrance,” Presti said during his opening comments. “We’re thrilled to have him, add him…

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Player Grades: The Rotation

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The Thunder had a relatively good season, getting the sixth seed despite facing a lack of confidence from NBA watchers before the season and dealing with injuries throughout the season. “I think it was a really good season because when we started the season, nobody was really expecting us to even make the playoffs,” Enes…

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Who has the best hair in Thunder history

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Basketball players enjoy a level of notoriety athletes in the other major sports leagues don’t have. They wear no helmets or hats. Their faces, facial expressions and facial hair are very much apart of the total package. As the Oklahoma City Thunder head into their tenth offseason since coming to the plains, it is time…

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Abrines already focused on the off-season

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It’s been different type of ride for Alex Abrines. After spending years in Europe, playing for a Spanish club, he finally made his way across the pond after being drafted by the Thunder. This season, his official rookie year, he’s had ups and downs but overall, the Spaniard has benefited during his time in Oklahoma…

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Five Thoughts: Thunder epilogue

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The Oklahoma City Thunder’s 2016-17 campaign came to an end last night as the Houston Rockets won the best of seven series in five games. These five thoughts will focus more upon the season as a whole and not specifically on the playoff series. THANK YOU, MR. WESTBROOK In the wake of a disastrous Fourth…

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Thunder eliminated by Rockets in 5 games

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The Oklahoma City Thunder’s season comes to an end, after losing game five to the Houston Rockets, 105-99. Russell Westbrook did everything humanly possible to will his team to victory, but it just wasn’t happening. It was the same story, different game. Westbrook put the team on his back, get out to an early lead,…

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5 Thoughts: Let’s talk about Taj Mahal

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The Oklahoma City Thunder struck back with vengeance after their 115-113 to pull within 2-1 in the first round against the Houston Rockets. While we wait for Game 4, here are my five thoughts on Game 3’s win: TAJ GIBSON THRIVED Taj Gibson barely played it seemed in Game 2 after a solid start from…

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Thunder Playoff Game Day #3: vs. Houston Rockets

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HOUSTON LEADS SERIES 2-0 Friday, April 21 :: 8:30 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 2½-point favorite. O/U is…

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Thunder Playoff Game Day #2: at Houston Rockets

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HOUSTON LEADS SERIES 1-0 Wednesday, April 19 :: 7:00 p.m. CST :: Toyota Center (18,055) 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 is 223 Notes: Thunder: here…

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Thunder Playoff Game Day Game 1: at Houston Rockets

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SERIES TIED 0-0 Sunday, April 16 :: 8:00 p.m. CST :: Toyota Center (18,055) 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 7-point underdog. O/U is 227½ Notes: Thunder: here…

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Oklahoma City youngest team in the playoffs

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The Oklahoma City Thunder’s front office goal has always to continue to build around their core players, and to never get too comfortable. One of the main things Presti has always seemed to do is keep the team young and with players that are still developing their game or on the cusp of their best…

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Thunder drop season finale to Denver

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The Oklahoma City Thunder came up short in their regular season finale tonight, losing 111-105 to the Denver Nuggets. The Thunder was outscored by 15 in the second half. Oklahoma City finishes the season 47-35. Russell Westbrook was honored before the game tonight with a pregame video tribute that will give you goose bumps. Oscar…

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Thunder Game Day #81: at Minnesota Timberwolves

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Oklahoma City Thunder (46-34, 18-22 away) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (31-49, 20-20 home) Tuesday, April 11 :: 7:00 p.m. CST :: Target Center (19,356) vs. TV: FS Oklahoma (DirectTV 675, Dish 412, Cox 2037, HD 722,  Tulsa Cox 1027, Suddenlink 38) Online Stream: here. Radio: WWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa View from the enemy: Here. Line:…

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Thunder Game Day #80: at Denver Nuggets

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Oklahoma City Thunder (45-34, 17-22 away) vs. Denver Nuggets (38-41, 22-18 home) Sunday, April 9 :: 4:00 p.m. CST :: Pepsi Center (18,007) 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: Denver is a…

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Thunder Game Day #79: at Phoenix Suns

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Oklahoma City Thunder (45-33, 17-21 away) vs. Phoenix Suns (22-57, 13-26 home) Friday, April 9 :: 9:00 p.m. CST :: Talking Stick Resort Arena (18,422) vs. TV: FS Oklahoma (DirectTV 676-5, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27, U-Verse 751/1751 HD) TV: NBATV Online Stream: here. Radio: WWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa View from the enemy:…

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Andre Roberson doubtful tonight vs. Suns

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Andre Roberson missed the entire second half in the win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night. At the time, Thunder head coach Billy Donovan said Roberson could’ve returned but decided to hold him out. On Friday, the Thunder two-way guard did not participate in practice and will probably miss tonight’s game against the Phoenix Suns.…

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Westbrook rescues OKC again

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Russell Westbrook didn’t get a triple-double but the Oklahoma City Thunder scored the most important mark of them all, the victory. Oklahoma City beat the Memphis Grizzlies 103-100 on Wednesday night to improve to 45-33 on the year. Westbrook nailed a three-pointer with 14 seconds left in front of Tony Allen to put Oklahoma City…

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Thunder Game Day #78: at Memphis Grizzlies

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Oklahoma City Thunder (44-33, 16-21 away) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (42-36, 23-14 home) Wednesday, April 5 :: 7:00 p.m. CST :: FedexForum (18,119) 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…

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Thunder Game Day #77: vs. Milwaukee Bucks

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Oklahoma City Thunder (43-33, 27-12 home) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (40-37, 18-19 away) Tuesday, April 4 :: 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…

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Thunder embarrassed by Warriors 111-96

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Mar 20, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Matt Barnes (22) fouls Oklahoma City Thunder guard Alex Abrines (8) during the third quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports No Kevin Durant? No problem for the Golden State Warriors. There was nothing Russell Westbrook could do as…

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Thunder pounds Raptors in Toronto

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Mar 16, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Victor Oladipo (5) is congratulated by forward Taj Gibson (22) after scoring a basket against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. The Thunder beat the Raptors 123-102. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports Steven Adams and Enes Kanter posted a video earlier in the…

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OKC powers by Brooklyn 122-104

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Mar 14, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder shooting guard Victor Oladipo (5) celebrates his three point shot against the Brooklyn Nets with Thunder power forward Taj Gibson (22) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports The snow is frightful and Russell Westbrook is oh so delightful. Brooklyn…

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Thunder get embarrassed in Dallas

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Mar 5, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Seth Curry (30) shoots against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Alex Abrines (8) in the first quarter at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports The Thunder’s three game road trip came to a disappointing end Sunday night, as Oklahoma City lost to the Mavericks…

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Thunder drop second straight at Phoenix

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Mar 3, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts in the second quarter against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports On the second night of a back-to-back, Oklahoma City dropped it’s second game in a row, this time coming at Phoenix,…

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OKC fall late to Portland

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Mar 2, 2017; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Taj Gibson (22) scramble for a ball on the floor during the second half of the game at Moda Center. The Blazers won 114-109. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports 45 points from Russell Westbrook wasn’t enough…

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Westbrook heroics stun Utah, Thunder win 109-106

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The Oklahoma City Thunder (35-25) are breathing a sigh of relief after almost giving away a win to the Utah Jazz (37-23) in an otherwise great shooting performance from the Thunder. Oklahoma City inched out a 109-106 win in a thrilling finish where Utah outscored them by eight in the fourth quarter. It was another…

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Could Oladipo be a backup point guard

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Dec. 9, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Victor Oladipo (5) drives to the basket between Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) and forward Trevor Ariza (1) during the fourth quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports Victor Oladipo is arguably the second-best player on the Thunder…

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Thunder win third straight, beat NOLA 118-110

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Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports A thunderous throw down over DeMarcus Cousins really was the epitome of what the Thunder brought in their 118-110 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night. Oklahoma City improves to a season best nine games over .500 and OKC is 34-25 on the season. It’s only a half-game…

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OKC sharp with the new guys; beat Lakers 110-93

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Feb 24, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) and Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) reacts after a play against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports Russell Westbrook began the second half of the 2016-17…

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Abrines misses Barcelona but OKC appreciates his ability

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Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports Alex Abrines said over the All-Star break that he missed his former club FC Barcelona, but he’s really happy in Oklahoma City. “I’m really happy in my first year here [in Oklahoma City],” Abrines told Eurohoops.net. The sharp-shooting Spaniard in his first year with the Thunder is averaging 5.4 points on 37.5…

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Alex Abrines named to Rising Stars Challenge

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Enes Gulen. photo EFE Alex Abrines has been selected as a participant in this year’s BVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge to be held on Friday, Feb. 17 at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA during NBA All-Star 2017. The rising stars challenge is a game for the NBA to show off their young, talented…

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New York practice notes

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Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports Tonight’s game against the New York Knicks (23-33) is the final game for the Oklahoma City Thunder before the All-Star break. After the emotional game on Saturday and hangover blowout loss on Monday, the Thunder may be looking forward to their mid-season break. According to Russell Westbrook, the team will…

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Thunder Game Day #51: vs. Portland Trail Blazers

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Oklahoma City Thunder (29-22, 17-7 home) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (22-29, 8-18 away) Sunday, Feb. 5 :: 2:00 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…

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Thunder Game Day #51: vs. Memphis Grizzlies

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Oklahoma City Thunder (28-22, 16-7 home) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (30-21, 14-12 away) Friday, Feb. 3 :: 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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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 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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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 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 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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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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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 lay egg on Beale Street, fall to Grizzlies 114-80

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Dec 29, 2016; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward JaMychal Green (0) shoots in the first half as Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter (11) defends at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports Russell Westbrook was ejected in the third quarter, arguing calls and that was the least of Oklahoma City’s worries. The Thunder…

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Thunder Digits: Thunder bench continues dominance

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Dec 27, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jerami Grant (9) dunks the ball against the Miami Heat during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Miami Heat 106-94 Tuesday night. Here are some key Thunder digits on how Oklahoma City became…

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Thunder Game Day #34: vs. L.A. Clippers

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Oklahoma City Thunder (20-13, 12-6 home) vs. L.A. Clippers (22-13, 11-7 away) Saturday, Dec. 31 :: 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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