Carmelo Anthony kept smiling, playing A$AP Ferg’s “Nasty (Who Dat)” at a reasonable but exuberant volume. A song from Cardi B’s new album came next, and the speaker then migrated with Anthony to the showers — but not before Andre Roberson briefly danced across the locker room to the beats. It was a somewhat normal locker room scene, especially for a team that just beat the Houston Rockets 108-102 on Saturday, but it was a telling one. Imagine what it would look like if they had lost.
Zach Lowe examines the Paul George trade from all angles, revealing what happened and almost happened for OKC, Indiana, Cleveland, Denver and Boston.
Russell Westbrook took home the NBA Most Valuable Player award Monday night, over two months after his postseason ended at the hands of MVP finalist James Harden and the Houston Rockets. The NBA gambled by announcing its regular season awards after the conclusion of the Finals, and while the excitement over the MVP race certainly died down by the time the award was announced, the actual show was...not that bad!
Russell Westbrook connected with his new teammates immediately. Westbrook scored 17 points in his 28th triple-double of the season, and the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 110-93 on Friday night. It was the first game in a Thunder uniform for Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott, acquired Thursday in a trade with the Chicago Bulls. Gibson scored 12 points and McDermott added eight, even though they arrived Thursday night and weren't even available for shootaround on Friday.
With Kevin Durant returning to OKC for the first time, here's a look at his role with the Warriors compared to former teammate Russell Westbrook.
Golden State Warriors fans will get a second look this season at triple-double machine Russell Westbrook when the Oklahoma City Thunder visit Oracle Arena on Wednesday night. Westbrook’s first impression on the Golden State faithful in the post-Kevin Durant era was not flattering. The Thunder guard did record a 20-point, 10-assist double-double in the Nov. 3 game, but he missed 11 of his 15 shots and had as many turnovers (six) as rebounds (six).
Russell Westbrook has a triple-double in each of his last two games against the Wizards, and in each of his last three games overall.
Russell Westbrook joined Magic Johnson, Jerry Lucas and Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history with two triple-doubles in the first three games of a season.
After locking down Westbrook, Oklahoma City is making sure Steven Adams is around for a long time.
Russell Westbrook posted his second consecutive triple double in a win over the Lakers with 33 points, 16 assists and 12 rebounds!
Kevin Durant said he talked with former teammate Russell Westbrook about his decision to join the Warriors and knows their relationship "won't ever be the same."
Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett said the city was "spurned by someone we cared deeply about" when Kevin Durant decided to play for the Warriors.
They are both certifiable NBA superstars with a claim to a spot among the greatest players in the history of the league.
The Golden State Warriors are coming off the best regular season in NBA history, and came within three deciding games of capturing back-to-back NBA titles. While the gut-wrenching home loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7 remains a painful pill to swallow, the Western Conference champs find themselves in pursuit of one of the game's best players.
The Thunder might finally have found their shooting guard in Victor Oladipo. Now, they just need to persuade Kevin Durant to stay. Oklahoma City traded power forward Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic for Oladipo, forward Ersan Ilyasova and newly drafted forward Domantas Sabonis, the teams announced Thursday. The Thunder may have tweaked their roster to appeal to Durant, who will become a free agent on July 1.
The 2015-16 NBA season was a roller coaster. The 2016 NBA offseason is going to be an even bumpier one. Here are the biggest themes to watch.
What just happened between the Warriors and Thunder was as good as it gets. That is typically a throwaway compliment we make in passing, but it's offered here literally. There was history on the line, there were massive personalities, there were fascinating tests for three or four of the best players of this generation, and there were at least four or five times when this series made every expert look stupid. It was beautiful.
Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder did it again. They held off the Golden State Warriors for a Game 4 Western Conference finals win to go up 3–1.
Oklahoma City was able to respond to its Game 2 loss with an emphatic 28-point win, and it now believes it has the pieces to upset the Warriors.
The Warriors have never faced an opponent as physically intimidating as the Thunder. It's showing.