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Oklahoma City Thunder 2014-2015 News and Updates
1/21/15 - The Oklahoma City Thunder is on the road until Monday (1/26) when they finally come to their fans to host the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Thunder started the season with an injured roster, but they’re back on their game with a 21-20 record which gives them the second place in the Northwest Division. Once of the newest Thunder, Dion Waiters, is happy with the team and says that they are unselfish. His teammates want him to be successful. In his first six games, he’s averaged 12.5 points per game, up from his 10.5 average when he was on the Cleveland team. Oklahoma City fans love to see their team play, so don’t want to get your tickets from Razorgator. Prices start at just $20. It’s time to Thunder Up!
1/13/15 - Kevin Durant and his Oklahoma City Thunder will be glad to get out of California, after dropping games to the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings by 20-plus points each. The Thunder’s offense has been uncharacteristically flat to start 2015, as they’ve cracked the 100-point plateau only once in four games. They were able to secure a win on Friday night versus the Utah Jazz, 99-94, behind 32 points from Durant, and 25 points plus 12 assists from Russell Westbrook. Newly-acquired Dion Waiters chipped in 15 points, as he continues to play well in his new surroundings in OKC. The Thunder will need to get a little more help on offense if they are to stay in the win column this week, with upcoming dates at the Rockets, and at home versus the Warriors. A select number of seats are available at the Toyota Center in Houston for Friday night’s showdown, starting at $51—but hurry, they won’t last long!
1/6/15 - A rash of injuries early in the season put the Oklahoma City Thunder behind the pack in the Western Conference, but they have been catching up quickly since their two all-stars returned to the lineup. Even with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant performing at their usual high levels, though, the Thunder have been unable to get over the .500 mark yet this year. After toppling the Washington Wizards to reach an even 17-17, they were defeated by the high-powered Golden State Warriors on Monday night. They will try to finally secure a winning record this week, as they face a handful of Western opponents. OKC will host the Utah Jazz on Friday night, and you can get in the door with Razorgator starting at just $29!
1/1/15 - Even without superstar Kevin Durant in the lineup, the Oklahoma City Thunder boast plenty of offensive firepower. It was their fourth-quarter defense, however, that did them in on Sunday, as they fell to the Dallas Mavericks, 112-107. Serge Ibaka led the Thunder with 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Reggie Jackson added 21 points off the bench, but it wasn’t enough to hold on to a late lead against Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs. Oklahoma City dropped to 15-17 on the season, although they had won seven straight before an ankle sprain took Durant back out of action. They will try to get back on track on New Year’s Eve, as they face off at home with the high-scoring Phoenix Suns. Tickets are available with Razorgator from $48, but don’t hesitate because seats are limited!
12/26/14 - If they are to continue to climb the ranks of the Western Conference, the Oklahoma City Thunder will have to overcome more injury adversity this season, as Kevin Durant remains day-to-day after a right ankle sprain suffered Thursday versus the Golden State Warriors. OKC had won seven of eight games with Durant and fellow all-star Russell Westbrook back in the lineup after a pair of early-season injuries, but with Durant back on the bench, they’ve managed only a one-point win over the struggling Lakers and suffered a close loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday. The schedule gets tougher for the Thunder, who will host Portland on Tuesday night before traveling to San Antonio to face the reigning champion Spurs on Christmas Day. Razorgator still has great seats starting at $51 for the holiday clash, but tickets are going fast!
12/17/14 - The Oklahoma City Thunder took their seventh straight win Tuesday night against the Sacramento Kings, 104-92. Kevin Durant scored 26 poitns and Russell Westbrook had seven assists and scored 32 points. The Thunder were ahead in the first quarter by 16, with only a seven-point lead at halftime. They pulled away from the Kings with just minutes to spare in the game. Since Durant has returned from his broken foot injury, the Thunder has improved 7-1. Westbrook and Durant took turns scoring shots, while the team clamped down on their defense. They outshot the kings by 47.1 percent to their 42.9 percent. It was a successful game for Durant. The 26-year-old surpassed 15,000 points, becoming the second-youngest player to accomplish the feat, next to LeBron James. Oklahoma City will try for their eighth straight win at the next game, against the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday. Tickets for the game are available starting at $41.
12/12/14 - With the return of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant from injury, the Oklahoma City Thunder are riding a three game win streak. Last night’s 114-101 victory against the Bucks seemed to solidify the idea that the Thunder have returned. In the win, Durant and Westbrook scored a combined 51 points, which seemed to signal that the all-stars are hitting their stride. However, with LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, and the rest of the Cleveland Cavaliers coming to town on the 11th, the Thunder might be facing its biggest challenge yet. Look for the Thunder to return to the aggressive and relentless team that swarms the ball on defense. Tickets to see the Thunder host the Cavaliers start at just $30, and tickets begin at $17 for the December 14th matchup between the Phoenix Suns and the Thunder.
12/4/14 - Oklahoma City Thunder's season continues to be disappointing, although their ranking has risen to 3rd in the Northwest Division. Their record is now 5-13 after their latest game against the New Orleans Pelicans, in which they lost 112-104. Although Kevin Durant is back from a foot injury, scoring 27 points that included a two-handed dunk and three 3-pointers during his outing, it was not enough to put the team ahead of the Pelicans and Tyreke Evans' drives and Anthony Davis' dominance on the court. The team next visits Philadelphia to play the 76ers on Friday December 5 in game two of a three-game road stretch. The game is sure to be good, with Durant continuing to rebound from his foot injury, which still limits some of his playing time. Tickets are available, starting at $24.
11/24/14 - The Oklahoma City Thunder are not having one of the best seasons this year. To date, they sport a record of 3-10, and are 5th in the Northwest division. Their last outing was against the Denver Nuggets, which didn’t go their way. They ended up losing with a final score of 100-107. In their loss, Serge Ibaka led the Thunder with 22 points and 13 rebounds. His stellar performance wasn’t enough, and they seem to really be lacking any offensive fluidity. Kevin Durant will need to up his intensity, and the Thunder will need to adjust their offensive scheme heading into next week’s game, which is against the Nets. It should be a great game for the fans, and tickets are available now. The starting price is at a $67.
11/17/14 - With a final score of 96-89, the Oklahoma City Thunder fell just short in their game against the Detroit Pistons. After an early 9 point lead after the first quarter, Detroit caught up little by little until they were tied at the end of the fourth. In overtime Oklahoma City was only able to score 7 points against the Piston’s 14. This is the latest in a series of alternating wins and losses since the Thunder ended their losing streak last week. They are currently sitting at 3-7 and 3rd in the Northwest Division. The Thunder doesn’t have a terrible ratio so far this season, but they need to start turning things around if they want a shot at the championship. They will be playing one of the best teams in the league next, the Houston Rockets, who has a record of 8-1.
11/13/14 - Oklahoma City Thunder had an excellent game against the Sacramento Kings on Saturday. They were able to pull a win with 93-101. This is Oklahoma City’s first win since the first of the month, ending their three-game losing streak and bringing them to 2-5. They have a long way to go, currently being in the 4th spot in the Northwest Division. This last game showcased Reggie Jackson, who has been after a greater role with his team. He scored 22 points, half of which were in the final quarter, and eight of those points were in the last 2:17. Additionally, Jeremy Lamb scored 17 points, Serge Ibaka scored 14 points, and Sebastian Telfair scored 14 points. Next the Thunder will be playing the Bucks in Milwaukee on Tuesday.
11/6/14 - After three games, the Oklahoma City Thunder have lost two and won one. They took home a win against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, and they face a long season ahead. The Thunder are playing without Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Anthony Morrow, and Mitch McGary, but they still are a contender for the NBA Championship. They come home to the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK on Friday to face the Memphis Grizzlies. They get one day off before taking on the Sacramento Kings on Sunday. The Thunder team is ready to take on their opponents no matter how many teammates aren’t on the bench with them. Reggie Jackson is expected to return to the game, which will certainly help the team. It’s time to Thunder Up!
10/27/14 - With the start of the NBA season looming, the question stands as to how long the Oklahoma City Thunder will be without their all-everything Kevin Durant. Sources are reporting that the Thunder are targeting their Christmas Day contest to get Durant back.
10/23/14 - He rolled into a news conference on a scooter. Then Oklahoma City Thunder’s all-around superstar and reigning MVP, Kevin Durant, said that he has no plans to rush his rehab from a fracture in his right foot, and considers it a “win-win” because he can learn even more about the game.
8/19/14 – The 2014-2015 Oklahoma City Thunder schedule was unleashed last week, and you won’t want to pass up any of the matchups on this 82-game slate. The Thunder tip-off the upcoming season with a game in Portland against the Trail Blazers on Oct. 29. The first home game at Chesapeake Energy Arena is slated for Nov. 1 against the Denver Nuggets. If last year’s tilt was any indication, you’ve got to be in the stands when Golden State visits on Nov. 23 for another basketball blockbuster. All eyes will be on the Dec. 11 Cavaliers-Thunder game, when KD and King James, two of the best players in the world, go head to head in what is sure to be an instant-classic. Christmas Day pits the Thunder at Spurs, in an epic 2014 playoff rematch. Oklahoma City is favored to be crowned Western Conference kings, so buy your Thunder tickets before they’re swooped up by loyal fans and bandwagoners alike!
5/29/14 - Serge Ibaka comes back, and the Oklahoma City Thunder win their next two games. Coincidence? Maybe not. In their first two games of the Western Conference finals, the Thunder were outplayed at and around the rim by San Antonio, and the results showed, not just in the overall score, but in such key stats as points in the paint. But Ibaka, one of the top players around the rim in the league, made an impact in both of OKC’s victories – 15 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots in Game 3 (the blocks equaled by reserve center Steven Adams), just nine points in Game 4, but eight rebounds and three more blocks. The Thunder will need more of that from their big power forward if they have any hope to move to the NBA Finals.
5/27/14 - The Oklahoma City Thunder just got some potentially game-changing news. Power forward Serge Ibaka, who has been out since midway through Game 7 of the second round with a calf injury (described by ESPN as a Grade 2 strain of the plantaris), and not expected to return, has been upgraded to day-to-day status and may well play in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against San Antonio. Ibaka’s presence has definitely been missed by the Thunder, who have seen the Spurs take advantage repeatedly, especially in Game 1, where the Spurs’ scoring advantage in the paint was nearly double that of the Thunder; the Thunder have also been outrebounded in both games so far. All eyes will be on Oklahoma City this weekend to see if the Thunder can get back in to the series, currently down two games to none.
5/21/14 - The Oklahoma City Thunder missed the on-court presence of forward Serge Ibaka, and it showed in a 122-105 loss to San Antonio in the first game of the Western Conference finals. Ibaka, who injured his calf in the final game of the previous round’s final game against the Los Angeles Clippers, is not expected to return this season due to the injury, which leaves the Thunder seriously shorthanded around the rim; the Spurs took full advantage of this, outscoring the Thunder in the paint by a 66-32 margin. The Thunder got their typically strong performances from Kevin Durant (28 points, nine rebounds, five assists, one blocked shot) and Russell Westbrook (25 points, seven assists, five rebounds), plus 16 points in a reserve role for veteran Derek Fisher.
5/16/14 - With their 104-98 victory in Los Angeles in Game 6 of their series with the Clippers, the Oklahoma City Thunder moved on to face San Antonio in the Western Conference finals for the second straight year. Once again it was Kevin Durant putting the Thunder on his back and leading them to the next level; Durant collected a double-double of 39 points and 16 rebounds, along with five assists; Russell Westbrook also contributed a double-double of 19 points and 12 assists. However, the victory came at a price, as forward Serge Ibaka left the game with a calf injury, what Thunder general manager Sam Presti told ESPN was a “grade 2 strain of the plantaris.” Ibaka is not expected to return for the rest of the postseason.
5/14/14 - It’s clear that the Oklahoma City Thunder are in a battle in this second round matchup with the Los Angeles Clippers. The Thunder were unable to hold a second-half lead of 16 points in Game 4 over the weekend, as the Clips clawed their way back to knock off the Thunder, 101-99, and even up the series at two games each. The Thunderous duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook certainly did their parts to keep Oklahoma City in the game; Durant tallied 40 points, seven rebounds, three assists, a pair of steals and another pair of blocked shots, while Westbrook was responsible for 27 points, six boards, eight dishes, and three steals. The other three starters – Serge Ibaka, Kendrick Perkins, and Thabo Sefolosha – were only able to score a total of 13 points, though Ibaka also recorded five rebounds and four rejections. Reggie Jackson provided 10 points coming off the bench.
5/9/14 - After allowing the Los Angeles Clippers to steal home court advantage in Game 1, the Oklahoma City Thunder reverted to form in Game 2 of their second-round matchup with the Clips, winning 122-110 while getting a combined 63 points from newly-minted NBA Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant, and Russell Westbrook. Westbrook’s 31 points were part of a triple-double that included exactly 10 rebounds and 10 assists; while Durant’s totals of 32 points, 12 boards and nine dishes left him one shy of his own triple-double. Also making key contributions for the Thunder were Serge Ibaka and Thabo Sefolosha, who each tossed in 14 points; bench players combined for just 13 of the Thunder’s points.
4/29/14 - In baseball, the name would normally make you think of World Series heroics. But this is basketball, and this particular Reggie Jackson pulled the Oklahoma City Thunder out of a potential two game deficit with some late game heroics over the weekend. Jackson chose Game Four against Memphis to shine, coming off the bench to drain 32 points for the Thunder in their 92-89 overtime victory; while the two usual stars, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, had games generously described by Fox Sports as “scared, sluggish and sloppy.” Both Durant and Westbrook had 15 points each (on a combined 11-for-45 shooting from the field), though Durant’s 13 rebounds made up somewhat for his spotty scoring in the game. Serge Ibaka joined Durant with a double-double of 12 points and 14 rebounds, along with five blocked shots. The struggles of Durant and Westbrook in this game were representative of Oklahoma City’s offensive trouble as a whole, with a team shooting percentage of just 36.7%.
4/15/14 - With the second best record in basketball, the Oklahoma City Thunder also have locked up the second seed in the Western Conference, four games in arrears of San Antonio and two up on the LA Clippers. The Thunder took a tough loss over the weekend on the road in Indiana, 102-97; though Kevin Durant was his usual self, a scoring machine with 38 points. Russell Westbrook collected 21 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists in the loss, while Caron Butler came off the bench to contribute 13 points, and Serge Ibaka added 11 points, six rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots. Key on the night was Indiana’s 46-32 advantage in rebounding, mostly on the defensive end.
4/8/14 - After stopping San Antonio’s 19-game winning streak at home on April 3, the Oklahoma City Thunder proceeded to drop their next two on the road, by a grand total of 11 points, to Houston (111-107) and Phoenix (122-115) – both games having playoff implications for the winners. Kevin Durant continued his streak of games scoring 25 or more points in both losses, racking up 38 points on the Suns as well as 11 rebounds; Russell Westbrook also broke the 30-point scoring plateau against Phoenix, chalking up 33 points to go with eight assists, four rebounds and a pair of blocks. Serge Ibaka and Reggie Jackson both contributed 11 points to round out the Thunder’s double-figure scorers against the Suns.
3/31/14 - Kevin Durant has a very impressive streak going for the Oklahoma City Thunder: a streak of 38 consecutive games in which he has scored at least 25 points. In the Thunder’s last game, a 116-96 win over Utah, the NBA’s leading scorer (averaging 32.2 points per game) quietly tossed in 31 points and handed out nine assists in just 29 minutes on the court. Russell Westbrook, back on the court for the Thunder, provided 19 points along with five rebounds and four assists; with Serge Ibaka adding 17 points and Caron Butler scoring 15 points off the bench. Even though Utah had a decided advantage on points scored in the paint (46-34), the Thunder were more efficient with their shooting, hitting 55.4% from the field – including 11-of-18 from three-point land – as compared to Utah’s 41.9%.
3/24/14 - It took two overtimes, but the Oklahoma City Thunder got it done, squeaking out a 119-118 victory on the road against Toronto. Kevin Durant was The Man (once again) for the Thunder, hanging 51 points – including 7-of-12 from three point range – and 12 rebounds on the Raptors, while Reggie Jackson (no, not that one, the other one) added 25 points and a dozen rebounds of his own off the bench, mostly in substituting for Russell Westbrook, who left the game early after banging his repaired right knee with Toronto’s Kyle Lowry. Westbrook told The Oklahoman newspaper, however, that he did not expect to miss any time from it. The newspaper reported that Westbrook left the Air Canada Centre arena “fine, without a brace” after the game.
3/18/14 - Despite 30 points from Kevin Durant and another 19 points from Serge Ibaka, the Oklahoma City Thunder dropped a key Western Conference matchup to Dallas over the weekend, 109-86. The usually strong Thunder were outdone on the glass by the Mavericks, 42 rebounds to 33; reserve Darren Collison led the Thunder’s rebounding effort with seven, while Ibaka had just six on the night. The Mavs also had a significant 40-22 advantage on points in the paint over the Thunder, as well as a 26-17 advantage in assists; Durant’s four dishes were team high.
3/11/14 - At 46-17, the Oklahoma City Thunder have pulled even with East leading Indiana for the league’s best overall record, and are just a half game back of those pesky veteran San Antonio Spurs for the West’s top record. However, leaving the friendly confines of OKC’s Chesapeake Energy Arena, the Thunder have uncharacteristically dropped a pair of games, first to Phoenix, then to the cellar dwelling Los Angeles Lakers. Still, Kevin Durant dropped a triple-double on the Lakers, with 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists. Serge Ibaka had a strong game for the Thunder as well, collecting 21 points and a team high 15 rebounds, eight of which were off the offensive glass. Finally, Russell Westbrook notched 20 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, and three steals.
3/4/14 - After dropping three straight last week, Oklahoma City got things back in good order to close out February and kick off March, winning their last two, both at home against Memphis and Charlotte. Guard Russell Westbrook has returned for the Thunder, returning to the lineup last month against Miami. Westbrook had been out since Christmas in 2013 after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. He has averaged almost 20 points per game over the five games since his return, with his best game so far coming in the Thunder’s most recent win, 26 points against Charlotte over the weekend. The Thunder have also signed veteran Caron Butler after he negotiated a buyout from Milwaukee.
2/24/14 - Even though Kevin Durant once again lit up the nets at Chesapeake Energy Arena, dropping 42 points on the visiting Los Angeles Clippers while collecting 10 assists, the Oklahoma City Thunder were unable to hold the Clips down, dropping the past weekend’s contest 125-117. Starters Serge Ibaka, Steven Adams, and reserve Nick Collison each cleared six rebounds for the Thunder; guard Thabo Sefolosha contributed three steals in the losing effort. Another name popped out of the box score for the Thunder – that of veteran Derek Fisher. D-Fish scored 15 points, all on three pointers (5 of 7), and also contributed a pair of steals.
2/18/14 - Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant was a force for the Western Conference in last weekend’s All Star Game, notching a game-high 38 points (only equaled by Blake Griffin), along with 10 rebounds and six assists – pretty much a routine game for Durant, who leads the league in scoring with 31.5 points per game. The Thunder, with a record of 43-12, have the best record in the NBA at the moment and they will be looking to maintain that in the second half of the season.
2/5/14 - When the Oklahoma City Thunder tipped off against Memphis, the Grizzlies were riding high with the league’s best record since December 21. 48 minutes later, Thunder superstars Kevin Durant (31) and Serge Ibaka (21) had combined for 52 of OKC’s 86 total points scored in the 86-77 win over the Grizz. Ibaka also cleaned up on the boards, leading the Thunder in rebounding with 12. The Thunder used a 20-4 push at the end of the first half to create the cushion.
1/31/14 - If you read the Oklahoman newspaper, you know that none other than Reggie Jackson, no stranger to big stages, has called the Oklahoma City Thunder’s main man, Kevin Durant, “the baddest man on the planet.” As well, the initials MVP are starting to be associated with Durant’s name, especially after a recent 41-point explosion against Atlanta, including the game winner. The Thunder continue to be the West’s pacesetters, 2 1/2 games ahead of San Antonio, and percentage points behind the Indiana Pacers for the league’s best record overall.
3/22/13 - Oklahoma City has already earned a spot in the upcoming NBA Playoffs. If the NBA Playoffs started today, the Thunder would face James Harden and the Houston Rockets. OKC leads the regular season series 2-1. Tickets for the NBA Playoffs First Round (Game 1) at Chesapeake Energy Arena range from $118 - $1295. Still on the team's radar - clinching the Division. The Thunder have two games against the San Antonio Spurs left on their home schedule; the Spurs are the only team ahead of the Thunder in the Western Conference. The most expensive regular season game remaining at Chesapeake Energy Arena is not when San Antonio comes to town however, it's when the New York Knicks visit. Tickets to see the Knicks in OKC are averaging $261.
2/26/13 - Since pulling up stakes and leaving Seattle for Oklahoma City after the 2007-08 season (much to the chagrin of longtime Seattle SuperSonics supporters), the Oklahoma City Thunder have been on a steady upward progression: out of the playoffs their first year in Oklahoma; then a first round knockout at the hands of the Lakers; advancing to the Western Conference finals the next season; and last season making the NBA Finals, only to fall to the Miami Heat. Much of this steady improvement can be laid at the feet of All-Star Kevin Durant, who leads the NBA in scoring, while point guard Russell Westbrook is among league leaders in assists and steals — all of which contributes to a league-leading team points per game average. On the defensive side, much of the heavy work is being done by power forward Serge Ibaka, who leads the team in rebounding and blocked shots (second league-wide in blocks). The Thunder are also getting key contributions from Thabo Sefolosha and Kendrick Perkins; and Kevin Martin off the bench. All in all, coach Scott Brooks has all the tools in place — while also picking up the veteran Derek Fisher for the stretch drive — to raise a banner at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Can they get the job done this year? Only time will tell.
OKC Thunder tickets average $200 at Chesapeake Energy Arena, the 4th most expensive NBA tickets this season. Upcoming games on the 2013 Oklahoma City Thunder schedule with higher than average ticket prices include the Los Angeles Lakers $325, Boston Celtics $264, New York Knicks $258, Portland Trail Blazers $239, and Denver Nuggets $221. Thunder faithful wanting to score cheap Oklahoma City Thunder tickets will find seats from $35 at select home games versus opponents like the Milwaukee Bucks and Washington Wizards. On the road, Thunder basketball is popular too. Away game tickets average $156, $44 less per ticket than at home in OKC, but still the 4th most expensive road game NBA tickets in 2013.
Oklahoma City Thunder 2014-2015 Season
ESPN recently released their Summer Forecast for 2014, and Oklahoma City came up with a thunderous
ranking. The OKC squad is favored to win the ultra competitive Western Conference with a record of 58-24. It’s true, their odds don’t look shabby at all following the brilliant 2013-2014 campaign: after a 7-game stunner, OKC ran away with a Round 1 victory over the Grizzlies before making mincemeat of the Clippers in Round 2 of the NBA Playoffs. The Thunder were ultimately eliminated by the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals, but things are looking better than ever in 2015. Oklahoma City is returning reigning MVP Kevin Durant, a healthy superstar in Russell Westbrook, a stellar second-year youngster in Steven Adams—not to mention an envy-inducing periphery.
OKC will certainly have the defending champs looking over their should all season long. Don't miss the most electrifying tandem in the league in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook as they're joined by familiar company in a healthy Serge Ibaka, Reggie Jackson and Steven Adams. The bench was bolstered with the additions of three-point specialist Anthony Morrow and draft pick Mitch McGary this offseason. Support the squad as they look to win their first NBA title since relocating to Oklahoma City. Score your Oklahoma City Thunder tickets now and see if they can achieve a 60-win season before the year is out!
After undergoing arthroscopic surgery to fix a loose stitch in his knee, Russell Westbrook will miss the first four to six weeks of the NBA season. The Thunder were expected to be atop the West with Westbrook back, but they’ll have big shoes to fill until the All-Star point guard is back on the court. After losing third-leading scorer Kevin Martin this off-season via free agency, the pressure will lie on the shoulders of third-year point guard Reggie Jackson and veteran Derek Fisher. Westbrook is expected back around beginning to mid December, and OKC will likely have a lot of catching up to do. The first major test after Westbrook’s return could be the 12/29 matchup against the Houston Rockets. The matchup is the third most expensive game this NBA season and will be a stiff challenge aginst former teammate James Harden and Dwight Howard, who is projected to be the best center is the League and the acquisition who will make the biggest impact this season. Since Harden was traded, a new rivalry emerged; one that will surely grow now that both ball clubs are title contenders. Another game that stands out on the OKC Thunder schedule: 2/20 against the Heat. If the Thunder can beat the Heat in the second half of the season, they’ll have fans believing that this rematch of 2012’s Finals could be a preview of 2014’s. Four of the NBA’s top 10 players will be on the court that night and it will be a chance for the Thunder to prove they have what it takes to get back to the top of the Western Conference. Both the aforementioned games at Chesapeake Energy Arena are part of the Top 5 NBA games this season, averaging $487 and $564 respectively. Despite the uncertainty of Westbrooks return, OKC Thunder tickets are up 50% since last season. Averaging $218, Oklahoma City has the seventh highest priced ticket in the NBA.
The Thunder have unfinished business in 2013-14 after Russell Westbrook’s knee injury led to a second round playoff exit. While the small market team did not make any major off-season moves, their returning core of Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka, and a healthy Westbrook still makes them a Western Conference favorite. The most expensive game at Chesepeake Energy Arena this season is the 2/20 matchup against the champion Heat. On Christmas Day, the Thunder travel to Madison Square Garden for a battle of the NBA’s last two scoring champions, Durant and Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony.