Kevin Durant: Is it Redemption or Goodbye?

The Kevin Durant Saturday night brain freeze that overwhelmed him when everything was on the line seemingly was out of character for the one-time MVP. He appeared uncomfortable and tense from the opening tip as his first shot clanked off the rim so loud it was a startling sound amid the cacophonous bedlam in the…

OKC Respect: Better Late Than Never

A few months ago, the Los Angeles Clippers, not the Oklahoma City Thunder, were penciled in as a threat to the Golden State Warriors, even as the Clippers have never made it past the second round of the playoffs and the Thunder have been to the NBA Finals. The Thunder were repeatedly and continually downgraded…

Awake, Lowry and DeRozan Causing All Kinds of Trauma

No one saw this coming, saw the Toronto Raptors on life support one minute, and then throwing jabs and left hooks the next minute. The Raptors had a DNR- do not resuscitate. The body was near dead. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan were oxygen deprived. The mood was grim. The Raptors were destroyed in Cleveland.…

Draymond Green Doing Too Much May Change Everything

Draymond Green, the emotional and spiritual leader of the Golden State Warriors, may find himself in a hotel room watching his team compete in a pivotal game four in Oklahoma City when the Thunder try to control the series against the defending NBA champions and go up 3-1. If Green is suspended- the consensus is…

The Chris Bosh Truth: When Less Was More

Another blood clot for Chris Bosh, now publicly admitted to by the Miami Heat, means once again Bosh lost a season. In the aggregate, the lost season was profound. The Heat were in a game 7 and needed everything Chris Bosh means. His absence was a crushing blow, even as the Heat had played so…

The Raptors Crash Landing Is an Ugly Beautiful Thing

Perhaps Drake was on to something when he was a no-show at the Raptors game 7 against the Miami Heat. Perhaps he was sending the public a message to do as Drake do, boycott the Raptors. This is an ugly series not worth watching and for all the obvious reasons that have been outlined ad…

Pat Riley Has His Groove Back

In the summer of 2014, Pat Riley was trying to keep his head above water. His best player had fled the warm confines of South Beach despite Riley’s very public threats to not abandon what they had spent four years building. It was an idea Riley couldn’t wrap his brain around, that LeBron James would…

Blinded by the Spurs-Warriors Light

Despite the season long romance that married the Spurs to the Warriors in a conference final, the dream died a quick death in Oklahoma City on Thursday night. The six months of foreplay  and the five months of when they meet in the Western Conference Finals and the four months of anticipation and the three months…

Warriors Have the NBA In a Bad Mood

Before last night’s overtime blitz courtesy of Steph Curry, there was a lot of NBA amnesia going around like some sort of viral flu that seeps into the cerebral cortex erasing memory. Before last night, the talk was that the Cavs had a chance at beating the Warriors because the Warriors were vulnerable, and the…