Bernucca: Thunder’s Big Problem is Jackson, Not Westbrook or Durant

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There were two pieces of bad news coming out of Loud City this weekend. And there was a disproportionate reaction to the wrong one. There was far too much hand-wringing to the news that Russell Westbrook will be joining fellow Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant on the sidelines after undergoing surgery on his broken right hand. The Thunder are going to survive November without Durant and Westbrook. They have 14 games between now and Dec. 1, the projected earliest return for

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Tweet of the Day: Get Ready For More Shaqtin’ A Fool

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JaVale McGee stands alone as the only player to earn the Shaqtin’ A Fool MVP twice. Shaquille O’Neal is known for many things — breaking backboards, winning four NBA championships, playing with some of the greatest wingmen in the game’s history, cracking jokes on Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith as part of the NBA on TNT crew and being a future Hall of Famer — but he’s also known for making NBA athletes look bad with his comical

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Five Things To Watch: Oklahoma City Thunder

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Coming into the 2014-15 season, the Oklahoma City Thunder figure to continue to be one of the league’s true title contenders. What’s different? A big free agent signing, the continued development of young talent, and finally a change in the starting lineup. Should everything work out, this could be the strongest Thunder team ever. Hovering over this potential perfect storm is a world of doubt. The Thunder have remained contenders for three or four years now but still have little hardware

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Bernucca: Analytics For the Easily Amused

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The growth of analytics in the NBA has been nothing short of phenomenal. It started with a deeper look at numbers that already were available and produced new and useful statistics such as true shooting percentage, defensive rebound percentage, offensive rating and win shares. With the use of a grid or a matrix, we now have the ability to determine a player’s offensive tendencies and hot spots. For some players, it is quite revealing. For others, such as DeAndre Jordan, it pretty

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Tweet of the Night: Vanessa Macias calls Kendrick Perkins a fool

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There aren’t a whole lot of players that mess with Tim Duncan on the basketball court, mostly because he simply goes about his business without ever really looking for any kind of trouble. That’s never stopped Kendrick Perkins from trying, though, and the emotional center was at it again on Tuesday night in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals. Back in early April, Perkins tried to initiate trouble with Duncan by giving him a shove from the back, to no avail:

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Thunderstruck: Ibaka Out for Rest of Postseason

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For the second straight year, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s playoff push has been derailed by a season-ending injury. Last year it was All-Star guard Russell Westbrook, who went down in the first round with a knee injury as a result of a collision with Houston guard Patrick Beverley. This year it is forward Serge Ibaka, who suffered a left calf injury in the third quarter of Thursday’s clincher over the Los Angeles Clippers. Ibaka underwent an MRI on Friday that confirmed a left

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Tweet of the Night: NBA players react to Arizona/Wisconsin game

As March Madness continued earlier this evening for the Elite 8 round of the NCAA tournament, NBA players once again enjoyed in the festivities. In what was a highly contested game between Arizona and Wisconsin, the final moments saw it come down to a questionable call that left many NBA athletes questioning the validity of it. As the seventh game to be decided in overtime for this tournament, this game ties the all time historic record for most overtime games in

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