Posted April 27, 2012 on
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Oklahoma City's penalty for scuffling down the stretch and getting passed for the top seed in the Western Conference is a first-round playoff showdown with an all-too-familiar foe toting championship credentials.
When the Dallas Mavericks arrive for Game 1 on Saturday night, it'll be a rematch of last season's West finals dominated by Dirk Nowitzki on his way to his first NBA title.
Nowitzki averaged 32.2 points against Oklahoma City in last year's playoffs to outduel Kevin Durant, who just became the seventh player in NBA history to win three straight league scoring titles. The Mavericks won that series 4-1, winning both games in Oklahoma City.
''It's all we've been looking forward to for a long time,'' Durant said Friday. ''It's going to be a tough, tough series for us playing against the reigning champions. They cause so many problems on the offensive end and defensive end for us.''
The biggest one is Nowitzki, the 7...
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(1) Chicago Bulls vs. (8) Philadelphia 76ers
Don’t let the eight next to the 76ers’ name fool you; they pose a much greater threat to Chicago than it would indicate.
The 76ers are a young, energetic bunch that does most of its damage off of the bench with Lou Williams, Evan Turner, and Thaddeus Young. Those three will need to play at a high level as well...
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is confident about his team’s chances entering the NBA playoffs despite finishing the regular season with a pedestrian 36-30 record. The league’s defending champions open a first-round Saturday night at Northwest Division champion Oklahoma City. Cuban believes the Mavs have as good a shot as any team to contend for the title this year. ...
The NBA playoffs are officially upon us. And that can only mean one thing…
More black-rimmed glasses, buttoned up plaid collared shirts and those signature trendy single strap-buckled back packs Kevin Durant rocked during postseason press conferences for the Oklahoma City Thunder last season.
Dallas Mavericks, you’ve been warned.
The NBA’s “geek-chic fashion pioneer”...
Dallas Mavericks guard Delonte West was sick after Saturday's loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder...literally. Apparently West wanted everyone to know just how sick he was, because he posted a photo of what his bathroom looked like after he threw up, but before he cleaned up the mess, on his Twitter account.
Delonte West was sick after Saturday's Game 1 loss to OKC...
When Lamar Odom’s career comes to a close, we could very well look back on the 2011-2012 season as the year when it all fell apart. Since being traded from the Lakers to the Mavericks, Odom has been a headcase. He was a complete non-factor in Dallas until the team finally decided to part ways with him and pay out the remainder of his contract. To this point, it has been a well...
OK, let me get this straight. Billy Hunter is Jimmy Hoffa and Derek Fisher is Bobby Kennedy, and we're in the middle of the NBA's reenactment of "Blood Feud," the 1983 TV miniseries that explored the apoplectic battle between the corrupt Teamsters president and an anti-corruption attorney general.
As a bizarre, disappointing, strike-shortened NBA regular...
Adam Brown and Jason Reid weren't seeking critical acclaim or a national audience when they went about chronicling the steps that led the Seattle SuperSonics to become the Oklahoma City Thunder.
They were fans simply trying to document the departure of their team after four decades in Seattle.
The result was ''Sonicsgate: Requiem for a Team,'' a critically acclaimed...
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Kevin Durant's 18-foot jump shot bounced off the rim, off the backboard and back into the basket with 1.5 seconds left, giving the Oklahoma City Thunder a 99-98 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in the opener of a first-round NBA playoff series Saturday night. The Thunder, seeded second in the Western Conference, trailed the seventh-seeded Mavs by as many as...
I'm guessing Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is a busy man and didn't have time to read my Spurs season review in which I wrote about the spectacular regular season the San Antonio Spurs just wrapped up with a 10-game winning streak.
Had he read it, he would have seen that the Spurs were the only team to have three double-digit winning streaks in the compressed season...
Confidence in your team never runs short in the NBA. Everybody thinks if you can make the playoffs, you can win the championship. That goes double for Dallas Mavericks’ Jason Terry. Even though the Mavs don’t have the same cast as their title-winning team last year and they’re the 7th-seed in the Western Conference headed into a very tough matchup with the Oklahoma City...
Lamar Odom would be starting the playoffs today with the Dallas Mavericks against the Oklahoma City Thunder. But instead, he’s out in New York with Khloe shooting Keeping up with the Kardashians. LO was spotted teaching Kim how to work the court. Since Kim and Kanye have become friends, she seems to be picking up [...]
For most of the shorten NBA season the Oklahoma City Thunder were the top team in the West but the San Antonio Spurs won their last 10 games to finish first in the Western Conference. These two teams are clearly the favorites to win the West. While everyone wants to crown the Thunder don’t count out the Spurs. Remember this team his championship history something...
Serge Ibaka came up huge in Oklahoma City’s come-from-behind victory in their playoff opener. He scored a career-high 22 points, including a buzzer-beating three-pointer as well as the following jam over Dirk Nowitzki, the man who annihilated him a year ago. The dunk and ensuing free throw gave the Thunder a one-point lead with just under a minute to go, making it a crucial...