Thunder look to close out Mavs tonight

The Oklahoma City Thunder will look to close out the Dallas Mavericks tonight in game five of the Western Conference First Round.  The Thunder have taken games one, three and four while the Mavericks squeaked out an 85-84 win in game two.

Game three evolved into a testy contest with Kevin Durant getting ejected, Serge Ibaka getting slapped with a technical and Russell Westbrook in a meltdown in front of his bench.  Welcome to the NBA Playoffs!

“I don’t believe they’re trying to hurt us, and we’re not trying to hurt them,” Durant said, also emphasizing that he wasn’t trying to hurt Justin Anderson when he swung his arm across the Dallas guard’s head. “We’re going to do some talking. We’re going to do some shoving here and there because that’s how competitive both teams are.”

The Mavericks have to win to stay alive in the series but they know where they stand against the Thunder.

“It’s unfortunate, but I’m proud of the guys,” Dirk Nowitzki  told the Mavs’ official website.  “We’ve got some guys banged up, and they’re still out there trying to give it all they’ve got. Saying all that, we’re going to keep fighting on Monday. Whatever happens and whoever plays has got to come full swing, and we’ll go from there.”

Tickets for tonight’s game are still available so be sure to get yours today and help cheer on your Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Thunder drop game to Blazers

The Oklahoma City Thunder road woes continue after dropping a 115-110 game at Portland.  The Trailblazers were led by Damien Lillard’s 31 points including five three-pointers in the final three minutes, plus change.

The Thunder, now 9-7 on the road, were led by Kevin Durant’s 28 points but they could not contain Lillard, who had 17 points in the final stanza, including those three 3-pointers.

“They played well in the fourth and we didn’t,” Durant said. “All those made shots kind of broke our backs.  They were coming off pick-and-rolls, shooting fall-away 3s, step-back 3s,” he said. “You’ve got to give them credit. That’s what they do.”

The Thunder continue their road trip with a stop in Minnesota to face the Timberwolves who have an aversion to the three point line this season…thankfully for Thunder fans and thankfully, the team will be back in the confines of the Chesapeake Arena for a game against the Western Conference foe Dallas Mavericks.  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so get yours today and be there tomorrow to cheer on your 

 

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Thunder let the Hawks fly by

The mini-road trip for the Oklahoma City Thunder (11-7) began with a thud as the Thunder dropped a 106-100 game to the Atlanta Hawks (12-8) Monday night.  The road trip continues tomorrow tonight with a game against the Miami Heat in American Airlines Arena.

Expect the Thunder to continue with the small lineup of Durant, Ibaka, Anthony Morrow, Dion Waiters and Russell Westbrook that has proven more successful thus far this season.

You can welcome the Thunder back home as they return home to take on the Sacramento Kings this Sunday.  Get your tickets today and help cheer on your Oklahoma City Thunder!

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Thunder host revamped Spurs in Season Opener

The return of Kevin Durant from injury will be put to the test as they face the powerhouse San Antonio Spurs in the opening game of the season.  This also marks the first regular season game for new head coach Billy Donovan.

Durant missed a large portion of last season due in part to a Jones fracture early on in the 2014-15 season.  After spraining an ankle just 16 days after his return, Durant underwent surgery to relieve pain in his foot which turned into a season ending surgery.

While Durant was rehabbing in the off season, the Spurs were busy being very un-Spurs like in going after the NBA’s top free agent on the market, LaMarcus Aldridge, and ending up with not only Aldridge but savvy veteran David West as well.

If you are a basketball purist, then this game will be one that you should not miss.  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours today and help cheer on your Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Mavericks take Thunder to the limit in overtime

The game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder was one for the ages and looked more like an ABA game of lore. In the end, the Mavericks walked out of Chesapeake Energy Arena with a 135-131 victory.

“It was a great basketball game,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. “Every once in a while, you stand over there and you say, `This is an unbelievable game to be a part of,’ and it was. The extreme momentum swings back and forth – the shot making was breathtaking.”

Even another Russell Westbrook triple double (31 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists) could not help the Thunder, losers of three of their last four games.  Center Enes Kantor also added 30 points and 16 rebounds.

“I think we just got beat on a lot of pick-and-rolls, and I think we just have to work on it,” Kanter said.

The Thunder continue their road trip to another playoff contending team, the Memphis Grizzlies tomorrow night.  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so get yours today!

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Thunder blow Game Five

The Memphis Grizzlies went into Chesapeake Energy Arena confident that they can hang with  Kevin Durant and his Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.  Thus far in the series, which was tied at two games apiece, three of the four games went into overtime.  Game 5 was no different. Setting an NBA record for consecutive overtime games, the Grizzles were led by Mike Conley who scored a team high 21 points sending the Thunder home in overtime 100-99 and only one game from a long summer vacation.

The Thunder, led by Russell Westbrook who had 30 points and 13 assists, now have to regroup and see if they can answer the Grizzlies back.

 “We knew it was going to be tough, they’re a great team, now we have to put all our energy and focus into the next game,” Head Coach Scott Brooks said after the game.  “We have to pick ourselves up and get ready and we have 48 hours to do that.”

Game six is scheduled for Thursday May 1st at 7:00 P.M.  Great seats and cheap tickets are still available!  Be sure to get yours now!

Thunder unravel in the 2nd half, lose to Grizzlies

The Oklahoma City Thunder went into Memphis with high hopes of tying the 2nd round of the Western Conference Semi-finals series with the Memphis Grizzlies.  The Grizzlies had other thoughts and emerged from the Chesapeake Energy Arena with a 103-97 overtime victory.

The Grizzlies used a combination of stellar defense and hot shooting on F Kevin Durant in the overtime period and limited the 3-time scoring champion to just 5 points on 2-13 shooting

“I’m giving everything I’ve got for my team no matter how many minutes I play,” Durant said. “And that’s what I’ve been doing since the playoffs started so you know no matter how the game goes, I’m going to fight and claw for my teammates every minute I’m on the floor.”

The Thunder will make their way back to Oklahoma for game 5 and the focus has to be on KD and the minutes he has logged thus far as well as the minutes he’ll need to put in in order to retake the series.  Durant played more than 48 minutes in Monday nights loss and has averaged 44 minutes through the series. The overtime loss went well into the evening.

“Well it is midnight,” Durant said.  “And my bedtime is usually around 12 o’clock or so. I’m a little sleepy because it’s past my bedtime, but other than that, I’m good.”

Tickets are still available for Game 5Wednesday night in Oklahoma City.