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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 couldn't carry that heavy of a load.
After getting to the NBA Finals a year earlier, Oklahoma City's season ended in the Western Conference semifinals with a five-game loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. Durant said Thursday that every great team and player goes through tough times. The goal is still to win an NBA title.
Said Durant: ''I'm not satisfied just being in this league and losing.''
BEST OF MAXIM
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...
Cameras caught Russell Westbrook in the stands last night, wholly unimpressed with the game in front of him. His Thunder lost to the Grizz after pulling it close at the end. But hey, it could be worse – at least his shirt didn’t have tic tacs on it.
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With last nights 88-84 loss, Kevin Durant and the top seeded Thunder were eliminated from the playoffs.
Last season, Oklahoma City reached the NBA Finals before losing to the Miami Heat in 5 games.
The Thunder’s chance of making it back to the finals took a serious blow in the first round when Russell Westbrook tore the meniscus in his right knee. Without Westbrook, the Thunder...
When Russell Westbrook went down, OKC's lone remaining star needed
to do it all for the Thunder. Ultimately, he couldn't.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Season Review and Awards
By Brandon Hartman: Hoopstuff’s Senior Writer
Record: 60-37- 1st in the West
Review: The great question found its way to Oklahoma City this season. What if Russell Westbrook had stayed healthy? Would they have beaten the Grizzlies? Would they have been able to beat the Heat if they had managed to reach the Finals? These questions...
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...
Ask almost anyone to count off the best active basketball players in the world and Kevin Durant’s name will be mentioned in their first breath. Many of those same people, however, will tell you that Durant doesn’t have the killer instinct to single-handedly lead his team to an NBA championship.
Some of those people will also tell you that Durant pulled a choke job in the Western...
Lionel Hollins has gotten the Memphis Grizzlies within a win of reaching the Western Conference Finals, a place the franchise has never been. His team has thoroughly outplayed a Thunder team that includes Kevin Durant, who is performing at a higher level than he ever has before. Yet that success should not insulate Hollins from criticism for some very curious decisions.
It was not supposed to go down this way.
The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat were supposed to do battle in the vein of the epic sequels that made Ali vs. Frazier so mighty.
How does the saying go?
That is why they play the game.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Memphis Grizzlies advanced to the Western Conference finals for the first time in franchise history by beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 88-84 on Wednesday night.
Zach Randolph had 28 points and 14 rebounds, Mike Conley added 13 points and 11 assists for Memphis, the fifth seed.
Kevin Durant missed a 16-foot jumper from the left wing to tie it with 6 seconds...
The Memphis Grizzlies are showing a knack for closing out tight games against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
All that's left to prove is whether they can finish off a playoff series that's been nip and tuck throughout and move on to the Western Conference finals for the first time in franchise history.
In each of the first three games of the series, the go-ahead bucket was...
It was all but a done deal the Sacramento Kings were headed to Seattle, but this is not the case now. On Wednesday the NBA owners voted against the move that would have sent the Kings from Sacramento to Seattle.
The owners rejected the move with a final vote of 22 to 8.
It was sad story when the Seattle Supersonics left Seattle and went to Oklahoma City. The Supersonics left behind...