Thunder on the road against Nuggets

Tomorrow at home against Pistons

The Oklahoma City Thunder (8-8, 7th Western Conference) are looking to end their three game skid tonight on the road against the Denver Nuggets (6-9, 10th Western Conference) before heading back home for a game against the Detroit Pistons (7-9, 9th Eastern Conference) on Saturday night.

Last nights 14 point loss to the Sacramento Kings (6-9, 11th Western thunderConference) came into play after the Kings went on a 36-point third quarter and pulled away in the fourth with a 29 point performance.  They were led by DeMarcus Cousins 36 points and 13 rebounds.

The Thunder were led by Russell Westbrook’s 31 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.  His frustration was evident after the game.

”We’ve got to be ready to play. That’s plain and simple. Figure it out,” Westbrook said after the game.

Tickets for tomorrow’s game against the Detroit Pistons are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Oklahoma City Thunder in person!  Nothing beats being there!

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Thunder can’t overlook Timberwolves to Spurs

While The Minnesota Timberwolves have only won 20 games this season, the Oklahoma Thunder are on the other side of the spectrum, sitting in third place in the Western Conference with a 44-20 record.  But it was the Thunder All Stars who kept them from a defeat at the hands of the T-wolves in their last meeting, a slim 123-126 victory.

The Thunder have won 10 straight against the Timberwolves and with the Spurs looming on the horizon with a nationally televised game Saturday, Coach Donovan hopes his team maintains control on what aspects of the game they can.

“We talk about being able to sustain something and to control what you can control,” Donovan explained. “We can control blocking out.  We can control taking care of the basketball. We can control getting back in transition. We can control moving down the floor and executing and moving the ball. We can control those things.”

There is still time to get your tickets to cheer on your Oklahoma City Thunder before they embark on a one game road trip against the Spurs before returning for a home game against the Blazers.  Plenty of affordable tickets and great seats are still available!

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Wade/Referees keep Thunder from Game 2 victory

The Miami Heat eeked out a 100-96 victory in Game 2 of the NBA Finals over the Oklahoma City Thunder with a little help from the NBA Officiating crew.  More than a few blown calls went against the Thunder and, who could blame the NBA?  Would you rather have Miami, the NBA’s  6th largest market win the finals or OKC, the leagues 24th largest market?

The calls in question were many but most fans at Chesapeake Arena will remember LeBron James’ forearm in the gut of Kevin Durant as he went up to take a game winning shot.  No call ensued and the fans (along with Center Kendrick Perkins) went crazy.

Neither Durant or his coach Scott Brooks would feed into the idea…well kinda

“That’s one play,” Brooks said. “We have so many other plays that we could have done better to put us in a position to stay closer in the game.” He then added the following: “It was a play; he didn’t get the call.”

Durant also refused to call out the referees when asked about the shot and the no-call.

“I think I shot a good shot,” Durant said. “I just missed.”

“I really couldn’t tell you (If I missed the shot). I’ve got to watch the film, I guess.”

The series now moves to Miami for games 3, 4 & 5  with game 3 taking place Sunday night at 8 p.m. Eastern.

 

Miami folds under pressure, bow to the Thunder

Durant/Westbrook score 41 in the 2nd half to the Heat’s 40

The Miami Heat needed all hands on board when they entered the Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City and, it seemed for a while they were. But when the Thunder brought the score from double digits to within 7 by the end of the first half, the Heat swagger was replaced by a cold  shuffle.

Dwayne Wade looked much like he did in the first three series, somewhat lost and unwilling to attack the rim.  Wade ended up with 19 points but it took 19 shots to get them (7-19 from the field, 0-3 from the 3-point line) but he did manage to pass out 8 assists.  In the critical third quarter, Wade was 1-6 from the field.  Even Shane Battier looked spry next to Wade. Battier finished with 17 points on 6-9 shooting and 3-4 from the 3-point line

Both D. Wade and LeBron played down the loss.

“This was the feel out game,” James said. “We come here with a lot of energy, try to steal Game 1 and now we get an opportunity to go to the chalkboard, go to the film and have a better game plan for Game 2 since we’ve already seen what they’re capable of doing.”

When asked why he was not attacking the basket, Wade responded:

“I was attacking—getting my teammates shots, and I got shots for  myself,” Wade said. “Attacking  to me is just being aggressive. Some nights I have big nights scoring and some  nights I don’t. That’s been the season. That’s just the way that it’s designed  for me.  I’m just always staying aggressive, like I said, for myself and for my  teammates to make sure they get good looks, and also be aggressive for myself to  get shots. Some are going to go in, some are not.”.

For the Thunder, Kevin Durant finished with 34 points while Russel Westbrook finished with 27 points (12 in the pivotal 3rd quarter) 11 assists and 8 rebounds.

Head Coach Scot Brooks was pleased with his team but was quick to note that this was just one game.

“We showed a lot of toughness in the second half, but we’ve just won one game. K.D. (Durant) is a terrific player but he’s special because he defends. In our huddles it’s all about defense.”  Thunder Head Coach Scott Brooks

Game Two of the NBA Finals is scheduled for Thursday June 14th.  Be sure to get your tickets to this most exciting finals match up.