Player News - Thunder

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Kevin Durant has not liked the criticism his team received during the season, and he said he can't wait for the first game of next season so he can prove all the doubters wrong.

"I’m definitely pissed," a surly Durant said at his exit interview on Thursday morning. "I've heard a lot of stuff over this time I've been injured from everybody, from different people. So I can't wait for the first game [of next season]." Durant said he likes reading the negative headlines because they make him upset, and he feels he plays well when he gets "really, really upset." It was a rough year for Durant, and he's eager to put this chapter in his life behind him. He'll look to bounce-back next season, but after undergoing two major foot surgeries this season, he'll no longer be the consensus No. 1 overall selection heading into next year's fantasy drafts.
Source: Oklahoman
Apr 17 - 11:04 AM

Serge Ibaka said that he was aiming to play Game 3 of the first round of the playoffs.

While it would have been great to see Ibaka return during the post-season, he now has the entire offseason to get 100 percent healthy for next year. Ibaka's knee procedure was a relatively minor operation, so there's no reason to think he'll have any lingering issues with this next season. Ibaka did have a bit of a down year, but that had a lot more to do with the catastrophic injuries that hit OKC's roster through the year. Even in a down year, Ibaka posted an elite 2.4 blocks per game while hitting a career-high 1.2 three-pointers per game. He remains an early-round asset in all formats.
Apr 16 - 2:54 PM

Russell Westbrook showed his support for Thunder head coach in his exit interview on Thursday.

"As a coach and as a friend, I think he does a great job," Westbrook said of Brooks. With rumors of Brown's potential firing, teammate Kevin Durant joined Westbrook is voicing his support of Brooks on Thursday and the head coach now has public backing of his two biggest stars. We'll find out what happens to Brooks over the next days and weeks, but it sounds like Westbrook doesn't want him going anywhere.
Apr 16 - 1:23 PM

Scott Brooks said in Thursday's exit interview that he plans on being back with OKC next season.

"I expect to be the coach next season," he said. He's entering the final year of his contract and there has been some chatter that he might not be back. There is no shortage of evidence to point to indicating that a move should be made not just now, but many years ago, including the overuse of Kendrick Perkins, the lack of discipline and imagination on offense, playing time issues, letting Derek Fisher get torched so many times, out of bounds plays and more. His players like him and play hard for him though, but one wonders if that's enough to outweigh the obvious basketball decisions that have flopped.
Apr 16 - 12:34 PM

Russell Westbrook said winning the scoring title doesn't mean nearly as much to him as making the playoffs.

While Westbrook surprisingly won the scoring title and will undoubtedly get some MVP consideration, he wasn't too concerned with individual accolades after missing the playoffs. "I never really thought I’d be winning anything close to a scoring title," Westbrook said. "But I’d rather be in the playoffs than to win the scoring title, to tell you the truth." Playoffs or not, Westbrook had a season for the ages as he was a nightly threat to mess around and get a triple-double and cemented himself as one of the game's best fantasy players.
Source: Oklahoman
Apr 16 - 9:54 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder will reportedly evaluate their partnership with head coach Scott Brooks before brining him back fo the final year of his contract.

Brooks is under contract for the 2015-16 season and the Thunder hold a team option for 2016-17, but there are league sources close to Brooks who have doubts about his job security. While the Thunder disappointingly finished out of the playoffs, Brooks had to withstand major injuries to star players like Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka and may get the benefit of the doubt for one more season. There is undoubtedly more to come on this one -- stay tuned.
Apr 16 - 9:21 AM

Dion Waiters tied his career high of 33 points in Wednesday's meaningless win, hitting 12-of-23 shots and five 3-pointers to go along with three steals.

Enes Kanter added 25 points, 15 rebounds and a block, and wraps up a solid season for the Thunder. However, they'll join Russell Westbrook in an early summer vacation, as the Pelicans knocked them out of the playoffs by beating the Spurs on Wednesday.
Apr 15 - 11:48 PM

The Thunder crushed the Timberwolves 138-113 and Russell Westbrook won the scoring title over James Harden, but OKC will be watching the playoffs from home after the Pelicans beat the Spurs on Wednesday.

Westbrook hit 11-of-20 shots, two 3-pointers and 13-of-17 free throws for 37 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and two steals, but didn't even play in the fourth quarter once it became clear the game was meaningless. When asked what winning the scoring title means to him, Westbrook gave a one-word answer that starts with the letter 's' and ends with the letter 't.' We're guessing he's proud of his scoring title (28.1 ppt), but is just upset about missing the playoffs. The Thunder gave it their best shot without Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka and Westbrook for much of the season, but will be hitting the country club and yachts instead of facing the Warriors in Round 1 this weekend. James Harden only scored 16 points, but had a triple-double, so Westbrook ended up winning the scoring race quite easily.
Apr 15 - 11:16 PM

Russell Westbrook scored 36 points on 13-of-27 shooting (2-of-5 3PTs, 8-of-8 FTs) with 11 rebounds, seven assists and two steals in the Thunder's 101-90 win over the Blazers on Monday.

Westbrook owners are seeing his field goal percentage bounce back a bit the past few games and the Thunder have gone down to the wire. Despite playing just 66 games this season, Westbrook has been the No. 5 play in 8-cat leagues and the No. 10 play in 9-cat leagues so far. Enes Kanter added 27 and 13 in the win.
Apr 14 - 4:01 AM

Steven Adams scored eight points on 2-of-5 shooting with 10 rebounds, two steals and four blocks in Monday's win over the Blazers.

Adams hit just 4-of-10 free throws but he got it done in the areas that owners picked him up for. Look for he and his teammates to go all out on Wednesday against the Wolves.
Apr 14 - 3:57 AM

Dion Waiters hit just 4-of-21 shots in Monday's win, finishing with 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals in 39 minutes.

Waiters did not hit a three but he did make all five of his free throws to help ease the pain of the shooting percentage. Owners know what he's all about at this point, and that's being a somewhat high-upside guy with all sorts of risk.
Apr 14 - 3:56 AM

Enes Kanter really wants to return to the Thunder in free agency this offseason.

"It’s an amazing place. I don’t know how to explain it," Kanter said. The big man has done nothing but gushed about OKC since arriving from Utah, a situation which he expressed a clear desire to leave. As an interesting non sequitur, Kanter also said that his English has been tremendously improved by watching SpongeBob and is described as a "huge fan" of the show. It's easy to forget these kids are truly still kids sometimes.
Source: Oklahoman
Apr 13 - 12:05 PM

The NBA has rescinded Russell Westbrook's 16th technical foul, meaning he'll be eligible to play on Monday against the Blazers.

This was almost universally expected, but one can never be sure with technicals in today's NBA. Westbrook will be eligible to play on Monday, keeping the Thunder's playoff hopes alive in the process. Any owners still playing and relying on Westbrook are thrilled with the news, and D.J. Augustin will now be in his usual reserve role on Monday against Portland. It's a huge break for OKC with two games left.
Apr 13 - 11:42 AM

Enes Kanter scored 13 points with five boards, one assist, one block, one steal and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes against the Pacers on Sunday.

Kanter picked up five fouls in this contest, but the Thunder desperately needed his offense and left him in the game for the most part. Kanter should be busy on the offensive end on Monday vs. the Blazers with Russell Westbrook facing a suspension, so he is a decent target in daily leagues.
Apr 12 - 10:00 PM

Russell Westbrook scored a career-high 54 points on 21-of-43 shooting with nine boards, eight assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in a loss to the Pacers on Sunday, but he also picked up his 16th technical foul of the season which will result in a one-game suspension.

Westbrook will miss Monday's game vs. the Blazers unless the NBA front office decides to rescind the technical foul. It's a momentous decision as the Thunder are currently a tie-breaker behind the No. 8 seed Pelicans with only two games remaining for both teams. The league should weigh in by Monday afternoon, so fantasy owners can only cross their fingers and await an update. If Westbrook is forced to sit out vs. the Blazers, D.J. Augustin will likely take over as the starting point guard while Dion Waiters would have more responsibility as well.
Apr 12 - 9:53 PM


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