Boston is back, and that's good for the NBA, and Oklahoma City

By Darnell Mayberry Modified: November 5, 2008 at 11:01 am •  Published: November 5, 2008
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When the Boston Celtics succeed everyone benefits — including Oklahoma City.

The defending champion Celtics make their lone Ford Center visit tonight at 7, bringing to town a rich tradition of legendary games, historic rivalries, Hall of Famers, and, of course, their league-record 17 NBA titles.


With the Celtics kings of the NBA for the first time since 1985-86, their impact once again is stretching beyond Boston and shaping league-wide attendance, television ratings and merchandise and ticket sales.



Celtics at Thunder

→Time: 7 p.m.

→Arena: Ford Center

→TV: FOX Sports Oklahoma (Ch. 37)

→Radio: WWLS 98.1-FM, WWLS 640-AM

PROBABLE STARTERS

Thunder (1-2)
Pos. Player Ht. Pts. Reb. Ast.
G Earl Watson 6-1 6.0 4.3 5.3
G Kevin Durant 6-9 18.7 4.3 1.3
F Jeff Green 6-9 10.7 5.3 2.3
F Nick Collison 6-10 8.0 6.7 1.3
C Johan Petro 7-0 5.3 6.0 0.0
Celtics (2-1)
Pos. Player Ht. Pts. Reb. Ast.
G Rajon Rondo 6-1 10.0 5.3 4.7
G Ray Allen 6-5 10.7 3.7 0.7
F Paul Pierce 6-7 18.7 7.3 3.3
F Kevin Garnett 6-11 15.7 10.0 2.0
C Kendrick Perkins 6-10 3.3 7.0 1.3

Tickets

200 tickets go on sale at 5 p.m. at the Ford Center box office. Another 25 pairs of tickets will be given free to winners of a random drawing. All those in line at the Ford Center are eligible.

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