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Despite fighting to the end in a series of narrow losses to Memphis, the Oklahoma City Thunder's decision to trade James Harden finally came back to haunt them.Last spring, Kevin Durant spent his time leading the Thunder to the NBA Finals with the help of two co-stars. This season, he was left trying to survive the Memphis Grinders with the help of no co-stars. After claiming the No. 1 seed in the West, OKC became the favorites to make it back and challenge the Miami Heat for the title.Then, the cold move that had little to do with basketball and everything to do with finances come back to haunt them. The Thunder gave away their ability to survive a Westbrook injury when the traded away Harden.''We lost the guy (Westbrook) that has the keys to our car.'' That’s the way Kevin Martindescribes it. The Thunder's offense fizzled without Westbrook's scoring punch and ability to create shots for teammates. To make matters worse, they drew the Grizzlies and their league-best defense in the second round.''Let's face it, Russell's really good. He's not only one of the best point guards, he's one of best players in the league,'' coach Scott Brooks said. ''He has earned that with all of the work he has put in. He has a great work ethic and a great attitude to improve every day, and his will to win is at the highest level.”Now all the Thunder can do is look back on what could have been. Follow @hoopsinjurynews
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A season filled with championship hopes came to a quicker-than-expected conclusion for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
A chance collision with Houston's Patrick Beverley knocked All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook out for the rest of the postseason, and the Thunder never recovered. Kevin Durant tried filling the void almost single-handedly, but even the three-time scoring champion...
The Memphis Grizzlies eliminated the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games on Wednesday night, but it was the OKC fans that really won. Check out the amazing show of support from the Thunder faithful who stuck around to still chant and cheer on their team well after the final buzzer sounded. They probably also realize that they will have two very motivated 25 year-olds next year...
Well this is certainly a head scratcher.
It looks like the Oklahoma City Thunder are going to hold onto Kendrick Perkins. According to Thunder beat writer Darnell Mayberry, Thunder GM Sam Presti recently praised Perkins for about 20 minutes and also said they have no plans to amnesty him.
Sam Presti on the amnesty clause: "We just haven't considered using the provision...
When Russell Westbrook went down, OKC's lone remaining star needed
to do it all for the Thunder. Ultimately, he couldn't.
Kendrick Perkins finished the 2013 NBA Playoffs with a PER of -0.7, which is the worst on record for a player with 200 or more minutes.
Perkins had 24 turnovers, 24 points, 39 fouls, five blocks and a plus/minus of -40 in the playoffs.
Perkins was acquired by the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2011 in a trade involving Jeff Green.
Scott Brooks played Perkins 23.3 minutes per game in the...
If you watched any of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Post-Wesbrook injury playoff games this year, it was pretty obvious they missed the mercurial point guard’s offensive firepower. What was also painfully obvious was that Kendrick Perkins was flat out terrible. You didn’t need to look at any boxscores to confirm what your own eyes were The post Kendrick Perkins Just Had The Worst...
Poor Kendrick Perkins. He’s getting blasted for laying a gigantic goose egg in the playoffs.
Perkins played in all 11 of the Thunder’s playoff games, averaging 19 minutes per game. In those 11 games, Perkins actually finished with a negative player efficiency rating. His -0.7 mark is the worst PER to have ever been posted in the playoffs by a player who saw 200 minutes...
The Oklahoma City Thunder are not considering using the amnesty clause on Kendrick Perkins.
"We just haven't considered using the provision. ... We think Perk has a lot of value to our team," Sam Presti said Saturday.
Perkins is set to make about $18 million over the next two seasons.
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During the third quarter of tonight's game 5 match-up between the Grizzlies and the Thunder, former Celtic Tony Allen accidentally flung a blue warm-up jersey from the sidelines while OKC's Derek Fisher launched a corner shot. The basket didn't go in, but the officials counted it and penalized Allen with a technical foul. The chain of events was part of a 15-4 Thunder...
The Oklahoma City Thunder bowed out to the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference semi-finals, and now there are several questions the organizations needs to answer.
The biggest question that needs to be answered is what will the Thunder do with center Kendrick Perkins. Thunder GM Sam Presti commented about Perkins and the idea of amnestying him today via Thunderous Intentions...
Needs a new mouthpiece
The simple and stupid way to look at this is that Kevin Durant didn't shoot well, so he must not be that good as we thought. But what we really learned by the end of this series was that having the second-best player in the world doesn't really matter when the rest of your teammates are losing their matchups. Just like in the last series, Memphis started...
After the Oklahoma City Thunder were eliminated last night from the NBA playoffs, it was safe to assume that many Seattle fans were pleased to see their former team fall short of another NBA title run.
While it’s normal for fans to rip the Thunder on Twitter, this might be the first time that the Washington Department of Transportation decided to do so.
Watch as their Twitter account...
Say what you want about John Hollinger's player efficiency rating. While it might not be the holy grail of advanced statistics, it's generally a good indicator of production. And when a player manages to have a negative rating over an entire postseason, you can be absolutely certain that he was horrible.
Kendrick Perkins had a PER of -0.7 in 11 playoff games for the Thunder...