Thunder Buddies Podcast: Is It Time To Panic About The Thunder\'s Playoff Chances?

Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio’s highly-acclaimed comedy ‘Ted’, but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of OKC’s only professional team.

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Thunder Buddies - 11/20 (<--Click here) -

 After four straight losses, the Thunder is 3-10 and in dead last in the Western Conference. Is it time for full-scale panic in OKC? Are the playoffs becoming unlikely? What's up with Reggie Jackson? How about Serge Ibaka? We discuss.


Thunder Buddies - 11/13 -

 This opening month has been about treading water and accumulating wins whenever possible. That's just what the Thunder did on Thursday night. How big a win was it? How important will the Anthony Morrow signing prove to be? Is Jeremy Lamb gonna even remain in the rotation? We discuss.

Thunder Buddies - 11/06 -

 The Thunder's injuries just won't stop. How big a concern is it moving forward? What, if anything, can we take from this opening month? What's wrong with the water in OKC? We discuss all that and more, including a heated debate about Serge Ibaka's 3-point proficiency.

Thunder Buddies - 10/31 - An emergency for the Thunder means an emergency Thunder Buddies podcast. Russell Westbrook is down -- the seventh Thunder player to be injured already this season. What is going on? What can be done to remedy the situation? Is it possible OKC misses the playoffs? We discuss.

Thunder Buddies - 10/23  - The regular season is days away, meaning our over/under season preview has returned. How many 3s will Serge Ibaka make? Will Mitch McGary crack the rotation? How many technicals will Russell Westbrook get? What will Darnell be wrong about this year? We discuss.

Thunder Buddies - 10/13 - Kevin Durant is injured. The star forward is out an expected 6-8 weeks with a foot fracture. How serious is this news? What should Scott Brooks do to his rotation? Did Darnell survive the state fair in Dallas? We discuss.

Thunder Buddies - 10/07 - The Thunder open preseasosn on Wednesday in Denver. What did we learn from their scrimmage on Sunday? What are we looking forwarrd to most over the next two weeks? We discuss.

Thunder Buddies - 09/30 - It's baaaaaaaaaaack. The NBA returned to OKC on Monday with Media Day. What was our biggest takeway? What was up with Steven Adams mustache? And do we agree with Reggie Jackson? Should he start? We discuss.

Thunder Buddies - 09/16 - The NBA offseason is nearing its end. Who won the past few months? Who lost? What were the Detroit Pistons doing? Did the Thunder get better? We discuss that and more, plus rank our top-10 teams heading into the preseason.

Thunder Buddies - 08/19 (<-Click here) -  The NBA schedule has been released and the roadmap for the next nine months has been laid. We return from a little hiatus to break down the best games and most intriguing matchups. Plus, why did KD really pull out of the World Cuup?

Thunder Buddies - 07/16 -  The Thunder's offseason hasn't been filled with sexy transactions, but a few interesting moves were made. How would we grade it? Berry Tramel returns to the show to discuss that as well as his trip to Italy.

Thunder Buddies - 07/08 - Mitch McGary had a couple decent showings in the summer league. Is Darnell Mayberry already writing his Hall of Fame speech? Yes. Yes, he is. But who else has impressed us in the Thunder's three games in Orlando? Also, what's going on with free agency?

Thunder Buddies - 06/30 - 

Free agency begins at midnight on Tuesday, and it could be an interesting one for the Thunder. Or not. We explore all their options, including the most intriguing (Pau Gasol? Mike Miller? Chandler Parsons?) and least intriguing (staying put).

Thunder Buddies - 06/27 - Mitch McGary with the 21st pick? Josh Huestis (Whostis?) with the 29th pick? Sam Presti, again, surprised us all with his draft night selections on Thursday. Has he found another pair of steals? Or was this a wasted draft? We discuss.

Thunder Buddies - 06/23 - The NBA Draft is just days away and, with the Thunder holding two first round picks, there's plenty to speculate. Should Sam Presti trade up? Trade out? Stay put and select a point guard? KOCO's Carson Cunningham joins us to sift through the possibilities.

Thunder Buddies - 06/17 - In our first postseason edition of Thunder Buddies, we recap some preseason predictions, map out Sam Presti's potential offseason moves and talk a little draft and free agency.

Thunder Buddies - 06/02 - 

The Thunder's season has come to an end in disappointing fashion. Who is at fault in Game 6? What's next for OKC? Who should they target in the draft? Free Agency? Finals picks? We discuss.

Thunder Buddies - 05/30 - Kevin Durant's postseason offensive numbers are still solid, but the regular season MVP hasn't had the same all-around impact as we saw a couple months ago. Does OKC need more out of him? Does he have another level to go? Is Scott Brooks secretly a robot. We discuss.

Thunder Buddies - 05/28 - Since the last time we talked to you, the Thunder has turned its series with the Spurs and its postseason hopes completely around. Serge Ibaka valiantly returned in Game 3 and Russell Westbrook destroyed the world in Game 4. Was it his best performance ever? Did the Thunder handle Ibaka's injury poorly? Who wins this series? We discuss.

Thunder Buddies - 05/22

 - Game 1 was bad. Game 2 was worse. Following a 35-point loss the Spurs in one of the poorest performances we've ever seen from the Thunder, we ask: What went wrong? What can they do to fix it? Will Scott Brooks make a lineup change? Or is he out of answers?

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Thunder Buddies - 05/20

 - The Thunder got blown out in Game 1 in San Antonio, unsuccessfully trying a variety of unique lineups and court combinations. Are there any answers out there for Scott Brooks? Or will this be a short series? Also, why does Berry Tramel hate Tim Duncan? We discuss."

Thunder Buddies - 05/17 - Serge Ibaka is out for the postseason, a potentially crippling blow to the Thunder's title hopes. How big a blow is it? Where will it affect them? Can they overcome it? Who you got in the Spurs series? We discuss it all.

Thunder Buddies – 05/14

 - What are we to make of the Thunder after that wild Game 5 comeback? Is it a sign of things to come? Or are there still inherit flaws within the offense that’ll eventually lead to OKC’s downfall? We discuss.

Thunder Buddies – 05/10  - Russell Westbrook and the Thunder have taken control of their second-round series against the Clippers. Has he turned a corner with his play? Is OKC in position to now cruise to the Western Conference Finals? What could derail them?

Thunder Buddies – 05/08 - The Thunder followed up a embarrassing Game 1 loss win an impressive Game 2 win. And Russell Westbrook was the star. We talk about his impressive game, Stone Cold Steve Adams growing legend and much more.

Thunder Buddies – 05/06 - The Thunder got blown out in Game 1, one of the team’s most uninspired playoff efforts in the past five years. What was the biggest issue? And what adjustments must Scott Brooks make to turn this series back to OKC?

Thunder Buddies – 05/02 - Berry Tramel joins us to offer a behind the scenes look into how an unfortunate headline became a national news story. How did we learn of it, what did we think and how could it have been avoided?

Thunder Buddies – 04/30 - It’s panic time in Oklahoma City. Kevin Durant is struggling, Russell Westbrook is jacking wild shots and Scott Brooks isn’t controlling either one. What’s the issue? And is it too late for the Thunder to get it fixed? We discuss.

Thunder Buddies – 04/28 - Was Reggie Jackson’s playoff performance on Saturday better than anything James Harden ever did? Is this the most interesting playoff series for the Thunder since they moved here? We answer all that and more on this episode.

Thunder Buddies – 04/25 - Trailing 2-1 in its first-round series, how much trouble is the Thunder in? And if OKC was to lose, is Scott Brooks in danger of getting fired? A lot of interesting topics to discuss heading into Game 4 and we cover all of them.

Thunder Buddies – 04/22 - What happened to the Thunder in its Game 2 loss? Why has Tony Allen been so effective guarding Kevin Durant? What adjustments must be made? We discuss all that and more on this week’s Thunder Buddies podcast.

Thunder Buddies – 04/17 

The playoffs are upon us. Along with Berry Tramel, we dissect the Thunder’s first-round matchup with the Grizzlies and make predictions. Plus, we breakdown the rest of the NBA postseason bracket.

Thunder Buddies – 04/11 - With the season in its final week, we reveal our postseason NBA Awards, including the MVP, Coach of the Year and more. Darnell finds a way, like always, to overrate another batch of players and Mike Sherman joins the podcast to explain why the way we vote on awards may be flawed.

Thunder Buddies – 04/01 - With the streaking San Antonio Spurs in town on Thursday, we discuss whether they are now the favorites to come out of the West. Would OKC beat them in a 7-game series? Why has Reggie Jackson torched them? And what’s up with the Indiana Pacers?

Thunder Buddies – 03/27 - We recap the Thunder’s loss in Dallas and ask: Is Scott Brooks’ defensive philosophy to blame for the 3-point issues? Then we debate the Thunder’s continued limitations on Russell Westbrook. Is it an example of coddling or an understandably reserved tactic? Plus, Darnell acts like Andrew Bynum matters again.

Thunder Buddies – 03/18 - The Thunder is sticking to its plan to limit Russell Westbrook’s minutes and rest him on back-to-backs. Is that an overly cautious approach? Will it cost them in the long run? We talk about all that and more, including a Jeremy Lamb segment, in our latest episode.

Thunder Buddies – 03/12 - Was Tuesday’s Thunder-Rockets showdown the most contentious regular season game you can remember? Was the Patrick Beverley play dirty? Is James Harden v Scott Brooks becoming a thing? We talk about all that and more on this week’s edition of the Thunder Buddies podcast.

Thunder Buddies – 03/05 - Has LeBron James closed the gap in the MVP? Does the Thunder have a fatal flaw that could eliminate them come late in the playoffs? We are joined by former OU receiver and current radio analyst PJ Mills to discuss some hot hoops topics.

Thunder Buddies – 02/25 - Kendrick Perkins is out up to six weeks with a groin injury. Is this concerning for the Thunder? Where could it be beneficial? We have an emergency podcast to discuss.

Thunder Buddies – 02/21 - We recap the Thunder’s disappointing loss to Miami, going over which developments mattered and which ones didn’t. Then we talk about potential buy-out options for the Thunder and Darnell reveals his best All-Star weekend story.

Thunder Buddies – 02/10 - With the season past its halfway point, we revisit our Finals picks and alter our projections. Has OKC become the favorite to win it all? Who can challenge them in the West? Will Indiana upend Miami in the East? And what is the best city for All-Star weekend?

Thunder Buddies – 02/04 - We’re joined by CBA expert Jon Hamm, who breaks down a variety of Thunder related topics. We chat about the James Harden trade, the possibility of amnestying Kendrick Perkins, the possibility OKC could make a deadline deal and throw out some trade ideas.

Thunder Buddies – 01/31 - A couple days removed from the Thunder’s huge win in Miami, we discuss how monumental the benching of Kendrick Perkins really was. And will it become a trend moving forward? Also, we debate whether or not Serge Ibaka and Russell Westbrook got snubbed from the All-Star game and give our Super Bowl predictions.

Thunder Buddies – 01/20 - We talk about the Thunder’s recent hot streak and the incredible play of Kevin Durant. Then, we stage the inaugural “I’m a better GM than you” fantasy draft.

Thunder Buddies – 01/15 - We talk about the Thunder’s recent struggles, what they can do to combat them, if it’s time for Scott Brooks to put Steven Adams in the starting lineup and if there are any intriguing names on the open market that the Thunder should jump on.

Thunder Buddies – 01/06 - Former Thunder player and 10-year NBA veteran Desmond Mason joins the podcast, reminiscing about his career, giving his best Gary Payton story and talking some Thunder hoops.

Thunder Buddies – 12/30


We’re a few days away from the surprising Russell Westbrook injury news. What’s our general reaction to it? Are the Thunder being overly cautious? Also, we play contender and pretender among the Western Conference’s upper echelon.

Thunder Buddies – 12/20


We give our perspectives on what happened between Kendrick Perkins and Joakim Noah after Sunday night’s game. Plus, we examine if this is the best Thunder team ever and where KD ranks in the current MVP landscape.

Thunder Buddies – 12/09  - We recap the Thunder’s best win of the season against Indiana, preview their upcoming schedule and give our favorite road cities and venues in the league. Plus, Berry continues to try and defend his terrible Grizzlies to the Finals pick.

Thunder Buddies 11/26  - Fresh off an easy 3-0 week, the Thunder is set for its biggest test of the season on Wednesday against the Spurs. We preview that game, talk about the decision to rest Russell Westbrook, discuss LeBron James’ impending free agency and much more.

Thunder Buddies 11/19 - After a disappointing road trip, the Thunder returns home for an appealing six-game homestand. We discuss the upcoming games, as well as Serge Ibaka’s All-Star candidacy, Russell Westbrook’s mean mug and the Blazers playoff chances.

Thunder Buddies 11/12  - As the Thunder get set to start a telling early-season road trip, with road dates against the Clippers and Warriors, we assess where they are at through six games, what they need to improve on and why in the world Berry Tramel still thinks the Grizzlies will win the West.

Thunder Buddies 11/5 - Russell Westbrook is back, but the Thunder offense is still struggling. Is it time to hit the panic button? Or can it just be chalked up as an early season lull. We discuss all that and more on this week’s episode of Thunder Buddies.

Thunder Buddies – 10/29 - The NBA season is finally upon us, with the Heat-Bulls tipping it off tonight and the Thunder opening in Utah on Wednesday. Has Steven Adams won the backup center job? Who is the best 2-guard in the league? What percentage chance do the Thunder have of winning the West? We talk all that and more on this week’s episode.

Thunder Buddies – 10/24 - The preseason is finally over, but it left us with plenty to talk about. On this week’s show, columnist Berry Tramel joins us in studio to chat about the Thunder’s biggest disappointment over the past couple weeks, who everybody likes coming out of the West and whether Darnell will ever change his tune when it comes to Steven Adams’ potential role this season.

Thunder Buddies – 10/16 - Is Kevin Durant the MVP favorite heading into the season? Is OKC’s recent three-point struggles a cause for concern? Will Darnell ever give Jamal Crawford and the Clippers the rightful praise they deserve? We explore all that in more in our second episode.

Thunder Buddies – 10/09 - In our initial show, we discuss the Thunder’s recent overseas preseason trip, what we learned and what we’ve still yet to find out. Also, we throw out some intriguing Thunder-related over/unders before both giving our most overrated team for the upcoming NBA season.

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