Here we are in April, where we as fans get to see some familiar and not so familiar faces showcase what they’ve been working towards for 82 games. Big names will strive to add to their legacy, while rising stars will be looking to make their first big splash. April 19
The Oklahoman "It was a performance that did nothing to restore the faith of an increasingly concerned fan base, and in fact the Thunder’s nail-biting 112-111 victory over Detroit in the regular season finale on Wednesday night inside Chesapeake Energy Arena only doused more doubt onto this team as it prepares..." April 17
New Orleans Times-Picayune "Thunder coach Scott Brooks: (On the game tonight) ''We didn’t do a good job of stopping the basketball in the second half. Tyreke (Evans) got to the paint too many times, he got to the free throw line too many times – I think 11 times in the 2nd half. We fouled them early and put him (Evans)..." April 15
Indianapolis Star "With the Pacers' 102-97 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder they are just one win away from clinching the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Indiana, which has the tiebreaker, will secure home-court advantage if it defeats Orlando on Wednesday. The Pacers also control the top seed if the Heat..." April 14
Fansided "Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant is having a remarkable season that has him in the middle of, if not leading, the MVP discussion. It might surprise you to learn who one of his favorite players in the league is, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki. “I don’t know him so well but I’ve..." April 13
Russell Westbrook will play today at Indiana and sit Monday at New Orleans.
ESPN.com "Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks has no plans to give Kevin Durant a day of rest over the club's final four games, according to the Daily Oklahoman. "It's nothing that I've talked about and worried about," Brooks told the website. "Fatigue is not an issue with our group. His minutes are..." April 12
The Oklahoman "The opponent was inferior, injured and in a tailspin. And against the New Orleans Pelicans, the Thunder had little incentive to play up to par. But Serge Ibaka forced his team to come out with the right focus. His energy and effort, seen just 15 seconds in when he caught a pass out of a..." April 12
Yahoo! Sports "Here's what I wrote the morning after LeBron James scored a career- and Miami Heat-franchise-high 61 points to beat the Charlotte Bobcats and forcefully reinsert himself in the running for the NBA's Most Valuable Player Award — a trophy James has won four times, including each of the last two..." April 10
The Oklahoman "There’s a reason Scott Brooks doesn’t put a ton of stock into seeding. And it’s real simple. “It’s not about who has the best seed,” the Thunder coach said before a pivotal showdown with the Los Angeles Clippers that would go a long way in determining just that. “It’s about who can win..." April 10
Pro Basketball Talk "LeBron James isn’t ready to give up the title of the game’s best player, and few if any careful observers would be willing to take it from him just yet. But the MVP award is different, in that it’s based solely on a single season’s body of work, and it’s largely subjective. It would be easy..." April 10
The Oklahoman "Before this four-game trip snaked through Sacramento, the Thunder spent some time getting back to the basics, hoping the final two contests wouldn’t conclude like the first pair. Oklahoma City hit the film room for an hour at the start of Tuesday morning’s shootaround, poring over fundamental..." April 09
Thabo Sefolosha will play tonight. He'll play limited minutes.
The Oklahoman "The Oklahoma City Thunder has signed rookie forward Grant Jerrett for the remainder of the season. Jerrett, the 40th overall pick in last year’s draft, has played the entire season in the NBA Development League with the Thunder-owned Tulsa 66ers. In 27 games with the 66ers, Jerrett has averaged..." April 08
The Oklahoman "The Oklahoma City Thunder has signed rookie forward Grant Jerrett for the remainder of the season. Jerrett, the 40th overall pick in last year’s draft, has played the entire season in the NBA Development League with the Thunder-owned Tulsa 66ers. In 27 games with the 66ers, Jerrett has averaged..." April 07
Durant on passing Michael Jordan's streak of 40 straight 25-point games: "I don't really care about it. I wish it was over."
Arizona Republic "If the Suns truly do not want to be denied a playoff chance, they just need to take on the ways of their emotional leader, P.J. Tucker, on nights like Sunday night when he helped them move back into playoff position by beating Oklahoma City 122-115 at US Airways Center. Knocked woozy and nose..." April 07
Houston Chronicle "To the Rockets, there could have been few better ways to clinch their playoff spot. With the game on the line against the team that had befuddled them in every meeting this season and eliminated them from the playoffs last season, the Rockets took control down the stretch to hold off the..." April 05
Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA doesn’t have a Hall of Fame, leaving the duty of honoring its all-time greats to the Basketball Hall of Fame – an organization hung up on honoring players and coaches (way too many coaches) based on accomplishments at lesser levels. Its processes are both screwed up and secretive (though..." April 04
The Oklahoman "The Thunder rallied from a rocky start, beat San Antonio 106-94, ended the Spurs’ 19-game winning streak and reminded us how great would be a Western Conference Finals series between these river canal rivals. “Did feel like a big game,” said the Thunder’s Nick Collison. “There was energy in the..." April 04
Kendrick Perkins will play.
Both Reggie Jackson and Kendrick Perkins competed in most of Thunder practice today. Scott Brooks not ruling them out vs Spurs.
The Oklahoman "Derek Fisher on Wednesday denied rumors that he’s been targeted as a potential replacement for New York coach Mike Woodson. “I congratulated (Knicks president Phil Jackson) and we’ve spoken,” Fisher said. “But he hasn’t said anything to me about it, and I haven’t said anything to him about it...." April 02
The Oklahoman "In a game that had little competitive feel, Utah was quietly putting together a mild threat. The Jazz had scored 27 points in the final six minutes of the third quarter on Sunday, quickly slicing a 28-point Thunder lead to 12. It wasn’t danger time in Oklahoma City. But it was about time to..." March 31
The Oklahoman "Three things about the Sacramento Kings put a mild scare into Thunder coach Scott Brooks. Isaiah Thomas. Rudy Gay. And DeMarcus Cousins. All three average 20 points, and, to Brooks, that meant at any moment either of them could erupt for 35. But Thomas, the diminutive but dynamite point..." March 29
Kendrick Perkins going through a pretty rigorous individual workout after shootaround today. Includes some full court running.
The Thunder has signed Reggie Williams to a 10-day contract. It's his second with OKC this season.
The Oklahoman "For a vast majority of NBA players, an 86-percent clip from the free throw line is something they can only dream about. For Kevin Durant, it’s just a disappointing number that represents his second-lowest mark in the past five seasons. And of late, it’s been slowly dipping. Durant shot 85..." March 27
Dallas Morning News "The Mavericks and their fans can only hope this was a preview of what the first round of the playoffs will look like. Not necessarily because the Mavericks can take down Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City in a best-of-7 series like they did Tuesday night. But the entertainment value alone would be..." March 26
CBSSports.com "After a scare against the Toronto Raptors in which Russell Westbrook left the game with an injury to his surgically repaired knee, the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard sat out Monday night's win over the Denver Nuggets. It was supposed to be in accordance to the Thunder's plan of limiting..." March 25
Scott Brooks said he isn't sure if Westbrook's minute restriction will be lifted in the postseason. Said it's something they have to discuss
The Oklahoman "The most worrisome matchup for the Thunder on Monday night turned out to be no big deal. That’s because Reggie Jackson handled his business. Jackson, starting in place of a resting Russell Westbrook, played Denver points guard Ty Lawson to a virtual draw while looking as comfortable as ever..." March 25
Fansided "The Oklahoma City Thunder own a modest three-game winning streak, but the way they reached that mark is worth a little praise. Especially from their head coach Scott Brooks. The Thunder concluded a three-game East Coast trip on Saturday night with a 119-118 double overtime victory over the..." March 23
The Oklahoman "The Thunder has finally dodged an injury bullet. After what initially looked to be a potentially serious knee injury on Friday night in Toronto, Russell Westbrook walked out of the arena fine, without a brace and telling The Oklahoman that he didn’t expect to miss any time. And on Saturday,..." March 23
CBSSports.com "Dropping 51 points, including a winning 3-point shot in double overtime, was an incredibly impressive effort by Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant. Amazingly, it's something you just start nodding your head without much disbelief when you hear that Durant has done something like this. He's..." March 23
Bleacher Report "If Russell Westbrook didn't have bad luck, he would have no luck at all. Yet again, the Oklahoma City Thunder star was the victim of a freak accident, this time against the Toronto Raptors on Friday night. Westbrook banged knees with Kyle Lowry after the Raptors guard went to close out on the..." March 22
The Oklahoman "This is what the Thunder was trying so hard to prevent. But nobody can control nightmares. That’s what Oklahoma City, for the second straight season, probably felt it was facing: its worst nightmare. Russell Westbrook left Friday’s game at Toronto with a knee injury, putting the Thunder’s..." March 22
Russell Westbrook won't return tonight, per the Thunder broadcast. Team is calling it a sprained right knee.
The Oklahoman "Kevin Durant came out pressing, evidently under the impression he could put away a crippled Cleveland squad with one shot. He missed five of his first six attempts despite a clear matchup advantage and figured things would get worse before they got better. “I had it in my mind I was going to..." March 21
Scott Brooks just called Russell Westbrook a game-time decision tonight at Cleveland.
Russell Westbrook (rest) will not play tonight at Cleveland. He'll be back in the lineup Friday at Toronto.
ESPN.com "Get ready to sponsor logos on NBA jerseys. It's most likely coming in the next five years, NBA commissioner Adam Silver told an audience at the IMG World Congress of Sports on Wednesday. "It just creates that much more of an opportunity for our marketing partners to get to get that much..." March 20
The Oklahoman "Kevin Durant considers his latest scoring tear the same as the rest. Secondary. But that doesn’t make it insignificant. In Monday’s win at Chicago, Durant topped 25 points for the 32nd straight game. He passed Spencer Haywood for sole possession of the second longest streak of 25-point..." March 19
The Oklahoman "Three poor possessions at the start of the fourth quarter quickly put all momentum on Chicago’s side and threatened to extend the Thunder’s misery into a second straight night. Reggie Jackson threw the ball away. Derek Fisher missed a deep 3 early in the shot clock. Jackson clanged..." March 18
Dallas Morning News "When they add up the wins and losses after 82 games, there won’t be any room for explanations in the standings. The Mavericks’ 109-86 victory over Oklahoma City on Sunday evening will count the same as all the other W’s. It won’t matter that Russell Westbrook and two other Thunder starters were..." March 17
The Thunder has six back-to-backs before the season ends. Scott Brooks says Russell Westbrook will rest in some of those.
The Oklahoman "Russell Westbrook wasn’t the least bit worried about his shooting woes Sunday, the last time the Thunder faced the Los Angeles Lakers. It happens, he said. Oklahoma City’s four-point loss was of much bigger concern. But on Thursday night, Westbrook atoned for his off night against his..." March 14
The Oklahoman "Caron Butler arrived in Oklahoma City with an inkling that he’d get some playing time. But this much, this early? Not sure anyone could have expected that. Since his arrival, Butler has averaged 27 minutes in his four games. Other than the Thunder’s big three – Kevin Durant, Russell..." March 13
The Oklahoman "They claimed Tuesday’s difference had nothing to do with the opponent. They claimed that Patrick Beverley’s annoying presence and play didn’t fire them up and spark a much-needed defensive turnaround. The Thunder, to a man, claimed that the inspired performance we saw inside Chesapeake..." March 12
L.A. Daily News "Every time they needed a basket, the Lakers turned to a trusty shooting guard. Every time he touched the ball, the suddenly energetic crowd at Staples Center stood up in anticipation. And his prolific scoring and hustle carried the Lakers at least for one day out of the endless mess. No, Kobe..." March 10