Former Oklahoma All-American Danielle Robinson has attended every game at the AT&T Center so far between the Thunder and Spurs.
Robinson plays in the same facility for the WNBA San Antonio Silver Stars. Through the first five games this season, she is averaging 9.2 points, 4.0 assists and shooting 57.1 percent from the field.
“I'm not required to root for anyone,” said a smiling Robinson. “I only went to a handful of Thunder games when I was there, but I enjoy watching them play. The atmosphere there is awesome with how they do the shirts and everything. I became a fan of theirs, but since I'm here in San Antonio, I think that's who I'll have to go with right now.”
Robinson double-dips in pro ball and played in Israel last season when the WNBA was not in session.
WHERE THUNDER GEAR IS SCARCE
When the Air Force sent Roger Engle and his wife Suzanne from Tinker Air Force Base to Lackland in San Antonio eight months ago, they didn't think to stock up on Thunder gear. But as the Western Conference Finals began, Suzanne found herself running around the Alamo City.
“I went to all the malls and big sports stores. I went to Wal-Mart,” Suzanne said. “You'd think they wouldn't have any allegiances. They're Wal-Mart.”
Finally, she found a couple Thunder blue shirts, including a Kevin Durant No. 35 T-shirt for Roger, an air battle manager for AWACS 13 Bravo. They stood out in the AT&T Center for Game 2 because they ended up with tickets behind the winners of the Thunder Rewards Zone flyaway promotion — “We made the Thunder website, but I got so nervous I flashed the peace sign instead of No. 1,” Suzanne said.
They stood out much more for Game 5. The Spurs put white T-shirts that read “Spurs Playoffs, IT'S ELECTRIFYING” on every chair in the arena. Said Suzanne, “They're following Oklahoma City.”
TWEET IT UP
@stephenasmith: It's over. KD and the crew are heading back to OKC to close out the Spurs. Can't see it any other way. Props to Jalen and Tim Legler
@MySecondEmpire: A nod to Sam Presti. Interviewed him once; after, he wanted to go over it, what he said right and wrong. Smart, analytical guy.
@jalenrose: I might have to get my DJ @Espngreeny to cue the theme music for OKC. “They may be Young but their Reeaaddaaayy”
@ZachLowe_SI: Here's the thing w/ OKC: Folks nit-pick and nit-pick (Westbrook's a hog! Brooks can't coach!), and they just win, score, advance, improve.
@tonyjefferson1: Ay how wild is it gonna be on wednesday when we advance to the finals. I will throw a party ur all invited bring your own applesauce tho
@curtgOK: There hasn't been disappointment in San Antonio like this since Pee Wee found out there's no basement in the Alamo.
Highlights from the live chat at NewsOK.com during Game 5:
8:29: ThunderSonics: more and more I'm just sure we are better than the Spurs...and that is not just my heart talking
9:05: BB in San Diego: Ernie Johnson looks like like Alton Brown on the Food Network, must be brothers.
9:29: DM: gotta weather this 1st rush by spurs
9:35: BB37: Years from now, future generations will believe that Perkins smiled.
10:36: Gary: I cannot believe I can get so wrapped up in something as I do these games. My heart just may not last
10:46: Brandon: the peake will be ridiculous