May 22, 2012 |
The two L.A. teams are done, but the NBA playoffs march merrily on, with a solid Western Conference finals matchup between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs on deck. Both teams easily dispatched their L.A. opponent, with the Spurs sweeping the Clippers and the Thunder eliminating the Lakers in five games. Now, they face each other as Tim Duncan tries to win one more title for the Spurs while Kevin Durant of the Thunder tries to stake a claim as the best player in the NBA. So who will win?
April 16, 2012 |
The Clippers have won three of their four regular-season games against Oklahoma City, the top team in the Western Conference, including a 92-77 victory Monday evening at Staples Center. They trailed by as many as 11 points before a strong third-quarter push that began with a 6-0 run and finished with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant both held scoreless. The teams entered the fourth quarter tied, 66-66. Then Blake Griffin and Mo Williams put on a show.
May 21, 2012 |
The Lakers' season, defined widely by inconsistency and inability, could finally end Monday night against Oklahoma City. The Lakers have blown two substantial fourth-quarter leads and trail the Thunder, 3-1, in the Western Conference semifinals. They're 0-3 at Chesapeake Energy Arena this season, which leaves them with ... hope? "Every game is a different story, as we experienced throughout the playoffs, so we're tuning in to this one and understanding that our life is on the line," Lakers forward Pau Gasol said Monday.
May 20, 2013 |
As a massive tornado bore down on Oklahoma City, Julie Jones and several neighbors in the suburb of Moore rushed to their cars and fled south. "This one was a monster. It was huge, dark and scary," said Jones, 54. "It was just this big, dark menacing act of nature coming toward you. " The twister, which packed 200-mph winds, leveled neighborhoods and smashed into the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore. Officials said the death toll stands at 51, including several children, and was likely to rise.
May 15, 2012 |
As he approached center court, Kobe Bryant offered handshakes to Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant and guard Russell Westbrook. The greeting provided two figurative meanings. Part of it involved Bryant's confidence. The Lakers had just defeated Oklahoma City in a six-game, first-round series in the 2010 NBA playoffs, confirming once again that experience and size beats youth and speed. Three playoff series later, Bryant would collect his fifth NBA championship ring.
May 19, 2012 |
So, the Thunder want to force Kobe Bryant out of his game. Oklahoma City will double and triple team him to limit his dominance. The Thunder hopes the strategy will force him into a role as facilitator. The brash and aggressive combination of James Harden and Thabo Sefolosha try to goad the Lakers' star into needlessly throwing up shots. Oh, it works sometimes. Only three days ago, Bryant's fourth-quarter disappearance gave the Thunder a second victory in the Western Conference best-of-seven semifinal series.
February 22, 2012 |
When: 6:30 PST. Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena. On the air: TV: TNT; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 20-13, Thunder 26-7. Update: Oklahoma City is 14-1 at home. The Lakers have traditionally done well against the Thunder, going 4-1 at home and 4-1 on the road since the franchise moved from Seattle in 2008. This is the only time the Lakers play in Oklahoma City in the regular season. firstname.lastname@example.org
December 29, 2013
Looking ahead HOUSTON AT OKLAHOMA CITY: Sunday, 4 p.m. PST. TV: NBA TV. These teams last met in a roller coaster first-round playoff series. In Game 2, Rockets guard Patrick Beverley went for a steal and plowed into the Thunder's All-Star guard Russell Westbrook, who suffered a torn meniscus and needed surgery on his right knee. The Thunder eliminated Houston in six games, but without Westbrook it fell to Memphis in the second round. Forget about a Westbrook-Beverley rematch, though.