Rapper Lil Wayne didn't have tickets to attend Game 3 between the Thunder and San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night. Turns out, he should have checked with three-time scoring champ Kevin Durant.
Durant says he has two extra front-row seats he is willing to share to bring celebrity status to Chesapeake Energy Arena for Game 4 on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. With its 102-82 victory over the Spurs in Game 3, the Thunder now trails 2-1 in the Western Conference Finals.
Lil Wayne posted on Twitter he was "going to go to the Thunder game tonight but was denied by the team to be in their arena" because he had not bought a ticket.
Thunder spokesman Dan Mahoney said Lil Wayne's representatives did contact the team requesting tickets, but insisted he sit on the front row. None of those seats were available. OKC has sold out every home game during the regular season and playoffs, plus the last 14 games last season.
"We'd love to have him at a game," Mahoney said, "but like anyone else, he needs a ticket."
An agitated Lil Wayne finished his tweet with "Go Spurs!"
The Thunder's James Harden also reached out to Lil Wayne, tweeting, “Come to the Next game. We got seats for u 5! Whooppp!”
When informed about the matter, Thunder coach Scott Brooks jokingly chimed in: "Lil Wayne? That's my guy. I took a picture with him at All-Star break. What'd he say? Is he mad at us?"
Brooks was then told the rapper tweeted "Go Spurs."
"I'm not going to sign that picture then," Brooks joked.
Entering Game 3, the Spurs had won 24 of their last 25 road games in which their starters played. … Spurs center Tim Duncan had five blocked shots on Thursday night to move past Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the all-time NBA postseason leader with 478 blocks.
Game 3 was San Antonio's most lopsided playoff defeat since a 103-81 loss to Dallas in the 2010 first round, a series the Spurs won.
A list of the largest playoff losses under coach Gregg Popovich (1996-present):
Date; Opponent; Score; Margin
5-25-01; at LA Lakers; 72-111; -39
6-16-05; at Detroit; 71-102; -31
5-23-08; at LA Lakers; 71-10; -30
5-27-01; at LA Lakers; 82-111; -29
5-26-07; at Utah; 83-109; -26
5-9-04; at LA Lakers; 81-105; -24
5-13-08; at New Orleans; 79-101;-23
4-27-10; at Dallas; 81-103; -22
5-9-06; at Dallas; 91-113; -22
4-23-09; at Dallas; 67-88; -21
5-31-12; at OKC; 82-102; -20
5-8-07; at Phoenix; 81-101; -20
In San Antonio, land of the original "I want some nasty" Popovich slogan, fans are coming up with nicknames for when teams deliberately foul Spurs reserve center Tiago Splitter, a 69.1-percent free-throw shooter during the regular season who is shooting just 38.5 percent from the line in this year's playoffs.
Mentioned in the San Antonio Express-News were: Hack-A-Splitter, Flago El Tiago and The Brazilian Whacks, which presumably is the early leader.
Manu Ginobili on the Thunder's 102-82 victory in Game 3: "We have to give them credit. They just smashed us."