Found March 01, 2013 on Around the Arc:
When the Thunder began their bid to repeat as Western Conference champions by trading away their best bench player, budding superstar James Harden, I was skeptical.However the move, which could have been crippling to almost any other franchise, has been majorly mollified by the continuously stellar play of Kevin Durant and even Russell Westbrook. The Thunder, as a whole, don't look noticeably worse without "The Beard" on their bench. Fist-pumped his way to 5 titles.But, when the Thunder dealt backup PG Eric Maynor at last week's trade deadline, I was again skeptical. Depth is extremely important, especially for a team that plans to push deep into the playoffs. I thought the Maynor move left the Thunder very vulnerable, with Reggie Jackson as the only insurance to the explosive, and at times reckless Westbrook.Thus, the recent re-signing of Derek Fisher, who is familiar with the team from his stint in Oklahoma City last season, was a perfect postseason pickup for th...

Nuggets mascot hires 'security team' for Russell Westbrook's return to Denver (Video)

Back in January, Denver Nuggets mascot Rocky had a couple of his traditional half-court shots blocked by visiting Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook. On Friday night, the Thunder returned to the Pepsi Center in Denver, and Rocky was prepared. This time around, Rocky had a team of security guards and children line up on both sides of the key to prevent Westbrook, or...

State of the Thunder: Will Durant lose scoring title?

OKLAHOMA CITY Right after Wednesday's win against New Orleans Kevin Durant just shook his head. Oh, what could have been. Yes, Durant had another triple-double, this one 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, but the possibility of something spectacular could have been lingered. Too bad coach Scott Brooks benched Durant. Again. Seems like it happens all the time, and in...

Thunder Reassign Jones, Lamb, Liggins To D-League

The Thunder have reassigned Perry Jones, Jeremy Lamb and DeAndre Liggins to the Tulsa 66ers.

Kevin Durant hits circus shot against Nuggets (Video)

Is there anything that Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant can't do?For those of you who have your doubts, you might want to check out this clip of Durant scoring on an up-and-under circus shot against the Denver Nuggets on Friday night.Watch as KD drives past JaVale McGee and Wilson Chandler for the incredible hoop:(Courtesy of SB Nation)

Thunder-Nuggets Preview

Though the Oklahoma City Thunder score more than any other team in the NBA, it might be an improving defense that proves to be the difference in their title chase. Friday night will see that defense face a tough test when the Thunder host the Denver Nuggets, whose high-octane attack has been bolstered by Ty Lawson's emergence as a dynamic scorer. Oklahoma City (42-15) leads...

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban swipes at Derek Fisher

Mark Cuban is talking about another NBA player that is not on his roster. At least this time there is an obvious reason for him to be snarky. NBA living legend Derek Fisher debuted with Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks after Thanksgiving, played less than 10 games, encountered a knee issue, asked for a release to return to Los [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website...
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