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 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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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 hoping to Close out Clippers

The come from behind victory in game five for the Thunder will serve as the baseline for what will be needed to take out Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook and the Los Angeles Clippers.  The Thunder know Clippers collapse is nothing to count on in game six and Doc Rivers doesn’t expect that they will.

“You don’t win it easy,” Rivers said. “We’re trying to do something special here and be something special. And if you’re trying to stand out in any job, it’s going to be hard. You’re going to face adversity, and you’ve just got to accept that that’s part of the process. Yeah, this is hard. It’s supposed to be. And that’s the only thing I told our guys. What’s going on right now is exactly what should happen to win. You have to go through stuff to win, and you’ve just got to deal with it.”

The Thunder are hoping to survive to get back home court advantage and a game 7 to end the series.  Be sure to get your tickets now before they are all gone!

Thunder storm back in Game Two

The Oklahoma City Thunder  used an emotional speech form the 2014 MVP Kevin Durant as a springboard to 112-101 victory last night as Durant and the Thunder drew even with the LA Clippers in the Western Conference Semi-finals.

The MVP finished game two with 32 points and 12 rebounds while teammate and “MVP-Caliber player” Russell Westbrook finished with a triple double; 31 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds

The series shifts to Los Angeles for games 3 & 4 and the Clippers are looking to get back on track on their home court and playing more physical defense.

“It was the perfect storm,” Clippers guard Jamal Crawford said. “They did everything they could to win, and they got everything they wanted tonight. That wasn’t the Clippers team we’ve been and I’m sure we’ll get back on track.”

Tickets for the series are still available and great seats are still waiting to be filled.  Help cheer on your Thunder  as they attempt to get back to the Western Conference Finals.

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 end Spurs Streak at 19

Durant extends his own streak

It was bound to happen and the Oklahoma City Thunder were more than happy to take to take the San Antonio Spurs to task once again.  And once again, the Thunder did not disappoint.  Not only did the franchise end the Spurs winning streak, they completed a sweep of their league leading nemises.

“That’s a big thing,” Westbrook said. “When you have a team that’s a good basketball team — they’re the No. 1 team in the West, and we want to be the best team, you’ve got to beat the best. I think we did a great job of that tonight.”

Kevin Durant did his normal thing, hitting the magic number of 25 and finishing with 28 points to extend his 25+ streak to 39 games.  It was with 3:31 left in the game that point # 25 came.

“That was a cool feeling,” Durant said. “I don’t want to take those moments for granted. It’s not what I’m really playing the game for, but it is still cool to see that support from such great fans, no matter what.”

The fact that the Thunder swept the Spurs is a much bigger issue.  If the two teams meet again in the playoffs, it will be in the Western Conference Finals which, only two teams in history have ever done what the Spurs hope to do; beat them in a seven game series.  Only the 1986 Celtics and 1989 Pistons were able to beat the team in the Conference Finals that swept them in the regular season.

The Thunder next face the Rockets on the road while their next home game will be against the Pelicans next Friday.  Get your tickets now!

Thunder series moves back to Memphis

The Oklahoma City Thunder have seen this play out before as recently as the 2011 Western Conference Semi Finals with the Grizzlies stormed back to even the series at two games.  Eventually, the Thunder went on to win the series in 7 games.

“We in the same position now, so it’s time for us to conquer that moment and take advantage of these games that’s ahead of us and try to win two games,” Guard Tony Allen said Sunday.

The Thunder are still reeling from the loss of guard Russell Westbrook and are now wishing the the overshooting guard was back on the floor but that is not going to happen and Kevin Durant is looking to do more for his team.

“I gotta find ways to help [my teammates] out and put them in great position. Continue to just be a vocal leader, a positive leader on the bench and every time down the court,” Durant said.

Game 4 is tonight in Memphis and tickets are still available!