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  1. Death to Ringz: Chris Paul and the NBA’s Broken Narrative o...

    Zach Lowe

    Things changed at the end of Game 5 of last season's Clippers-Thunder playoff series. Chris Paul made three critical mistakes in the final 45 seconds of an improbable Thunder rally, and Oklahoma City wrapped the series in the next game. The...

    Blog | November 18, 2014
  2. The Tiers of the NBA: Ranking the Teams From Top to Bottom

    Zach Lowe

    It's that time again. I hope you spent the weekend and Monday night hugging your loved ones, sipping nice wines, renting the movies that have been languishing on your personal backlog, and savoring the fleeting touch of the autumn sunshine...

    Blog | October 28, 2014
  3. 33 Crazy Predictions for the NBA Season

    Zach Lowe

    Kevin Durant's injury is the latest reminder that preseason predictions are folly. Too many unknowns will emerge between now and June -- injuries, ownership changes, firings, inexplicable slumps, and X-rated Twitter escapades. Prediction...

    Blog | October 14, 2014
  4. Stolen Thunder: How Does Oklahoma City Move Forward Without Kevin...

    Zach Lowe

    The Oklahoma City Thunder, quite literally, have always had Kevin Durant. When the Sonics ditched Seattle under nefarious circumstances, they had a lanky young superstar who endeared them to fans across the world. When Patrick Beverley crashed...

    Blog | October 13, 2014
  5. The Great Huestis Experiment: Oklahoma City's Gamble and the...

    Zach Lowe

    It was easy to feel outraged for Josh Huestis, the 29th pick in the most recent NBA draft, when news broke that the Thunder had convinced him to play for their D-League team next season instead of signing his rookie contract. Assuming both p...

    Blog | July 24, 2014
  6. Surveying the LeBron Landscape

    Zach Lowe

    The trajectory of an entire sports league can turn on random things. If you gave Heat officials truth serum three weeks ago, after they had vanquished an imploding Indiana team, they'd have told you they preferred Oklahoma City as a Finals...

    Blog | June 20, 2014
  7. Ibaka's Return Fuels More 'What If' Questions Abou...

    Zach Lowe

    Serge Ibaka has changed the entire look and feel of the Western Conference finals. A non-fan watching from the future would assume Games 3 and 4 came from a different season than Games 1 and 2 -- that the team in black jerseys won the first series, a...

    Blog | May 29, 2014
  8. Conference Finals Preview: How the Absence of Ibaka Will Tip the ...

    Zach Lowe

    Midway through the 2012 Western Conference finals, after the Spurs had passed and cut the Thunder into a dizzy haze, Oklahoma City came to a collective realization that tipped the league's balance of power: Holy crap! We are crazy athletic and l...

    Blog | May 19, 2014
  9. 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
  10. The Power of the ‘Pretty Good’ Guys

    Zach Lowe

    The "pretty good" NBA veteran has taken a beating over the last half-decade. Owners crafted a new collective bargaining agreement that carries stricter controls on payrolls and player salaries. A harsh new luxury tax spooks everyone outsid...

    Blog | April 29, 2014
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. NBA Playoffs Preview

    Zach Lowe

    Happy Playoffs Eve! Hug your loved ones, watch a movie (Gravity will still be good on television, right? Right? RIGHT????), and drink some beers, because after tonight, the NBA becomes all-consuming for two long months. Let's get right to it an...

    Blog | April 18, 2014
  14. 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
  15. NBA Awards Season

    Zach Lowe

    Another overlong regular season is about over, meaning it's time to pause ahead of the playoffs and hand out the NBA's annual awards. Three notes on the choices that follow: * Mr. Simmons has seen to it that I have a real ballot for t...

    Blog | April 15, 2014
  16. The Charlotte Construction Co.

    Zach Lowe

    The so-called "Thunder model" of NBA team-building was never really a discrete, original thing. It had existed before; Oklahoma City was not the first team to bottom out and rebuild around draft picks. And it can only exist as a success if ...

    Blog | March 25, 2014