The Thunder Are The Thunder Again, And This Is A Brand New Series

I suppose we can go ahead and forget about the first two games of the Western Conference finals, which saw the Serge Ibaka-less Thunder getting swallowed whole by the Spurs while Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant did their best to fight off the inevitable. We can forget those two games because Serge Ibaka is back,… » 5/28/14 10:19am 5/28/14 10:19am

Russell Westbrook To Kevin Durant: "Wake Up"

What we have here (via CJ Fogler) is an excellent opportunity for projection. A fairly innocuous exhortation from one frustrated player to another after a defensive lapse, but in the context of the Spurs' blowout, their 2-0 series lead, and Kevin Durant's and Russell Westbrook's shitty shooting night, feel free to… » 5/22/14 8:54am 5/22/14 8:54am

Every Shot Kevin Durant Has Taken In His Career, In One Awesome Chart

"Every shot Kevin Durant has taken in the NBA" is the kind of thing that belongs in a museum, in some fashion. Kirk Goldsberry at Grantland made a chart of exactly that, and shoved it into his piece on the evolution of KD today. It's great. I can't stop staring at it. I want it on my wall. I want it tattooed on my… » 5/09/14 3:46pm 5/09/14 3:46pm

Kool Keith Gets Back Into Playoff Form With "Durant & Westbrook"

I would accuse Kool Keith of shamelessly pandering for sports-blog love by naming his new song "Durant & Westbrook" (off the upcoming Demolition Crash), but if by this point you haven't realized just how few fucks Hip Hop's King of Weird gives about the mainstream, then you haven't been paying attention. » 5/01/14 3:54pm 5/01/14 3:54pm

Tony Allen Is The Defensive Stopper You Can Root For

There's a certain stigma that often hounds players who are labeled as defensive stoppers in the NBA, a belief that no small part of their success is derived from the fact that they are simply willing to play like assholes. This was true of Bruce Bowen, who was never all that feisty but wasn't shy about using a dirty… » 4/22/14 11:04am 4/22/14 11:04am

Russell Westbrook And Kevin Durant Are Awesome

This is a beautiful thing. In the first quarter of Grizzlies-Thunder, Russell Westbrook grabbed a rebound and, in the same motion, effortlessly flicked a pass three-quarters of the court that just so happened to land right in front of a streaking Kevin Durant for a fast break dunk that had no business happening. And… » 4/19/14 10:15pm 4/19/14 10:15pm

The Durant-LeBron Arms Race: Two Of The Best Seasons Of All Time

When we last took a look in February, LeBron James and Kevin Durant were both having monster seasons, with unprecedented combinations of offensive volume (usage percent) and efficiency (true shooting percent). There was still a lot of basektball left to play, but at the time we wrote that "if these stat lines hold, or… » 4/17/14 12:11pm 4/17/14 12:11pm