Thunder bandwagon: Sights and Sounds from Game 1 vs. Lakers

The Thunder players and coaches weren't the only ones who had a long layoff. The fans did, too, and they were ready and raring to go.
by Jenni Carlson Published: May 14, 2012
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SIGHTS AND SOUNDS FROM GAME 1

The Peake was lively as ever for Game 1 vs. the Lakers. Hey, the Thunder players and coaches weren't the only ones who had a long layoff. The fans did, too, and they were ready and raring to go.

SEEN AND HEARD

*Yes, the boos rained down on Ron Artest — otherwise known as Metta World Peace — when he was introduced. They were loud, but they weren't sustained. Seemed about as well-restrained as you might expect after what he did to James Harden.

*Way louder than the boos for Artest were the cheers for Harden. When Harden received the Sixth Man of the Year before the game, the cheers were deafening. Ditto for when Harden checked into the game for the first time.

*Sign makers were out in full force to, ahem, welcome Artest. A sampling:

Metta World Piece of LA Trash

MWP: Tonya Harding of the NBA

End World Peace

*Spotted in the crowd at The Peake: Former Thunder player Desmond Mason and NBA super fan James Goldstein.

*TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager was sadly understated in his apparel. Houndstooth jacket. Striped shirt. Gold tie. What, no pink? No teal? No polka dots?

*Gotta give it up to Rumble. Dude hit a behind-the-back half-court shot before the fourth quarter.

*The crowd outside The Peake watching the game on the big screen just keeps growing. People packed Reno Avenue and stretched over half a block. It looked like at least 5,000 fans but sure could've been more.


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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