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Serge Ibaka’s Brother Will Play for Oklahoma State

Serge Ibaka’s Brother Will Play for Oklahoma State

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY) — There will be another Ibaka calling Oklahoma home. Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka’s younger brother, Igor, will play for Oklahoma State in the 2015-16 season. The 6-foot-8 Ibaka played for Northeastern Oklahoma A&M last season, but he will not be eligible to play JUCO ball next season because he will have surpassed the age limit.
Ibaka averaged 13.7 points and 9.6 rebounds as a freshman last season. In an interview with The Oklahoman, NEO coach Dustin Grover said that Wichita State and Tulsa were also interested in Ibaka.
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Phil Jackson Fined $25K for Tampering

Phil Jackson Fined $25K for Tampering

Maddie Meyer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Knicks president Phil Jackson was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Monday for tampering with Oklahoma City’s Derek Fisher.
Sources with knowledge of the situation said that Jackson was fined for comments he made at a press conference last week regarding the Thunder guard. Jackson had said that Fisher was on his short list of possible candidates for the vacant Knicks head coaching position. Fisher was still an active member of the Thunder when the comments were made.
The league’s anti-tampering rules state that teams cannot directly or indirectly express their interest in other team’s impeding free agents. Fisher’s contract with Oklahoma City was up when the Thunder were eliminated from the playoffs in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday. Fisher played for Jackson while with the Los Angeles Lakers from 1999-2004 and again from 2007-2011.
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Spurs Win West, Earn Rematch with Miami

Spurs Win West, Earn Rematch with Miami

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.) — Tim Duncan scored seven of his 19 points in overtime as San Antonio outlasted Oklahoma City, 112-107 in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals. With the win, the Spurs advance to their second straight NBA Finals where they will face the Miami Heat. 
After five blowout games, three in favor of San Antonio, the Spurs and Thunder played their most hotly contested game of the series. Duncan also had 15 rebounds as San Antonio had to play the entire second half without point guard Tony Parker, who left with an ankle injury.
“We didn’t know how much Tony was hurt in his ankle,” said Boris Diaw, who led the Spurs with 26 points off the bench. “But we didn’t want to go to Game 7, and we didn’t know if he would be ready to play if we did or if he would be 100 percent, so we tried to get it over with tonight.”
San Antonio trailed by seven at halftime but opened the second half on a 9-2 run to tie things at 51-51. The Spurs scored 37 points in the third quarter and entered the final frame with a 79-69 lead. Oklahoma City, led by league MVP Kevin Durant, battled back to take a 99-97 lead with 32 seconds left in regulation. 
Manu Ginobli drilled a three from the top of the arc to put the Spurs ahead by one, but missed a free throw that would have given San Antonio a four-point advantage. That opened the door for Russell Westbrook who was fouled on a drive to the basket, hit both free throws, and forced overtime.
Duncan scored all seven of his overtime points in a row, leading San Antonio from a 103-105 deficit to a 110-107 lead. The Spurs will face Miami in a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals that the Heat won in seven games. Game 1 of the 2014 Championship round is Thursday night in Texas.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/29/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/29/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NHL Eastern Conference Finals – Game 6: New York Rangers 1 – Montreal Canadiens 0 (Rangers win series, 4-2)
NBA Western Conference Finals: San Antonio Spurs 117 – Oklahoma City Thunder 89 (Spurs lead series, 3-2)
MLB: Detroit Tigers 5 (30-20) – Oakland Athletics 4 (32-22)
Texas Rangers 5 (28-26) – Minnesota Twins 4 (24-27)
New York Mets 4 (25-28) – Philadelphia Phillies 1 (23-28)
Boston Red Sox 4 (24-29) – Atlanta Braves 3 (28-25)
Kansas City Royals 8 (25-28) – Toronto Blue Jays 6 (32-23)
Houston Astros 3 (23-32) – Baltimore Orioles 1 (26-26)
Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (23-33) – Cincinnati Reds 0 (23-29)
San Francisco Giants 6 (35-19) – St. Louis Cardinals 5 (29-25)
Pittsburgh Pirates 6 (24-29) – Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (29-26)
Los Angeles Angels 7 (30-23) – Seattle Mariners 5 (26-27)
 
 
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Westbrook Scores 40, Thunder Evens Series with Spurs 2-2

Westbrook Scores 40, Thunder Evens Series with Spurs 2-2

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY) — Russell Westbrook had 40 points, five rebounds, 10 assists, and five steals to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder past the San Antonio Spurs 105-92 Tuesday night, in Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference Finals.
The best-of-seven series is now tied at two games apiece.
“Coach told us he needed maximum effort from us tonight, and it starts with me at point guard,” Westbrook said. “My job is to play both sides of the ball. If you want to win a championship, those are things you have to do.”
The Thunder did just that holding the Spurs under 40 percent shooting from the field while hitting 48.7% of its shots in the win.
Thunder big man Serge Ibaka played 35 minutes and had eight rebounds and three blocks in his second game back from an injury that was supposed to keep him out the rest of the postseason.
“We just play well with Serge,” Thunder head coach Scott Brooks said. “We can do things with Serge in the lineup that we can’t do with other guys.”
Kevin Durant added 31 points for the Thunder, who outscored the Spurs 21-0 in fast break points.
Boris Diaw and Tony Parker both scored 14 points for the Spurs in the loss.
Game 5 is in San Antonio Thursday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. Eastern.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/27/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/27/14

Getty Images/Hemera (NEW YORK) — NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Finals: Montreal Canadiens 7 – New York Rangers 4 (Rangers lead series, 3-2)
NBA Playoffs – Western Conference Final: Oklahoma City Thunder 105 – San Antonio Spurs 92
MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 9 (31-22) – Tampa Bay Rays 6 (23-30)
Boston Red Sox 6 (22-29) – Atlanta Braves 3 (28-23)
New York Mets 4 (23-28) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (23-28)
Minnesota Twins 4 (24-25) – Texas Rangers 3 (26-26)
St. Louis Cardinals 6 (29-23) – New York Yankees 0 (27-24)
Milwaukee Brewers 7 (31-22) – Baltimore Orioles 6 (26-24) 10 Innings
Colorado Rockies 6 (28-24) – Philadelphia Phillies 2 (22-27)
Houston Astros 3 (21-32) – Kansas City Royals 0 (24-27)
San Diego Padres 4 (24-29) – Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (21-33)
Los Angeles Dodgers 6 (29-24) – Cincinnati Reds 3 (22-28)
Los Angeles Angels 6 (29-22) – Seattle Mariners 4 (25-26)
Detroit Tigers 6 (29-19) – Oakland Athletics 5 (31-21)
San Francisco Giants 4 (33-19) – Chicago Cubs 0 (19-31)
Chicago White Sox 2 (27-27) – Cleveland Indians 1 (24-29)
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Ibaka Returns, Thunder Victorious in Game 3

Ibaka Returns, Thunder Victorious in Game 3

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.) — After being dominated in the first two games of the Western Conference Finals, Oklahoma City controlled Game 3 Sunday and handed San Antonio a 106-97 loss. Serge Ibaka returned to the lineup for the Thunder as they closed the series gap to 2-1.
Originally thought lost for the playoffs, Ibaka started the game and recorded 15 points while pulling in seven rebounds and blocking four shots. At times there was a noticeable limp for Ibaka but the 6’10″ power forward provided the spark Oklahoma City needed.
“When you talk about a teammate, that’s everything you want in a teammate,” said teammate Kevin Durant. “I gained so much more respect for Serge for sacrificing himself for the team. Regardless of what happened tonight, that’s something you want beside you.”
After a back-and-forth first quarter that saw the Spurs hold a 29-28 advantage, it was an Ibaka layup that gave the Thunder the lead for good at 38-36 with 7:03 to play in the second. Oklahoma City continued to control tempo, leading by as many as 20 in the fourth quarter.
Freed up by the play of Ibaka, Durant and Russell Westbrook combined to score 51 points while the Thunder defense held San Antonio to less than 40% shooting from the floor. Oklahoma City also dominated the glass, outrebounding the Spurs 52-36 in the game.
“I was very disappointed that we didn’t come out with more of a foot in the neck sort of attitude,” explained Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. “They killed us on the boards, they beat us in 50-50 balls and that’s very disappointing to me.”
Manu Ginobli had 23 points off the bench to pace the Spurs’ offense. Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard were the only other players in double figures for San Antonio. Game 4 is Tuesday night in Oklahoma City.
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Ibaka Upgraded to Day-to-Day for Thunder

Ibaka Upgraded to Day-to-Day for Thunder

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.) — The Oklahoma City Thunder may have gained a much needed boost prior to Game 3 of their Western Conference Finals with San Antonio. Power forward Serge Ibaka was upgraded to day-to-day and could play on Sunday night.
Ibaka was thought to be out for the rest of the playoffs with a left calf strain but has progressed well enough to potentially play. The Thunder trail the series, 2-0, in two very lopsided games against San Antonio.
“A big part of this is the swelling in his calf has reduced incredibly rapidly, more so than any of us could’ve expected or our medical staff could’ve projected,” said Oklahoma City general manager, Sam Presti. “And as a result of that he’s demonstrating a function level and a stability level that’s better than where we thought we would be.”
Even if he is unable to perform at 100%, the presence of Ibaka alone could play a significant role. The Spurs outscored Oklahoma City by a combined 52 points in the first two games of the series, shooting 78 percent from inside.
While Presti may be optimistic, Thunder head coach Scott Brooks is still preparing to play without his top post defender.
“It’s changed from we thought he was going to be out to now it’s day-to-day, but he’s still out,” Brooks explained. “We’re still focusing on trying to beat the Spurs without him playing, and that has not changed. I know he’s listed as day-to-day, but he’s still out until I’m told differently.”
When in the lineup, Ibaka and the Thunder held San Antonio to 93.0 points per 100 possessions. Oklahoma City won all four meetings between the two teams in the regular season. He originally suffered the injury in the third quarter of the team’s series clinching win over Los Angeles. Game 3 is Sunday night in Oklahoma.
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Spurs Crush Thunder 112-77 in Game Two

Spurs Crush Thunder 112-77 in Game Two

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) –  Danny Green scored 21 points on seven made three-pointers as the San Antonio Spurs routed the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-77 in Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference Finals on Wednesday night.
Tony Parker led San Antonio with 22 points, while Tim Duncan added 14 points and 12 rebounds. Most importantly, the Spurs took a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven series. 
“We just did our job. We won our first two games at home and I’m sure they’re going to go back and say we have to do our job and win two games at home,” Parker said.
The Spurs closed the first half on a 25-8 run to take a 58-44 lead into the break. Parker and Green each scored eight points in the third quarter as the San Antonio outscored the Thunder 33-18.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each scored 15 points for the Thunder, but the All-Star duo shot just 13-for-40 from the field. 
“It definitely doesn’t feel good and it shouldn’t,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “I hope our locker doesn’t feel good. You shouldn’t feel good. We got our butts kicked. But we have a good opportunity to come back and win Game 3.”
Game 3 is set for Sunday in Oklahoma City.
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Spurs Rout Thunder to Open Western Conference Finals

Spurs Rout Thunder to Open Western Conference Finals

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) — Tim Duncan scored 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the Spurs dominated the Oklahoma City Thunder 122-105 in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Monday night.
Tony Parker didn’t appear to be limited by the hamstring injury that sidelined him for parts of their series against the Portland Trail Blazers.  He scored 14 points and dished out 12 assists in 36 minutes.
“We always want to try to penetrate,” Parker said. “We always want our ball movement, that’s how we play — kick and pitch and stuff like that. You know, obviously it’s a little bit better with [Serge Ibaka] not being in the paint, but we’re still going to try to penetrate and make stuff happen.”
San Antonio scored 66 points in the paint and shot 58 percent from the field. It was easy work inside for the Spurs, as Oklahoma City was without defensive stalwart Ibaka, who will miss the remainder of the postseason with a calf injury.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined to score 53 points for the Thunder, but the rest of their starting unit struggled for most of the game.
“We’re a no-excuse team,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “Serge is out. He’s not coming back. We have to play better. We have to play better. If we expect to beat one of the best teams in basketball, and a very good offensive team, we have to play and we’re not going to make an excuse.”
Game two will be played on Wednesday night in San Antonio.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/19/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/19/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Finals: New York Rangers 3 – Montreal Canadiens 1 (New York leads, 2-0)
NBA Playoffs – Western Conference Finals:  San Antonio Spurs 122 – Oklahoma City Thunder 105 (San Antonio Leads, 1-0)
MLB: Atlanta Braves 9 (24-19) – Milwaukee Brewers 3 (27-18)
Cleveland Indians 5 (20-25) – Detroit Tigers 4 (27-13)
Chicago White Sox 7 (22-24) – Kansas City Royals 6 (22-22)
Cincinnati Reds 4 (20-23) – Washington Nationals 3 (23-21) 15 Innings
Houston Astros 5 (17-28) – Los Angeles Angels 2 (24-20)
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Ibaka Likely Out for Playoffs

Ibaka Likely Out for Playoffs

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — On Thursday night, Serge Ibaka left Oklahoma City’s Game Six win in the third quarter with an apparent leg injury. On Friday, team General Manager Sam Presti announced a Grade 2 strain of the plantaris muscle will most likely keep the power forward out for the remainder of the postseason.
“I just want to express our disappointment for Serge, who, as we all know, is an elite competitor and someone that has proven to be a tremendous teammate,” Presti said. “He was playing great basketball throughout the season. He’s had a huge impact on our season to date.”
The calf injury will sideline Ibaka due to the amount of time it takes to heal as well as the high reinjury rate. Ibaka was averaging 12.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game during the playoffs, helping the Thunder reach the Western Conference finals. Even with the injury, Presti feels his team still has a chance against top-seed San Antonio in the West.
“We have had this group together for a while, and they’ve been through some ups and downs, and this is just another one that hopefully is only going to make us better,” Presti noted in a conference call with reporters.
Oklahoma City won all four meetings with the Spurs in the regular season. Game One of the series will begin on Monday night in Texas.
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Thunder Advance to Western Conference Finals

Thunder Advance to Western Conference Finals

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES, Calf.) — Kevin Durant made just one of his first seven shots but turned in another MVP performance to lift Oklahoma City past Los Angeles, 104-98, to advance to the Western Conference Finals. Durant had 39 points and 16 rebounds in Game Six to finish out the series with the Clippers while Russell Westbrook added 22 points and 12 assists.
The Thunder had to mount another double-digit comeback, trailing by sixteen early in the second quarter. Durant would connect on three straight 3-point shots to bring Oklahoma City to within five 41-36 with 4:27 remaining in the first half before trailing by eight heading into the locker room. The league’s Most Valuable Player finished the game going 5-of-8 from beyond the arc.
At the beginning of the third, Los Angeles seemed to have the edge and kept the Thunder at arm’s length. A J.J. Redick basket gave the Clippers a 62-54 advantage with under six minutes to play in the frame, but Oklahoma City went on another run behind strong defense and better shooting. Nick Collison’s three-pointer at the buzzer tied the game at 72-72 heading into the fourth.
Both teams trading buckets to open the period with Chris Paul knotting the game at 80 apiece four minutes in. However, the next two minutes belonged to Oklahoma City as the Thunder scored 10 straight points to seize control. Los Angeles got as close as six the rest of the way, but Oklahoma City hit their free throws down the stretch to ensure the win.
The Thunder were 29-of-33 (87.9%) from the charity stripe while Los Angeles was just 12-for-20 (60%). Meanwhile, Oklahoma City’s defense held the hot-shooting Clippers to just 6-of-21 from downtown. Paul had 25 points and 11 assists for the Clippers to pace the offense. Teammate Blake Griffin fouled out after scoring 22 points and picking up eight rebounds to go along with eight assists. 
Los Angeles must now face a difficult offseason following the racist comments from owner Donald Sterling, as well as two epic collapses in their final two games of the season. Oklahoma City will move on to face San Antonio in the Western Conference Finals beginning Monday night in Texas.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/15/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/15/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA Playoffs – Eastern Conference Semifinal: Indiana Pacers 93 – Washington Wizards 80 (Pacers win series, 4-2)
Western Conference Semifinal: Oklahoma City Thunder 104 – Los Angeles Clippers 98 (Thunder win series, 4-2)
MLB: Cincinnati Reds 5 (18-20) – San Diego Padres 0 (19-22) – Game 1
San Diego Padres 6 (20-22) – Cincinnati Reds 1 (18-21) – Game 2
Milwaukee Brewers 4 (26-15) – Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (17-23)
Minnesota Twins 4 (19-20) – Boston Red Sox 3 (20-20) – 10 Innings
St. Louis Cardinals 5 (21-20) – Chicago Cubs 3 (13-26)
New York Yankees 1 (21-19) – New York Mets 0 (19-21)
Toronto Blue Jays 4 (21-21) – Cleveland Indians 2 (19-22)
Baltimore Orioles 2 (21-18) – Kansas City Royals 1 (20-20)
San Francisco Giants 6 (27-15) – Miami Marlins 4 (21-21)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 6 (21-18) – Tampa Bay Rays 5 (18-23)
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Thunder Stun Clippers 105-104 to Take 3-2 Series Lead

Thunder Stun Clippers 105-104 to Take 3-2 Series Lead

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY) –  Russell Westbrook scored 38 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from a seven-point deficit in the final minute to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 105-104 on Tuesday night and go up 3-2 in the Western Conference semifinals.
Chris Paul fouled Westbrook on a 3-point attempt with 6.4 seconds remaining.  The Thunder guard calmly sank all three free throws to put his team ahead to stay.
“I think when you get a win like this it brings everybody closer,” Westbrook said. “It lets you know you can’t mess around. You have to take every moment, every play and go out and win the game.”
Kevin Durant sank a three-pointer and converted a layup to bring the Thunder within two points with 17 seconds left. Westbrook stole the ball from Paul on the next possession. The Clippers believed the ball went off Thunder guard Reggie Jackson, but after a review, the officials awarded the ball to the Thunder.
“Everybody knows it was our ball,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “The bottom line is they thought it was a foul and they made up for it. Let’s take away the replay. We were robbed. It was our ball, whether it was a foul or not.”
The Clippers got the ball with 6.4 seconds remaining and a chance to win the game, but Paul had the ball stolen from him yet again as time expired.
The Thunder can clinch the series with a win on Thursday night in Los Angeles.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/11/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/11/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA Playoffs: Los Angeles Clippers 101 – Oklahoma City Thunder 99 (Series tied, 2-2)
Indiana Pacers 95 – Washington Wizards 92 (Pacers lead series, 3-1)
NHL Playoffs: New York Rangers 3 – Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (Series t…

Clippers Erase 16-Point Fourth-Quarter Lead, Beat Thunder 101-99

Clippers Erase 16-Point Fourth-Quarter Lead, Beat Thunder 101-99

Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles Clippers erased a 16-point fourth quarter lead to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-99 on Sunday to even up the best-of-seven series at two.
Darren Collison had 12 of his 18 points in the fou…

Durant and Westbrook Combine for 63 as Thunder Roll Over Clippers

Durant and Westbrook Combine for 63 as Thunder Roll Over Clippers

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY) –  If Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook continue playing like this, the Oklahoma City Thunder will be hard to beat.
The All-Star duo combined to score 63 points as the Thunder dunked the Los Angeles Cl…

Paul, Clippers Cruise to Game One Win

Paul, Clippers Cruise to Game One Win

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.) — Chris Paul hit a career high eight 3-pointers as the Los Angeles Clippers cruised to a 122-105 win over Oklahoma City on Monday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. Paul finished wi…

Westbrook’s Triple-Double Sends Thunder into 2nd Round

Westbrook’s Triple-Double Sends Thunder into 2nd Round

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY) — Russell Westbrook had 27 points, 10 rebounds and 16 assists to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 120-109 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies Saturday, sending the Thunder to the second round of the NBA Pl…

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