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.
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.”
The Houston Chronicle asked readers for suggested headlines after the Thunder's 120-91 victory in Game 1. Here are some of the suggestions:
“The Thunder Rolls”
“Severe Thunderstorm Warning”
“Failure to Launch”
“Rockets launch delayed due to Thunder”
“When lightning strikes twice, the Thunder will Roll”
“Oklahoma City Flameout”
“Rockets do their best Astros impersonation”
“We waited 3 years for this?”
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.”
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