Wakeup Call: Scottie Pippen kept Obama on his game yesterday

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Wakeup Call: Scottie Pippen kept Obama on his game yesterday

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, November 7:

BASEBALL
Yu Darvish says he'll pass on the World Baseball Classic . . . a decision that probably won't go over too well in Japan. (AP)

The Cubs are talking the talk about how to approach free agency. But as Theo and crew demonstrated during their later years in Boston, walking the walk can be tougher. (CSN Chicago)

The Red Sox missed out on Lew Ford all those years ago. But now, if they want, they can make up for that mistake. (CSN Baltimore)

Come on, Lucas. You guys make all that money. You couldn't hire a mover? (AP)

Um, Blue Jays? As we can tell you from last year's sad experience, dragging out the search process doesn't necessarily result in you getting a great -- or even good -- manager. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
It can get windy on an aircraft carrier, so Syracuse and San Diego State are going to play on Sunday afternoon instead of Friday night. (AP)

It won't be so windy on Georgetown's boat, so they're still on for Friday night. And since they're playing on a military venue, Georgetown plans to dress for the occasion. (CSN Washington)

Some AAU irregularities will cost two Indiana freshmen the first nine games of their college careers. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
When it comes to joining in the BCS debate, Brian Kelly says he'd just as soon sit this one out, thanks. (CSN Chicago)

They're still going to call it the Sugar Bowl, anyway. (AP)

First, Jim Mora wanted to send Twitter imposters to jail. Then he had a better idea. (NBC's College Football Talk)

GOLF
A trip to Disney is no vacation for some golfers, since it's their last chance to break into the top 125 on the money list and keep their Tour cards for 2013. (AP)

And if Davis Love III makes it, it'll be the 26th straight year he's been in the top 125 . . . a distinction some of the greatest golfers in history (Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods) can't claim. (AP)

HOCKEY
Ready to leave your Fourth of July picnic to get to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals? You might have to, if one of the NHL Governors gets his way. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
Now we know: Scottie Pippen's part of President Obama's posse. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

If this kind of flip-flopping is any indication, we can see politics in Kobe Bryant's future. (Pro Basketball talk)

That'll teach Monty Williams to keep his mouth shut. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
Kudos to the Giants for their 500,000 donation towards the Hurricane Sandy recovery effort. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

It's never too early to try and smoke out the playoff picture. (nbcsports.com)

The Steelers' injury bug has spread to the wide-receiver corps. (AP)

You knew this was coming, right? (CSN Philly)

Adam Vinatieri sure looks strange with a shaved head, but it's a great gesture by him and his Colts teammates. (Pro Football Talk)

Mickey Loomis is back on the job in New Orleans. (AP)

Brandon Jacobs, solid citizen? What are they putting in the water out there in San Francisco? (CSN Bay Area)

Somehow, Skip Bayless made Terrell Suggs look rational and reasonable. (CSN Baltimore)

Kevin Durant's future a mystery as OKC collapses

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Kevin Durant's future a mystery as OKC collapses

OAKLAND, Calif. - As Stephen Curry dribbled out the clock in a raucous Oracle Arena, Kevin Durant could only stand and watch.

The Golden State Warriors are heading back to the NBA Finals, while Durant's future in Oklahoma City is much less certain.

Two nights after blowing an opportunity to close out the defending champion Warriors at home, the Thunder got sent home for the summer when they lost Game 7 of the Western Conference finals 96-88 on Monday night.

Instead of becoming known as the team that knocked off the Warriors after their record-setting 73-win regular season, the Thunder will be remembered for a playoff collapse. They became just the 10th NBA team to lose a playoff series after taking a 3-1 lead and now head into an uncertain offseason with Durant eligible to become an unrestricted free agent in July.

If he does leave the only franchise he has played for in his nine-year career, he will do it having failed to deliver the championship to Oklahoma City. The closest the Thunder have gotten in Durant's tenure was when they lost the NBA Finals in five games to LeBron James and the Miami Heat in 2012.

They then lost in the second round the next season, in the conference finals in 2014 to San Antonio before missing the playoffs entirely because of an injury to Durant last year.

But under first-year coach Billy Donovan, Oklahoma City earned the third seed in the top-heavy Western Conference this season and then upset 67-win San Antonio in the second round. The Thunder followed that by winning three of the first four games against the Warriors, with a pair of lopsided wins at home.

But after losing Game 5 on the road, the Thunder blew an opportunity to eliminate the Warriors at home on Saturday night. Oklahoma City led by seven points with less than five minutes remaining but made only one basket and committed six turnovers down the stretch of a 108-101 loss that could haunt the franchise for years.

The Thunder responded on the road in Game 7 by taking a 13-point lead in the second quarter. But once Curry and Klay Thompson started hitting Oklahoma City with a flurry of 3-pointers, the Thunder had no answer. The Splash Brothers combined for 13 3-pointers as Golden State outscored Oklahoma City by 30 points from behind the line.

Oklahoma City's stars were no match. Russell Westbrook missed 14 of 21 from the field and shot just 36.8 percent in the three potential clinchers. Durant finished with 27 points but took only 10 shots in the first three quarters.

Durant did score seven straight points to cut an 11-point deficit to four with 1:40 remaining. But Serge Ibaka then fouled Curry on a 3-pointer with the shot clock running down, allowing Golden State to build the lead back to seven.

Durant then missed two shots and could only stare blankly when Curry ended Oklahoma City's season with a 3-pointer with 26.8 seconds left. Now the Thunder can only hope it doesn't end Durant's tenure in Oklahoma City as well.