January 22, 2013 |
Even with this being only January, the Clippers and Oklahoma City were fully aware that the best record in the NBA was at stake when they played Tuesday night at Staples Center. For the Clippers, it meant having to play with Chris Paul sitting out because of a bruised right kneecap. Not having Paul for this encounter was too much for the Clippers to overcome, especially with the Thunder going off from three-point range during a 109-97 victory. "Obviously, we didn't have our general out there," Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said about missing Paul.
June 1, 2012 |
OKLAHOMA CITY — The San Antonio Spurs' practice was supposed to last 15 minutes Friday, a surprisingly short meet-and-disperse at a time when most teams spend at least an hour together on non-game days. One rumor even had Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich dismissing his veteran-laden team in only five minutes, so it was revealing to see the actual practice last almost 45. Oklahoma City, you have arrived. The Spurs were still trying to figure out how they lost by 20 in Game 3 of the suddenly competitive Western Conference finals.
March 30, 2012 |
Derek Fisher was back at Staples Center, talking to reporters near the unfamiliar surroundings of the visitors' locker room. Exactly two weeks had passed since he was traded to Houston in a salary dump for seldom-used forward Jordan Hill , but Fisher didn't crucify the Lakers' front office. He offered only a mild rebuke for management's failure to tell him he had been traded. Fisher played almost 13 years for the Lakers. He negotiated a buyout with Houston last week and immediately joined Oklahoma City after being waived by the Rockets.
January 24, 2010
Daniel Gibson's three-pointer with 8.7 seconds to play Saturday night gave Cleveland a 100-99 victory over Oklahoma City, the Thunder's second loss in two nights in the final seconds. LeBron James had 37 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds, and Shaquille O'Neal had a season-high 22 points as the Cavaliers won their fourth straight. Kevin Durant had 34 points, and Russell Westbrook scored 23 for Oklahoma City. The Thunder lost to Memphis on Friday night when Rudy Gay made a 20-foot jumper with 1.3 seconds remaining.
September 20, 2012 |
Set in South Dakota near the Lakota Pine Ridge Reservation in 1899, nine years after the Massacre of Wounded Knee, the film "West of Thunder" is a strangely earnest revenge picture, a kindhearted Western with its fair share of killing. A stranger named Henry Seed (Dan Davies, also the film's co-writer) arrives in a small town and soon begins knocking off residents with what seems an almost mystical power. Seed turns the injustices suffered by the natives back onto the settlers, acting as a righteous defender of the people who have been shunted off to their reservation.
March 3, 2013 |
The swift, below-the-belt blow delivered to Blake Griffin by Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka pushed the Clippers forward, helping them culminate a rally that turned what was once a 19-point deficit into a one-point lead with an unusual seven-point surge. But in the end, the flagrant 1 foul Ibaka committed against Griffin late in the game Sunday didn't deter the Thunder, which kept its composure with the game in the balance and pulled out a tense 108-104 victory over the Clippers at Staples Center.
April 27, 2010 |
Kevin Durant smiled as the question was being posed. He listened to the names being tossed out about the dynamic duos the Lakers have had. He paused and shook his head, quickly saying it was way too early to even mention Durant and Russell Westbrook in the same breath as some famous Lakers' twosomes: Jerry West and Elgin Baylor; Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; and Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal. Durant, 21, is in his third season. Westbrook, 21, is in his second.
March 30, 2012 |
Derek Fisher looked satisfied after a big game, a great symbol for the Lakers earlier this month. But the boos that circled Staples Center in the fourth quarter were the more precise indicator of what happened Thursday. The Lakers fell eight games behind Oklahoma City after losing to the Thunder, 102-93, on the night Fisher returned to play against his former teammates. A volume of stories could be written on the differences between the teams, but it was condensed Thursday to the ridiculous speed of Russell Westbrook.
March 5, 2013 |
Steve Nash has played against Kobe Bryant for so many years and in all those playoff series, conference rivals practically since the day they were drafted two spots apart from each other in 1996. But the Bryant over the last two weeks is something new. Even to Nash. "He's obviously turned it up," Nash said Monday after Lakers practice. "I know he was in a shooting funk for a while there and some poor souls recently caught the end of that. He looks as good as he's ever looked.
March 20, 2012 |
Clippers tonight at Oklahoma City When: 5 PDT. Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1220. Records: Clippers 26-19, Thunder 34-12. Record vs. Thunder: 1-0. Update: The Clippers played perhaps their best game of the season in beating the Thunder by 12 points at Staples Center in January. Like the Clippers, the Thunder will be playing the second of back-to-back games, having lost at Utah on Tuesday night.