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OKC Thunder: Thunder's postseason rotation beginning to take shape

By Anthony SlaterAfter a season filled with injuries, youthful integration, a pile of 10-day contracts and a midseason veteran signing, the dust is beginning to settle. The Thunder’s postseason rotation is starting to take shape. And if you’re a Thunder fan who advocates a youth movement at the back end, you might want to look away. With Kendrick Perkins and Thabo Sefolosha back in the fold, Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks has all the veteran options he could dream of at his disposal.Read more on NewsOK.com


OKC Thunder: Thabo Sefolosha might return on current road trip

By Darnell MayberryThunder guard Thabo Sefolosha is nearing a return from a calf injury that has kept him out of action since Feb.Read more on NewsOK.com

Houston Chronicle

Thunder could give Rockets a challenging tonic to recent woes

With a three-game losing streak and six-consecutive losses to teams that currently have winning records, a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder would not seem to be a likely cure. But with the Rockets citing a lack of consistent intensity while struggling in the three games since the injuries to Dwight Howard and Pat Beverley, […]


Thunder Buddies Podcast: Who do you have winning the West?

Anthony Slater Welcome to the home of our newly created Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio’s highly-acclaimed comedy ‘Ted’, but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of OKC’s only professional team. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen).Read more on NewsOK.com

Dallas Mavericks Blog | ESPN Dallas

Calderon (facial injury) will play vs. OKC

DALLAS – Mavericks point guard Jose Calderon will play Tuesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, two days after suffering a facial injury. “We’re fortunate,” coach Rick Carlisle said after Calderon participated in the Mavs’ shootaround. “It could have been much worse.” Calderon left Sunday’s loss to the Brooklyn Nets after being accidentally hit in the face by rookie center Mason Plumlee’s forearm in the opening minute.

Dallas Mavericks Blog | Dallas Morning News

Jose Calderon will play vs. OKC tonight; and so will Dirk Nowitzki

Jose Calderon was able to go through the Dallas Mavericks’ shootaround Tuesday morning and will play against the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight, coach Rick Carlisle said. Calderon suffered facial injuries in the first minute of Sunday’s loss to Brooklyn. “He’s …


OKC Thunder notebook: Russell Westbrook practices, says there's no concern over 'light sprain'

By Anthony SlaterWhen Russell Westbrook limped off with an ugly looking knee injury on Friday night, Caron Butler was like a large portion of the state’s basketball fans. “When it initially happened, I saw him smack the ball and I was just like, ‘Oh, God,’” Butler recalled.Read more on NewsOK.com

Akron Beacon Journal

Dion Waiters growing up, taking on more responsibility in wake of Kyrie Irving’s injury

NEW YORK: After the Cavaliers lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder last week, Dion Waiters was waiting for Mike Brown in his office while Brown was finishing with the media.Waiters didn’t even bother to get dressed after showering. He was sitting in a towel, eager to talk to his coach and take the blame for the Cavs’ woeful rebounding effort in the loss.This is the growth of Dion Waiters. The player teammates were privately grumbling about early in the season is now volunteering responsibility for his shortcomings.“He’s still a work in progress, but I think he’s doing a hell of a...

Chicago Tribune

Thunder's Westbrook leaves game with injury

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook left Friday night's game against the Toronto Raptors in the third quarter with an apparent knee injury.    


OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook leaves game with apparent right knee injury

Anthony SlaterDuring the third quarter of the Thunder’s Friday night game in Toronto, Russell Westbrook left with an apparent injury to his surgically repaired right knee. As Westbrook was readying to make a move on the perimeter, Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry pressed up on him and inadvertently delivered knee-to-knee contact.Read more on NewsOK.com


Russell Westbrook's knee is fine after injury scare in Toronto

Anthony SlaterThe Thunder has finally dodged an injury bullet. After what initially looked to be a potentially serious knee injury on Friday night in Toronto, Russell Westbrook walked out of the arena fine, without a brace and telling The Oklahoman that he didn’t expect to miss any time. And this afternoon, on arrival back in Oklahoma City, the team doctors concurred.Read more on NewsOK.com


Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook leaves game with knee injury

darnell mayberryTORONTO — Russell Westbrook was forced to leave Friday’s game at Toronto with an apparent knee injury following a collision with Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry. The incident occurred with 7:37 remaining in the third quarter. Westbrook jab-stepped while standing at the 3-point line on the left wing.Read more on NewsOK.com


Nuggets from my notebook from Friday's win at Toronto

Darnell MayberryThis thing took a turn quick…and then another one and another one and another one… Russell Westbrook was in great spirits after the game, which was the best possible thing we could have seen when the Thunder opened its locker room to the media after a double-overtime thriller that was overshadowed by uncertainty with how serious Westbrook’s knee injury was.Read more on NewsOK.com

Cavaliers Blog | Akron Beacon Journal

As injuries pile up, Cavs looking at Seth Curry

The Cavaliers spent most of this season deftly avoiding injuries, but they’re piling up now at the worst possible time. Rookie Sergey Karasev is the latest to join the injured ranks, pushing the total to six wounded players (Kyrie Irving, Luol Deng, C.J. Miles, Anthony Bennett, Carrick Felix, Karasev). Now they’ll have a roster decision to make after tonight’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Shane Edwards’ 10-day contract expires on Friday. The Cavs are looking at Edwards, Seth Curry and a third unknown player, a league source said. One of the three will be signed prior to...


OKC Thunder notebook: Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau can empathize with Thunder's adversity

By Darnell MayberryIf there’s one team that can relate to all that’s been thrown at the Thunder this season, it’s the Chicago Bulls. They lost their best player to a season-ending injury.Read more on NewsOK.com

Chicago Bulls Blog | ESPN Chicago

Westbrook confident Rose will bounce back

CHICAGO -- Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook can relate to Derrick Rose's plight, and he's confident the Chicago Bulls star will return to being a superstar in due time after undergoing a second knee surgery in as many years. "Very confident," Westbrook said before Monday's game against the Bulls. "I've talked to him numerous times. He's a tough guy as you guys know. He does a great job of coming out and competing. It's unfortunate he had to be hurt and be out another year, but he's going to come back the same DRose he was before.

Chicago Bulls Blog | ESPN Chicago

Bulls feel good in advance of Thunder

CHICAGO – For all the criticism that head coach Tom Thibodeau gets for running his players into the ground with heavy playing time, the Chicago Bulls are about as healthy as they can hope to be at this time of the season. Of course, Derick Rose is still lost for the year because of a knee injury, and that’s what led to the reduced expectations they are now exceeding. But of the players Thibodeau has had available for most of the season, so far they have been able to withstand the wear and tear of a long year.

Dallas Mavericks Blog | ESPN Dallas

OKC's Westbrook (rest) won't face Mavs

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook will rest Sunday against the Mavericks, a precautionary measure with Oklahoma City playing the first game of a back-to-back. Coach Scott Brooks said Westbrook would start Monday's road game against the Chicago Bulls. The Thunder have enjoyed plenty of success without Westbrook this season. They are 22-8 when the three-time All-Star sits out, including a 20-7 run while Westbrook recovered from knee surgery from Dec.