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 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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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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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 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 beat back Pistons to get win

The Detroit Pistons are a team in turmoil.  Losing their last 11 games, their last win was against the Oklahoma Thunder.  It almost happened again as Josh Smith launched a game winner, 3-point shot with 1.1 seconds to play.

“Obviously, I was going for the win, or I wouldn’t have shot a 3,” Smith said. “I had a great look, but it just didn’t go down.”

Serge Ibaka was huge for the Thunder scoring 13 points and adding 13 rebounds to boot.

“I thought Serge was tremendous,” Durant said. “He was chasing down all of those rebounds and scoring when we were kicking them out to him. We had possessions where we had three great shots and three offensive rebounds. We’re doing a good job of rebounding the ball.”

The Thunder next face the Milwaukee Bucks tomorrow at 7 P.M.  Be sure to get your tickets now and help support your Oklahoma City Thunder!

Durant returns, Thunder still lose

The Oklahoma Thunder had hoped that the return of their All Star Kevin Durant would spark a return to their winning ways but the New Orleans Pelicans had different ideas and used a 40 point second quarter to help propel them past the Thunder 104-112.  Durant had 27 points.

“I was confident in myself. I knew my wind wasn’t where I wanted it to be, obviously, but I felt good out there,” said Durant, who missed the Thunder’s first 17 games with a fractured right foot.

The Thunder have a huge opportunity to get back on track as they face the Philadelphia 76er’s who have won only one game thus far into the season.   The team then moves on to Detroit before they are back home on the 9th to face Bucks.  Get your tickets now and help support your Oklahoma City Thunder!

Thunder drop game to Bucks

Injuries are plaguing the Oklahoma Thunder and last night it became even more evident that this struggle will not be soon in passing.  Key on the injury list is Kevin Durant.  He is joined by power forwards Grant Jarrett and Mitch McGary.   The Bucks beat the Thunder 78-85 for the first time since 2010, keeping the Thunder winless on the road.

PG Reggie Jackson had a team high 29 points for the Thunder while O.J. Mayo led the Bucks with 19.

The Thunder take on the Boston Celtics today.  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available.  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!