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Three years ago, the Sooner State found out the hard, cruel truth about their only major professional team.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The series between the Thunder and Trail Blazers — which includes at least one more game, beginning at 9:30 tonight, inside Moda Center — is playing out on different levels.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The best hope Thunder Nation has as it ponders Game 3, an absolute must-win as the Oklahoma City-Portland series moves into Chesapeake Energy Arena for at least two more tussles, is its ability to believe in Paul George.

Even though they would eventually shed the final year of Carmelo Anthony’s contract, turning it into the acquisition of Dennis Schroder, the Thunder knew the signing of Paul George to a max contract last offseason meant they’d be paying a whole lot of money in salary and the luxury tax.

OKLAHOMA CITY — On the day Nick Collison’s No. 4 was raised to the Chesapeake Energy Arena rafters, marking 14 selfless seasons with the franchise that became the Oklahoma City Thunder, the sentence he uttered in which his voice first cracked was this:

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Because Paul George made a corner 3 with about four minutes remaining that made them believe, Thunder fans did not depart early.

An offensive foul was called away from he ball with 3:09 remaining in the third quarter when Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook stepped a couple feet outside the boundaries of the court in Denver Tuesday night. That's when a very young fan, standing up from his seat, used his left hand to poke Westbrook’s right arm.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Surrounded by reporters, a larger than usual throng there to see him for the first time or simply starved for post All-Star break access, Markieff Morris smiled.

Russell Westbrook will make is eighth All-Star appearance. New Orleans has an All-Star for the sixth straight year.

Though it’s unclear if any of the new names will be in uniform when the Thunder open the regular season Tuesday night at Golden State, there are indeed three new names in the Thunder fold, one day after the preseason schedule concluded with a 119-115 victory over Milwaukee.

WARNER -- Fort Gibson’s Caden Abbott sparked a sixth-inning rally with a go-ahead RBI single as the Three Rivers Bandits defeated the OBA Elite 9-3 on Sunday for second place at the  Second Annual Rusty Fulps Memorial Classic at Biff Thompson Field.

The Transcript is running a Thunder evaluation series, publishing one article a day on a different Oklahoma City player. We will start with the guards. Monday’s player is Russell Westbrook.

This Week's Circulars

Obituaries

Jackie Ann Davidson, 71, homemaker, died Friday, August 16, 2019. No services are scheduled at this time. Foster-Petering Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to www.foster-petering.com

56, Administrative Assistant, passed Thursday , August 15, 2019. Service is 1:00pm Thursday, August 22, 2019 at Cornerstone Chapel. Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory 1830 N York St. Muskogee, OK 74403

Woods, Albert, 88yrs, Minister, died August 15, 2019. Visitation, 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m., Saturday, August 17, at Bradley Funeral Home. Services, 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 19, United Pentecostal Church, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Bradley Funeral and Cremation Service.

Funeral Services 2:00 pm Friday, August 16, 2019 at Keefeton Free Will Baptist Church. Interment will follow at McLain Cemetery.