Thunder Buddies podcast: The good and bad of OKC's win against Minnesota
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Thunder Buddies – The good and bad of OKC's win against Minnesota (Game 80 of 82) – The Thunder finally beat Minnesota. The win came with some notably strong offensive performances, some calamitous defense and more looks into what this Thunder rotation will look like when the playoffs start. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss.
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Thunder Buddies – The juice returns against the Pistons (Game 79 of 82) – The Thunder looked more like itself Friday than any game post-All-Star break – swagging, running, dominating the glass. It started with Russell Westbrook, who set another unprecedented record, and carried over to Dennis Schroder. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss, and answer your Twitter questions.
Thunder Buddies – Russell Westbrook makes history against the Lakers (Game 78 of 82) – The Thunder ended the skid with a double-digit win against the Lakers. It came with a history-making performance, a tribute and some controversy from Russell Westbrook. Erik Horne, Maddie Lee and Berry Tramel discuss.
Thunder Buddies – Downer against Dallas (Game 77 of 82) – The Thunder again struggled against a team with no real incentive to win. How did it happen? A little bit of everything going wrong for the Thunder, which now has lost seven of 10 games. Erik Horne, Maddie Lee and Berry Tramel discuss.
Thunder Buddies – Swept away by Denver (Game 76 of 82) – The Nuggets have the Thunder's number. Denver separated again from the Thunder in a 10-point win Friday. Why has Denver been so good against the Thunder this season? Erik Horne, Maddie Lee and Jenni Carlson discuss.
Thunder Buddies – Outpacing the Pacers (Game 75 of 82) – The Thunder looked more like the Thunder in a second-half explosion against the Pacers. What fueled the turnaround after one of the worst losses of the season? Erik Horne, Maddie Lee and Berry Tramel discuss.
Thunder Buddies – OKC plays the blues in Memphis (Game 74 of 82) – A new low for the Thunder this season? After an inspired second half against Toronto on Friday, the Thunder looked disinterested and unfocused again in a loss in Memphis. Billy Donovan took blame after the loss, but there's plenty of finger-pointing to go around as the Thunder dropped to eighth in the West again. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss.
Thunder Buddies – Revival against the Raptors (Game 73 of 82) – Where has this Thunder team been? That was the question asked in the second half of the Thunder's win against Toronto on Friday, where OKC's defense locked down and the offense found its free-flowing rhythm. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss the Thunder's much-needed win.
Thunder Buddies – Ripped by the Raptors (Game 72 of 82) – The Thunder slump continues with a rally but ultimately some recurring issues against the Raptors. Don't look now, but OKC is the No. 8 seed. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss the Thunder's fourth-consecutive loss.
Thunder Buddies – Zoned out against the Heat (Game 71 of 82) – The Thunder was without Russell Westbrook and Nerlens Noel against the Miami Heat, but a listless performance in the middle of a race to the postseason? The Thunder's inconsistency continues and Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss.
Thunder Buddies – Offensive exposure against the Warriors (Game 70 of 82) – An inept Thunder offense and a stifling Warriors defense meant a blowout loss for OKC in what started as a playoff atmosphere. When it was over, the gulf between the Thunder and Warriors was apparent. Erik Horne, Maddie Lee and Berry Tramel discuss.
Thunder Buddies – An OKC collapse in Indy (69 of 82) – The Thunder was rolling until Paul George's game came unglued. The fouls and the defensive drop off didn't help either. The Thunder blew a 19-point lead in Indianapolis, and Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss.
Thunder Buddies – Cutting down the Nets (Game 68 of 82) – No drama on Wednesday. The Thunder dominated the Nets in the second half, where Paul George found some rhythm and Russell Westbrook took complete control of the game. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss, including second-unit contributions, Deonte Burton Watch and more.
Thunder Buddies – A drama-filled night in Salt Lake City (Game 67 of 82) – The Thunder completed a sweep of the Jazz, but not without some controversy away from the game. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss Thunder-Jazz, including Russell Westbrook's run-in with Jazz fans, Paul George's defensive masterpiece, Dennis Schroder stepping up, injuries piling up, and more.
Thunder Buddies – Assessing a foul-happy back-to-back for OKC (Games 65 and 66 of 82) – On Friday, the Thunder had a foul frenzy and nearly pulled off a victory against the Clippers with some courageous second-unit play, but Russell Westbrook and Paul George ultimately fouling out. On Thursday, the Thunder came into Portland with a four-game losing streak and left with a four-game regular season sweep of the Trail Blazers. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss both games.
Thunder Buddies – Paul George returns and so does the struggle (Game 64 of 82) – The Thunder’s struggles continued up north, with Minnesota blasting the OKC defense. Paul George made his return, but it wasn’t with the assurance we’re used to seeing from the MVP candidate. It’s possibly the worst time for the Thunder to have an out-of-rhythm George. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss.
Thunder Buddies podcast – Breaking the slump against the Grizzlies (Game 63 of 82) – The Thunder snapped a four-game losing streak with some clutch play and defense after a slog of unfocused play through three quarters. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss, including Russell Westbrook and Dennis Schroder's play, the positives from the close and a critical road trip to come.
Thunder Buddies podcast – Missing Paul George Round 2 against the Spurs (Game 62 of 82) – The Thunder lost its fourth-consecutive game and the struggle without Paul George was even more apparent against the Spurs at the AT&T Center. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss, including Russell Westbrook and Dennis Schroder's offensive struggles, the Thunder's defensive issues without George and more.
Thunder Buddies – Missing Paul George against the Sixers (Game 61 of 82) – The Thunder missed its best player and it showed against the Sixers. But the Thunder again missed opportunities and closed poorly for the third time in four games after the All-Star break. Erik Horne, Maddie Lee and Berry Tramel discuss.
Thunder Buddies – Why can't the Thunder beat the Nuggets? (Game 60 of 82) – Denver took a four-game lead on the Thunder in the Western Conference standings and a 3-0 lead in the season series. Why have the Nuggets been so good against the Thunder this season? Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss.
Thunder Buddies – Assessing OKC's up-and-down game against the Kings (Game 59 of 82) – The Thunder had some controversy, some courageous play and some calamity against the Kings on Saturday. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss the highs and lows, including another 40-point performance from Russell Westbrook, a rare off game from Paul George, and Markieff Morris arriving on the scene.
Thunder Buddies – Outlasting the Jazz (Game 58 of 82) – The Thunder has the Jazz's regular-season number. It has Paul George to thank this time. Erik Horne, Maddie Lee and Berry Tramel discuss the Thunder's double-overtime thriller.
Thunder Buddies All-Star Edition Part 2 – Wrapping up the weekend and looking ahead – Paul George and Russell Westbrook had fun in their All-Star Game experience. What's next for the duo and the Thunder in the final 25 games of the season? Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss, including their highlights from the All-Star Weekend.
Thunder Buddies All-Star Edition Part 1 – Hamidou Diallo Dunkfest – Diallo may not have been a household name entering Saturday's Dunk Contest, but the Thunder rookie was by the end of the night. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss that, plus changes needed in the dunk contest, the Skills Challenge and 3-Point Contest results, and running into soccer stars.
Thunder Buddies – OKC looks ready for the All-Star break in NOLA (Game 57 of 82) – The Thunder looked ready for the All-Star break after losing to the Pelicans. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee give run through an All-Star break list of Thunder related topics, plus talk about the signing of Markieff Morris and how he can help OKC down the stretch.
Thunder Buddies – Assessing a record-setting night against the Blazers (56 of 82) – The Thunder won for the 11th time in 12 games behind the spectacular nights of Russell Westbrook and Paul George ... and Deonte Burton and Raymond Felton. The short-handed Thunder scored an impressive win over old rival Portland for the third time this season. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss.
Thunder Buddies – An all-time rally against the Rockets (Game 55 of 82) – After digging a massive hole, the Thunder stepped up to the challenge in Houston. The biggest comeback in Thunder history was part-star power steadying the ship, part-role players stepping up. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss another MVP game for Paul George, Russell Westbrook's interesting extension of his triple-double streak, and the key figures – from Deonte Burton to Dennis Schroder – involved in the road rally.
Thunder Buddies – Gashing the Grizzlies ... eventually (Game 54 of 82) – The Thunder took a while to wake up against the Grizzlies' zone defense, but it eventually rolled to its ninth win in 10 games. Will the buyout market give OKC another boost? Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss the blowout of Memphis and more.
Thunder Buddies – A Magic sweep for OKC (Game 53 of 82) – The Thunder completed the sweep of the Magic. Good news: The offense was prolific yet again. Bad news: The defense continued to show cracks until a stand in the third quarter. Time to change the trade deadline target? Erik Horne, Maddie Lee and Berry Tramel discuss.
Thunder Buddies – The streak ends in Boston (Game 52 of 82) – One streak ends and another continues. The Thunder's seven-game winning streak was snapped Sunday, but Boston extended its winning streak over OKC to four games. How did it happen this time? Defense, defense, defense. Erik Horne, Maddie Lee and Berry Tramel discuss, plus some trade deadline talk.
Thunder Buddies – Paul George cool against the Heat (Game 51 of 82) – The Thunder extended its winning streak to seven behind another dominant performance from Paul George. No defense could stop him on his way into the Thunder record books. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss, including Russell Westbrook beating the zone, Dennis Schroder's scorching second quarter and what to expect in Boston on Sunday.
Thunder Buddies – Ousting Orlando with a lot of magic (Game 50 of 82) – The Thunder was shorthanded against the Magic but was still impressive in its sixth consecutive win. Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Dennis Schroder all had dominant stretches, but there was also a fill-in factor that spurred the Thunder to victory. Oh, and Alex Abrines was back. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss.
Thunder Buddies – Besting the Bucks (Game 49 of 82) – The Bucks entered Oklahoma City with the best record in the NBA. Of course, the Thunder relishes a challenge. Erik Horne, Maddie Lee and Berry Tramel discuss the Thunder's big win, its defense on Giannis Antetokounmpo, Paul George's MVP moments, and more.
Thunder Buddies – Pushing past the Pelicans (Game 48 of 82) – The Thunder was dominant until it wasn't against the Pelicans on Thursday, but New Orleans limped into Oklahoma City on the second night of a back-to-back with no Anthony Davis, Julius Randle or Nikola Mirotic. Lucky for OKC. Erik Horne, Maddie Lee and Berry Tramel discuss, including some intriguing nuggets from the All-Star voting results.
Thunder Buddies – Burning the Blazers (Game 47 of 82) – Is the Thunder's defense back? Paul George never left. Russell Westbrook played one of his best games of the season. And Billy Donovan shook up the rotation on the second night of a back-to-back to great effect against the Blazers. Erik Horne, Maddie Lee and Jenni Carlson discuss.
Thunder Buddies – Kicking the Knicks (Game 46 of 82) – The Thunder made quick work of the Knickerbockers in New York with a big game ahead on Tuesday against Portland in Oklahoma City. The Thunder did it by defending, rebounding and continuing its streak of hot 3-point shooting. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss.
Thunder Buddies – Surviving the Sixers (Game 45 of 82) – The Thunder found its defense (a little), but some key mistakes put OKC in danger of dropping a game that should have been easier. Good thing the Thunder has Paul George. Erik Horne, Maddie Lee and Berry Tramel discuss, including fouling 3-point shooters, Russell Westbrook's wild shots, Westbrook's beef with Joel Embiid, Billy Donovan's adjustments and more.
Thunder Buddies – Where's the D? OKC still searching after loss to Lakers (Game 44 of 82) – What has happened to the Thunder's defense? The Thunder hit a team record for 3-pointers and it still lost to the Lakers on Thursday. Erik Horne, Maddie Lee and Berry Tramel discuss the recent deconstruction of the Thunder's defense.
Thunder Buddies – An energy deficiency in ATL (Game 43 of 82) – A new low for the Thunder? OKC was torched for 40 points in the final 10 1/2 minutes in Atlanta. What went wrong? What does the Thunder, losers of four of its last five, need to get back on track? Erik Horne, Maddie Lee and Berry Tramel discuss.
Thunder Buddies – OKC gets even with the Spurs (Game 42 of 82) – The Thunder went back to what it does best: Forcing turnovers, playing defense and getting out on the fast break. Who thought Dennis Schroder would lead the charge? Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss the Thunder snapping a three-game losing streak, Abdul Nader stepping up, the Thunder's wild officiating streak, Nick Collison's big day coming up and more.
Thunder Buddies – A controversial classic in San Antonio (Game 41 of 82) – What a game. The Thunder and Spurs played arguably the game of the season in San Antonio on Thursday, filled with epic performances, crazy calls and ultimately a 154-147 Thunder loss in double overtime. Moral victories? Lessons? Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss.
Thunder Buddies – Talking Thunder, the NBA and more with Thunder TV analyst Antonio Daniels – Who better to talk Thunder with than Antonio Daniels, pregame and postgame analyst on Thunder Live? The former NBA champion and lottery pick talked to Erik Horne about his origins in Ohio, his lessons learned playing in San Antonio and Seattle, the legacy of his late brother, Chris, and of course the Thunder’s season at the halfway mark.
Thunder Buddies – Different night, same issue for OKC's rebounding (Game 40 of 82) – What has happened to the Thunder's rebounding advantage? The Thunder wasn't blasted like it was by Washington on Sunday, but key rebounds weren't grabbed in a 119-117 loss to Minnesota. The defense faltered. Nerlens Noel suffered a scary injury. San Antonio looms. Erik Horne, Maddie Lee and Berry Tramel discuss.
Thunder Buddies – Assessing the Thunder's worst game of the season (Game 39 of 82) – Well, that was bad. Following its best win of the season, the Thunder suffered its worst loss of the season Sunday against Washington. What happened? Erik Horne, Maddie Lee and Berry Tramel discuss.
Thunder Buddies – Pushing past Portland (Game 38 of 82) – Until Friday, it had been nearly five years since the Thunder's last win in Portland. How did OKC pull it off? With contributions across the board and an escape in the final three minutes. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss, including Nerlens Noel's big game, the Thunder's pick-and-roll defense, Steven Adams vs. Jusuf Nurkic, Russell Westbrook and Paul George putting on a show, and more.
Thunder Buddies – Playing the Lakers a song at Staples (Game 37 of 82) – Paul George's game slowly blossomed, but so did the Thunder's second unit in a win against the Lakers. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss, including Russell Westbrook's turn in the fourth quarter, Abdel Nader showing off his versatile game, air guitar, the anti-George atmosphere and more.
Thunder Buddies – Westbrook bounces back in back-to-back (Game 36 of 82) – Coming off one of his worst shooting performances of the season, Russell Westbrook bounced back with some help from the glass. The Thunder needed him to be on after Paul George faded and the Mavs caught fire from 3. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss including Terrance Ferguson's return, the Thunder forcing turnovers and some New Year's resolutions for the Thunder.
Thunder Buddies – Wrapping up Westbrook's woeful shooting month (Game 35 of 82) – Russell Westbrook has had a long December. There's one game left, but he had rough shooting night in Dallas on the first night of a back-to-back that went beyond his missing shots. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss that, plus Patrick Patterson showing a pulse, the Thunder's clutch time struggles and more.
Thunder Buddies – Schroder and Westbrook scorch the Suns (Game 34 of 82) – Dennis Schroder and Russell Westbrook were struggling for three quarters without Paul George. Then the fourth quarter happened. What does it mean for the Thunder going forward? Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss, including Abdel Nader's arrival, bad pick-and-roll defense getting fixed and the bug going around the Thunder.
Thunder Buddies – OKC in the spirit of giving against the Rockets (Game 33 of 82) – Defensive rebounding was the issue on Christmas for the Thunder. OKC gifted the Rockets with second chances and it led to its second-consecutive loss. There were other issues, ranging from Billy Donovan's managing of minutes to Russell Westbrook's continual struggles from the field, to the Thunder's lack of spacing hurting in the second half. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss.
Thunder Buddies – Topped by the T-Wolves (Game 32 of 82) – Russell Westbrook found his shot (sort of). He found Alex Abrines for a potential game-winning shot. Jerami Grant found himself on the end of two controversial plays in the late stages of a loss to Minnesota. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss what went wrong and what went right for the Thunder on the second night of a back-to-back.
Thunder Buddies – OKC living on the edge in SLC (Game 31 of 82)– The Thunder pulled off a big win against the Jazz through Paul George's brilliance and often in spite of Russell Westbrook. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss the highs and lows of the Thunder experience in Salt Lake City.
Thunder Buddies – No Schroder, no problem against the Kings (Game 30 of 82) – The NBA delivered a surprise decision against the Thunder on Wednesday. No problem. Without Dennis Schroder, Paul George took over the second unit and the Thunder took over Sacramento. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss, including Russell Westbrook showing signs, Steven Adams' rebounding, Grant and Ferguson, and more.
Thunder Buddies podcast – OKC payback on the Bulls (Game 29 of 82) – It was an exciting blowout for the Thunder, from Paul George’s second quarter explosion, to the explosive scrum in the third quarter. Erik Horne, Maddie Lee and Berry Tramel discuss, including Russell Westbrook’s journey back to rhythm, the bench play, Jim Boylen putting Jerami Grant in a choke hold (!?) and more.
Thunder Buddies podcast – Clipping the Clippers to end a key week (Game 28 of 82) – Russell Westbrook had another strange one. What helped was Westbrook engaging himself defensively after the first quarter. Oh, and Paul George. And Jerami Grant. And Steven Adams. After letting games slip away on the road, the Thunder closed a four game in six nights stretch 2-2. Good? Bad? Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss.
Thunder Buddies podcast – Down in Denver (Game 27 of 82) – The Thunder missed another opportunity in a comeback to take down the Denver Nuggets. Some of the same issues returned to bite them, from free throws to defensive rebounding to executing on key possessions with the game in the balance. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss.
Thunder Buddies podcast – Problems and positives against the Pelicans (Game 26 of 82) – Russell Westbrook bailed the Thunder out. Westbrook also was a part of the Thunder’s free throw follies and turnovers. There was good and bad from the Thunder’s loss to the Pelicans, and neither falls completely on the Thunder’s point guard. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss.
Thunder Buddies podcast – OKC plays a different note for the Jazz (Game 25 of 82) – The last time the Thunder played the Jazz, it was an older, slower team. This time? The Thunder took it to the Jazz with efficiency from Paul George and waves of defense for Donovan Mitchell. Erik Horne, Maddie Lee and Jenni Carlson discuss, plus the difference in the Thunder from April to now, Russell Westbrook's shooting struggles, Terrance Ferguson's improvement, and more.
Thunder Buddies podcast – An offensive defensive stretch for OKC (Game 24 of 82) – The Thunder's defense gave up 70 points in the first half in a loss to the Bulls. But it wasn't the only problem for the Thunder on Friday. Turnovers. Lack of finishing. The Thunder sputtered in its final road game of the three-game trip, yet still had a chance to win. What needs to get corrected before Utah on Monday? Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss.
Thunder Buddies podcast – Witnessing the Paul George Experience in Brooklyn (Game 23 of 82) – For about 40 minutes, the Thunder looked on its way to a loss. Then, Paul George exploded. The All-Star outscored the Nets in the fourth quarter. The Thunder scored its biggest rally in franchise history. How did it happen? Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss.
Thunder Buddies podcast – Pummeling the Pistons for No. 15 (Game 22 of 82) – There wasn't much to complain about in the Thunder's battering of the Pistons. It was a game won a different way than the 3-point parade against the Hawks, however. Steven Adams and defense ruled in Motown as the Thunder started its three-game road trip with some promising play. Erik Horne, Maddie Lee and Berry Tramel discuss.
Thunder Buddies podcast – Playing the right way against the "A" (Game 21 of 82) – The Thunder won't hit 18 3-pointers every night, but the ball moved and defense led to offense on a night where OKC could have easily sulked in the wake of Andre Roberson's latest setback. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss Alex Abrines and Patrick Patterson breaking slumps, Westbrook's continued bounceback from the Denver debacle and Trae Young's rookie lessons.
Thunder Buddies podcast – Russell Westbrook's passing fancy against the Cavs (Game 20 of 82) – The Thunder had some slog moments against the last-place Cavaliers until Russell Westbrook kicked it into high gear in the second quarter. His passing was the precursor to his best perimeter shooting night of the season. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee break down the Thunder's win, including Jerami Grant and Deonte Burton's contributions.
Thunder Buddies podcast – Examining OKC's misfire against the Nuggets (Game 19 of 82) – Rallying from 25 points is notable, but so was the way the Thunder lost to the Nuggets on Saturday. Russell Westbrook was again at the center of the comeback and the demise. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss.
Thunder Buddies podcast – Surviving the (injury) swarm against the Hornets (Game 18 of 82) – The Thunder completed the sweep of Charlotte Hornets despite missing rotation players and getting away from its offense in key moments. Good thing OKC is more talented than the Hornets. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss the Thunder’s rise to the top of the Western Conference standings.
Thunder Buddies – Assessing OKC's beatdown of the Warriors (Game 17 of 82) – When the Thunder wasn't fighting through freak injuries, it was running the Warriors off the floor in Oracle Arena, paced by a bounceback performance by Dennis Schroder, a balanced offensive effort and a disruptive defense. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss.
Thunder Buddies – A Kings problem in Russell's return (Game 16 of 82) – What is it about the Kings? A third of the Thunder's losses this season have come to Sacramento. What went wrong in Russell Westbrook's return to the lineup? Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss.
Thunder Buddies – No guards, no problem against the Suns (Game 15 of 82) – No Westbrook. No Ferguson. No Abrines. No problem. The Thunder hit a few rough patches, but beat the Suns in a place its struggled in recent seasons. Paul George, Steven Adams and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (?!) were at the center. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss.
Thunder Buddies – Pick-and-rolling past the Knicks (Game 14 of 82) – The Thunder is having fun. In its ninth win in 10 games and fifth in a row without Russell Westbrook, the Thunder did a lot of things right against the lowly Knicks. Erik Horne, Maddie Lee and Berry Tramel break down the win.
Thunder Buddies – Powering past the Suns (Game 13 of 82) – Paced by Paul George and Steven Adams, the Thunder played a brilliant first 30 minutes. But it's always an adventure with the Thunder, right? Erik Horne and Maddie Lee break down the Thunder's eighth win in nine games, George finding a rhythm, Adams punishing a rookie, and OKC getting back to doing what it does best to fend off Phoenix.
Thunder Buddies – OKC comes back to earth in Dallas (Game 12 of 82) – The Thunder's Mavericks problem resurfaced again on Saturday, with plenty of lapses on offense and defense. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss the disastrous 3-point defense, the second quarter slump, and what the Thunder needed even before its seven-game winning streak ended.
Thunder Buddies – Examining the Thunder's throttling of the Rockets (Game 11 of 82) – The Thunder won its seventh consecutive game and swept another back-to-back, this time with a stunning blowout of the Rockets without Russell Westbrook. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss Terrance Ferguson's big game, Carmelo Anthony theories, and more.
Thunder Buddies – Talking Schroder Time and winning ugly in Cleveland (Game 10 of 82) – The Thunder won its sixth-consecutive game of the season the hard way, with a grind-it-out victory over the one-win Cavs on the first night of a back-to-back. Maddie Lee reports from Cleveland and Erik Horne joins in to discuss the Dennis Schroder-led highs and the Russell Westbrook-less lows of the Thunder's win.
Thunder Buddies – What's next after Russell Westbrook's ankle injury? (Game 9 of 82) – Russell Westbrook limped off. The Thunder blasted off. Rather than lose, the Thunder fought off the Pelicans for its fifth-consecutive win. All eyes turn to Westbrook now. Erik Horne, Maddie Lee and Jenni Carlson discuss.
Thunder Buddies – Breaking down OKC's dismantling of the Wizards (Game 8 of 82) – What is going on with the Wizards? The Thunder doesn't care, as it enjoyed its best night of offense all season in D.C. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss Paul George's bounceback, the Thunder's continued success on 3-point defense, the ball movement, and more.
Thunder Buddies – Talking OKC's rally in Charlotte (Game 7 of 82) – Russell Westbrook and Paul George couldn’t hit anything. The Thunder went down 19 points. That didn’t stop them in a furious rally against the Hornets, led by Alex Abrines. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss the comeback, including Abrines, Dennis Schroder’s contributions, George’s stunning revelation and Westbrook’s dominant fourth quarter.
Thunder Buddies – Talking Westbrook vs. Beverley and OKC's wild third quarter against the Clippers (Game 6 of 82) – You thought Russell Westbrook vs. Patrick Beverley was over? Nope. The latest chapter in their rivalry almost overshawdowed the Thunder's most dominant quarter of the season. Erik Horne, Maddie Lee and Berry Tramel discuss.
Thunder Buddies: The Nerlens Noel effect on OKC's first win (Game 5 of 82) – The Suns aren't very good. Neither was the Thunder through four games. None of that matters to Nerlens Noel, who was a catalyst for OKC on a night without Steven Adams. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss Noel's impact, what the Thunder did right and what it did wrong against Phoenix.
Thunder Buddies – Examining the Thunder's 0-4 existence after crumbling against the Celtics (Game 4 of 82) – In a league which is experiencing an offensive revolution, the Thunder is the worst offense in the league and one of only two winless teams in the NBA. Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss the fatal flaws of this Thunder roster and OKC's loss to the Celtics.
Thunder Buddies – Discussing Russell Westbrook's return, OKC's flop against the Kings (Game 3 of 82) – The Thunder is 0-3 for the first time in franchise history. Yep. Berry Tramel, Erik Horne and Maddie Lee discuss Westbrook's season debut and what's gone wrong for the Thunder in its winless start.
Thunder Buddies – Talking Thunder-Clippers with Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times (Game 2 of 82) – Inconsistencies plagued the Thunder last season, and they crept back into the game Friday in a blowout loss in Los Angeles. Erik Horne sits down with Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times (for a little bit) to discuss, plus answering your Twitter questions on Billy Donovan, the Thunder's shooting woes and more.
Thunder Buddies – Assessing Thunder-Warriors opening night with Mark Medina of the Bay Area News Group (Game 1 of 82) – The Thunder had a shot at toppling the Warriors even without Russell Westbrook. How did it get away? Erik Horne and Mark Medina, Warriors beat writer for the Bay Area News Group, discuss from Oakland.
Erik Horne is in his fourth season on the Thunder beat. Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013 following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The... Read more ›
Maddie Lee followed an NBA team from Seattle to Oklahoma City, she just took a 10-year detour in between. Lee joined the Oklahoman in October 2018 as a Thunder beat writer, fresh off a stint in Oxford, Miss., where she covered Ole Miss for the... Read more ›