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 Tuesday 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 Saturday 10:15pm

Russell Westbrook Needed Only 21 Minutes To Get A Triple-Double

Yes, it was against what is essentially a D-League team, but Russell Westbrook's 21-minute bludgeoning of the 76ers is worth being excited about. 13 points, 14 assists, and 10 rebounds in 21 minutes isn't something that just happens to a guy coming off his second knee surgery of the year. 13 points, 14 assists, and 10 … » 3/05/14 10:01am 3/05/14 10:01am

Brooklyn Nets Hold Kevin Durant To Just 26 Points

And Scott Brooks held Durant to just 3o minutes. Still, everyone in Brooklyn, even the Nets, watched Kevin Durant in awe. Minus context, his line—26 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists—sounds just OK. His numbers in Brooklyn were not nearly as impressive as they had been during the 12-game streak where he scored over 30… » 2/01/14 12:36pm 2/01/14 12:36pm

Kevin Durant And LeBron James Turn An NBA Game Into A Rucker Park Duel

Last night's matchup between Kevin Durant and LeBron James didn't provide all of the drama we had been hoping for—a fourth quarter that starts with one team holding a 19-point lead will suck the air out of any game—but we were treated to a particularly enjoyable sequence late in the third quarter, when the… » 1/30/14 10:33am 1/30/14 10:33am

Kevin Durant Is Inevitable

The Thunder played a basketball game last night, and that means that Kevin Durant did something amazing. The Slim Reaper didn't get pissed off this time, but he still dropped 41 points on 25 shots and won a game with two unguardable shots, the last a pull-up floater that the Hawks couldn't have blocked if you'd spotted … » 1/28/14 10:16am 1/28/14 10:16am

The West Is OKC's Until Kevin Durant Says Otherwise

In the four weeks since Russell Westbrook's arthroscopic surgery, the Oklahoma City Thunder has fallen from 23-5 (.821) to 33-10 (.767) — that is, the team has racked up half its losses during just 15 games. Westbrook's major stats this season (21.4 points, 6.0 boards, 7.0 assists, 1.8 steals) all topped his career… » 1/23/14 12:07am 1/23/14 12:07am