The Thunder Weren’t Built For The Modern NBA

Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder washed out of the playoffs Tuesday night in a 105-99 Game 5 loss, the last sigh of a frustrating 4-1 series loss to the Houston Rockets. The game followed a familiar script, with the Thunder rushing out to an early lead as Westbrook put a good and thorough thumping on the Rockets defense. But as the game wore on, Westbrook began to tire, the Houston defense began to tighten, and the OKC bench hemorrhaged an enormous number of points. As the Rockets pulled away, the Thunder had no means to make up that ground, because the Thunder cannot shoot.

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Why Can’t The Rockies Hit Outside The Rockies?

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With 14 wins and 8 losses, the Colorado Rockies are off to one of their best-ever starts to a season. They lead the NL West, and they’ve more than doubled their playoff odds since the preseason. (Their odds are now 34 percent, according to FiveThirtyEight’s MLB predictions.) For a franchise that’s made only three postseason appearances in 25 seasons, an April like this is enough to make fans storm the field in excitement. But to keep this hot streak going, the Rockies will have to break the curse of Coors Field — and not the one you hear about all the time.

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‘A Thousand Junkies’: Film Review | Tribeca 2017


Three drug addicts desperately search for a fix in Tommy Swerdlow’s black comedy ‘A Thousand Junkies.’

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Critic’s Notebook: 20 Years Later, ‘Ellen’s’ ‘The Puppy Episode’ Remains Significant (and Funny)


Ellen DeGeneres’ sitcom coming-out is still a star-studded, often hilarious look at acceptance.

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NBC News President on Megyn Kelly’s New Show, Trump and Fox News Turmoil


“I would never allow a culture like that to exist,” Noah Oppenheim says of the recent Bill O’Reilly allegations.

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Trump’s Health Care Bill Won Over The Freedom Caucus — But Risks Losing Everyone Else

The American Health Care Act isn’t dead yet. An amendment offered by New Jersey Rep. Tom MacArthur pushed the bill to the right, and as a result the Freedom Caucus — which opposed the AHCA originally — has now endorsed the bill. The endorsement suggests that most of the 30 or so Freedom Caucus members will vote “yes” if the bill is brought to the floor.

But it’s not clear how much the Freedom Caucus reversal increases the AHCA’s prospects of being signed into law. Republicans still face a major problem among more moderate Republicans in the House. And the MacArthur amendment likely makes passage in the U.S. Senate even more remote.

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‘The Circle’: Film Review | Tribeca 2017


Emma Watson becomes the mascot for a new wave of privacy-eroding web services in ‘The Circle,’ James Ponsoldt’s adaptation of Dave Eggers’ 2013 novel.

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‘Whitney: Can I Be Me’: Film Review | Tribeca 2017


Director Nick Broomfield’s Showtime-backed music documentary ‘Whitney: Can I Be Me’ chronicles the dramatic rise and fall of record-breaking pop diva Whitney Houston.

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Grammy-Winning Artist Siedah Garrett to Perform at Nancy Davis’ Race to Erase MS Gala


The Oscar-nominated singer-songwriter joins Chicago on the entertainment lineup for the star-studded annual benefit for diabetes on May 5 at the Beverly Hilton.

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“Blurred Lines” Appeal Brief Says Artists Can’t Copyright a Groove


“A ‘groove’ or ‘feeling’ cannot be copyrighted, and inspiration is not copying.”

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