Parking spots also were hard to come by for a daytime Thunder playoff game last spring held on the same day as the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon and the Festival of the Arts.
Mahoney said the team has no control over start times for nationally televised games.
“Our fans and our organization are always prepared to do whatever is necessary,” Mahoney said. “We don't question start times. We're glad to play whenever we play.”
Wednesday's game against the Celtics also isn't the only home game this week with a start time affected by national television.
Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers, televised by TNT, begins at 8:30 p.m. — though that likely will put pressure only on bedtimes, not downtown Oklahoma City's parking infrastructure.