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Oklahoma City Thunder 2012-2013 Schedule – Key Games

As we all wait until the first tip-off of the season, let’s look at the marquee matchups of the season for the Thunder. Of course all 82 games are important, but some of them are more intriguing… they’re “must-watch” games. With the Thunder winning the Western Conference last year and getting to the NBA Finals, teams are going to play them like it’s a game 7 finals game. In other words, they’re going to play with a lot of fire. Oklahoma City will play 25 national TV games this year with 10 on ESPN, 10 on TNT and 5 on ABC. Here are the BIG games next year.

 

Thursday Nov 1 @ San Antonio: To start off the year, the Thunder will play in the arena, where in Game 5, Harden hit that three to close the game out. This game will be bigger for the Spurs, as it a chance for redemption and revenge on the Thunder. Let me ask you this: If you lost four straight games to get knocked out of the playoffs, wouldn’t you be mad?

 

Friday Nov 23 @ Boston: Okay, this is my favorite game. May not be yours. This is Russell Westbrook’s home. He dominates at the TD Garden. Does anyone else remember his 26 points and crazy three? To me, this is always the most fun game in the year. Plus, I’ll be there watching.

 

Tuesday Dec 4 @Brooklyn: December 4th, Jay-Z’s birthday, marks the first time the Thunder will play in the new Barclay Center and say Hello to Brooklyn. New city, new team and the first time Westbrook and Harden get a chance to play, “the best backcourt in the league.” And, yes, I put that in quotes for a reason.

 

Tuesday Dec 25 @ Miami: The biggest regular season game of the year. I actually can’t wait. I still remember sitting in my seat watching Heat fans celebrate in Game 5. I hope the Thunder win by 30. Really do.

Friday Jan 11 @ L.A. Lakers: Whenever you play in the Staples Center on national TV, it’s a big game. Especially with the new-look Lakers and Steve Nash. This will be second time they play the Lakers, after their matchup at home on December 7th.  Anyhow, the last time the Thunder played in the Staples Center was when KD did this.

 

Sunday Jan 13 @ Portland: Not really an intriguing game, but it is for me. Just because I am a big Damian Lillard fan, and this is the first chance for the Thunder to play him on the road. I cant wait for the Lillard and Westbrook matchup. The Rose Bowl is always electric, so it’s bound to be a good game.

 

Sunday Feb 24 Chicago: Derrick Rose should be back for this game. My dad and I always have discussions on who’s better, Rose or Westbrook? So, I guess we’ll get a chance to find out. Anyhow, last time the Bulls came to Oklahoma City, the Thunder beat them by 14 and Westbrook had this nasty dunk over Omer Asik.

 

Thursday March 7 @ New York:Madison Square Garden. Melo vs. Durant. I’ll be there. It’s a huge game.

 

Friday Jan 18 @ Dallas: I don’t know why, but for some reason I love watching the Thunder play in that American Airlines Areana. I find it fun, for some odd season. Maybe it will give me memories of when Harden did this?

LeBron James’ Playoff Career: No Narratives, Just Basketball

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When LeBron James was drafted to the Cleveland Cavalier’s in 2003, he gave the team something they hadn’t had in a long time: Hope. In 2006, the Cavs made the playoffs for the first time in eight years. Not only was this a new era for the franchise, it was the beginning of the career of the NBA’s most tantalizing hero (or supervillian, depending on which side you’re on). For the past three years, sports fans have been forced to… Continue reading »

Oklahoma Thunder 2012 Season Review & Player Grades

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Be as emotional and hurtful as you want but there is nothing to be ashamed of as a Thunder fan. Coming into this year, the Thunder wanted to get by the Western Conference Finals and advance to the NBA Finals. Of course, the Thunder wanted to win it all as well. Oklahoma City didn’t just go to the Finals to lose. However, a goal was accomplished and the Thunder made the next step as a team and franchise. Oklahoma City… Continue reading »

NBA Finals: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Miami Heat Game 5 Recap

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Its something that will be in my head all summer and for years and years to come. I was sitting in the American Airlines Arena wearing my Thunder gear, and left and right Heat fans were jumping around and going nuts. The clock was winding down; 3…2…1. The Miami Heat won the 2012 NBA championship. In the years to come, hopefully, it is the other way around. Maybe next year, Durant and Westbrook will be crying and hugging each other… Continue reading »

NBA Finals: Miami Heat vs. Oklahoma Thunder Game 4 Recap

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When Russell Westbrook fouled Mario Chamlers with a little under one minute to go, I just stood there, and my mouth dropped wide open. I was shell-shocked. Totally speechless. How could he do that? I felt so bad for Russell at the moment. The guy had 43 points, 5 assists, and 7 rebounds. He was outstanding. Russell shut all the critics up with his terrific play. However, some will look back on tonight, and blame Game 4 of the NBA… Continue reading »

Holding Court, Vol. 3: Our NBA Roundtable

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1. Grade the playoffs so far. What has been surprising? What has been disappointing? Billy Hoyle – Keeperofthecourt.com 2011-12 playoffs: B minus. The good: 1) The discovery of a super-intelligent, team-oriented, and seemingly unbeatable team in the SAS 2) Two enormous performances by James and Rondo, totaling to 89 points, 23 rebounds, and 15 assists 3) In displaying both discipline and an understanding of good basketball, several young teams – IND, PHI, and OKC – showed the world how bright the league’s future… Continue reading »

Bustin’ My Bulls: Bulls-Heat Preview

The Bulls and Heat will be squaring off for the second time this season at 9:30 PM ET. This marks the first time that Lebron James and the Miami Heat will step foot in to the United Center since their miraculous comeback during Game 5 of last year’s Eastern Conference Finals. The last time these two teams faced off, the Bulls lost in a close one. Lebron James’ 35 point double double and the lack of bench production from both… Continue reading »

Holding Court, Vol 2: Mid-season Awards, Linsanity & the All-Star Game

Holding Court volume 2 is here. Today we tackle the Linsanity, the 2012 All Star game and the NBA’s annual awards races. The Usual Suspects have shown up. Hoopstradamus, The Elusive Heisenberg, Downtown Charlie Brown, Sportschump, Fishman, and lastly your’s truely, The Pest. Be sure to check out all their sites if you want the best basketball insights out there. 1. What is Linsanity’s true celiing? Does he make you reconsider how the post-season will play out? The Elusive Heisenberg… Continue reading »

Holding Court, Vol. 1: Our NBA Round Table.

We’re almost a month into the NBA season and about a week ago, The Pest had a great idea. Here’s that great idea in words. I present to you, ladies and gentlemen, the first of hopefully many NBA Round Table discussions! This week features appearances from: The Pest - Full Court Pest The Elusive Heisenberg – Full Court Pest Downtown Charlie Brown – Full Court Pest The Hoopstradamus - Hoopstradamus.com Sports Chump – SportsChump.net Billy Hoyle – KeeperOfTheCourt.com   1. Who are… Continue reading »