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OKC still interested in Rudy Gay

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The former Sacramento King small forward Rudy Gay is still on the Oklahoma City Thunder‘s radar. According to The Vertical‘s Adrian Wojnarowksi, the soon to be free agent will be hosting suitors in Austin, Texas while the Thunder “continues to be a team that sees fit.” Sources: Free agent Rudy Gay hosts meetings in Austin, Texas with…

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Player Grades: The bench

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The Thunder certainly had a season that they can be proud of after the slap in the face that ruined July 4 for Thunder fans everywhere. There are several gaps that need to be filled if this team hopes to compete for a title during the Westbrook era, assuming he signs the “super max” deal this…

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Who is the worst Thunder player ever?

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Oklahoma City just finished up their ninth season. Oklahoma City has seen some fantastic players come through and some truly bad players. However, has been the worst of them all? To set down a list of worst players of all-time, we have to need criteria: Anyone can be really bad player in only couple of…

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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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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 acquire Doug McDermott and Taj Gibson for Payne, Morrow, Lauvergne, and pick

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The Thunder and Sam Presti have done it again. Shortly before the trade deadline was reached, Oklahoma City is sending Cameron Payne, Joffrey Lauvergne, and Anthony Morrow to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for a second round draft pick, Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott. Cameron Payne, second year out of Murray State struggled last season…

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A look at Thunder’s trade assets

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Oklahoma City and the trade deadline are synonymous with one another. While you never know what the Thunder and Sam Presti are going to do, they’ve been active in literally every trade deadline since they’ve moved to Oklahoma City. They’ve made some sort of trade every year. Even if it’s something small like a trade…

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Thunder come back from 17 down, beat Knicks before All-Star Break

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Feb 15, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts after scoring against the New York Knicks during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports It was inevitable Russell Westbrook would take over another game for the Thunder. His fourth quarter performances have…

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Thunder dominated in DC; 120-98

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Feb 13, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots over Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (13) during the first quarter at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports The Oklahoma City Thunder (31-25) were thoroughly dominated by the streaking Washington Wizards (33-21) 120-98. Despite an early push to make…

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Despite the loss, Durant’s return lived up to billing

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Feb 11, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) handles the ball in front of Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) during the fourth quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY SportsOKC The build up was magnificent. The showmanship lived up to the billing. The…

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Thunder top Cavs in prep for bad dudes

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Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports Would they play or wouldn’t they? Turns out they would play but it wouldn’t matter. Oklahoma City beat the Cleveland Cavaliers with their big three 118-109 on Thursday night. Oklahoma City improved to 31-23 on the season. Yesterday Cavs head coach Tyrone Lue said he would probably rest his big…

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Thunder Snap Skid, Westbrook Erupts Late

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Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports The Oklahoma City Thunder snapped their three-game losing streak against the visiting Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night in Oklahoma City with a 114-102 win. The Grizzlies came into the contest hunting hopeful home-court advantage for the upcoming Western Conference Playoffs. The Thunder, and Russell Westbrook, had other ideas. OKC opened the first…

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Thunder drop third straight: Notes/Recap

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Mandatory Credit: USA Today Russell Westbrook dipped, shot and swished from the charity stripe to put the Thunder up one with about three minutes remaining before halftime. The Bulls outscored the Thunder by 29 points the rest of the game and won 128-100. Oklahoma City has dropped three straight; all three double-digit losses and without Enes…

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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 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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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 #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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Thunder Game Day #33: at Memphis Grizzlies

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Oklahoma City Thunder (20-12, 8-6 away) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (20-14, 12-7 home) Thursday, Dec. 29 :: 7:00 p.m. CST :: FedEx Forum (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 a 4-point favorite.…

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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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Russell Westbrook is a misunderstood flower

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A player with the skill of Russell Westbrook demands respect. Respect, of course is earned through a number of ways, notably play on the court. With Russ, it has never been an issue. Westbrook is a top 5 player in the NBA today. His speed, strength and ability to defend and score in bunches puts…

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