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The Thunder Were The Ugliest Version Of Themselves In Game 6 The Thunder Were The Ugliest Version Of Themselves In Game 6

The Utah Jazz dispatched the Oklahoma City Thunder Friday night, closing out the first round series with a narrow and vaguely controversial victory on Utah’s home floor behind more stout defense and just enough shot-making from their various role-players. Donovan Mitchell was fantastic, dropping in 38 points on 26…

Russell Westbrook Played Basketball And Stayed Alive Russell Westbrook Played Basketball And Stayed Alive

Once the Thunder were down 3-1, the Russell Westbrook obituaries had already begun to roll in; down 25, the eulogizers had probably started dipping their quills back in purple. What we’d already heard many times over was going to be repeated once again, at blaring, self-satisfied volume: You can’t win with Russell…

Grim And Gritty Ricky Rubio Has The Thunder On The Ropes Grim And Gritty Ricky Rubio Has The Thunder On The Ropes

It can be a little disorienting to remind yourself that grim and gritty Ricky Rubio, the veteran point guard of the Utah Jazz, has played exactly the same number of playoff games over the course of his NBA career as Donovan Mitchell has. Rubio, whose transformation from doe-eyed, baby-faced sidekick to leathery,…

Thunder Announcer Who Said Russell Westbrook Was "Out Of His Cotton-Pickin' Mind" Suspended For One Game Thunder Announcer Who Said Russell Westbrook Was "Out Of His Cotton-Pickin' Mind" Suspended For One Game

Oklahoma City TV announcer Brian Davis has been suspended by the team for Game 1 of the Thunder’s first-round series against the Jazz after he used the phrase, “out of his cotton-pickin’ mind” to describe Russell Westbrook in the team’s final regular-season game.

Thunder Call Out Announcer For Saying Russell Westbrook Was "Out Of His Cotton-Pickin' Mind" Thunder Call Out Announcer For Saying Russell Westbrook Was "Out Of His Cotton-Pickin' Mind"

During the second quarter of last night’s game against the Grizzlies, Thunder play-by-play man Brian Davis capped off a big Thunder play by declaring that Russell Westbrook “out of his cotton-pickin’ mind.”

Russell Westbrook Gets Another Triple-Double Season With An Appropriately Nuts Statline Russell Westbrook Gets Another Triple-Double Season With An Appropriately Nuts Statline

Russell Westbrook completed one of the greatest regular season achievements in NBA history tonight, becoming the first player ever to average a triple-double in two straight years. He didn’t make it very suspenseful either. Safe in points and assists but needing 16 boards, Westbrook went all out for rebounds against…

Russell Westbrook Says Shut Up About Stat-Padding Russell Westbrook Says Shut Up About Stat-Padding

Russell Westbrook needs 16 rebounds tonight against the Grizzlies in order to average a triple-double for the second straight season, which would be an unimpeachably impressive achievement. After Carmelo Anthony joked earlier this week about Westbrook “stealing” rebounds, Westbrook spoke out against those who discount…

The Universe Must Deliver A Rockets-Thunder Playoff Series The Universe Must Deliver A Rockets-Thunder Playoff Series

The Oklahoma City Thunder handed the Houston Rockets just their 7th home loss of the season Saturday night, by the relatively low score of 108-102. The Rockets were without Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson, but that’s not supposed to matter much—the Rockets had all of Chris Paul, James Harden, and Clint Capela in the…

Russell Westbrook Wants You To Answer For His Three-Point Crimes Russell Westbrook Wants You To Answer For His Three-Point Crimes

Russell Westbrook’s remarkable final shot in the Thunder’s 103-99 loss to the Spurs last night was a doozy. His four three-point attempts from that game are best appreciated in sequence. Together they chart a descent into Westbrook’s wonderful, dark heart.

Russell Westbrook MVP Truthers Are Truly Around The Bend Russell Westbrook MVP Truthers Are Truly Around The Bend

If I weren’t a basketball fan—if you aren’t one right now—basketblogging, I swear, would itself be an insurmountable barrier to entry. Cricket has incomprehensible structure; baseball has interminable periods of non-action; basketball has a breathtakingly pretentious universe of bloggers and Twitter goofballs. Get a…

Maybe Just Get Zaza Pachulia The Fuck Out Of Here Maybe Just Get Zaza Pachulia The Fuck Out Of Here

Here are some fun clips. For all intents and purposes, they might as well be the highlights of Zaza Pachulia’s 14-year NBA career.

Extremely Pissed Russell Westbrook, On Zaza Pachulia: "He Tried To Hurt Me"

The Warriors pounded the bejeezus out of the Oklahoma City Thunder Saturday night, to the tune of 112-80. 80 points is the fewest scored in a game this season by the Thunder, and 32 points is their biggest margin of defeat. It was a wipeout: the Warriors won every quarter, and held the trio of Russell Westbrook, Paul…

Russell Westbrook Downs Kings With Soul-Crushing Buzzer-Beating Three Russell Westbrook Downs Kings With Soul-Crushing Buzzer-Beating Three

With less than two seconds remaining in tonight’s Thunder-Kings game, Sacramento got what seemed like it should be the killer play it needed to seal a trip to overtime: Vince Carter from waywayway back, and Justin Jackson redeeming him with a put-back that tied the game.

Paul George Is Everything The Thunder Need Him To Be Paul George Is Everything The Thunder Need Him To Be

Last night, the Thunder traveled to Oakland and were the best version of themselves, a team that overwhelms and antagonizes the opponent while producing bushels of cool-ass highlights. If you’re into Warriors schadenfreude then you probably relished Draymond Green getting ejected for yelling a whole bunch and Kevin…

Russell Westbrook Magically Fouled By Floor, Own Feet Russell Westbrook Magically Fouled By Floor, Own Feet

At the end of the third quarter of tonight’s Thunder-Warriors game, Russell Westbrook benefitted from a bizarrely bad foul call that was triggered by nothing but tripping over his own two feet, no meaningful contact from Golden State necessary:

Just Watch Thunder-Nuggets Front To Back Like A Movie Just Watch Thunder-Nuggets Front To Back Like A Movie

By now you must be familiar with the finale, which is worth watching and rewatching and watching, with good reason.

Nuggets Fan Walks Onto Court After Buzzer, Yells In Russell Westbrook's Face

As he left the court following a wild 127-124 loss to the Nuggets on Gary Harris’s buzzer-beating three, Russell Westbrook found himself confronted by a screaming fan:

Gary Harris Buzzer-Beater Downs OKC, Ruins Brilliant Game-Tying Paul George Three

Gary Harris’s buzzer-beating three-pointer earned Denver a 127-124 win and fouled a would-be legend-making three hit seconds earlier by Paul George to draw Oklahoma City even with the Nuggets.

Sixers-Thunder Is Suddenly A Great NBA Rivalry Sixers-Thunder Is Suddenly A Great NBA Rivalry

I doubt anyone had Sixers-Thunder pegged to become one of the spicier NBA rivalries headed into this season, but here we are, two games into the beef, with Russell Westbrook and Joel Embiid reaching new levels of petty.

He's Broken In Half He's Broken In Half

OH FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!

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