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Thunder notebook: Thunder’s next game undecided

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, Modified: April 28, 2011 at 1:19 am •  Published: April 27, 2011

The Oklahoma City Thunder’s next playoff game will be Sunday at the earliest.

The Thunder would play Sunday if the Memphis Grizzlies eliminate the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs on Friday night in Memphis.

If that happens, tipoff for Game 1 in the Western Conference semifinal will be at noon inside Oklahoma City Arena, and the game will be nationally televised on ABC.

If Game 7 is necessary for the Grizzlies-Spurs series, the Thunder would not play Sunday and its second-round series would begin either Tuesday or Wednesday.


With 14.8 seconds remaining in the game and the Thunder clinging to 98-97 lead, referee Bill Spooner initially whistled Kevin Durant for an over-and-back violation when he tiptoed on the midcourt line after catching the ball on an inbounds play.

Spooner quickly huddled with other game officials and overruled himself. On an inbounds play in the last two minutes, a player is allowed to establish his position in the backcourt. Durant’s momentum carried him into the backcourt, which is where he established position.


Denver entered Game 5 averaging 39.8 free-throw attempts per game while OKC was averaging 32.5.

On Wednesday, the Thunder had exactly twice as many attempts and conversions, finishing 34 for 42 to Denver’s 17 for 21 (both .810).


For the third consecutive home game, blue T-shirts were placed on every seat inside the Thunder’s home arena. For Game 5 on Wednesday night, the shirts came compliments of Devon Energy.

Game 1 shirts came compliments of Chesapeake Energy. Game 2 shirts were paid for by U.S. Fleet Tracking.


Those spotted in the crowd for Game 5 included Gov. Mary Fallin, former Thunder player Desmond Mason, pro golfer Scott Verplank, former OU football standouts Roy Williams and Jammal Brown, plus Thunder season-ticket holder Barry Switzer.


On Wednesday’s Ellen DeGeneres Show, Rumble the Bison helped Oklahoma native Kristin Chenoweth surprise the host with a variety of Thunder merchandise and collectibles.

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