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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Thunder select Cameron Payne

The Oklahoma City Thunder selected Murray State’s Cameron Payne with the 14th overall selection in the 2015 NBA Draft.  Cameron had an earlier successful meeting with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Head Coach Billy Donovan and President of Basketball Operations Sam Presti.

In the second round, the Thunder selected 7 foot Kentucky Center Dakari Johnson with the 48th overall pick.  Johnson was a sophomore last season under John Calipari.  The 19-year old averaged 6.4 ppg and 4.6 rebounds in under 17 minutes per game.

 

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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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 survive third straight overtime game

The Memphis Grizzlies/Oklahoma Thunder series has proven to be a dream match up for the NBA as both teams, now tied at two games apiece, are well matched against each other.  In game four, the Thunder overcame terrible shooting nights from both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and instead rode the young shoulders Reggie Jackson.

“Another leave-it-on-the-floor game, another overtime,” Head Coach Scott Brooks said. “Reggie played an outstanding basketball game and was able to attack the rim like he’s done all year.”

The Grizzlies were led by Marc Gasol, who turned in a 23 point, 11 rebound performance in the loss.

“When we can look back you think about a lot of plays that could have gone either way,” Gasol said.

Game Five is scheduled for Wednesday night.  Great seats and cheap tickets are still available!  Be sure to get yours now!!

 

 

Thunder fall again in OT

The Oklahoma City Thunder have fallen further and further behind in the dream of making it to the 2014 NBA Finals after falling behind by two games against the Memphis Grizzlies.  Kevin Durant was 0-8 from the 3-point line but managed to finish with 30 points off of 27 attempts.

“I think, personally, we missed a lot of good looks,” Kevin Durant said after the game. “A few open 3’s, some lay-ins. Some shots I wish we could take back, but like Russ said, we were trying to get three and we were down five. You have to take some of those 3s. Tonight, we did a better job attacking, but we can be better next time.”

The Thunder travel to Memphis for Game 4 this Saturday.  Great seats and cheap tickets are still available!  Get yours now!

Thunder still locked in 2nd seed

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!

Thunder slip past Wizards

The Oklahoma City Thunder marked their biggest comeback in the OKC era, overcoming a 10-point deficit in the final four minutes to beat the Washington Wizards 106-105.

That never-quit mentality we’ve always had,” Head Coach Scott Brooks said after the game. “That’s what got the win for us tonight. We just played inspired basketball when we were down 10.”

The Thunder take on the LA Clippers tonight in Los Angeles.  Great seats and tickets are still available.