It was a long, grueling process, but ultimately, Thunder Dance Team Manager Paige Carter finalized her group.
With group play nearly halfway finished, the Olympic basketball teams are now jockeying for position in the knockout rounds.
Today Spain and Thunder forward Serge Ibaka squared off against the host country Great Britain, where the Spaniards narrowly escaped with a 79-78 victory. Team USA took care of Nigeria with a record-setting 156-73 victory this afternoon.
Up next, Spain will take on Russia and Team USA will play against Lithuania on Saturday.
Team USA vs. Nigeria
All the way across the Atlantic Ocean, Oklahoma City is being represented strongly. Four Thunder players again were in Olympic action in London on Tuesday.
Immediately after Team USA’s victory over France, Thunder forward Serge Ibaka and the Spanish national team took to the court in its preliminary Olympic contest.
Spain battled China throughout a back-and-forth opening quarter, leading 19-17 after the first period. Ibaka, who scored 17 points on the day, played a big role in Spain’s 34-point second quarter when it outscored the Chinese by 10. Ibaka was a physical presence in the paint during his 20 minutes of action, pulling down five rebounds and swatting three shots.
When shots from the outside start to fall, Team USA is capable of big runs.
OKLAHOMA CITY, Friday, July 27, 2012 – Seventy of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 82 regular-season games will be carried live and in high definition on the team’s exclusive regional and local TV partner, FOX Sports Oklahoma, the Thunder announced today. The other 12 games will be exclusive national broadcasts on ABC or TNT. The Thunder’s 10 games on ESPN, as well as three on TNT will also be carried on Fox Sports Oklahoma. Brian Davis (play-by-play announcer) and Grant Long (analyst) return for their fifth season as Thunder broadcasters.
OKLAHOMA CITY, July 26, 2012 – The Oklahoma City Thunder announced its 2012-13 regular season schedule today. The team will begin its upcoming campaign at San Antonio on Nov. 1 in a rematch of last season’s Western Conference Finals before returning home to the Chesapeake Energy Arena a night later to host the Portland Trail Blazers in the club’s home opener on Nov. 2.
The NBA announced this season’s schedule on Thursday, and for the Thunder, it is filled with high-profile matchups, marquee national television appearances and plenty of games with Western Conference implications. With 30 nationally-televised contests, including five on ABC, 10 on TNT, 10 on ESPN, and five on NBA TV, the Thunder will have plenty of opportunities to showcase itself throughout the season. The Thunder's exclusive local and regional television partner FOX Sports Oklahoma will carry the majority of the schedule, 70 games.
The NBA dream is still alive, even if your name isn’t called on draft night.
Serge Ibaka and Spain struck first, but Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden helped Team USA swing back.