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Russell Westbrook named NBPA MVP and more

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It’s the middle of August and Russell Westbrook is still cleaning up awards. The NBA’s Player’s Association released their Player’s Voice Awards and most of it is done without voting released. Westbrook was named the MVP, best dressed and hardest to guard. MVPMVPMVP The 2017 #PlayersVoice Awards Most Valuable Player goes to @russwest44. #WhyNot pic.twitter.com/DvCAmHV5WQ —…

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Westbrook organizing practices for Thunder players

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The reigning MVP is currently organizing workout events for the Oklahoma City Thunder in Santa Monica, California, according to ESPN. These practices are expected to take place later on this week. This has been a Thunder tradition going back to the Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka days. Players and coaches will meet and run through…

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Happy Fourth of July

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Today is the day where we all join hands and remember how lucky we are to be Americans. Bar-B-Qs, fireworks and (usually) great weather. This is a basketball site dedicated to covering the Oklahoma City Thunder. The NBA is a global game, so it is important to remember the thousands of Thunder fans where to…

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Nick Young fielding interest from Thunder

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According to Mark Medina, who is the Los Angeles Lakers beat reporter for the L.A. Daily News, Nick Young has fielded interest from three teams, including the Oklahoma City Thunder. Medina says that Young is also receiving interest from the Golden State Warriors and the New Orleans Pelicans. Nick Young has fielded interest from Golden State,…

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What Paul George is inheriting

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Yesterday’s blockbuster deal for Paul George sent shockwaves throughout the NBA. It was a message heard loud and clear: Sam Presti and the Oklahoma City Thunder were not going to concede to the teams ahead of them or accept their place in the hierarchy of the league. “Oklahoma City is a small market, no one wants…

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OKC needs Blake Griffin but does he want OKC?

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Chris Paul is gone. J.J. Redick is out the door. The rebuilding year of the Clippers has finally arrived. Blake Griffin has opted out and will be a free agent in a matter of hours. Many think L.A. has a good chance at re-signing the University of Oklahoma superstar. However, they also said that about…

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Durant congratulates Westbrook on MVP award

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The day after Russell Westbrook won the NBA Most Valuable Player award at the inaugural NBA Awards show, his former teammate Kevin Durant sent out his congratulations. The Finals MVP sent out the message to him and the public via his YouTube Page. “I called out this years MVP years ago so you gotta respect…

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Taylor Swift lies in congratulating Westbrook in his MVP

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Russell Westbrook won the 2016-17 NBA MVP on Monday night. Then, out of no where, the Thunder posted a video of Taylor Swift, of all people, congratulating the Brodie for winning the elusive award. You may remember back in the day, Russ was on vine and Instagram, singing some Taylor Swift. T SWIFT …WAS ROCKINNNN…

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Russell Westbrook wins Game Winner of the Year

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In a night full of win, Russell Westbrook collected another by winning the award for best Game Winner of the Year. Even with the triple-double average locked up, Westbrook piled ahead, scoring his 42nd triple-double of the season on April 9 against Denver. He decided to cap off the night with an incredible game winner.…

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Westbrook reportedly ready to sign extension on July 1

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The etching of his name on the MVP trophy has barely began to settle and it is already being reported that Russell Westbrook is expected to sign a 5-year contract extension on July 1. Royce Young of ESPN is reporting Westbrook could sign a 5-year contract on July 1, even at 12:01 a.m. to show…

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Russell Westbrook named 2016-17 NBA Most Valuable Player

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What we all knew was going to happen, has happened. Russell Westbrook has been named the 2016-17 NBA Most Valuable Player on Monday night. Westbrook’s season, which goes down as one of the best individual seasons in NBA history, was topped off on April 10 when Westbrook pulled down his 42nd triple-double of the season…

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Orlando Summer League Schedule

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The Orlando Pro Summer League gets set to kick off in a little over a week. For the Oklahoma City Thunder, they never head to Las Vegas. They prefer the intimate details of the Orlando league. There are no fans. No real distractions. There is media and team personnel there. With the outside world blocked…

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Westbrook nominated for multiple ESPY awards

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Westbrook nominated for multiple ESPY awards

ESPN has announced their nominations for the upcoming ESPY awards. Your favorite Russell Westbrook has been nominated for Male Athlete of the Year. Westbrook, who was without his sidekick for the first time in his career showed what spectacular ability he possessed as he averaged a triple-double for the first time since the 1961-62 season.…

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Poll: Would Thunder fans welcome back Kevin Durant?

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While Kevin Durant just won his first NBA title and Finals MVP, many are happy, sad or mad. Oklahoma City is at home and Durant is celebrating. A lot of bad things were said and some were just a cry for help. However, the real question that came to mind with Durant winning, would he…

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Westbrook’s UCLA professor reflects on history season

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Russell Westbrook’s former UCLA professor and current Barrett, the Honors College professor at Arizona State University (where the author attends school), Dr. Mathew Sandoval discussed Westbrook’s season. Sandoval sat down and talked about Westbrook after the regular season and before the playoffs matchup between the Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The interview covers a wide…

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Russell Westbrook named MVP Finalist

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The least surprising thing happened on Friday: Russell Westbrook was named a finalist for MVP. The MVP will be announced on June 26 in the first ever award show in New York City, hosted by Drake. Westbrook’s historic season leads everyone to believe he’s the favorite to win the award. He’ll be joined in New…

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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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Westbrook named first team All-NBA

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One of the most least surprising award this season has been announced. The NBA announced on Thursday, Russell Westbrook has been named to the first team All-NBA squad. Westbrook, who set an NBA record with 42 triple-doubles in a season, breaking Oscar Roberston’s insane record of 41 triple-doubles. Westbrook averaged career highs in points (31.6)…

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Big Baby Davis: Blake Griffin to OKC

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Area 21 provided a lot of Thunder fodder tonight. First it was the Kevin Durant-Russell Westbrook talking, and as the show ended, Glen Davis – also known as Big Baby Davis – said “OKC!” when they talked about where Blake Griffin was going in free agency. It was a weird sequence where he yelled OKC and…

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Top 5 things to do since OKC is out of Playoffs

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  It sucks the Oklahoma City Thunder are out of the playoffs. However, don’t fret. We’re not going anywhere. We are also here to tell you about the wonderful things you can do in the off-season. After all, this is Oklahoma City and there are tons of awesome things you can do in the mean…

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Westbrook could sign NBA’s biggest contract

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42 triple doubles to complete arguably one of the greatest NBA seasons in history. An unfortunate first-round exit sent the future MVP winner to the offseason. Now the offseason is here, Russell Westbrook now becomes the first priority on the Thunder’s list. Because of Oklahoma City’s need for Westbrook and Westbrook’s love of Oklahoma City.…

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Westbrook excited about the future

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Russell Westbrook sat at the podium in the Integris Thunder Development Center wearing an all-black Air Jordan outfit. Atop his head, he wore a black bucket hat with cut-out labels reading “Why” “Not” and “Why not?” spread over it. “Why not” has been the theme for Westbrook his entire life. But it has taken on…

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Kanter praises organization and fans ahead of big offseason

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Enes Kanter’s exit-interview was littered with ups and downs before the Thunder’s upcoming tumultuous offseason. Kanter’s interview, which can be viewed online, allowed Kanter to bring the media and fans along throughout his recount of his rollercoaster season. One of those lowest points of his season could have happened after Kanter punched a chair out…

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Did the Thunder meet your expectations?

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The Oklahoma City Thunder were eliminated in five games by the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. Oklahoma City still won 47 regular season games and most likely will have the MVP on the roster when the season starts next year. On top of that, Oklahoma City was essentially rebuilding their roster. They still made the…

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Russell Westbrook chose to lead his way

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Russell Westbrook divided the basketball world with a polarizing answer to a question posed by the Daily Oklahoman’s Berry Trammel after Sunday’s Game 4 loss to the Houston Rockets. Entire back and forth pic.twitter.com/Kg4uxFGc3q — Thunder Digest (@Thunder_Digest) April 23, 2017 Divided being the keyword. Many applauded Westbrook’s attempt to use the podium as a stage…

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Westbrook’s postgame comments provides insight

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Russell Westbrook may take 43 shots but the man will also take the blame when the Thunder lose. Despite scoring an NBA playoff record 51 points, 13 assists, and 10 rebounds, the MVP candidate admitted he needed to do a better job in involving his teammates late. “I have to do better job of finding…

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Westbrook defining the season is why he’s the MVP

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I wrote this article awhile back, about a week ago, throwing all kinds of numbers at you and saying Russell Westbrook is your MVP. While I believe his is the MVP of this season, with no slight to James Harden or anyone else, my reasoning has changed. Russell Westbrook has done what I never thought…

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Westbrook 4th most popular jersey

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Feb 9, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) passes the ball agains the Cleveland Cavaliers during the fourth quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports Russell Westbrook is getting ready to roll in all kinds of accolades over the next couple of weeks. Two…

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Thunder third most watched team

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Whether it was the story line of Kevin Durant spurning Oklahoma City for Golden Gates or Russell Westbrook’s MVP style heroics, it didn’t matter as fans and viewers flocked to any and all Oklahoma City nationally broadcasted game. Only behind the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, the Oklahoma City Thunder were third in millions…

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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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42: More than a record

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41 nights out of the year, Oklahoma City Thunder fans flood Bricktown to cheer on their beloved team. Since Clay Bennett’s brass relocated the Seattle Supersonics to Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder have been a hot commodity in the state. Drawing 18,203 fans to each game, which is capacity at Chesapeake Energy Arena, has become…

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A road trip to No. 42

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Russell Westbrook has tied/topped history and it’s been one hell of a ride to get there. Here is a road trip through the season and the ups and downs of Russell Westbrook’s journey. OCT. 26 AT PHILADELPHIA – NEAR MISS 32 points, 12 rebounds, 9 assists Just opening day and Russell Westbrook was already flirting…

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Westbrook’s case for MVP

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41 triple-doubles and counting for Russell Westbrook. The talking heads around the NBA still cannot make up their minds on who they want to be the NBA’s MVP. We here at Thunder Digest think the choice is obvious: Russell Westbrook. What goes into deciding who’s going to be MVP? Is it value to a team?…

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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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History for Westbrook as OKC thumps Milwaukee

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It was an extraordinary night, as the Oklahoma City Thunder (44-33) defeated the Milwaukee Bucks (40-38) 110-78. History was made as Russell Westbrook obtained his 41st triple-double of the season, tying Oscar Robertson with the most triple-doubles in a season. He also tied himself with Wilt Chamberlain, 4th in career triple-doubles all-time, marking his 78th…

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Thunder Game Day #75: vs. San Antonio Spurs

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Oklahoma City Thunder (43-31, 27-10 home) vs. San Antonio Spurs (57-17, 28-9 away) Friday, March 31 :: 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.…

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Magic Meltdown! 3-29-17

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Go Dipo. Hope he drops 30+. But as long as we lose I’m happy They’re killing us already lol. FFS Westbrook Uh oh Adams and Payton talking crap. Keep an eye on those two. Vuc is so soft it’s comical. Steele is drunk or blind… or both Westbrook seems to be having the same issues…

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Westbrook says Avada Kedavra to the Magic in OT

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Mar 29, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots a three pointer to tie the game during the fourth quarter to force overtime against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. Oklahoma City Thunder defeats the Orlando Magic 114-106 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports It was just another…

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MVP Or Not, Westbrook’s Season Is Special

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Russell Westbrook has bigger things to worry about than winning MVP. His season has been nothing short of spectacular. Shoot, Westbrook is having arguably the greatest season in NBA history. He has the Thunder in position for the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoffs after losing a top 5 player in the world. He’s…

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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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What Westbrook needs for a triple-double

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Mar 2, 2017; Portland, OR, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts after scoring during the second half of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center. The Blazers won 114-109. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports As the season winds down and the Thunder make their push for the playoffs,…

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Westbrook one-ups Westbrook

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Mar 11, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) is announced prior to action against the Utah Jazz at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports It’s hard to put into words on what we see with Russell Westbrook. The man who was told he cannot do…

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5 Thoughts: OKC’s win over San Antonio (3-9-17)

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The Oklahoma City Thunder topped the San Antonio Spurs in a surprising turn of events. Oklahoma City popped the Spurs 102-92 and really in the second half the game wasn’t nearly as close as the final score indicated. Here are my five thoughts on the victory: THE ANDRE EFFECT Andre Roberson gets a lot of…

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All around team performance as Thunder defeat Spurs 102-92

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Mar 9, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots the ball in front of San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (14) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports It was an all-around great game from the Oklahoma City Thunder (36-29) as…

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Five thoughts from OKC’s loss to Portland

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Another day, another Oklahoma City Thunder loss. The fourth in a row. What in the world has happened to this team? Here are five thoughts on last night’s loss to the Portland Trailblazers. THOUGHT ONE: RUSS HAS 58 POINTS…AND THE THUNDER LOSE? For those who are unaware, Russell Westbrook dropped a career high 58 points…

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Westbrook shows off his best assets at the best time — in the clutch

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Feb 15, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) dunks the ball in front of New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the fourth quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports Russell Westbrook’s aggression is often seen as a good and bad thing. On…

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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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What Westbrook needs to average a triple-double

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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 Russell Westbrook’s torrid pace is almost unfathomable to watch or even…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 history made with All-Star selections announced

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On Thursday night something happened that had never happened in Thunder history before. No, Russell Westbrook nor Kevin Durant set some crazy record for 3 pointer made or recorded triple-doubles. Nothing like that as a matter of fact the Oklahoma City Thunder didn’t even play on Thursday night. The 2016 All-Star starters were announced: Western…

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Game Day #63: Thunder at Kings

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Oklahoma City Thunder (45-17, 20-11 away) at Sacramento Kings (20-42, 15-16 home)  at  Where: Power Balance Pavilion – Sacramento, CA! When: 9:00 p.m. TV:  FSOK (DirectTV 679, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27, U-Verse 754) Online Stream: Here. Radio: WWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa View from the enemy: Here. Projected Lineups: Thunder Kings PG…

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Game Day #53: Grizzlies at Thunder

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Memphis Grizzlies (28-22, 11-15 road) at Oklahoma City Thunder (40-12, 23-4 home)  vs  Where: The ‘Peake! When: 7 p.m. TV: FSOK (DirectTV 679, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27, U-Verse 754) Online Stream: Here. Radio: WWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa View from the enemy: Here. Projected Lineups: Thunder Grizzlies PG Russell Westbrook Mike Conely SG…

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The Crushing of the Bulls

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In a possible NBA Finals preview, the Oklahoma City Thunder led wire-to-wire against the team with the best record in the NBA, Chicago Bulls 92-78. The Thunder led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook who combined for 53 points in a game where Oklahoma City led by as much as 30 in the fourth quater.…

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Game Day #52: Bulls at Thunder

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Chicago Bulls (42-11, 21-6 road) at Oklahoma City Thunder (39-12, 22-4 Home)  vs.  Where: The ‘Peake! When: 12:00 p.m. TV: TNT (5 DirecTV, 8 Cox, 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. Projected Lineups: Thunder Bulls PG Russell Westbrook C.J. Watson SG Thabo Sefolosha Ronnie Brewer SF…

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Kevin Durant wins first All-Star MVP Award

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“It’s just an exciting feeling to be named an All-Star” Durant said. “But to step it up another level and win MVP is a dream come true.” We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Our Podcast is on iTunes. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!

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