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Oklahoma City Thunder bandwagon: Noon start leaves fans filing in late

Chesapeake Energy Arena wasn't packed at tipoff. There were more empty seats than normal when the game started, even though the vacant seats weren't necessarily easy to spot because they were draped in blue shirts. But by the start of the second quarter, most of those empty seats were filled.
by Jenni Carlson Published: May 5, 2013

And KD hit what essentially became the game winner.



Brothers Chris and Grant Hall were among the first fans through the doors Sunday morning.

And they were proudly sporting their Grizzlies gear.

They drove from Memphis on Saturday night, pulling into their hotel around 2 a.m. Sunday.

“We had no plans on going” to Game 1, Grant said. “We joked about it after we won Game 6 — ‘Let's drive to OKC.'”

But they went on, found some tickets and turned the joke into reality. Season tickets holders in Memphis, the brothers splurged on their first road playoff game, buying seats in Section 101.

“We decided we were going to go all out on the road,” Grant said.

But there's no going to Game 2 on Tuesday.

“We've got to work in the morning,” Chris said.


*Thunder fans were given plastic thunder sticks when they entered the arena — lighted thunder sticks. Flashing blue lights inside the sticks made for a cool effect during the arena-lights-out starting lineup introductions.

*NBA super fan Jimmy Goldstein made another appearance for a playoff game at The Peake. He was spied Saturday in Brooklyn for Game 7 between the Bulls and Nets.

*The T-shirts given to Thunder fans were blue with the word “COMMUNITY” on the front.

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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