Happy Thanksgiving Thunder Nation!!!!
Last night the Oklahoma City Thunder gave their fans something extra to be thankful for today and served Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors an early slice of humble pie.
From beginning to end, this game was played with playoff level intensity. Though the score was tied 8 to 8 after the first five minutes, the Thunder set a defensive tone and maintained it for the entire game. (as fellow Chris Grenham wrote in todays, Thunder Views, those words have been a long time coming)
Prior to the game, during my Facebook LIVE Pre-Game show, I guaranteed my listeners that the Thunder were 25 to 50% ready for the game, but it would take 100%, a full 48 minutes to top the defending champions, and that was the theme on WTLC Facebook all night:
Big shout out to one brave listener that posted this in the Pre-Game comment section:
Hayes McGee · 2:54 I’m going on record saying the Oklahoma Thunder will beat Golden State tonight...
I’m not going to lie, I had doubts, but Hayes words reminded me of a quote....
We do it because we're committed, because we're believers. - Christiane Amanpour
Thank you Hayes, you reminded me why I do this.
Spirit of the Season
The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread. - Mother Teresa
Thank you Russell.
A Beginning and an End
Oklahoma City’s win last night was thrilling as we may have witnessed the birth of a new era in Thunder basketball, but there was a sad finality as well. The final chapter of the old era. And it wasn’t pretty.
Thunder Nation was shocked, and hurt, when Kevin Durant opted to take his amazing skills to the team that beat the Thunder in the 2016 Western Conference Finals. More painful by far however has been watching a carefully constructed mask come off an icon that OKC fans once adored and their children idolized.
For a player that says he loves his old team and once said he wanted to see his jersey hanging from the rafters of Chesapeake Energy Arena, Durant has had a funny way of showing it.
From head butting Andre Roberson in the Warriors only visit to the Peake last season to going head to head with former teammate and a man he once called a brother and using a sexist slur to insult him as they were pulled apart, Durant can add 3 more labels to the soles of the next version of the KDX; punk champion, fake friend, and sore loser.