OKC Thunder bandwagon: Sights and Sounds from Game 3 of Thunder-Laker series

The Western Conference semifinals shifted to Los Angeles on Friday — but the Thunder Bandwagon keeps rolling along.
by Jenni Carlson Published: May 19, 2012

@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.


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.


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.

by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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