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Thunder Bandwagon: Big crowd watches on Reno; Gerald McCoy, Mossis Madu spotted

The Peake was at its playoff best Saturday night — and it was only Game 1. Among the celebrities in the crowd: NFL players Gerald McCoy, Mossis Madu and Davin Joseph and former OSU/Thunder player Desmond Mason.
by Jenni Carlson Published: April 28, 2012
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/articleid/3670947/1/pictures/1707004">Photo - James Basinger and his son Kaden, 9, of Edmond, Okla., cheer at Thunder Alley before the game one of the first round in the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, April 28, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
James Basinger and his son Kaden, 9, of Edmond, Okla., cheer at Thunder Alley before the game one of the first round in the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, April 28, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

9:26 p.m.: Comment from Beat the Mavs: I hope KD wears his backpack at the postgame press conference.

9:32 p.m.: Comment from Mike Sherman: Attention Thunder: Tyson Chandler plays for the Knicks. You are now free to drive the lane.

9:39 p.m.: Comment from Gina Mizell: See what happens when you go in the pain?!

9:39 p.m.: Comment from Gina Mizell: *paint

9:40 p.m.: Comment from Wheatmeister: Well, depending on how the play ends up, pain may be correct, too ...

11:17 p.m.: Comment from TEN: he ain't gonna miss ... he's dirk

11:18 p.m.: Comment from ThunderSonics: OK, positive thoughts. We will win. We will win.

11:19 p.m.: Comment from Thunder Rolls: KD rules!!!!

11:20 p.m.: Comment from teen: WHAT A GAME

TWEET IT UP

What the Twitter World had to say about Game 1:

From @Jerry Rice, legendary NFL wide receiver: “It should be a good series. Pulling for Thunder!”

From @SekouSmithNBA, NBA.com writer: “The Mavericks have too many crafty old cats on this team for the Thunder to break ranks and try and freelance. Stick to the script or else.”

From @whitneyhand25, Oklahoma women's basketball player and DFW native: “Glad the Mavs are playing the Thunder so I don't have to cheer against either of them after this series! #lovethemboth but #gomavs”

VOICE OF THE FAN

Thunder fans, you know that you are a big part of the story in Oklahoma City.

So, do you have a story to add to the narrative? We want to know about it. Go to the Thunder page on NewsOK.com and click on “My Playoff Story.”

by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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