The banners are going up downtown, and anticipation is high for the NBA postseason in Oklahoma City. As we await the release of the playoff schedule, fans hope the Thunder's recent mediocre play is more a result of boredom than an indication that a team long thought to be a championship game favorite isn't quite ready for the challenge. After all, a playoff berth was clinched long ago and only seeding scenarios were really on the line. OKC finishes 47-19, Northwest Division Champions for the 2nd year in a row and the Western Conference's number 2 playoff seed.
This means the Thunder starts the playoffs at home Saturday, either way a rematch of a 2011 playoff series. As of this posting, Oklahoma City would face off against the defending NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs beat the Thunder 4-1 in the Western Conference Finals last year, but OKC has won 3 of 4 meetings this year. If the Denver Nuggets lose tonight against Minnesota and Dallas beats Atlanta, we get a first round playoff rematch against Denver, a team OKC bested 4-1 last year. The Thunder also beat the Nuggets 2 out of 3 games this season, Wednesday night the lone loss.
Regardless of the opponent, the organization has announced plans for playoff ticket sales. Season-ticket holders will get the first option, of course. Then, tickets go on sale to the general public online at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 27th. Obviously, playoff tickets will be limited, likely to sell out in a matter of minutes.
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