1. Upset in Sight, OKC Must Overcome Warriors Team Embracing Underdog Role

    OKLAHOMA CITY — We almost always know which team is going to win a playoff series. Regular-season performance, home-court advantage, injured players, number of star players…it is a performance-driven but evidence-based process...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 21 hours ago 72,343 reads 260 comments

  2. Thunder Have Found a New Gear in West Finals That Warriors Have Yet to Show

    OKLAHOMA CITY — After a pair of losses placed the Golden State Warriors' special 73-win season at death's door, Draymond Green was left searching for broader, deeper whys and hows following Tuesday's 118-94 Game 4 blowout...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 4 days ago 80,397 reads 345 comments

  3. Golden State Warriors Walking Fine Line Between Confidence and Hubris

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Before they became aware of the full scope of the uproar over the kick that felled Steven Adams, while they were merely digesting how an impending blowout loss ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 5 days ago 77,292 reads 269 comments

  4. OKC Needs Durant to Be Better Than He's Ever Been If Warriors Are to Be Derailed

    Three days to rest. Three days to master the triple-team defenses being thrown at him. Three days to alter his legacy...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 8 days ago 70,023 reads 139 comments

  5. Russell Westbrook's Belief in Himself Puts Thunder in Control of West Finals

    OAKLAND, Calif. — We are witnessing the Will of Westbrook. It has now won once against the Golden State Warriors...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 11 days ago 29,711 reads 279 comments

  6. NBA Draft to See Simmons Go to Sixers, Say Sources, Leaving Ingram to Lakers

    The coast-to-coast debate over the merits of Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram expected to take place over the next five weeks might be a moot point...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 11 days ago 174,555 reads 367 comments

  7. Missing the Spark That Defines OKC, Spurs' Season Comes to Stunning End

    OKLAHOMA CITY — The last words said to Russell Westbrook before he took the court Thursday and ended what not long ago was accurately being called the greatest San Antonio Spurs season ever: "Let's go, fool...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 16 days ago 85,927 reads 228 comments

  8. Although Outdated, Thunder's Simple Approach Is Opening Path to West Finals

    SAN ANTONIO — The hand of the skinny man smacked the hand of the scowling one with the force of nearly 20,000 minutes spent on the court together in unfulfilled pursuit of a championship...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 18 days ago 37,550 reads 128 comments

  9. In Game 4, Durant at His Best with Westbrook, Who Holds Key to OKC Future

    OKLAHOMA CITY — The whipping wind, as it so often does, blew through Oklahoma City on Sunday. Tornado watches in effect; large hail reported, too. This felt different than the usual threat, though...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 20 days ago 341,412 reads 211 comments

  10. Luke Walton Brings Fresh Start, Hope for Resurgence to Los Angeles Lakers

    LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers ’ magic was in the air again, and it was electric. For more than six hours Thursday, three men who love the Lakers huddled, bonded ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 29 days ago 158,193 reads 291 comments

  11. Blake Griffin's Sacrifice Deserves Recognition Despite Clippers' Looming Demise

    LOS ANGELES — Before we allow Blake Griffin to move on from this forgettable season, he should be given a tremendous amount of credit. That’s right...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 104,619 reads 141 comments

  12. Stephen Curry, Chris Paul Injuries Create Tremendous Opportunity Out West

    Let's give thanks that Stephen Curry didn't hurt his knee in one of the final regular-season games pursuing that record 73rd victory. We never would've heard the end of it from the preservationists...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 50,491 reads 215 comments

  13. LA Lakers Brass Still Can't See Obvious Path Forward After Byron Scott Firing

    LOS ANGELES — There was a temptation for Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak to keep Byron Scott on as head coach. At least it would've projected some semblance of stability for the proud Los Angeles Lakers ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 199,067 reads 209 comments

  14. Game of Expectations: Which NBA Title Contenders Have Most to Lose in Playoffs?

    Perhaps we'll look back at Thursday's loss in Game 3 of the first round against the Houston Rockets as the Golden State Warriors' lone playoff blemish...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 85,316 reads 140 comments

  15. Thibodeau Hiring Sets Up T-Wolves and Their New Coach to Create Lasting Legacy

    The Minnesota Timberwolves are going to be a winning team, effective immediately. They could even be the NBA 's next great power after the Golden State Warriors ' current era...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 99,130 reads 228 comments

  16. Like His Warriors, Stephen Curry Redefining Greatness in Post-Michael Jordan Era

    OAKLAND, Calif. — For weeks these Warriors have been compared to Michael Jordan 's Bulls. Now that Stephen Curry and his Golden State teammates have their historic 73-9 record, ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 164,479 reads 374 comments

  17. His Body Failing Him, Kobe Bryant's Words Explain a Career We Won't Soon Forget

    LOS ANGELES — Absent from his farewell season has been the basketball that Kobe Bryant made his standard—so wicked and righteous that it shaped all who beheld it...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 96,555 reads 160 comments

  18. With End Almost Here, Kobe Bryant's Humane Side Finally Revealing Itself

    OKLAHOMA CITY — It was the last time for me. Of the 1,397 games Kobe Bryant has started in his career, I've been there in person for maybe 1,250. Too many to count. Way too many highlights to remember, frankly...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 68,540 reads 143 comments

  19. Draymond Green-Stephen Curry Pairing Fueling Warriors' Run to History

    SAN ANTONIO — "The best record of all time," Draymond Green called it. Stephen Curry put it this way: "Something no team has done in history...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 154,987 reads 210 comments

  20. The Incredible Irony of Sam Hinkie's Exit from the Philadelphia 76ers

    Sam Hinkie gave up because of his own human instincts. And that's appropriate, because the lesson from his Philadelphia 76ers reign is the overriding importance of treating people like people...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 69,501 reads 154 comments

  21. Blake Griffin, Clippers Appreciate Reunion, but a Difficult Future Lies Ahead

    LOS ANGELES — Pink is the color of the large residual discoloration on the back of Blake Griffin 's right hand...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 29,905 reads 101 comments

  22. Lakers' D'Angelo Russell-Nick Young Drama All Too Predictable Outcome for Both

    LOS ANGELES — It's not surprising to anyone who really knows these Los Angeles Lakers that D'Angelo Russell did something immature and thought he was above getting called ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 217,977 reads 265 comments

  23. Utah's Push into Playoff Picture Proves There Is Value in Doing Things Right Way

    SALT LAKE CITY — In an NBA so littered with strategic losing and tanking warfare, there is more honor than ever in making the playoffs. It means you put forth an effort to compete on a nightly basis...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 17,187 reads 58 comments

  24. Hidden Injury Alters Perspective of What Is and What Could Be for Anthony Davis

    There's nothing wrong with having opinions. It's just they are faulty if formed on the basis of lack of information...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 2 months ago 102,675 reads 163 comments

  25. Like Best Hoops Programs, Spurs' Success Built on Philosophy as Much as Players

    SAN ANTONIO — Every season the Spurs hole up at home this time of year, making up games they're due from vacating the AT&T Center in February for the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 2 months ago 32,833 reads 111 comments