SIGHTS AND SOUNDS FROM GAME 3
The Western Conference semifinals shifted to Los Angeles on Friday — but the Thunder Bandwagon keeps rolling along.
SEEN AND HEARD
*Thunder fans booed Ron Artest (Metta World Peace) in the first two games of the series. Laker fans returned the favor in Game 3, booing James Harden. Yep, the guy who suffered a concussion because of Artest got booed. Go figure.
*Harden got a reprieve when Laker fans turned their ire toward Russell Westbrook after that little second-quarter skirmish with Artest.
*As always, the Staples Center had plenty of star power for the Lakers game. Among the beautiful people — actors Jack Nicholson, Denzel Washington, Donald Southerland, Andy Garcia and Jeremy Renner; actress Ellen Pompeo; musicians Snoop Dogg, Fergie and Ice Cube (or is he an actor, now?).
*The Thunder also had some notable fans — former OKC guard Nate Robinson; Kevin Durant's mom, Wanda Pratt; and NBA super fan and professed Thunder lover James Goldstein.
Want to welcome home the Thunder from Los Angeles?
Then, you're going to have to stay up real late.
Or get up real early.
The team plane is returning to Oklahoma City after Game 4, but it is not expected to land in until 3 or 4 a.m. Sunday morning.
TWEET IT UP
What the Twittersphere had to say during Game 3:
@PaolaBoivin: It's a weird world when fans are cheering Metta World Peace and booing James Harden.
@OUPaulThompson: That awkward moment when the Thunder aren't Thundering Up.
@jdubs88: Jeff Van Gundy on Harden: “I think he should be on the Olympic team.” I couldn't agree more. He's this generation's Barkley from Oly persp.
@TravHaneyESPN: Someone please go slap the “super-animated” guy wearing the Lower Merion Kobe jersey courtside. You're not in your living room, bro.
@jadande: Kendrick Perkins' scowl might be the only thing in the NBA that doesn't change from regular season to playoffs.
@KStiLLS4: Too easy for the Thunder. SMH.
LET'S GET FIRED UP
The teams aren't the only ones with something on the line in this series.
Firefighters from Oklahoma City and Los Angeles have waged a friendly bet on the outcome of the series. Members of the Los Angeles Country Fire Station 8 contacted OKC's Fire Station 8 earlier in the week and bet station T-shirts on the outcome of the series.
“This is the first time I am aware of this type of bet with our fire department,” OKC Battalion Chief Brian Stanaland said. “We look forward to having L.A. County Fire T-shirts very soon.”
In case you need any more evidence of how much Thunder mania has taken over Oklahoma City, check this out — Walden Cleaners is offering free cleaning of your Thunder wear during the playoffs.
BE ON THE LOOKOUT
The Lakers won't the only ones with celebrity fans in the stands for Game 4.
Former Oklahoma State football stars Justin Blackmon and Brandon Weeden will be at the Staples Center on Saturday night. Both recent first-round NFL Draft picks tweeted on Friday that they'd be at Game 4.
On Weeden's Twitter account: “Yeah, we are going tomorrow night! #ThunderUp”
On Blackmon's: “I'll be at the game. Betta show em how we do it in OKC. #thunderup”
Maybe they'll get a little TV time.