Miami Heat (0-3) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (1-2)
TV: Thunder TV – KSBI 52 (Cox 15, HD 715)
Radio: WWLS The Sports Animal (98.1 FM, 640 AM, 97.1 AM Tulsa, Web Stream)
Time: 7:00 CST
View from the enemy: Hot Hot Hoops
Another preseason game. Sigh. HOWEVA, it’s at the new BOK Center, which is neat. I went up to the new arena a couple weeks ago for a concert and I was really impressed. Very nice. Hopefully events like this can begin to extend the Thunder brand more into Tulsa. It’s a slow process for this team to build a brand, but doing it in two nice sized markets will definitely benefit the team and especially its TV deals.
As for the game, my eyes are on No. 9 and No. 9 alone. He’s all I want to watch. When he gets the ball, in my mind he turns into that little league bench player that never scores. Shoot it! Shoooooot it! Come on, SHOOT IT! If we’re lucky, he’ll knock out a few light bulbs on the scoreboard with a monster rejection. Hopefully this all isn’t a preseason aberration and Sir Iblocka/Chewblocka/King Congo lets us all down. That would break my heart.
Another slightly interesting thing will be to take a peek at the progress of Michael Beasely. Supposedly, he’s be a beast in training camp and is set to light the league on fire. We’ll likely get a little look at that one way or the other tonight. Tonight will also feature a little more playing time for the non-roster guys like Michael Ruffin so we’ll have a look at them.
Tis a shame Tulsa and Boise State play at the same time as the game tonight. Hopefully it doesn’t hurt attendance either way. Tip at 7:00 CST. Go Golden Canes (and Michael Ruffin).