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Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Game 4 starting time is set

Game 4 of the opening-round NBA playoff series between the Thunder and Houston Rockets has been set for 8:30 p.m. next Monday at Toyota Center in Houston. The game will be televised on TNT.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: April 22, 2013

Game 4 of the opening-round NBA playoff series between the Thunder and Houston Rockets has been set for 8:30 p.m. next Monday at Toyota Center in Houston and the game will be televised on TNT.

Game 2 on Wednesday also will be televised on TNT and will start at 6 p.m. at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Game 3 on Saturday will be shown on ESPN and will start at 8:30 p.m. at Toyota Center.

If Games 5-7 are necessary, Game 5 will be played at The Peake on May. 1; Game 6 will be at Toyota Center on May 3; and Game 7 will be at The Peake on May 5. Starting times and national television coverage will be determined.

Every game in the series will be televised on Fox Sports Oklahoma.

HALF-COURT HEAVES

The Thunder is 3-0 with an average victory margin of 22.0 this season at The Peake when a fan makes the MidFirst Bank half-court shot between the third and fourth quarters.

Heath Kufahl made his shot March 5 when OKC beat the Los Angeles Lakers 122-105.

Justin Dougherty of Springfield, Mo., made his shot on March 24 when the Thunder beat Portland 103-83.

Larry Hill of Oklahoma City made his shot in OKC's 120-91 victory Sunday night in Game 1 against the Houston Rockets.

FISHER ON KOBE

Thunder veteran guard Derek Fisher and future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant were both drafted in 1996, were teammates for 13 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers and won five world championships together.

Fisher said he has had contact with Bryant since he suffered a season-ending Achilles injury 11 days ago.

“I think whether you like him or not in terms of a basketball fan, or people who have watched the game over the years and how great he's been, I think we're all impacted in some way by what happened to him with the injury,” Fisher said. “As far as I'm concerned, if there's any person that's ever played the game or been involved in sports that can come back from such a devastating injury in his mid-30s, that would be the person I would pick to come back and set the example for how to do it.”

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