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Warriors vs. Thunder Live Stream: How to Watch Online for Free

Steven Adams of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors battle for the ball during a game February 11, (Getty)

For the second time this season, the Golden State Warriors are back in Oklahoma City.

As the NBA Playoffs approach, the game has a different meaning for both teams. When the two met in early February, Golden State opened up the game in the second half and never looked back, cruising to a victory. But this time, the Warriors are without Kevin Durant, who is sidelined with a season-ending knee injury.

Golden State looks like it’s found its groove once again after taking a few losses as the team learned to play without Durant. The Warriors have won three-straight games — all at home — and hold a two-game edge on the San Antonio Spurs for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. The Thunder, on the other hand, have won five-straight games as they battle with the Los Angeles Clippers for the No. 5 seed in the West. They are currently one-half game back of the Clippers for the spot.

The game March 20 starts at 8 p.m. EST and will be televised on TNT.

Looking for a live stream of the game? There are a handful of options available, including a free trial from Sling TV.

Here’s a roundup of the options:


If You’re in the United States & Don’t Have a Cable or Satellite Log-In

On the Web:

If you’re in the United States and don’t have access to a cable or satellite log-in, you can watch the game through Sling TV, an online streaming service that provides access to select channels for a monthly fee. The service’s Orange package, which includes TNT, costs $20 a month. But if you’re looking for a way to watch the game for free, you can do so with Sling’s free 7-day trial.

To sign up for Sling, follow these steps:

1. Click here to sign up for Sling TV. You’ll need to enter your credit card information when signing up, but if you cancel your subscription before the trial period ends, you will not be charged.

2. When you sign up, select Sling’s Orange package, which costs $20 per month. You’ll also have the option of selecting Sling’s Blue, and/or selecting “add-ons,” all of which come with a monthly fee but are included in the free trial. The Orange package is the only one that includes TNT. Fortunately, it’s the default package on the Sling TV website.

3. Download the Sling desktop app, and navigate over to TNT to watch the game.

With an App:

If you sign up for the free Sling trial, you can watch the game on the Sling app, which you can download for free in the App store or the Google Play store. There’s also a Sling app for Roku, Chromecast, Nexus player, ZTE and XBox One. Click here for a full list of compatible devices.

The service’s Orange package costs $20 a month. But if you’re looking for a way to watch a week’s worth of games for free, you can do so with Sling’s free 7-day trial.

To sign up for Sling, follow these steps:

1. Click here to sign up for Sling TV. You’ll need to enter your credit card information when signing up, but if you cancel your subscription before the trial period ends, you will not be charged.

2. When you sign up, select Sling’s standard Orange package, which costs $20 per month. You’ll also have the option of selecting Sling’s Blue package, and/or selecting “add-ons,” all of which come with a monthly fee but are included in the free trial. The Orange package is the only one that includes TNT. Fortunately, it’s the default package on the Sling TV website.

3. Download the Sling mobile app or utilize the app on your connected TV, and navigate over to TNT to watch the game.


If You Have a Cable or Satellite Log-in That Includes TNT

On the Web:

If you have access to a cable subscription log-in and password — either yours or that of someone you know — you can watch the game online for free via Watch TNT. If you’re having trouble logging in or have questions about the service, try the site’s help page.

With an App:

Mobile users with access to a cable subscription can watch the game by downloading the Watch TNT app. It’s available in the App Store, the Google Play Store and the Windows Store.

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Thelma Krause, Jerry’s Wife: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Legendary Chicago Bulls general manager Jerry Krause died on March 21 at age 77. He is survived by his wife Thelma, and his two stepchildren, Stacy and David. Krause was best known as the executive behind the six NBA Finals Championships the Bulls won between 1991 and 1998 with Michael Jordan leading the way on the court.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Krause died after battling several health issues, including osteomyeltis.

Here’s what you need to know about Krause’s wife and family.


1. Thelma Said She Couldn’t Read Newspapers When Her Husband Was the Target of Critics

In a 1996 Chicago Tribune profile of her husband, Thelma said she stopped reading newspapers at the time because her husband was the target of critics for several moves he made at the time, including trading for Dennis Rodman.

“I came to understand that in the media, everyone has their own agenda,” Thelma told the Tribune. “They aren’t looking for Jerry to be their friend but for what he can do for them. I guess I have understood that, but frankly, I don’t read the newspapers anymore.”

“I went nuts when I read that,” Thelma she recalled when asked about reports that there was acrimony between Krause and Michael Jordan. “I really lost it. Nothing again will ever allow me to feel that way. In a sense, it has toughened my skin, and I am at peace with it.”

At the time of that interview, Thelma was a volunteer at health clinics and for a health services group called LINKS.

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2. Krause Said in 1990 He Wanted to Win a Title ‘For My Wife’

In a 1990 Chicago Reader profile, Krause said he not only wanted to win an NBA Finals title for the city he grew up in, but also for his wife.

“It would mean something special to me to win a championship ring in this town,” Krause told the Chicago Reader. “I grew up here. I have a father lying in a grave here; I want to win one for him. I want to win one for my wife and family; I want to win one for Karen Stack, my top assistant; I want to win one for all the people in the front office; I want to win one for Jerry Reinsdorf, who gave me a chance; I want to win one for all the old scouts who never got their chance.”

Krause also told the magazine at the time that he would watch games with Thelma in the seats, sitting next to him. He would get so into a game that he’d refuse to speak. “My wife says I’m silent like a sphinx. But to me it ain’t like going to the theater. This ain’t play; it’s my life,” he said.

In that same Chicago Reader profile, sportswriter Bill Gleason credited Thelma with cleaning up Krause’s “look.”

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3. Thelma Supported Krause Through His Health Problems

Thelma was by Krause’s side in recent years as he dealt with a series of health issues. “Thel has been through this with me,” Krause told the Chicago Tribune in 2016. “It has been tough.”

Krause dreamed of being a scout until the day he died, but he had to retire in 2016. He was diagnosed with osteomyelitis, a bone infection, and doctors were unable to successfully treat it. He also had two heart surgeries and prostate surgery and had sleep apnea. He considered a “good day” one when he got at least five hours of sleep.

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4. Michael Jordan Offered Her His Condolences in a Statement

In a statement to TMZ Sports, Michael Jordan offered Thelma his condolences.

“Jerry was a key figure in the Chicago Bulls dynasty of the 1990s and meant so much to the Bulls, the White Sox and the entire city of Chicago. My heartfelt condolences go out to his wife, Thelma, his family and friends,” Jordan said.

Krause and Jordan often butted heads during the ’90s. He also feuded with Phil Jackson, but the Bulls still on their sixth title in 1998.

Roland Lazenby quotes Kruase as saying in Mindgames: Phil Jackson’s Long Strange Journey that he believed Jordan got the credit when the Bulls won and he was blamed when the Bulls lost. One time, the fans were booing Jerry so loudly that Thelma broke down in tears during a game.

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5. Thelma Had 2 Children From a Previous Relationship

Thelma had two children, Stacy and David. Krause is also survived by their four grandchildren, Colette, Josh, Mia and Riley.

“The entire Bulls organization is deeply saddened by the passing of Jerry Krause,” Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a statement. “Jerry was one of the hardest working guys I have ever been around, and he was one of the best talent evaluators ever. Jerry played an integral role in our run of six championships in eight years. He truly was the architect of all our great teams in the ’90s. I would not have been elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame if it were not for Jerry. We will miss him tremendously, and we send our thoughts and prayers to his wife Thelma and the Krause family.”

Krause was the Bulls’ GM from March 1985 to April 2003, for 18 seasons, before leaving the NBA.

“Jerry was a great basketball executive who I was fortunate to have worked for when I first joined the Bulls,” current Bulls GM Gar Forman said in a statement. “For those that did not know him, Jerry was an even better person. He was a quality human being who treated everyone great. He will be missed dearly. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

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Jerry Krause Dead: Former Players, Associates React to His Death

Former Chicago Bulls General Manager Jerry Krause (Getty)

Former Chicago Bulls General Manager Jerry Krause died at the age of 77 on March 21.

Krause was known as the architect of the Bulls’ dominance in the 1990s and was a Chicago native. He took over as the Bulls’ GM in 1985 and was responsible for bringing in the pieces to surround Michael Jordan the led the franchise to six championships.

He was responsible for crafting a trade in 1987 on NBA Draft day to bring Scottie Pippen to Chicago and then drafted center Horace Grant.

Because of his success, he earned the NBA’s Executive of the Year award twice. Before landing the Bulls GM job, Krause was an NBA scout for various teams and also an MLB scout for the Chicago White Sox.

Here are some of the reactions from around the league in regard to Krause’s passing:


Michael Jordan Released a Statement to TMZ Offering His Condolences to the Krause Family


Former Bulls Coach Phil Jackson Said It Was a ‘Sad Day’ For the NBA Community


Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf Said Krause Was 1 of The ‘Hardest Working Guys’ Around


Former Bull Jay Williams Offered His Condolences


ESPN’s Mike Greenberg Said Krause Should Be Forever Known as a ‘Key Component’ of the Bulls’ Six Titles


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Jerry Krause & Michael Jordan: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Former general manager Jerry Krause and coach Tim Floyd of the Chicago Bulls (Getty)

Former Chicago Bulls General Manager Jerry Krause died March 21 at the age of 77.

Krause is known for being the architect of the Bulls’ dominance in the 1990s and was a Chicago native. He took over as the Bulls’ GM in 1985 and was responsible for bringing in the pieces to surround Michael Jordan that led the franchise to six championships. He made a trade on draft day in 1987 to acquire Scottie Pippen and then drafted Horace Grant. He also hired Phil Jackson as the Bulls’ coach.

During Krause’s tenure as the Bulls GM, Chicago won six NBA championships.

But Krause was often an afterthought in terms of being a key contributor to winning the championship rings. And his poor relationship with Jordan ultimately led to hostility and him being forced out of the organization in 2003 after 18 seasons at the helm.

Here’s what you need to know about Krause and Jordan’s testy relationship:


1. Fans & Analysts Blame Krause For Breaking Up the Bulls

After winning six NBA championships in eight years, Krause blew up the team.

One week after winning a title in 1998, Bulls coach Phil Jackson said he wouldn’t be back next season to coach the team and retired. Then in January 1999, Jordan announced that he would also be retiring — though both came out of retirement and eventually returned to the NBA. The Bulls haven’t won another title since.

Instead of saying that players and coaches play the biggest role in bringing the titles to Chicago, Krause was noted as saying “organizations win championships.” But Krause said in a 2003 interview with the New York Times that his remarks were taken out of context.

What I said was, ‘Players and coaches alone don’t win championships, organizations win championships.’ I was terribly misquoted. I am an organization man, but a wire-service reporter used the quote without the ‘alone’ and then everybody picked up on it. Including the team.

After Jackson, Jordan and Pippen left the team after the 1998 title, Krause started a rebuild project. He unloaded veteran players in favor of young talent, including Elton Brand, Ron Artest and Jay Williams. But the Bulls struggled, finishing 15-67 overall in the 2000-2001 season. They improved slightly in the season after, but Bulls ownership didn’t like the way the future was heading.

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2. Jordan Grew Upset Because Krause Failed to Consult Him on Acquisitions

In a February 2017 on Adrian Worjanowski’s “The Vertical Podcast,” Krause was a guest and spoke about how he was adamant about not consulting players, namely Jordan, before trades and drafts.

But Krause said that Jordan never ever came to him to ask for help. He said part of that was because Jordan thought he “was so darn good” that he would be able to succeed without other players.

He never came to me and asked for other players. He never came to me and asked me to draft a player. He never came to me to ask me to trade for a player. Never once did that happen. Part of it was he thought he was so darn good he could win without them, I’m sure of that, he would say, ‘That’s nuts, I’ll win without them. I don’t care.’ But, Michael was smart enough to understand the organization after the first time and understood what we had to do as an organization and he was great with it. He never complained to me.

According the the New York Times profile after he retired, Krause said that Jordan’s judgement on talent was lackluster. When trades and acquisitions were made, Krause said Jordan always seemed to have a differing opinion.

There were trades he wanted us to make and they were not good. Michael’s just not a good judge of talent. He argued, for one example, against the trade for Bill Cartwright, and later he said that without Bill we don’t win the championships. He said it, but grudgingly.


3. Jordan Strongly Objected When Krause Traded Charles Oakley to the Knicks

In 1986, Krause was very high on forward Brad Sellers and ultimately decided to select him in the NBA Draft that year. But Jordan strongly objected, instead clamoring for Johnny Dawkins out of Duke University. All the way up until draft night, it looked as if the Bulls would select Dawkins, but Krause changed course, ignoring differing opinions and selecting Sellers to join the team.

Jordan was very upset at the pick and was reportedly quoted as saying “it’s a hell of a lot easier to make Earl Monroe look good than it is Brad Sellers.”

During practice, Jordan would “go after” Sellers, who was traded from the Bulls after spending three seasons with the team.

But that wasn’t even the thing that irked Jordan the most.

Jordan strongly objected to the Bulls trading Charles Oakley to the New York Knicks in 1988 for Bill Cartwright. Oakley was reportedly Jordan’s best friend on the team and the transaction put a strain on Chicago’s rebounding and defense.

It wasn’t just seeing his friend move to New York that angered Jordan, it’s the fact that Krause never communicated the trade to the team. Jordan found out about it the same way everybody else did, on TV, according to a 2000 book titled Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made by David Halberstam.

Despite Jordan’s hatred of the trade, Cartwright worked out well for the Bulls and gave them a large presence in the lane. Jordan admitted in Halberstam’s book that he was perhaps incorrect and Krause’s instincts were right about the trade. Though he kept his same thoughts on Krause and his management style.

In an article by Sports Illustrated, Jordan was quoted as saying about Krause:

The trade of Oakley was good, and the best thing he did was to get Pippen and Grant. That’s it. His claim to fame is that he drafted Earl Monroe for the Bullets. And I say to him, ‘What pick was that?’ He says, ‘Two.’ And I say, ‘Hell! Earl Monroe was a real secret, huh? A real secret? If you hadn’t taken him, he’d have gone third!

Jordan developed the nickname “Crumbs” for Krause because of his obese body type and appearance, according to Forbes.


4. Krause Was Stingy When It Came to Contracts & That Angered Jordan

Even though Krause was noted as assembling perhaps the greatest team in NBA history in 1995, Jordan still had animosity toward him.

Another thing that angered Jordan about Krause was his reluctance to give players what he deemed they were worth on their contracts.

Jordan’s new contract in particular caused turmoil when Krause and team owner Jerry Reinsdorf were reluctant to pay Jordan almost $30 million in one season. Instead, they were thinking more in the range of $20 million.

In addition, there were multiple occasions where Krause thought players were worth less than what they wanted, including John Paxson. Krause told the Chicago Tribune that when Paxson’s contract was up, he requested the GM to do contract negotiations.

His contract was up and he came to me and said, ‘I’d like you to negotiate my contract.’ I said, ‘Whoa, what do you mean?’ He said, ‘Well, tell me what the number is and we’ll just do it that way.’ I said, ‘Pax, general managers don’t negotiate players’ contracts.’ He said he’d like me to do it and trusted me So I did it and gave him more than I should’ve. He probably knew that would happen. He’s smart as hell. Three years later, his contract was up and I told him he was making too much now for me to do it, so he needed an agent. He got David Falk.


5. Jordan Offered His Condolences In a Statement After Krause’s Death

Despite the history between the two, Jordan was one of the first to release a statement offering his condolences on the passing of Krause.

Jordan said in the statement that the city of Chicago experienced a great loss following Krause’s death. He added that his former GM was a “key figure” for the Bulls’ dynasty in the 1990s. In addition to Jordan’s statement, Jackson, who also had disputes with Krause, issued a statement that offered his condolences.


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WATCH: Serge Ibaka, Robin Lopez Throw Punches In Brawl

An unnecessary hip bump by the Toronto Raptors‘ Serge Ibaka on the Chicago Bulls‘ Robin Lopez led to quite the scuffled in a game March 21.

Watch a video of the fight above.

Lopez was reaching up to go for a rebound after a shot by Jimmy Butler. When he landed, he was bumped by Ibaka in his back. Lopez retaliated by trying to grab at the ball and throwing a right-handed haymaker, which just missed Ibaka’s head.

When Ibaka saw Lopez cocking up to throw a punch, he threw a right-handed blow of his own, which caught Lopez in the left temple area.

Both teams’ players stayed on the benches as teammates tried to break up the ongoing scuffle. Once the dust settled, both players were ejected from the game and figure to get quite the hefty fine from the NBA.

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