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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

/articleid/3796006/1/pictures/2023938">Photo - A view of the stands late in the fourth quarter after many fans had left during Game 1 in the first round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 21, 2013. Oklahoma City won, 120-91. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
A view of the stands late in the fourth quarter after many fans had left during Game 1 in the first round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 21, 2013. Oklahoma City won, 120-91. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

MAKING HEADLINES

The Houston Chronicle asked readers for suggested headlines after the Thunder's 120-91 victory in Game 1. Here are some of the suggestions:

“Thunderstruck”

“The Thunder Rolls”

“Severe Thunderstorm Warning”

“Failure to Launch”

“Rockets launch delayed due to Thunder”

“When lightning strikes twice, the Thunder will Roll”

“OKC-ya”

“Oklahoma City Flameout”

“Grounded”

“Rockets do their best Astros impersonation”

“We waited 3 years for this?”

FISHER CONVERSATIONS

With the Thunder's roster younger and more inexperienced compared to last year, Fisher is offering advice more frequently this season.

“I think I did it some last year, but to be honest we had more veteran players last year. Guys like Nazr Mohammed,” Fisher said. “We had veteran guys that can kind of split that responsibility (last season). With more younger guys, and with me being by far the oldest guy (laughing), I've adapted in terms of trying to help some of our younger guys to try and understand. So from that perspective, I'm just doing what I like I should do because we have a young team. From a basketball perspective, I think it's just the same.”

QUOTEBOOK

Thunder forward Serge Ibaka on his authoritative block against former teammate James Harden, which was swatted into the Houston bench in the first quarter Sunday: “It was fun. He's my friend, he's still my friend. It's always fun to block James and to give myself more confidence.”

BY JOHN ROHDE


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