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  1. How Russell Westbrook and Blake Griffin Will Define Clips-Thunder...

    Zach Lowe

    We almost don't have enough time to process it after 16 days of first-round euphoria, but holy hell, the Clippers and Thunder are about to face off in a battle of starry NBA juggernauts. It appeared just five days ago the Grizzlies and Clip...

    Blog | May 05, 2014
  2. Make-or-Break NBA Playoffs Weekend

    Zach Lowe

    We have a monster weekend of games in what has become a shockingly unpredictable and wild first round. Let's take a quick spin around each series, focusing on some of the key questions - starting with the most intriguing series....

    Blog | April 25, 2014
  3. NBA Playoffs Winners and Losers, So Far

    Zach Lowe

    The first 72 hours of the NBA playoffs have been wild compared with last season's early chalk-fest. We've had nine competitive games out of 10, crazy finishes, a GM giving an ECW-style promo, massive scoring totals, and lots of other fun st...

    Blog | April 22, 2014
  4. The NBA Mega-List of Things to Like and Dislike

    Zach Lowe

    Every year, dozens of "likes" and "dislikes" fail to make it into a Tuesday column, left to die if they are somehow unique to that particular season. And every year, we try to save at least some of them with a mega-post to showcas...

    Blog | April 17, 2014
  5. Oklahoma City Crossroads: How the Thunder Can Improve Without Rus...

    Zach Lowe

    I'm normally not a big "gut feeling" guy, but I randomly mentioned to the Grantland bosses last week in L.A. that the Thunder just "felt due" for some unexpected move. They didn't have enough financial flexibility to add even one meaningful NBA playe...

    Blog | October 02, 2013
  6. Houston's Hope: The Thunder's Unspeakably Bad Defense

    Zach Lowe

    The Thunder offense has been tough to watch since Russell Westbrook's injury, mostly because it's less an "offense" than a series of predictable, slow-moving sets designed to maximize the talent of two individual superstars. Take one of those superst...

    Blog | May 03, 2013
  7. Option No. 1: The Burden on Kevin Durant After Russell Westbrook'...

    Zach Lowe

    Rarely have so many non-involved NBA people watched a playoff game out of sheer curiosity as was the case Saturday night, when the NBA world tuned in to see how the Thunder would function without Russell Westbrook. Things went well in many basic sens...

    Blog | April 29, 2013
  8. Thunder Struck: Russell Westbrook's Injury and What It Means for ...

    Zach Lowe

    The first thought is one of genuine sadness, just as it has been with Derrick Rose, Danilo Gallinari, David Lee, Andrew Bynum, Rajon Rondo, Danny Granger, Kobe Bryant, and every other important player on a playoff team who has suffered a season-endin...

    Blog | April 26, 2013
  9. The Big Sieve: Analyzing Dwight Howard's Defensive Woes This Seas...

    Zach Lowe

    The Thunder are still two and a half games behind the Spurs in the standings, but they're favorites to make the Finals again, regardless of whether Tony Parker's injury allows them to slide into the no. 1 spot — where there's about a 50-50 chan...

    Blog | March 06, 2013
  10. The Height of Wonkery: An In-Depth Look at the NBA With the Most ...

    Zach Lowe

    Fifteen of the league's 30 teams have purchased a data-tracking camera system from STATS LLC that records every single movement on the court — the ball, the players, the referees, etc. — in three dimensions. The cameras can measure just a...

    Blog | February 08, 2013
  11. Kyrie Irving, Manu Ginobili, and the most fun players in the NBA ...

    Zach Lowe

    Most of these players aren't headed to Houston, but they still have a special place in our heart. Plus: Weak defense from James Harden and Russell Westbrook and even weaker grumbling from Reggie Evans.

    Story | Conversation | January 29, 2013
  12. The Thunder Are Better Than We Thought They Were Going to Be

    Zach Lowe

    Even if luxury-tax concerns were the no. 1 factor in the Thunder's decision to trade James Harden earlier than they had to, the deal still amounted to a calculated series of basketball wagers. The most general one: that the Thunder's current personne...

    Blog | December 05, 2012
  13. A Tale of Two Offenses: The Surprising Knicks and the Slumping Th...

    Zach Lowe

    It's too early to draw meaningful conclusions about teams or players, but after just a week, we can say this: One of the league's glamour teams looks surprisingly comfortable in its own skin, while a would-be contender fresh off a massive long-term r...

    Blog | November 05, 2012