For the first time in franchise history, the Thunder played a home game on the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.
Before the game, the entire crowd observed a moment of silence and throughout the night, the OKC coaches, broadcasters and support staff could be seen wearing a commemorative pin for the bombing victims.
THUNDER THROWS A BLOCK PARTY
This season, the Thunder averaged 6.1 blocks per game, the second most in the NBA.
Seventeen minutes into Saturday night’s playoff-opening win over Memphis, OKC already had seven, swarming the paint and denying a variety of what looked to be clean Grizzlies looks.
Serge Ibaka finished with four, Steven Adams had three in the first quarter and OKC ended with nine.
“I thought we did a great job protecting the paint,” Caron Butler said. “It allowed us to get out on their shooters.”
TAYSHAUN PRINCE LEAVES WITH ILLNESS
One of Kevin Durant’s primary defenders had a rough night. And it wasn’t because of his unenviable assignment.
Four minutes into the game, Tayshaun Prince left with what the team is calling an illness. He did not return.
Tony Allen replaced him in the lineup to start the second half.