Reports: Pacers trade Paul George to Thunder

Reports: Pacers trade Paul George to Thunder

Less than a week after Russell Westbrook won the MVP, the Thunder have acquired another star to pair with their point guard. 

The Pacers reportedly traded four-time All-Star small forward Paul George to the Thunder, according to multiple national reports. 

In return, the Pacers received guard Victor Oladipo and forward Domantas Sabonis from the Thunder. 

George averaged a career-high 23.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game in the 2016-17 season.

Ramona Shelbourne of ESPN was first to report the news. 

Westbrook's historic effort eliminates Denver, locks in Warriors-Blazers

Westbrook's historic effort eliminates Denver, locks in Warriors-Blazers

For the second straight year, the Warriors will meet the Trail Blazers in the postseason.

And it was set up in dramatic fashion.

Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook, who earlier in Sunday's game in Denver broke Oscar Robertson's single-season triple-double record, hit a game-winning 3-pointer as time expired to lift the Thunder past the Nuggets 106-105.

The loss eliminated the Nuggets from playoff contention and allowed Portland to clinch the 8th and final spot in the West.

The Warriors won all four meetings with the Blazers this season:

Nov. 1, 2016 in Portland: Warriors 127, Blazers 104
Dec. 17, 2016 in Oakland: Warriors 135, Blazers 90
Jan. 4, 2017 in Oakland: Warriors 125, Blazers 117
Jan. 29, 2017 in Portland: Warriors 113, Blazers 111

Last year, the Warriors defeated the Blazers in five games in the Western Conference Semifinals.

The NBA playoffs begin next weekend.

Westbrook's game-winner finished off a 50-point, 16-rebound, 10-assist performance, his record-setting 42nd triple-double of the season.

 

Did Kendrick Lamar take shot at Kevin Durant on latest single?

Did Kendrick Lamar take shot at Kevin Durant on latest single?

Hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar's new album "The Heart Part 4" drops on April 7, but his lyrics are already making waves.

Lamar, who hails from Compton, California, appears to take a shot at Kevin Durant for his decision to leave the Thunder and join the Warriors this past offseason in free agency.

From the single titled "IV":

     Tables turned, lessons learned, my best look
     You jumped sides on me, now you 'bout to meet Westbrook
     Go celebrate with your team and let victory vouch you
     Just know the next game played, I might slap the s--- out you
     Technical foul, I'm flagrant, I'm foul
     They throwin' me out, you throw in the towel

If the Warriors face the Thunder again this season, it will be in a playoff series. Golden State swept Oklahoma City 4-0 during the regular season, winning 122-96 on Nov. 3, 121-100 on Jan. 18, 130-114 on Feb. 11, and 111-95 on March 20

Their average margin of victory was just under 20.