February 13, 2014 |
The Lakers (18-34) play one final game before this weekend's All-Star break, hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder (42-12) on Thursday night at Staples Center. Oklahoma City has the best overall record in the NBA, despite star guard Russell Westbrook missing 28 games with a knee injury. Kevin Durant has dominated the league, scoring 31.2 points with 7.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists a game. The Lakers have floundered, struggling to play through multiple injuries. They'll play the Thunder without Steve Nash (nerve root irritation)
February 12, 2014 |
James Harden is long gone, presumably never to return. Russell Westbrook is probably coming back soon, though the right knee that has required three surgeries since April makes his long-term durability somewhat questionable. That leaves Kevin Durant, which means everything is going to be OK(C) for the Thunder. It almost seems as if the spindly forward is all Oklahoma City needs on many nights. Durant recently scored 30 or more points in 12 consecutive games, a streak that ended only after he sat out the entire fourth quarter of a blowout victory over the Brooklyn Nets.
February 12, 2014 |
When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: TNT; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 18-34, Thunder 42-12. Record vs. Thunder: 0-1. Update: Oklahoma City continues to thrive despite getting only 25 games out of Russell Westbrook so far this season. The Thunder is 19-9 on the road and just won a tight one in Portland, 98-95, on Tuesday. The Lakers lost in Oklahoma City, 122-97, in mid-December. The Lakers are 23 games behind Oklahoma City in the Western Conference standings.
February 8, 2014 |
Looking ahead OKLAHOMA CITY AT PORTLAND, 7 p.m. PST Tuesday. TV: NBA TV. Neil Olshey can never get enough credit. The Mike Dunleavy protégé turned the Clippers into big winners and now has built the Portland Trail Blazers into a Western Conference power in only his second season as the team's general manager. New additions Robin Lopez and Mo Williams have bolstered the core of LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard and Nicolas Batum while making Portland one of the NBA's breakthrough teams.
February 2, 2014
John Wall scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half and the Washington Wizards took advantage of a rare off game from hometown star Kevin Durant in a 96-81 victory over the Thunder on Saturday night that stopped Oklahoma City's 10-game winning streak. Two days after being selected to the All-Star game for the first time, Wall also had 15 assists and six steals and went seven for 11 from the field after halftime, more than making up for an 0-for-7 first half. Durant had 26 points on eight-for-21 shooting, including 0 for 6 from three-point range, along with five turnovers.
January 29, 2014 |
Doc Rivers' message had a nice ring to it: Vote for D.J. The Clippers coach said Wednesday he had lobbied his fellow Western Conference coaches to cast an All-Star vote for center DeAndre Jordan , who has become one of the game's elite big men in his sixth NBA season. "I got a great response," Rivers said, "but that's why you go under a curtain and you vote for real because [they say], 'Yeah, I'm going to vote for him' and then they [pull] that other lever. " The coaches will select the seven reserves from the West who will be announced Thursday afternoon on TNT: three frontcourt players, two backcourt players and two wild-card players from any position.
January 12, 2014 |
The day before a 16-year-old friend of mine was murdered, she kissed the window of her white sedan, a birthday gift, leaving cranberry-colored stains on the glass. Then she gave me a hug goodbye. Her name was Sangeeta Lal, and the next morning, her ex-boyfriend shot her. It was April 19, 1995, the same day as the Oklahoma City bombings, and while the world media tuned in to the images of bloody babies and building carcasses left behind by the attack in Oklahoma, I found myself, 16 and a high school newspaper reporter, reporting on my community's own domestic terror.
January 11, 2014 |
GOLDEN STATE AT OKLAHOMA CITY: Friday, 6:30 p.m. PST. TV: ESPN. If you can tune in for only a minute of this game, make sure it's the final 60 seconds. Both meetings between these teams have come down to the final play, with the Warriors pulling out a 116-115 victory Nov. 15 on Andre Iguodala's fallaway jumper at the buzzer. Two weeks later it was Oklahoma City's turn to beat the clock, with Russell Westbrook making a corner three-pointer with 0.1 of a second left in overtime to give the Thunder a 113-112 triumph.
January 8, 2014 |
A religious group believes it has an idea that could "complement and contrast" the Ten Commandments monument located on Oklahoma state Capitol grounds: a 7-foot-tall statue of Satan, depicted as a Baphomet -- a goat-headed figure with wings and horns -- sitting on a pentagram-adorned throne with smiling children at its side. On Monday, the New York-based religious group Satanic Temple formally submitted its application for the monument to the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission , which oversees the Capitol grounds in Oklahoma City.
January 6, 2014 |
The slushies and skating carhops at Sonic Corp.'s drive-ins are a relative rarity in Los Angeles County, where 12 scattered units are overwhelmed by hundreds of McDonald's and dozens of Burger Kings. But Sonic, based in Oklahoma City, hopes to become a major player in Southern California, home to quick-service rivals such as Carl's Jr., Wienerschnitzel and Fatburger. By 2020, the company - and its popular Cherry Limeade, tater tots and chewable ice - plans to have 300 California units up and running.