All four Thunder Olympians were again in action on Monday, and in both Team USA and Spain’s contests, toughness was the crucial element.
OKLAHOMA CITY, August 4, 2012 – The Oklahoma City Thunder signed forward Daniel Orton to a contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Orton (6-10, 255 pounds) appeared in 16 games (two starts) during the 2011-12 season as a member of the Orlando Magic and recorded averages of 2.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in 11.7 minutes per contest.
Both Team USA and the Spanish national team had cruised to perfect records in the first three games of the Olympics, but on Saturday, both teams were tested to their limits.
Team USA fended off a pesky Lithuania side by the score of 99-94, needing a 17-6 run late in the fourth quarter in order to overcome a Lithuania lead. Spain burst out to a 22-5 advantage against Russia, but saw their lead dwindle away, ultimately falling to the Russians 77-74.
OKLAHOMA CITY, August 3, 2012 – The Oklahoma City Thunder will play a pair of home games at Chesapeake Energy Arena in addition to hosting contests in both Tulsa, OK, and Wichita, KS, as part of a seven-game preseason schedule leading up to the 2012-13 NBA regular season, the team announced today.
Oklahoma City opens the preseason with a two-game road trip beginning in Hidalgo, TX, versus the Houston Rockets at the State Farm Arena on Oct. 10 followed by a trip to Salt Lake City to take on the Utah Jazz on Oct. 12.
OKLAHOMA CITY, Friday, August 03, 2012 - The Oklahoma City Thunder announced the 2012-13 Thunder Girls dance team Thursday night at Riverwind Casino in Norman. Judges selected 20 ladies to be on next season’s squad. More than 1,000 fans attended the live event.
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.