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Recap: PG drops Philly with 4-point play to win it

Recap: PG drops Philly with 4-point play to win it

OKC snapped their losing skid in the most dramatic way possible. box score | Liberty Ballers The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Philadelphia 76ers on the road, 117-115. In a back and forth game where OKC continuously stretched their lead only to see the Sixers catch up again, it game down to a final sequence which may go down as one of the more dramatic in the NBA this season. After Joel Embiid (31 points, 11-19 shooting, 8 rebounds, 6 assists) was fouled by Russell Westbrook on a 3-point attempt (Westbrook’s 6 foul), the Thunder had 20 seconds to try and win the game. Then all...
15 hours ago
Preview: OKC must right the ship against dominant 76ers

Preview: OKC must right the ship against dominant 76ers

The Thunder are reeling, and now they must deal with the talented team in Philly. Game: Oklahoma City Thunder @ Philadelphia 76ers Time: 2:30PM CST Location: Wells Fargo Center Broadcast: ABC Counterpart: Liberty Ballers *** 3 Things to Watch as the thunder take on the 76ers in Philadelphia: 1. Can the Thunder get stops? All season, even when they’ve struggled with shooting, OKC has been able to count on their defense, allowing about 104 points per 100 possessions, 2nd best in the league . But not recently- over the last 6 games, during which they’ve played objectively awful, the...
Jan 18, 2019
Recap: OKC’s defense fails again big time in bad OT home loss to Lakers

Recap: OKC’s defense fails again big time in bad OT home loss to Lakers

OKC left their defense at the door in an overtime loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Oklahoma City Thunder dropped a home game to the Los Angeles Lakers with Lebron James still sidelined with a groin injury. OKC dropped their second game in a row and 5th out of their last 6, losing to the Lakers 138-128 in overtime. The Lakers would shoot 50.5 percent from the floor and 47.5 percent from three, including 91% from the free throw line, despite being one of the league’s worst in these categories. The @Lakers come back from 17 down to defeat the Thunder in OT! #LakeShow...
Jan 17, 2019
Preview: OKC looks to end rough stretch vs Lebron-less LA

Preview: OKC looks to end rough stretch vs Lebron-less LA

After losing their last four out of five OKC, needs this victory. Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena Time: 8:30 P.M. CST Broadcast: TNT, FSOK Counterpart: Silver Screen and Roll *** For the second time in the last two weeks, the Thunder will be matched up against the Los Angeles Lakers. Once again the Lakers will be without their superstar Forward LeBron James, who will be out again with his groin injury for at least another two games. From Lakers MR: LeBron James was evaluated by team medical staff and physicians today. James, who...
Jan 15, 2019
Recap: OKC defense flogged again in loss to Hawks

Recap: OKC defense flogged again in loss to Hawks

In Schroder’s homecoming in Atlanta, it was the Thunder defense that failed to leave the tarmac. box score | Peachtree Hoops The Oklahoma City Thunder got rocked on the road by the Atlanta Hawks, 142-126. A game after correcting enough of their defensive mistakes in defeating the Spurs, the Thunder showed little continuity in playing a Hawks team that was previously 13-30, though with earlier wins this season over the 76ers and Nuggets. The Thunder were led by Jerami Grant, who finished with 21 on 9-14 shooting, and Steven Adams, who finished 7-7 and recorded 16 points. Russell...
Jan 15, 2019
Preview: OKC and Schroder head to Atlanta

Preview: OKC and Schroder head to Atlanta

OKC heads to Atlanta to try and sweep the Hawks. Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Atlanta Hawks Time: 6:30PM CST Location: State Farm Arena, Atlanta Broadcast: FSOK Counterpart: Peachtree Hoops *** The Thunder travel to Atlanta tonight to face the Atlanta Hawks, where the Thunder are looking to ride the momentum of a solid performance in a big win over the Spurs. The biggest side-drama to tonight’s game will be backup point guard Dennis Schroder’s return to the team that drafted him in 2013. Dennis Schroder on why Atlanta wasn’t the right situation for him, said he wanted to be in...
Jan 15, 2019
Ferguson is turning into the 3 and D wing OKC has been waiting for

Ferguson is turning into the 3 and D wing OKC has been waiting for

With a core of Steven Adams, Paul George, and Russell Westbrook, the Thunder have one of the highest ceilings in the NBA. But just as in the days of the Westbrook-Durant-Ibaka core, the Thunder have long-felt to be one 3-and-D wing short. Terrance Ferguson was the latest draftee in a long list of attempts to find that wing- but wonder of wonders, he has looked very much like the wing OKC has been dreaming of recently. Over OKC’s last 10 games, T-Ferg (who will henceforth be known as 3-Ferg if he keeps shooting this way) has hit 50% of his 3 point attempts on nearly 4 attempts per game....
Jan 15, 2019
Bahrain’s Basketball Association: Draw ceremony of the most precious cup

Bahrain’s Basketball Association: Draw ceremony of the most precious cup

Sometimes it only takes one person to change the way society views professional sports. The following is an ongoing series from WTLC’s Ali AlShowaikh about his new experience working with professional basketball in his home country of Bahrain. *** Every country and every place has that one special person whom the citizens and people love and adore. That person could be a ruler, a politician, a religious cleric, a celebrity or whatsoever. In the Kingdom of Bahrain, that one special person is our Prime Minister His Highness Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa. To us, he is far more than...
Jan 12, 2019
Recap: OKC defense, bench bounce back big time over Spurs

Recap: OKC defense, bench bounce back big time over Spurs

OKC needed to show some mettle tonight, and did not disappoint in the 2nd half. box score | Pounding the Rock The Oklahoma City Thunder bounced back against the San Antonio Spurs, 122-112. Following what could very well be the best regular game of the season — where the only thing missing was a Thunder win — OKC earned that win tonight by snuffing out the Spurs attack in the 2nd half. Although tonight’s game was highly unlikely to be a repeat of the 2OT thriller on Thursday — after all, the Spurs started out by missing their first 3-pointer — it still got off to a rough start,...
Jan 12, 2019
Preview: OKC seeks revenge on Spurs after Instant Classic

Preview: OKC seeks revenge on Spurs after Instant Classic

The Thunder are looking to settle the score with the Spurs after a thrilling 2OT loss on Thursday. Game: San Antonio Spurs @ Oklahoma City Thunder Time: 7:00 CST Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Broadcast: NBATV, FSOK Counterpart: Pounding the Rock The silver lining in Thursday’s epic loss was perhaps Russell Westbrook’s greatest game of the season, topped off with a casual 24 assists. All the dishing wasn’t quite enough to counter LaMarcus Aldridge going nuclear to the tune of 56 points. This time, Gregg Popovich’s new-look Spurs travel to the...
Jan 12, 2019
Every ending is a new beginning — Bahrain’s Basketball Association hosts PBA RainOrShine team

Every ending is a new beginning — Bahrain’s Basketball Association hosts PBA RainOrShine team

Sometimes dream jobs require discovering a new dream. I still remember the year where I began writing about Basketball for WTLC in 2014, and I still remember that 2014 was the year where I graduated from high school and decided to pursue sports journalism as a career. I was passionate about being a sports writer, I wanted to be able to do what sports journalists do. I used to envision myself attending NBA press conferences, games, and interviewing players. It also felt amazing that in that particular year, WTLC began gaining a lot of exposure in the basketball space, which provided us as...
Jan 11, 2019
Recap: Spurs out-duel Thunder in double-OT

Recap: Spurs out-duel Thunder in double-OT

The Thunder had their best offensive output of the season, but the Spurs’ Aldridge had a career night of his own. box score | Pounding the Rock The Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs engaged in an epic shootout on Thursday night that took two overtimes to decide a winner. At the end of the battle, 56 points from LaMarcus Aldridge gave the Spurs a 154-147 victory in double overtime. 13 players scored in double figures between the two teams. Russell Westbrook had a crazy triple double with 24 points, 24 assists and 13 rebounds. Paul George scored 30 points. Jerami Grant had a...
Jan 10, 2019
Preview: 3 things to watch as OKC looks to snap 2-game losing skid in San Antonio

Preview: 3 things to watch as OKC looks to snap 2-game losing skid in San Antonio

OKC needs to snap out of its funk, and it has to do so against a team that rarely beats itself. Game: Oklahoma City Thunder @ San Antonio Spurs Time: 8:30 CST Location: AT&T Arena, San Antonio Broadcast: TNT, FSOK Counterpart: Pounding the Rock *** Fresh off two of their worst losses of the season to a pair of sub .500 teams, the Thunder prepare to face the surging San Antonio Spurs twice in three nights- in San Antonio tonight, back in Oklahoma City on Saturday. The Spurs are the hottest team in the league entering tonight; they’ve largely lrighted the ship after a rocky start had them...
Jan 8, 2019
Recap: OKC drops 2nd straight at home as Wiggins dominates again

Recap: OKC drops 2nd straight at home as Wiggins dominates again

The Thunder drop their second straight home game in a row to a sub .500 team. box score | Canis Hoopus The Oklahoma City Thunder fell at home to the Minnesota Timberwolves, 119-117. For the second game in a row in OKC, the Thunder could not hang with a sub .500 team after getting embarrassed by the Wizards Sunday night. This time, they fell to a team who had fired their head coach a day before, and their interim coach, Ryan Saunders (son of the late Wolves coach Flip Saunders), was coaching the first NBA game of his life. Also for the second game in a row against Minnesota, the Thunder...
Jan 8, 2019
Nerlens Noel suffers head injury vs Timberwolves

Nerlens Noel suffers head injury vs Timberwolves

Noel suffered what appeared to be a severe head injury in the 3rd quarter. Nerlens Noel suffered what appeared to be a severe head injury in the 3rd quarter vs the Minnesota Timberwolves. On a drive by Wolves forward Andrew Wiggins, Noel contested him at the rim and Wiggins appeared to inadvertently elbow Noel in the head. Making matters worse, the blow appeared to stun Noel, who was unable to brace his fall and his head then came into hard impact with the floor. Brutal fall for Nerlens Noel who was immediately met by the Thunder’s medical team and stretcher....