Tuesday, Oct. 14
Much has been made in the media as of late about the new faces on the Oklahoma City Thunder team for the 2014-15 season and the effect they’ll have on Oklahoma’s golden team. Everyone wants to know if Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and its veteran players can lead the Thunder into another NBA Finals.
As speculation builds up to the preseason and first games of regular play, there’s one Thunder game that won’t stir as much attention. The Blue and White Scrimmage, set for Oct. 5, continues a tradition of bringing big NBA action to small towns around the state. In years past, the practice game has been played on hometown courts in Bixby, Moore, Yukon and Bethany. This year, the team heads for Choctaw High School, east of the capitol, with Rumble the Bison, the Thunder Girls and other courtside regulars.
More than just good community relations, the Blue and White Scrimmage (which is free) gives fans the first chance to see the team in action for a new season, something they don’t take lightly.
Speaking of the preseason, OKC will take on the Denver Nuggets as visitors on Oct. 8. They’ll be back at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W. Reno Ave., to play Memphis on Oct. 14 and Toronto on Oct. 17, also at the arena. Following a preseason game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Oct. 19 at the BOK Center, 200 S. Denver Ave., in Tulsa, the Thunder will play its season opener against the Portland Trail Blazers on Oct. 29 in Oregon, but will be back on the home court to face Utah on Oct. 21.
One thing is certain, whether the Thunder brings the game to hometowns, home court or to the opposition, its fans will always be ready for the rumble and play.
Single-game tickets for Thunder home games are available at www.nba.com/thunder. Also go online for details about the scrimmage and other Thunder activities.