#WeAreThunder

Yikes. I’m slacking. If I say that every time, does that mean I’m just a slacker? Because I promise I’m not in real life…

Anyhoo, I have read a couple books recently that I’ll post about (loved them both…I know the suspense is killing you), but this post is dedicated to my wonderful Oklahoma City Thunder (yes, the team is mine).

Photo from nydailynews.com

That picture is not only a great photo, but also a pretty good representation of what Thunder fans were going through…oh, these entire first two series of NBA playoffs. I know I lost some confidence when our first round with the Memphis Grizzlies went seven games, but I thought we were sure to come in and kick some Clipper butt. I was wrong… Chris Paul broke his personal record for three-pointers and they beat us by 17 points. All in all, the series was a bit crazy. In Games 4 and 5, each team lost huge leads in the last few minutes of the game. I was at Game 5 in Oklahoma City when we miraculously came out with a win after being down 13 with four minutes to go, and down 7 with 49 seconds to go (and playing like crap the whole time, mind you).

At the end of the game, Russell Westbrook was fouled on a three-point shot. Those free throws put us ahead and won us the game. The picture above shows Kevin Durant with his back to Westbrook…he couldn’t bear to watch. I was also at the game in 2012 when we won the Western Conference title against the San Antonio Spurs, and that was the loudest I’d ever heard the arena…I have to say Tuesday evening was a close second. When Westbrook made those free throws, the crowd erupted. When Serge Ibaka held onto that ball from Chris Paul, the crowd EXPLODED. The entire crowd (those who hadn’t left anyway) remained for a good five minutes cheering and jumping and screaming and crying tears of joy on the inside.

I saw this story on Twitter yesterday and it talks about how Durant wasn’t the only one who missed those free throws… people in the stands and people at home had given up.

And to be honest, I don’t blame them. At that 49-second mark, I texted my boyfriend and said, “Well I think we’re done.” I am a Thunder believer, and we never leave games early. My dad wouldn’t stand for it. But we were playing terribly prior to this last minute, the Clippers were on fire and we were in a three-possession game. But that feeling with 49 seconds to go only made the feeling when the clock hit zero even better.

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Praying for Boston.

Just wanted to take a quick minute to express thoughts and prayers for anyone involved with the explosions in Boston. It’s been a sad week in America, and the death of a local police officer in Oklahoma City had already put a damper on our Monday. Chad Peery was paralyzed in 2011 after he tried to break up a bar fight and was brutally beaten. He has been honored in the community and at Oklahoma City Thunder games and was an inspiration to many. I attended a Thunder game where he was honored, and I didn’t know much of his story but I was truly touched. To maintain such a positive attitude through such a horrific tragedy is so inspirational and I know Peery will be remembered greatly by the Oklahoma City community.

Oklahoma City police officer Chad Peery  reacts after receiving an award during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Photo courtesy of newsok.com.

Later that day, we all heard of the explosions at the Boston Marathon. I feel like it’s always a state of confusion immediately when these kind of things happen. I saw a picture on Twitter, but “explosion” was used, not “bombing,” so I thought (and hoped) perhaps at first it could have been an accident, although my gut told me otherwise. When things like this happen in our county, I (as I’m sure many others) just wonder why. I can’t fathom what would give someone the thought to hurt so many innocent people, but I think it’s best that way. Events such as this, as well as 9/11, the OKC bombing and the Sandy Hook tragedy just to name a few, aren’t meant to be understood in my opinion. I’m thankful that I can’t wrap my mind around something like this, and my deepest thoughts and prayers are with victims, families and residents of Boston. I know from experience the effect this type of thing can have on a community, and I wish the best for everyone involved. I’m sure many have seen the quote from Mr. Rogers, and I think it’s important in times like this. Despite the evil in our world, the good still outweighs it.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things on the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”