SIGHTS AND SOUNDS FROM GAME 4
Wasn't all that long ago that Thunder fans were down in the dumps about this series. Not anymore. The Peake was rocking for Game 4, and so was the Thunder.
SEEN AND HEARD
*Apparently, Ryan Seacrest has jumped on the Thunder Bandwagon.
The American Idol host was sitting courtside for Game 4, and yes, he wore the blue shirt left on the back of his seat just like everyone else. He had his suit jacket on over it, but as a Hollywood type, it was nice that he wasn't too cool to wear the shirt.
Seacrest was into the action, too, cheering and clapping for the Thunder.
*It seemed like there were a lot of NBA front-office royalty at The Peake for Game 3, but Oklahoma City drew the grand poobah for Game 4. NBA commissioner David Stern sat midcourt about 10 rows off the court.
*Spotted inside The Peake: Dallas Cowboy running back and former Tulsa Washington football standout Felix Jones, former Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer and Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo.
*The Thunder went back to the checkerboard pattern with its T-shirts, alternating between blue and white from one section to the next. It's a great look.
But the best part might've been the slogan on the front: TEAM IS 18,203. It was a take on the team's motto, Team is One, but honestly, Team is 18,203 is way better.
Of course, so is Thunder Up. Should've just stuck with that.
*No fan has hit the halfcourt shot during the in-game promotion where someone tries to win $20,000, but Clint Simek nearly changed that with a halfcourter that just clanged off the front iron.
Does that name sound vaguely familiar? Simek was the Guthrie High School football player who was declared ineligible and caused a brouhaha last fall during the playoffs.
We knew Thunder games were a big deal.
But a post-wedding destination?
Chris Pape and Stephanie Sadler got married on Saturday, but Saturday night, the Thunder season ticket holders were inside The Peake for Game 4. Chris was still in his tux, Stephanie still in her wedding gown.
They made an appearance on the Kiss Cam and got a huge round of applause.
Congrats to the newlyweds.
TWEET IT UP
What the Twittersphere had to say during Game 4:
@NotBillWalton: Lil Wayne said he didn't “feel wanted” at the OKC arena and wasn't planning to return. I wish he felt unwanted by rap music, too.
@stephenasmith: It is bananas down here in OKC — my first time in this place. And SA's suddenly looking old isn't gonna quiet these folks down one bit.
@Corkit: The sun is shining, but I feel a Thunder storm brewing. #thunderup
@IvanCarterCSN: It's like the Thunder is beating the Spurs at own game. Passing, spacing and cutting has been beautiful
@NBATV (manned by guest host Baron Davis): @sergeibaka9 is balling right now. He will be an All-Star next year. For sure.
@ESPNSteinLine: Tim Duncan is making some un-Ducan-esque choices/finishes in the paint.
@NotBillWalton: Serge Ibaka is doing things I once heard were possible from a Peruvian oracle I met while hiking the Salkantay Trek of Machu Picchu!
Highlights from the live chat at NewsOK.com during Game 4:
8:12 p.m.: ThunderSonics: You know, I just can't get that first game off of my mind. But I'm trying. We so should have gotten that one.
9:19 p.m.: Harden's Beard: It's not like the Spurs were gonna wilt and go away.
9:31 p.m.: JD: Let's wrap this W up.
9:34 p.m.: Brandon: Ibaka is MVP of the game right now.
9:45 p.m.: KD taking over!
9:48 p.m.: George Gervin-ish performance from KD tonight.