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OKC Thunder notebook: Metta World Peace reacts to Oklahoma City

Peace said: “I'm looking up in the stands and thinking, ‘Wow, you are all beautiful.'”
by Ryan Aber Published: May 15, 2012

Metta World Peace drew plenty of reactions from Thunder fans in his first appearance in the city since his elbow to the face of James Harden drew a seven-game suspension.

Afterward, World Peace reacted to the Thunder fans showing their displeasure.

After saying he would welcome fans' reactions on his website and podcast after the season, World Peace said he was paying attention to the crowd — just not what they said.

“They're great fans,” World Peace said. “They're good-looking women.

“I'm looking up in the stands and thinking, ‘Wow, you all are beautiful.'”

When asked what he'd do differently for Game 2 after the Thunder blowout, World Peace said he “might get a haircut.”

A DIFFERENT OKC

When it faced the defending world champion Los Angeles Lakers in the playoffs two years ago, the Thunder was young, raw and eventually eliminated.

After Monday's route, there is a significantly different look to OKC.

“Obviously, they're more experienced,” Pau Gasol said, comparing the 2010 series to this season's. “That was kind of their first rodeo. They've been through a couple (more playoff series), as you can tell. Their confidence, it's a lot higher than it was (in 2010).

“They had a lot of energy, and they're an athletic team. They're always aggressive, always in attack mode, but we have to be able to control that, stop that burst. We'll worry about next game, and then go from there.”

EARLY PRESS

In the past, the Thunder frequently has struggled in the first home game it plays in a playoff series. It lost its home opener against Memphis and Dallas last season and almost lost its home opener against Dallas this season, winning on Kevin Durant's good-bounce jumper with 1.5 seconds left.

Though the Lakers jumped out to a 12-6 lead after the first three minutes Monday, OKC did not seem rattled. The Lakers were simply making shots, converting six of its first seven.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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