Thundering up for the new season

THUNDER UP

PHOTO BY LINDSEY CROUCH

THUNDER UP

As the 2016-2017 Thunder basketball season begins, Oklahoma City is attempting to achieve success. The team’s 6-4 record so far proves that they may not be as phased by the loss of former player Kevin Durant as previously predicted.

OKC faced off against the Los Angeles Clippers on Fri., Nov. 11, at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Fans had predicted this game to be one of the team’s toughest. Despite having lost their previous game against the Toronto Raptors 102-112 on Nov. 9, the team came onto the court optimistic. At the end of the first quarter, the Thunder led 24-16, but they gradually began to slip up as the game went on.  The Clippers came out with a two-point win over OKC, 110-108.

“I’m disappointed in the outcome of the game,” sophomore Cole Peterson said. “We had floor seats and that was exciting, but I wish we could’ve won the game.”

On Sun., Nov. 13, the Orlando Magic came to Chesapeake to compete. Thunder fans packed the arena in hopes of advancing their record. Despite the commitment and energy of their fans, the team was unable to come out with a win. The final score was 119-117, making OKC’s record 6-4.

“We made a good come back, considering we were behind by 21,” sophomore Timmie Dorsey said. “We needed to make more shots. They made more 3’s than us. Despite losing, we did have good defense throughout the game.”

On Wed., Nov. 16, the Houston Rockets will come to town to face off against the Thunder. Having lost their previous two games, Thunder fans are hoping for a win at home.