3-10-14: The free-agent veterans have flocked to the Western Conference this season. The Milwaukee Bucks waived Caron Butler on Thursday, and he signed with the Thunder the next day. The Thunder had a strong week at home after struggling during the beginning of the homestand. Oklahoma City went on to beat the Memphis Grizzlies, Charlotte Bobcats and Philadelphia 76ers this past week at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Thunder could have made it four wins in a row, but Russell Westbrook’s 36 points and Kevin Durant’s 34 points were not enough. Oklahoma City owned a 16-point lead in the third quarter, but the Phoenix Suns made a big comeback to steal the victory.
3-3-14: The Thunder played just two games this past week and neither of them produced good results for fans of the Oklahoma City franchise. Interestingly, in Russell Westbrook’s first three games back from his injury, the Thunder did not get a victory. The oddest part is that this Oklahoma City team, which started the season so well at home, lost the first three games of its six-game homestand. On Sunday, Kevin Durant’s game-high 42 points were not enough as the Clippers beat the Thunder, 125-117. On Tuesday, Kendrick Perkins had surgery on his groin, forcing him out for six weeks. Then, the news on the court got worse. Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat Oklahoma City by 10 points on Wednesday.
2-24-14: It was an eventful All-Star weekend for the Thunder as head coach Scott Brooks, assistant coach Rex Kalamian, Steven Adams, Kevin Durant and Reggie Jackson all participated. Kalamian coached Team Webber, which included Adams, several other rookies and two sophomores. Then on Saturday, Team Durant made it to the finals of the Shooting Stars Competition and Jackson took part in the skills challenge with Goran Dragic. Durant started for Brooks’ Western Conference All-Star squad and scored 38 points. After the All-Star game, the Thunder had some time off, but that did not help them against Miami. In Russell Westbrook’s first game since December 25, Oklahoma City lost by its largest margin of the season.
2-18-14: After starting 40-15 in each of the last two seasons, Oklahoma City stepped up its performance to another level this year. Heading into the All-Star break, the top record in the NBA resides with Scott Brook’s squad. Standing at 43-12, Oklahoma City has matched its best 55-game start in franchise history. Although the Thunder fell to the Orlando Magic at the buzzer on Friday, the team bounced back to defeat the New York Knicks by double digits on Sunday. Western Conference Player of the Week Kevin Durant led all players with 41 points in that victory. Then, he continued his strong scoring to get the Thunder wins on the road against the Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers.
2-10-14: The Thunder’s 25-point victory over the Brooklyn Nets was the team’s 10th win in a row, which marked the first time that Oklahoma City had a double-digit winning streak since 2012. In addition, Kevin Durant made at least 10 field goals and shot better than 80 percent on the same night for the first time in his career. However, the Thunder could not handle the Washington Wizards, who beat them by 15 points the following evening. Scott Brooks’ squad did bounce back though. The Thunder returned home to beat the Memphis Grizzlies and the Minnesota Timberwolves to move the team’s record to 40-11.
2-4-14: It is Kevin Durant’s world, and we are just living in it. With four more victories this past week, Oklahoma City extended its current winning streak to a league-best nine games. Although Durant missed Friday’s game, his teammates played very well in his absence as the Thunder defeated the Celtics by 18 points in Boston. Then, the MVP candidate returned on Saturday to do more than just continue his 30-point streak. Durant triple-doubled in Philadelphia to help Oklahoma City get another double-digit win. The Western Conference Player of the Week then kept up his strong performance as he scored a game-high 41 points and hit the game-winning jumper to beat the Atlanta Hawks. Soon after Scott Brooks learned that he would be coaching the Western Conference in the NBA All-Star game, he coached the Thunder to a big victory over the Heat in Miami.
1-27-14: The Thunder had a fantastic four-game week. Kevin Durant and company hosted the Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers and beat them by a combined 29 points. On Friday, Durant scored a career-high 54 points in the Thunder’s 127-121 victory over the Warriors. Then, he filled the stat sheet two days later in Oklahoma City’s 15-point win over the Kings. Durant became the first player in two years to record multiple games of 30 points, nine assists, six rebounds and four steals in the same season. Unsurprisingly, Durant was named the Western Conference Player of the Week and then continued his dominance. He led the way in wins over the Trail Blazers and Spurs.
1-20-14: Kevin Durant has been turning in some heroic efforts, but the Russell Westbrook-less Thunder lost three consecutive road games recently. Oklahoma City almost lost its fourth in a row on Thursday in Houston, but the Thunder held the Rockets to 19 second-half points en route to the impressive comeback victory. Earlier this month, Durant showed off his scoring ability as he put together consecutive road games of 48 points each, becoming the first player to accomplish that feat in seven years. Durant, who leads the NBA in scoring by a large margin, also became the first player to score at least 30 points in five straight games this season.
1-7-14: The Thunder entered this week with just one home loss this season. However, they now have three. After winning the first two games this past week, Oklahoma City let both the Portland Trail Blazers and Brooklyn Nets make major comebacks en route to their respective victories at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. That was not even the worst news of the week for the Thunder. Russell Westbrook underwent arthroscopic knee surgery, and he is expected to be out until after the All-Star break. On the bright side, with the four-point victory in Charlotte on Friday, the Thunder won each of the team’s last seven road games, the franchise’s longest such streak since 2002.
12-30-13: Led by Russell Westbrook’s game-high 31 points on Saturday, Oklahoma City defeated the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center to extend its winning streak to a season-long nine games. Although Westbrook and Kevin Durant combined for 51 points the next night, it was not enough. The Toronto Raptors shocked the Thunder and the Chesapeake Energy Arena crowd by handing Oklahoma City its first loss of the season at home. However, the Thunder bounced back with Russell Westbrook’s seventh career regular-season triple-double and Kevin Durant’s 29 points to blow out the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Christmas Day.
12-22-13: It is only December, and the Oklahoma City basketball franchise has already cemented two winning streaks of eight games each this season. In addition, Kevin Durant and the Thunder are the only NBA team that has yet to lose at home this season. With victories over the Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets and Chicago Bulls this past week, the Thunder moved to 21-4. We all know how great Durant and Russell Westbrook are, but Reggie Jackson has impressed the league in only his third professional season. He has experienced an uptick in minutes in 2013-14, and now has scored double-digit points in 10 of his last 11 games as an important sixth man to this team.
12-13-13: What a great week it was for the Thunder: Oklahoma City went 4-0 and is arguably the NBA’s best team over the last few weeks. Kevin Durant led all scorers in the Thunder’s victories over the New Orleans Pelicans, Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks. Then, Russell Westbrook took the reins with a game-high 27 points at Memphis in a 16-point win over the Grizzlies. Now at 17-4 overall and 10-0 at home this season, Oklahoma City is ready for another title run. As a top-10 team in both offensive and defensive efficiency in 2013-14, it is time for the Thunder to strike.
12-6-13: Russell Westbrook returned earlier than expected from knee surgery, and that decision has paid dividends for the Thunder. He and Kevin Durant led Oklahoma City to the team’s eighth consecutive victory on Tuesday in Sacramento. Earlier in the week, Westbrook had a game-high 34 points and the game-winning shot on Friday to beat the Golden State Warriors in overtime, and Durant had his first triple-double of the season in the Thunder’s double-digit victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday. However, the Thunder lost on the second-night of a back-to-back on the road against the Portland Trail Blazers. It will be intriguing to see how the Thunder perform when the Trail Blazers head to Oklahoma for the matchup between these two powerhouses on December 31.
11-28-13: The Thunder picked up a big win on Wednesday night at home against the San Antonio Spurs, to improve their record to 10-3 on the year. It was the fifth straight win for OKC. Kevin Durant had 23 points and 13 rebounds, Serge Ibaka had 17 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks and Reggie Jackson scored 23 off the bench. Despite Russell Westbrook shooting just 2-16 from the floor, Oklahoma City picked up the emphatic win. The Thunder is currently sitting in the 3-seed in the West.
11-22-13: The Oklahoma City Thunder will always be elite as long as they have Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook teamed up together. Each time you think that OKC may be slipping, Durant comes out and wipes the floor with his competition. The Thunder won their third straight game on Thursday night after Durant dropped 28 on the Los Angeles Clippers, to improve Oklahoma City’s overall record to 8-3. KD is averaging his most points per game (29.5) in over four years and is averaging a career high 5.5 assists per game. The evolution of Kevin Durant.
11-15-13: The Oklahoma City Thunder still stand strong at 5-3 through three weeks, but have had some difficult beating the elite teams out west of late. Two straight losses to the Clippers and Warriors may have slightly exposed OKC as a team that can’t finish games on defense. Defense continues to be their achilles heel, overall, as the Thunder have given up 100+ points in four straight contests.
11-8-13: Russell Westbrook returned way earlier than anyone anticipated (knee), propelling the Thunder to two straight wins and a 3-1 overall record through their first four games. OKC still needs a third scorer off the bench they can rely on and may need to swing a trade later in the year to get it, but for the moment they appear to have enough talent to get locked and loaded for another deep post-season run.
11-1-13: As in the 2013 playoffs, Oklahoma City is without Russell Westbrook at the beginning of this regular season. With James Harden in Houston, Kevin Durant will have to take the reins early on in 2013-14. The Thunder brought most of last season’s roster into this year, as they hope for better luck with injuries this time around. Reggie Jackson takes Westbrook’s role for now after impressing in the preseason with his shot and propensity to get to the free-throw line. Another man in Oklahoma City that had a strong preseason showing was Serge Ibaka, who needs to step up this season if this team wants to raise the Larry O’Brien Trophy in June.
10-21-13: The Oklahoma City Thunder are 4-1 through five preseason games with the only loss coming at the hands of the New Orleans Pelicans 105-102 in the fourth game. Reggie Jackson has led the team in assists in three of the five games and leads the team in assists per game through the preseason, which will be important for the Thunder during the regular season while Russell Westbrook is out. Jackson also led Oklahoma City in scoring in two of those games, with Kevin Durant as the scoring leader in the other three and through the preseason. The Thunder have two preseason games remaining:
- Oct 22 at Phoenix
- Oct 23 vs Chicago
8-23-13: Expectations for the Oklahoma City Thunder last season were Finals or bust. Missing in that scenario was, “Your all-world point guard has season ending surgery”. With Russell Westbrook expected to be back at full health this season, the expectations for the ultimate success are back. Kevin Martin moved on to Minnesota and his spot in the rotation was filled from within, as Jeremy Lamb will be relied on for production. The Thunder selected the 7-foot Steven Adams with the 10th overall pick, who will get a shot to back up Kendrick Perkins. With the 26th overall pick, the Thunder selected the undersized, yet scrappy forward Andre Roberson.
Oklahoma City will open their home season schedule on Sunday, November 3rd against the Phoenix Suns. The Houston Rockets and James Harden will return to OKC on Sunday, December 29th and again on Tuesday, March 11th. Lob City will visit Oklahoma City on Thursday, November 21st as well as on Sunday, February 23rd. The Miami Heat will make their sole appearance in OKC on Thursday, February 20th.
Key Home Games:
- November 3rd – Phoenix Suns
- November 27th – San Antonio Spurs
- December 13th – Los Angeles Lakers
- December 29th – Houston Rockets
- February 20th – Miami Heat
8-18-13: Following last year's disappointing season, forward Kendrick Perkins has spent the offseason working out in an attempt to turn his career around.
He also underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee last month.
Kevin Durant dropped 63 points in the Jamal Crawford Summer Pro-Am game in Seattle last week. This was the first time he played in Seattle since his rookie year and he clearly didn't disappoint.
Thunder 2013 Draft Summary:
Round 1, Pick 12: C Steven Adams, Pittsburgh.
Round 1, Pick 26: SF Andre Roberson, Colorado (from Golden State/Houston). Round 2, Pick 2: SG Alex Abrines, Spain.
6-12-13: The season started out promising for the Thunder but ended rather prematurely. After winning 60 games and locking up the top seed in the west, the Thunder braced for a series against the Houston Rockets. All was well until all-star point guard Russell Westbrook suffered a season ending knee injury during a controversial hustle play with an opponent. Without Westbrook, the Thunder were able to advance to the next round before being ousted by the Memphis Grizzles. In an unusual case, the Thunder will actually select in the draft amongst the lottery teams, in the 12th slot. This should only continue their impressive resume of home grown talent.
2-20-13: The Thunder are 39-14 and losers of two straight, but there is little to worry about in Oklahoma these days. As the team travels to Houston for their first game since the all-star break, they will look to improve on their current first place position by increasing their lead over division rivals. After playing Houston the Thunder will return home for a 3 game mini home stand. League leading scorer and MVP candidate Kevin Durant has been leading the way for the Thunder averaging 29 points per game, despite Russell Westbrook bring the team’s leading shot taker. Many have criticized this fact but the fact5 that remains is that the Thunder are championship contenders.
11-26-12: The Thunder has jumped out to a strong 10-4 start this season as they gear up to make another run at the title. With Kevin Durant putting up MVP-type numbers, OKC prepares for a three game home stand against the Bobcats, Rockets and Jazz. Despite the trade of James Harden, the Thunder still score 103 points per game which is second best in the entire league. With a week of winnable games, expect the Thunder to remain in first place through the all-star break and beyond.