The Oklahoma City Thunder played their first game since the Wednesday death of Ingrid Williams, wife of Thunder assistant and former Pelicans head coach Monty Williams, following a car crash. As fate would have it, the Pelicans were in town. All the better for Williams’s former players to drop by.
Ingrid Williams, the wife of Thunder assistant and former Pelicans head coach Monty Williams, died last night of injuries suffered in a car crash the day before. She was 44. Monty and Ingrid Williams have five kids, between the ages of 5 and 17.
Kevin Durant got to try his hand at being a professional sports photographer at Super Bowl 50, and he enthusiastically answered questions about the experience at today’s shoot around. Russell Westbrook was just as enthusiastic about clowning on Durant:
Neither the Thunder nor Magic played much defense Wednesday night, but Serge Ibaka came up big when necessary, blocking a late layup attempt from Victor Oladipo when the game was tied. Oklahoma City then wisely put the ball into Kevin Durant’s hands, and he drilled the game-winner.
Next Saturday, the Oklahoma City Thunder will play the Golden State Warriors for the first time this season. You may think this game is just a blip on the sports calendar, a solid NBA matchup meant to offer some small amusement to those of us looking for ways to pass the time until the Super Bowl. That assessment may…
On Monday, a day after a disappointing loss to the Brooklyn Nets, Thunder forward Kevin Durant had something to say about his team’s offensive philosophy, which is routinely critiqued for being too stagnant and isolation-heavy.
The Denver Nuggets, a bad basketball team, actually gave the Oklahoma City Thunder a close game last night. A rejuvenated Danilo Gallinari hung 27 on them, Kenneth Faried did some Kenneth Faried things, and rookie point guard Emmanuel Mudiay managed to play 33 not-totally-embarrassing minutes. Denver still lost…
After Friday night’s easy win over the Timberwolves, ESPN reporter Royce Young asked Kevin Durant about the popular perception of the Thunder, based upon Michael Wilbon’s recent comments on PTI. Here’s what Wilbon said:
Mavericks-Thunder was never going to be close, not with Dallas resting all five starters after an overtime game the night before. And it wasn’t—OKC jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter, extended it to 23 by halftime, and cruised to a 108-89 win. But not being competitive didn’t mean it wasn’t feisty;…
Kevin Durant hit a tough jumper over Luc Mbah a Moute with 5.8 seconds left to help the Thunder top the Clippers, 100-99. And just for good measure, he blocked Chris Paul’s attempted game-winner too.
At the end of the third quarter of OKC’s 106-90 win over Portland, Enes Kanter put up—well, he put up this:
Look, I get that this play was waved off, but man, this shot from Westbrook was cool. Properly located the springiest vertebrae knob on Rodney Hood’s back, trotted off like nothing had happened like a champ, then helped make it a game again in the second half. Good work.
Turns out Russell Westbrook wasn’t the only Oklahoma City resident with some choice words for former Thunder point guard Reggie Jackson. Jackson wasn’t too happy about this, telling our man, “Suck my dick, bitch-ass nigga.”
Reggie Jackson left the Oklahoma City Thunder under contentious circumstances last season. He wanted the minutes and opportunities of a starting player, so he was not the ideal player to back up Russell Westbrook, and it really harmed the Thunder’s chemistry last season. After he got shipped out to Detroit, Westbrook…
The Celtics beat up on the Durant-less Thunder last night, and Marcus Smart had a better game than opposing point guard Russell Westbrook. After the game, one reporter asked Westbrook if Smart, being a big, physical guard, is a particularly tough matchup for him. Westbrook did not take kindly to this line of…
The referees may have missed the blatant travel, but at least they caught the goaltending. One out of two ain’t bad.
The Thunder and the Magic played out a crazy-ass game down in Orlando last night, one that featured about as many would-be daggers and big threes as you’ll see in a regular season game.
After last night, it felt like we’d seen the last of the drama that this year’s NBA free-agency period had to offer. But then the Blazers went and signed Thunder center and restricted free agent Enes Kanter to a max offer sheet, which puts Oklahoma City’s front office in a position where they are sort of screwed no…