Found November 03, 2012 on
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OKLAHOMA CITY James Harden went off again.
Somehow, I get the feeling people around these parts are going to be talking about Harden this season.
Forget the first-guessing, that's too difficult. It's all second-guessing now. It's a full-blown case of, "Should they or shouldn't they have traded Harden," and it's infected everyone.
A story, by now, you know all too well. Traded just days before the season opener and before he would have become a free agent, Harden scored 37 points in his debut with Houston and topped that Friday night with 45 points in a win at Atlanta.
That leaves a lot of questions out there about what could have been.
Forget that for now. The answer for the Thunder isn't all hidden behind Harden's beard and what they lost. Instead, the answer can be found in what they still have with Russell Westbrook and what they have gained with the addition of Kevin Martin.
Oklahoma City moved to 1-1 on the sea...
BEST OF MAXIM
In the preseason, people were asking me if they should take Serge Ibaka in the third round or the fourth round, as if those were the only two options. Sure, he’s great with the blockin’ and all, but I do not consider him a well rounded Center. Last night’s game is about what I expected, although with more rebounds and less blocks: 4 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks. His value...
The Oklahoma City Thunder got its first taste Thursday night of life without James Harden, part of a buzzer-beating 86-84 loss that should drive home the obvious and its consequences: A new era in Thunder basketball has begun, and that's one of several reasons the Western Conference is now up for grabs.
We're just a few games into the season, yes, but Oklahoma City's...
As Thunder GM Sam Presti was watching his former sixth man run circles around the Pistons, I suspect he had a moment of recoil. At least he should have.
First road challenge
The Portland Trail Blazers started their season off on the right foot with a 116-106 victory against the Los Angeles Lakers, but now it’s time to take their act on the road against the defending Western Conference champions, the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Matchup: Portland (1-0) @ Oklahoma City (0-1)
Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena
Time: 5:00 PM PT
Oklahoma City Thunder (0-0) vs.San Antonio Spurs (1-0)
The Thunder kick off their Western Conference title defense against the team they needed to dethrone to get to the Finals for the first time since 1996 (or ever, depending on whose history you choose to believe). Oklahoma City may have lost James Harden, but this is largely the same team that took four straight...
While the most recent addition to the Oklahoma City Thunder likely won't hinder the team's chemistry, it might take some time for the Atlanta Hawks and their new faces to come together.
The Thunder look to build on their first win when they host the Hawks on Sunday night.
Russell Westbrook scored 32, Kevin Durant had 23 points with 17 rebounds and veteran newcomer Kevin...