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.
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
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!
The 2014 NBA Season is fast coming to a close and the Oklahoma City Thunder are again in the thick of things when it comes to the playoffs. The Thunder await the end of the season to find out who will be the seventh seed and their first round opponent.
The Thunder are in the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season and made the NBA finals in 2012. This team is much more athletic then the 2012 squad and will match up well with the Mavericks, Grizzlies and or Warriors. But fans are a little less enthusiastic after the Thunder were whipped 101-89 by a patchwork team thrown out by the New Orleans Pelicans.
Tickets for the first round of the playoffs are already on sale. Be sure to get your tickets now before their all gone!
The Oklahoma Thunder did what they were supposed to do; the 2nd seed is supposed to beat the 3rd seed. So why are sports pundits calling this the upset of the century? Oklahoma had a stellar season the entire season, the Lakers pretty much showed up to play when they wanted to. But the days of “turning it on” when you need it have come and gone as Kobe Bryant was the only player who was “on.”
The Thunder now face a team that has not lost in the past 18 games and are the only team (other than the Lakers and the Mavericks) to win the Western Conference in the past 14 seasons. No small task. In three games this season, the Thunder won only one and all those games were without Manu Ginobili.
The series begins Sunday May 27th.