Oklahoma City Thunder 2014 News and Updates
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 2013-2014 Season
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.