Westbrook trying to keep Thunder in Playoffs

Westbrook scores 54 in losing effort

The Oklahoma City Thunder are now on the verge of missing the 2015 NBA Playoffs after a heartbreaking 116-104 loss to the Indiana Pacers and the Houston Rockets win over the New Orleans Pelicans.  The loss puts the Thunder in a precarious position and they must now rely on other teams to get them into that final 8th seed.  A Portland loss tonight and a win by the Pelicans over the Timberwolves would effectively shut out the Thunder from the playoffs.

The league leader in double-doubles, Russell Westbrook did score the bulk of the Thunder points with 53 but it took 43 shots to get them.  He also collected nine rebounds and eight assists.

“You can look at the shots, and he probably took a handful too many,” Head Coach Scott Brooks said. “A lot of them were attacks and layups and at the very end, we were making comebacks. Twice we made comebacks because of his aggressive play. Russell leaves everything on the floor. He’s not a perfect player, nor is anybody in this league, but he plays with perfect energy every night, and that’s what we look at.”

The Thunder need to win against the Portland Trailblazers tonight so be sure to get out and support your team and help cheer them on into the playoffs.  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available.

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Thunder drop third straight game, on verge of losing playoff slot

The Oklahoma City Thunder are now on the precipice of missing the 2015 NBA Playoffs entirely and with only five games left, the New Orleans Pelicans are on their heels, only 1/2 game away the 8th and final spot.

The Thunder faced off against Western Conference foes the Houston Rockets and  had opportunities to take them out, but OKC  could not overcome James Hardin’s 41 points in a 115-112 loss.

“A tough loss,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks.  “We’re making mental mistakes that we have to do a better job of understanding the situation.  We talked about those things in the timeouts, and we have to be able to execute those. It’s a problem the last few games, and we have to do a better job with that. But we will keep teaching and keep figuring out ways to get better. But we have to be able to execute those situations.”

The Thunder have little time to dwell on the loss as they prepare to face the Defending NBA Champions (who are playing at that exact level again) San Antonio Spurs tomorrow night.

Be sure to get your tickets now and help cheer on your Oklahoma City Thunder!

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Thunder ready for Rockets after long break

In a very rare 5-day break from action, the Oklahoma City Thunder are ready to get back on the hardwood and have made their way to the Lone Star State to face the Houston Rockets.  The last time these two teams met, it was not one of the brightest moments in NBA History and the Rockets eked out a 69-65 victory.

After a long week of practice, the Thunder may finally be back on track.

“(It) felt like a little training camp,” Kevin Durant told the team’s official website. “It’s all about transferring what we always know and what we’re improving on – whether it’s timing, communication or execution, we have to transfer it over.”

Help cheer on your Thunder and support them on the road.  Plenty of great and affordable seats are still available so be sure to get yours now!

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Houston pushes their case to Game 6

The Houston Rockets, led by The Beard, are pushing the limits of teams not seen since the “Dream Shake” graced the hardwood.   For one, Chandler Parsons knows his team will be ready to face off against Kevin Durant and his Oklahoma City Thunder.

“We’re fully confident that we’re gonna win tomorrow and that we’re gonna take the series,” Parsons said on Thursday outside the locker room at the Toyota Center.

The Thunder looked awed by the relentless Rockets attack resulting in OKC Coach Scott Brooks employing a Gregg Popovich tactic of hack a player.  That didn’t work either as Omar Asik sand 8-11 free throws in the final six minutes of the game.

If the Rockets can pull off a victory in Oklahoma, then the series is truly up in the air.

“We got something really special going on right now and I think the world is starting to see it, because we didn’t get as much attention as we think we deserved during the regular season,” Parsons said.  “But now the lights are on and we’re playing well and we’re really shocking people.”

 

Thunder look to end the series Wednesday

The Oklahoma City Thunder took their loss to the Houston Rockets as a sign.  With the exception of Game one, the outcome of games 2, 3 & 4 were decided by 8 total points. Game 4’s two point loss will do nothing but give the Rockets confidence.

“Everyone else might say it’s just one game for us,” said Rockets coach Kevin McHale. “But for us, it was our first playoff win with this group and you can’t get two playoff wins until you get the one. You can’t feel what we need to feel up in Oklahoma City with a team that says, ‘We don’t want to come back here for Game 6.”

Head Coach Scott Brooks was happy with the way his team chipped away at the Rockets lead.

“They have a lot of pride,” Brooks said of the Rockets. “Nobody wants to lose 4-0. I thought we handled that initial part of the game and we came out and took the lead. They did a good job in that third quarter. We’re going to focus on Game 5 and practice tomorrow.”

Game 5 begins at 8:30 on Wednesday May 1st.