November 15, 2009
Clippers tonight AT OKLAHOMA CITY When: 4 PST. Where: Ford Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980. Records: Clippers 3-7, Thunder 5-4. Record vs. Thunder : 0-1. Update: This was supposed to have the trappings of a big-time event, the homecoming of the native son, No. 1 draft pick Blake Griffin. The game was sold out not long after the NBA released its schedule. So much for those grand plans. Griffin and Eric Gordon (sore left groin)
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 16, 2012 |
-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains why Kobe Bryant remained in high spirits following Tuesday's practice. -- The Times' Ben Bolch explains why Bryant and Derek Fisher have kept their friendship in check during this series. - -The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding mentions that Bryant will still guard Russell Westbrook. -- NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper mentions how the Lakers still have persisting issues guarding Westbrook. -- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky looks at the various issues the Lakers need to correct in Game 2. -- Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe dissects Andrew Bynum's defense.
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 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.