Reserve Thunder guard Nate Robinson has posted on Facebook and Twitter this rather inspiring video of fiercely loyal local NBA fans greeting the team at Will Rogers World Airport in the wee hours of Friday morning during an impressive lightning display.
It seems neither rain nor the possibility of electrocution (these people are hanging from a chain-link fence in an Oklahoma thunderstorm, after all) could dampen OKC’s jubilation after the Thunder beat the Dallas Mavericks 106-100 in Texas Thursday night to even the Western Conference Finals series to 1-1. Robinson predicted on Facebook after the win that there would be fans waiting at the OKC airport to greet the team despite the nasty weather, and he was most certainly correct.
Of course, Kevin Durant’s incredible dunk over Mavs big man Brendan Haywood was just as electrifying as the storm sweeping across the Oklahoma plains. Let’s look at it one more time, courtesy The Oklahoman’s award-winning photographer Bryan Terry, because I never get tired of it:
The first Thunder home game of the Western Conference Finals tips off at 8 tonight at the Oklahoma City Arena. Fans without tickets can watch the game on ESPN (OKC Cox 29/HD 720), then flip to FOX Sports Oklahoma (OKC Cox 37/722) for a live postgame show with Thunder broadcasters Brian Davis, Grant Long, Kelly Crull and Matt Pinto. I highly recommend the latter since I’m so tired of ESPN after their nonstop pot-stirring for the last 48 hours over the fact that Thunder starting guard Russell Westbrook sat out the fourth quarter of Thursday’s game.
Next to a win, my sincerest hope for tonight’s game is that Westbrook has a stellar game so that maybe ESPN will shut it for 5 minutes with their nonstop critique of our second-team All-NBA point man.
For fans attending tonight’s game – you lucky things – doors will open at 6:30 p.m. You’re asked to be in your seats to welcome our team by 7:30. Come early, be loud, wear blue and “Bring the Thunder,” and those of us watching at home will do the same.
Fans without tickets also are invited to spend this evening in Thunder Alley. Once again, Reno Avenue outside the Oklahoma City Arena will enlivened with interactive games, Budweiser Beer Garden, food vendors, face painting, basketball drills for kids on the sport court, live music by the Mighty Regulars and more. For more information, go to www.theokcarena.com.