Today is game one of the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA Playoffs Western Conference Round 1, according to an April 19 Bleacher Report article. You can catch the game on live TV or via live stream video if you are away from your TV.
This game, which is in OKC, comes on a poignant day for the city and the entire State of Oklahoma. Today marks the 19th anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing, and while it is a somber day of remembrance, the Thunder fans will be ready this evening to cheer on their team. They will cheer on this team that is a symbol of so much more than just a professional basketball team.
The Oklahoma City Thunder is a symbol of a city that while scarred was not defeated. The team is one symbol of just how far Oklahoma City has come since April 19, 1995. This city was not beaten. The citizens of the city and the state came together and helped build a beautiful memorial to those who were killed, and they helped create an even more beautiful city around that memorial. The Thunder is one of the biggest symbols of that new city.
So, while tonight's Thunder vs. Grizzlies may seem like just another first round game to many people who look at this matchup, it means much more in Oklahoma City. It serves as a symbol of the hope, hard work, and resiliency that a city and a state has had over the past 19 years. This team's members have become integral citizens of the city, helping when help is needed just like any other resident, and it has been a beautiful thing.
This series is expected to be incredibly good with Oklahoma City at its best and Memphis a strong contender. Plus, OKC has a score to settle after Memphis beat them out of the playoffs last season. Look for the Thunder to come out and play with a lot of heart tonight in a city that has spent the day looking back and remembering while also looking forward and seeing its bright future that includes the Thunder. Everybody here expects this to be Kevin Durant and the Thunder's year to win it all.
You can check out the Thunder vs. the Grizzlies starting at 9:30 p.m. EST on ESPN. You can also catch the OKC vs. Memphis live stream via Watch ESPN.