On Tuesday, the OKC Thunder face off with the San Antonio Spurs in the In-Season Tournament. Each team is seeking their first ever in-season tournament pool play game. This will mark the first official meeting between generational big-man prospect Chet Holmgren and Victor Wembanyama.
The Oklahoma City Thunder own one of the best young cores in the entire NBA, and they hope to get their old home-court advantage back. During their initial run post-relocation, the OKC Thunder possessed one of the best home-court advantages in the entire NBA.
It caused crucial free throw misses, noise-induced turnovers, and deafening timeout calls. It swayed playoff series and the building itself, earning the fanbase the nickname “Loud City.”
The OKC Thunder understand they must earn that interest from the fanbase again, but tonight represents the biggest matchup in the Paycom Center since the 2018-19 season. With Victor Wembanyama in town to go up against his received rival to the NBA’s need to legitimize the in-season tournament and the TNT national broadcast in the house, this game has a playoff flavor to it.
OKC Thunder gives their matchup with the San Antonio Spurs a playoff flavor as they deck the Paycom Centere in navy shirts.
As is typical with playoff games, the OKC Thunder are bringing back a beloved tradition for their second in-season tournament game. Each seat is decked in navy tee shirts to pair with the specialty court and uniform for this in-season tournament game.
This gives a big game feel to an already fun matchup that will hopefully incite the crowd to get back to its rowdy ways of old. The OKC Thunder are heavy favorites in this game, and are looking to capitalize on some momentum gained from an impressive win over the Suns on Sunday.