SIGHTS AND SOUNDS FROM GAME 3
The first two games of the Western Conference Finals weren't much fun for Thunder fans. Game 3? The bandwagon did more than back on track. It turned into a party bus.
SEEN AND HEARD
*Apparently, rapper Lil Wayne wanted to come to the Thunder game and receive VIP treatment. Backdoor entrance. Front-row seat.
The Thunder had no front-row seats available.
“Was going to go to the Thunder game tonight but was denied by the team to be in their arena,” Lil Wayne tweeted. “Wow. Go Spurs.”
Um, hey, buddy, get over yourself.
*NBA headquarters was well-represented in Oklahoma City on Thursday. Spotted inside The Peake: deputy commissioner Adam Silver, who you last saw announcing the results of the draft lottery on Wednesday night, and executive vice president Stu Jackson.
*Hanson sang the national anthem and did a heck of a job. The pop trio of Oklahoma-born brothers is best known for its '90s hit “MMMBop,” but it can sing “The Star Spangled Banner” before Thunder games any time it wants.
TWEET IT UP
What the Twittersphere had to say during Game 3:
@ZachLowe_SI: Feeling a Spurs win tonight, mostly because the Spurs are playing in a basketball game tonight.
@jonfisher: Harden and Perkins once got into a staring contest. Now you know what happened to the unicorns.
@SekouSmithNBA: For the record, having witnessed it in person in each of the past two seasons, the OKC home court advantage is as good as there is in sports.
ANOTHER THUNDER ANTHEM
The Thunder Bandwagon has another song to add to the road-tripping playlist.
Oklahoma City rockers The Flaming Lips remade their 1999 hit “Racing for the Prize”, calling it “Thunder Up: Racing for the Prize”. There's a lot of Thundering Up going on, but hey, these guys know what the locals want.
Want to hear the song?
Search “Flaming Lips and Thunder Up” on YouTube.
WELCOME TO OKC
Charles Barkley hasn't always been nice to Oklahoma City, but the city sure was nice to the TNT analyst.
When he appeared outside The Peake for the network's pregame show, fans showered him with cheers and applause. One fan was overheard saying, “I hope he falls,” when Barkley climbed on a horse for a short ride onto the set, but there was lots more love than hate.
“Way to go, Chuck,” one fan yelled.
“Love you,” another hollered.
That wasn't all the love shown to Barkley. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin presented him with a pair of cowboy boots custom-made by Loveless Boots.
Barkley's sidekick, Kenny Smith, looked a wee bit jealous.
Highlights from the live chat at NewsOK.com during Game 3:
8:37 p.m.: JD: Thunder is getting nasty.
8:50 p.m.: BB37: OKC looks like a different team tonight.
8:52 p.m.: Soonerule: Good advice from Pop after the clothesline from Thabo — keep your head.
8:52 p.m.: Pop stole that line from Highlander.
9:41 p.m.: Gary: Thabo is having the best game I have ever seen him play.
10:02 p.m.: Brandon: We need this same type of effort for the next three games.