Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 3/10/13

The Oklahoma City Thunder are doing what they can to ease the pain of Trey Johnson, a high school junior who made national headlines Friday for committing an embarrassing mistake that cost his team a victory in a state playoff basketball game Thursday. According to The Oklahoman, Thunder GM Sam Presti contacted Johnson on Friday and spoke with the Hugo High School guard. Presti (pictured) would not reveal what he said to Johnson, but you figure he tried to lift the 16-year-old’s spirits. Presti confirmed that Johnson will attend Sunday’s Thunder-Boston Celtics game as a guest of the team. The Thunder even sent a tweet from the official team account Friday to offer encouragement to Johnson and his teammates: Keep your heads up #TreyJohnson and the Buffaloes. Your Oklahoma basketball family’s with you! Congratulations on a great season. #HugHugo — OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) March 9, 2013 The Oklahoman also reports that former longtime NBA guard Derek Harper, who committed a major blunder in the 1984 Western Conference playoffs, reached out to Johnson to offer encouragement. With the kind of support he’s receiving, hopefully Johnson will be able to recover from his mistake. Related posts: Lil Wayne thinks the Thunder denying him tickets has to do with racism Oklahoma high school team loses playoff game after player scores on wrong basket Magic Johnson offers $1 million if LeBron James participates in dunk contest

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