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Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Caron Butler stands by his former Clipper teammates

Butler spent the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers, battling through the playoffs with many of the guys who are now shrouded in the middle of the Donald Sterling controversy.
by Darnell Mayberry and Anthony Slater Published: April 28, 2014

Jackson did just that in Game 4, scoring a game- and career-high 32 to help the Thunder’s bench outscore the Grizzlies reserves, 43-30.

NBA TV BLACKOUT

The Oklahoma City Thunder is making its first playoff appearance on NBA TV for Game 5, but the telecast will be blacked out in the Fox Sports Oklahoma viewing area.

The only telecast regionally will be on FSOK with announcers Brian Davis, Grant Long and reporter Lesley McCaslin.

Kevin Calabro, a former TV and radio voice of the Seattle SuperSonics, Mike Fratello, a former Memphis Grizzlies coach, and reporter Lewis Johnson are calling the game for NBA TV.

Game 6 will again be televised on NBA TV unless a Game 6 is not necessary in one or both of the first-round series between Chicago and Washington or the Clippers and Golden State. If a Game 6 is not needed in one or both of the other two series, Game 6 of the Thunder-Grizzlies will be on TNT.

The game is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. unless Washington wins its series against Chicago in five. Under that scenario only, tipoff would be at 7 p.m.

QUOTABLE

Kevin Durant on three consecutive overtimes in the Thunder-Grizzlies series — “It’s nerve-racking, to be honest. But it’s great basketball, man. Both teams are coming out there and putting it all out on the line trying to win a basketball game. We forced three of them, and for us to finally win one on the third try gives us a good feeling.”

TIP-INS

The Grizzlies’ team plane was redirected to Tulsa on Monday afternoon due to bad weather in the Oklahoma City area. After a near hour delay, the team landed in Oklahoma City more than two hours after its scheduled arrival time...The Thunder is averaging just 19.5 points in the opening period and hasn’t reached 20 points in the first quarter since Game 1...Oklahoma City has outrebounded Memphis 51.5 to 46 in this series.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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