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Thunder The Influence:
As a native Oklahoma and lover of basketball, it's truly amazing for me personally that Oklahoma's first major league sports team was an NBA franchise. I am not one of the kids who was raised on Larry Bird or Michael Jordan. No, I fell in love with the game watching Tim Duncan and Allen Iverson.
So as a younger basketball fan, I do not try to act like I know anymore than the next guy. However, I have been the given opportunity to blog and cover the Oklahoma City Thunder on the Bloguin Network.
"Thunder the influence" was a phrase I came up with a few years ago, and as fate would have it, I was finally able to put it to use as the name of Bloguin's new Thunder site.
It's really a fitting name for this fanbase. The fine people of Oklahoma City and the rest of the Sooner State truly are Thunderstruck. They love this team like they've had them forever, and the standard of success set by OU and (more recently) OSU football has already its way to Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The fans expect excellence, and how could they not? The Thunder has risen from league bottom feeders to fan favorites overnight and have one of the most likeable and marketable guys in the league.
With that in mind, I will try to set the bar high my own blogging. I try to be as objective as possible, and tell it like it is. You will see a lot of my opinions come out, and trust me when I say I am very opinionated. I hope you'll stick around for more, and Thunder Up!
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Sunday will go down as a great day in the life of Justin Doughtery.First, Doughtery decided to celebrate his birthday by watching the Oklahoma City Thunder play host to the Portland Trail Blazers. Next, he nailed a halfcourt shot during a timeout in the third quarter to pocket $20,000.Finally, he received a massive hug/tackle from Thunder superstar Kevin Durant while celebrating...
The old saying goes that "lightning never strikes twice."
Evidently, the same can't be said about thunder.
For the second time in a month, a fan has hit a half-court shot at an Oklahoma City Thunder game to win 20,000.
On Sunday night, Justin Dougherty, a television reporter from Springfield, MO, was selected to participate in the Thunder's 3rd quarter shooting...
Even before Maurice Harkless dropped a career-high 25 points against the Thunder on Friday, he was receiving praise from the highest source.
The NBA's leading scorer, Kevin Durant, was surprised to learn that the rookie was 19 years old and remarked that Harkless had grown up immeasurably in his defensively ability against him from that first matchup. In that 117-103 Thunder...
Justin Dougherty had one incredible Sunday night at the Thunder game, and it was capped by a hug from one of the best players in the NBA. Check out the below video of Justin nailing a half-court shot at halftime which landed him $20,000 and a bear hug from Kevin Durant. KD must have been watching when LeBron hugged a fan in Miami who also nailed a half-court shot for some big cash...
Another Thunder fan hit the MidFirst Bank halfcourt shot to win $20,000 during Sunday night’s game at Chesapeake Energy Arena and Kevin Durant stormed midcourt to help Justin Dougherty celebrate, LeBron style.
There have been no dramatic half-court shots hit during the NCAA tournament, so an Oklahoma City Thunder fan had to step up in March Madness’ absence.
As long as we’re comparing Justin Dougherty‘s dramatic $20,000 shot to March Madness, that makes Kevin Durant the walk-on benchwarmer who’s sole responsibility is to celebrate as much as possible. Durant jumped on Dougherty...
Kevin Durant had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Russell Westbrook scored 21 points and fueled a key third-quarter spurt that helped the Oklahoma City Thunder pull away for a 103-83 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night.
Serge Ibaka added 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting for Oklahoma City (52-19), which entered the game 2 1/2 games behind the San Antonio Spurs in the...
ORLANDO, Fla. It wasnt long ago when the Oklahoma City Thunder found themselves going through what the Orlando Magic are now.
As rough as things have been for the Magic, at least they didnt have to endure a 1-12 start that prompted a coaching change in 2008. Rob Hennigan, the Thunders newly appointed director of collegeinternational player personnel, could have been forgiven at...
Kevin Durant scored 11 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, Russell Westbrook had 19 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off the Orlando Magic 97-89 on Friday night.
The Magic briefly took a one-point lead in the final period, but the Thunder hit eight of their final 10 free throws to help seal the victory.
The win ends a string of consecutive losses for the Thunder, who...
No question, the Thunder earned a solid win Sunday night. However, there was a lot to learn from their third meeting with the Trail Blazers.
April is approaching and Oklahoma City is still experiencing problems in the paint. The Trail Blazers really attacked OKC in the interior, and take away a cold last six minutes, the result may have not been so lopsided.
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