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What does Russell Westbrook’s return mean for the Thunder?
Monday , Nov , 04 , 2013 Elijah Abramson

What does Russell Westbrook’s return mean for the Thunder?

Russell Westbrook is one of the best players in the NBA, and the Oklahoma City Thunder finally have him back on the court.

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Westbrook is a beast, but OKC needs more than two of the league’s best scorers to compete for an NBA title.

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NBA Beat Down: Domestic Violence Out of Control.
Thursday , Sep , 05 , 2013 Andrew Flint

NBA Beat Down: Domestic Violence Out of Control.

Royce White and DeAndre Liggins both accused of domestic violence. HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: I hope Liggins didn't really drop a fan and an XBox on his girlfriend. That's seriously messed up. Read More
Top 5 Letdowns of 2012-13 NBA Season
Friday , May , 31 , 2013 Paul Eide

Top 5 Letdowns of 2012-13 NBA Season

After every NBA season, thanks to the gift of hindsight, it's easy to point out the biggest letdowns of the year.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: There are no shortage of candidates for this list. 

 

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The top 5 most popular NBA jerseys
Monday , Mar , 25 , 2013 Matt Formica

The top 5 most popular NBA jerseys

In the most recent data gathered, Lebron James topped the list of the NBA's most popular jerseys.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  Here is the list of the top 5 most popular NBA jerseys.

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Kevin Durant breaks Vince Carter’s ankles!
Tuesday , Mar , 19 , 2013 Matt Formica

Kevin Durant breaks Vince Carter’s ankles!

Kevin Durant may be tall and lengthy, but the dude still has ridiculous handles.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  Vince Carter probably needed to ice his ankles this weekend after Kevin Durant broke them.

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Lebron James continues to dominate
Saturday , Feb , 16 , 2013 Matt Formica

Lebron James continues to dominate

Love him or hate him, Lebron James is putting together one of the best seasons of basketball by any player in history.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  His superstar season continued with a big win over the Thunder Thursday night.

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The top 5 free throw shooters in the NBA today
Saturday , Jan , 12 , 2013 Matt Formica

The top 5 free throw shooters in the NBA today

The following article profiles the top five free throw shooters in the NBA today.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  Free throw shooting is a crucial aspect of the game and is often the difference between winning and losing.

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Rumor- James Harden To Suns
Wednesday , Aug , 01 , 2012 Paul Eide

Rumor- James Harden To Suns

With the fresh wound of coming "oh so close" to signing Eric Gordon away from New Orleans yet to heal, the Suns remain on the prowl for a perimeter scorer- enter James Harden.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Maybe it is a bit premature to think about a final landing spot for Harden considering he is signed through the end of the upcoming NBA season, but there are a lot of things that make sense about him ending up in Arizona.

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Mario Chalmers Leads Miami to 3-1 Lead
Thursday , Jun , 21 , 2012 Andrew Flint

Mario Chalmers Leads Miami to 3-1 Lead

With LeBron sidelined, Chalmers comes through to dominate the 4th quarter.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Mario will not be denied.

One thing Mario Chalmers has never lacked is confidence. On a team star studded with sure-fire Hall-of-Famers, he still humbly sees himself as a go-to option and in game 4 he showed the world why. 

Game 4 was like a lot of the Thunder vs. Heat series, ugly, grinding, hard-nosed basketball. These are the types of games where it's tough for the refs to not get involved. On every play bodies are going flying. This is a Finals dominated by names like Wade, Durant, James, Westbrook, Bosh, and Harden, but Mario added Chalmers to the mix in a big way Tuesday night.

Chalmers came into a virtually tied game and dominated the 4th quarter wit h 12 points including a clutch layup with under a minute to go to push Miami on to victory. He ended the game with 25 points on 9-15 shooting and 3-9 from downtown. When LeBron went out of the game with cramps, it wasn't Wade, but Chalmers that took over the game. His confidence is perhaps his greatest strength. And although he's the 4th or 5th option on this high-powered offense, he knows how to turn it on when it counts. If Miami goes on to win the NBA Championship this year, let the record show it was Chalmers that brought them game 4.

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Position-by-Position Finals Matchup
Sunday , Jun , 10 , 2012 Elijah Abramson

Position-by-Position Finals Matchup

Here are your position-by-position Finals matchups.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: It all starts with Lebron vs. Durant. The matchup of the year. This is the head-to-head mathup everyone wants to see.

CENTER: Kendrick Perkins vs. Udonis Haslem.

Perkis is tough as nails, but isn't much of an offesnive threat. Haslem's been battling it out with Garnett for 7 games, so it's difficult to see Perkins bing any more intimidating that KG. Plus, Haslem has a mid-range jumper he can knock down. Edge: Heat.

POWER FORWARD: Serge Ibaka vs. Shane Battier or Chris Bosh.

Ibaka has always been regarded as a shot-blocking machine and with his recent addition of consistent mid-range shooter he is a true threat on both ends of the court. The real question is whether he can continue to shoot lights out or if his 11-11 night of shooting was a fluke. Bosh is still getting his legs under him, but dropping 17 points and 3 3-pointers in game seven is only going to help. Edge: even.

SMALL FORWARD: Kevin Durant vs. LeBron James.

Durant shoots the 3-pointer better than Durant, but will he be able to get the looks he needs with LeBron on him. LeBron is unstopable from 17-feet and in, but tends to settle for too many outside jumpers, instead of taking the ball to the rim. The real benefit of Durant is he is better at getting his entire team involved. LeBron's the MVP, but Durant is a better franchise player. Edge: Thunder (barely).

SHOOTING GUARD: Thabo Sefolosha vs. Dwyane Wade.

Dwayne Wade hasn't exactly been himself this playoffs. He's been putting up descent numbers, but never really taking over. Sefolosha will put the defensive clamps down on Wade, but Sefolosha lacks offensive skills Wade bring to the table. Edge: Heat.

POINT GUARD: Russell Westbrook vs. Mario Chalmers.

Chalmers is quick by normal standards and a descent shot, but Westbrook is lightening fast and a better shooter. Chalmers will have his hands full trying to keep Westbrook from penetrating at will. Edge: Thunder (By far). 

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Does Calling a Timeout Help?
Sunday , Jun , 03 , 2012 Andrew Flint

Does Calling a Timeout Help?

Using quantitative analysis three Norwestern University researches can figure out what coaches know how to call timeout and what coaches don't. HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: I love when sports and nerds collide. Very cool stuff. Read More
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Sunday , Apr , 15 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Video: Kevin Durant`s alley-oop to Russell Westbrook entertains Thunder fans

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: They win together and enterain together.

Watch Kevin Durant lead the break and toss a picturesque alley-oop to partner in crime Russell Westbrook, which naturally sends the masses in Oklahoma City into a frenzy.



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Monday , Apr , 09 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Scott Brooks thinks resting stars is ‘Cheating the Game’

 

Brooks has never subscribed to sitting players. He has likened the strategy to “cheating the game” and the fans. And on Sunday, he confessed that his team's youth plays a part as well. “If we had a bunch of veteran guys in their 30s, there's no question things would be different,” Brooks said. “But our guys, if you take out some of the guys, they'll think I'm benching them twice a game. They want to play every minute. They love to play and they want to keep playing. It's like pulling teeth to get five or six minutes out of them per half.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Scott Brooks may be right. But it doesn’t matter.

In a way, resting players for the playoffs is cheating fans and, in turn, the game. Still, Brooks, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s head coach, isn’t a caretaker or advocate for basketball.

He has one job: to win. He is accountable to Clay Bennett and the other owners of the Thunder, who want to win.

So Brooks -- although his intentions are good -- should focus on getting the most from his players and beating the Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, and all other foes in the Western Conference.

Simply put, nothing else matters -like the good of the game.

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Wednesday , Mar , 28 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Tony Parker: Spurs can beat Thunder to win championship

"Our goal is to win a championship. Tim Duncan and I haven’t got a lot of time left. The Spurs made the right moves by signing Stephen Jackson, Boris Diaw and Patty Mills. We have a complete team now. We know we can beat everybody in the West, we proved it by beating OKC two times already. Winning another title is something we can do this year. (…)

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: In the last month, the San Antonio Spurs have added Boris Diaw, Stephen Jackson, and Patty Mills to take, perhaps, their final run at an NBA championship.

This has All-Star point guard Tony Parker excited -and with good reason.

The black-and-silver has accumulated a potentially potent mix of youth and experience. They still have their ‘Big Three’ in Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker, while DeJuan Blair, Kwahi Leonard, Gary Neal, and Tiago Splitter are all young and athletic.

The key could be Jackson. If he finds his past form -something that shouldn’t be too difficult as he won a championship with the Spurs in 2003- then Gregg Popovich’s crew could give the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers competition out west.

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