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    John Rohde comes to Tyler Media after 26 1/2 years with The Oklahoman, during which he served as a columnist and beat writer. Voted Oklahoma Sportswriter of the Year five times, Rohde has covered OU football and basketball, the Oklahoma City Thunder, OKC/New Orleans Hornets, Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, the Final Four, Masters and PGA Tour.

 

The Thunder's 'Bottom 10'

OKC's 10 most painful defeats in an incredibly painful season

     Just when you thought the OKC Thunder’s injury plagued season couldn’t possibly be more painful, the 2014-15 campaign came to an abrupt halt Wednesday night with no playoff berth for the first time since the franchise’s inaugural season in 2008-09. Read more...

Westbrook-Durant on verge of scoring history

About to become first active teammates to win back-to-back NBA scoring titles

     If Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook goes scoreless playing in tonight's regular-season finale at Minnesota, former teammate James Harden of Houston would have to score at least 35 points at home against Utah to win this year’s NBA scoring title. Read more...

More fortunate breaks await Thunder vs. Timberwolves

OKC opponents are now the ones dealing with rash of injuries

     This season has brought some serious bad luck for OKC, but lately that misfortune has shifted in the Thunder's favor. Read more...

Don't expect Popovich to rest starters vs. Pelicans

Spurs are No. 2 seed, but could drop to No. 6 with loss to New Orleans

     Yes, San Antonio will play its starters in its season finale against the Pelicans on Wednesday night. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who for years has put resting his older players ahead of reaching the highest possible seed, has altered his approach this entire season. Read more...

OKC hoping to get 'spurred' into playoffs

Thunder must win at Minnesota; Pelicans must lose to Spurs

     And so the final playoff spot in the NBA’s Western Conference comes down to this: Read more...

Thunder's fate could take a hard hit tonight

OKC is relying on the rival Grizzlies to beat Pelicans


Thunder has become everyone's get-well card

OKC has lost four of its last five, all against teams that were struggling

     The Thunder suddenly has become a get-well card for ailing opponents. Read more...

Forget that crazy 8 seed; Thunder can get to No. 7

OKC can pull within two games with win against No. 7-seeded Dallas

     Ever since their team’s record finally rose to the .500 mark on Jan. 2, tortured Thunder fans have zeroed in on the No. 8 playoff seed in the Western Conference. Read more...

No Durant, but Thunder's plan remains unchange

Slew of injuries have put OKC in survival mode all season

     Friday’s formal announcement that Kevin Durant would not return this season came as no great shock, but that didn’t make general manager Sam Presti’s statement any less painful to read. Read more...

Najera-Cleaves collision revisited this week

OU and MSU meet in NCAA Tournament for first time since the 1999 TKO