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Oklahoma City Blue clinch Midwest Division

The Oklahoma CIty Blue came from behind to beat the Austin Spurs 98-94 to clinch the Midwest Division on Thursday night at the Cox Convention Center.

With the win, Oklahoma City improves their record to 27-22 on the season. Oklahoma City has won a division for the second straight year. Last season, Oklahoma CIty won the Southwest Division.

It’s a long way coming from two seasons ago where the Thunder were last place in the Southwest Division.

Oklahoma City did it in a comeback fashion. Austin led 60-43 at the break and it appeared the Blue were done for. Austin pushed their lead to 22 right out of the half. It seemed every time Oklahoma City made a run, Austin kept it at a comfortable advantage.

That’s when the blue made their move.

PJ Dozier hit a three, capping off an 11-0 run, bringing the Blue to within 72-62 with 3:31 left in the third quarter. Austin maintained a 78-69 lead after three frames.

Unlike some bad losses for the Blue, Oklahoma City found themselves marching back into the forefront of this one.

Oklahoma City held Austin to only 3 points for the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter. This allowed the Blue to power back and take an 82-81 lead with 5:07 left in regulation after Dozier hit a pull-up jumper.

After trading buckets, Thunder assignee, Dakari Johnson, book ended a Bryce Alford three-pointer to give Oklahoma City a 94-87 lead with 1:09 left in the game.

Oklahoma City hit their free throws down the stretch to clinch the game to cap off a 29-16 Blue advantage in the fourth.

All five Blue starters scored in double figures. Three players finished with double digit rebounds. Johnson led Oklahoma City with 23 points and 13 rebounds. He dished out six assists in the victory.

A big key in the victory was the patience on defense. They only allowed eight free throws for Austin, as Oklahoma City made 14-of-23 from the free throw line.

The Blue wrap up their regular season schedule on Saturday, March 24 in Reno against the Bighorns.

The G League playoffs start on Tuesday, March 27.  Oklahoma City will host either Rio Grande Valley, Texas or Reno. G League playoffs first round is a one-game playoff format. Winner moves onto the Conference semifinals.

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OKC Blue make the playoff push

After a four-game losing streak, the Oklahoma City Blue’s season sat on the brink. Make a move or stay home.

Since the return of RaShawn Thomas from the USA National Team, the Oklahoma City Blue have rolled off three straight and are pushing their way back into the Western Conference playoff race.

The Blue (23-20) sit only a half-game back of first place Sioux Falls SkyForce (23-19) in the Midwest Division.

To make the playoffs in the Western Conference in the G League, you either win your division or get in as a wildcard spot. The basic format is the same as the NBA’s. Except the G League only allows six teams into their postseason, not eight like the Association.

If you qualify for the first two seeds in the conference, you get a first round bye. The No. 3 will host the No. 6 seed. Then, the No. 4 will host the No. 5 seed in a single game elimination round.

Then, the real playoffs start. They’ll play a best of three series (one-one-one) for the rest of the playoffs, including the G League Finals.

Last season, the Oklahoma City Blue lost to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the Western Conference Finals. So, they’re hoping to get back this season.

Current Standings

 

 

 

Rank

West

W L PCT GB
1
Austin Spurs
27 16 0.628 0
2 South Bay Lakers 26 17 0.605 1.0
3
Sioux Falls SkyForce
23 19 0.548 3.5
4
Reno Bighorns
24 17 0.585 2.0
5
RGV Vipers
24 18 0.571 2.5
6
Texas Legends
24 18 0.571 2.5
7
Oklahoma City Blue
23 20 0.535 4
8 Santa Cruz Warriors

21 21 0.500 5.5

With seven games remaining in the regular season, the OKC Blue has some real work to do.

March 7: vs. Lakeland Magic (21-20)

Oklahoma City hasn’t played the Magic this season. Oklahoma City should be the favorite as this game is played at Chesapeake Energy Arena at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7. Lakeland is only 4-6 in their last 10 games and have lost three of their last four.

March 9: vs. Texas Legends (24-18)

The Blue are 1-2 against the Legends this season with all three games decided by a combined four points. Oklahoma City won the first meeting in Oklahoma City but lost the two in Frisco. With Texas being the immediate team in front of Oklahoma City, this game is a must win.

March 10: vs. Iowa Wolves (18-22)

Iowa has lost eight straight since beating Oklahoma City by a billion points. Iowa has checked out and while they once led the division, this game should be an easy win for the Blue.

March 17: at Reno Bighorns (24-17)

Oklahoma City travels to Reno, Nevada to play the Bighorns, who are going to shoot the three like crazy. For the Blue, they’re lucky. Reno is only 12-8 at home this season. Oklahoma City though, is 0-2 against the Bighorns this season. Could be 0-3 at this pace.

March 20: at Agua Caliente Clippers (19-24)

The Blue should get a road win at the Clippers. An expansion team who’s played like it for much of the season. However, that’s not the case. Agua Caliente is 2-0 against the Blue this season. It’s hard to take three from an opponent, especially when you’re not a Reno or a Westchester, so the Blue should take care of business.

March 22: vs. Austin Spurs (27-16)

When you get a chance to knock off the best team in the conference and a chance at making the playoffs, this should be a prime chane for the Blue. It’s the third team in a row in which the Blue are 0-2 against this season. Luckily, this game will be at home.

March 24: at RGV Vipers (24-18)

yeah, it feels as if the Blue have a super tough schedule down the stretch. Oklahoma City is 1-1 against Rio Grande Valley this season. The team that ended Oklahoma City’s season last year might have a chance to do it again.

Sure, Oklahoma City is going to need some help. However, if you can win some games you’re not supposed to and then can find a way to win the games you’re supposed to, the Blue are in a position to make the playoffs. It’s all about whether they want to or not.

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Daniel Hamilton named to Midseason All-NBA G League Team

With the first-ever NBA G League International Challenge replacing the traditional NBA G League All-Star Game this year, the NBA’s official minor league is recognizing its top performers by naming the Midseason All-NBA G League Teams. NBA G League coaches, general managers and players voted on the top performers from the first half of the season from their respective conferences, based on the performance of players in games through January 21, 2018.

The Oklahoma City Thunder’s two-way Thunder player, Daniel Hamilton has been named to the G-League’s Midseason All NBA G League Western Conference team.

Hamilton, 22, has thrived with the Oklahoma City Blue. In 29 games, he’s averaging 16.0 points, 9.3 rebounds and 8.0 rebounds per game. Hamilton has six triple-doubles. The rest of the NBA has 12 combined. Last season, Hamilton only had one triple-double, not including the one we had in the G League Playoffs. Before this season, the Blue only had five triple-doubles in franchise history.

Hamilton was signed a two-way contract on Aug. 3., the first in Thunder history.

Hamilton competed with the Thunder in the 2017 Orlando Pro Summer League, where he started four games and averaged 11.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and an OPSL-high 6.8 assists in 31.0 minutes per game.

Draft 56th overall in the 2016 NBA Draft out of UConn, Hamilton was named the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the year, AAC All-Conference Second team and the Most Outstanding player of the 2016 AAC Tournament Championship.

In two games with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Hamilton is averaging 3.5 points, 2.0 assists on 60 percent shooting per game. Hamilton scored a career high seven points on Jan. 3 in a win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Blue falls in Iowa to Wolves 124-102

The Iowa Wolves scored 73 points in the second half en route to beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 124-102 on Tuesday night in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Blue fall to 12-11 on the season.

For Oklahoma City, their four-game winning streak comes to an end and they fall a half-game back of the Wolves for first place in the Midwest division. Iowa has now won six straight, the hottest team in the G-League.

The Thunder took a 53-51 lead into halftime but really fell off and never could recover from the downward spiral.

Oklahoma City took a 60-59 lead with 9:46 left in the third quarter. That was the last time Oklahoma City would lead as Iowa would go on 11-0, taking a double digit lead with 7:05 left in the third quarter 70-60.

With a new quarter, the Thunder still couldn’t get over the hump. Another big run for the Wolves put the game away. The 18-2 run gave Iowa a 111-85 lead with 7:26 left in the game.

Iowa shot 57.1 percent in the second half from the field and 58.3 percent (14-of-24) from beyond the arc. The Blue only forced four turnovers and never had control of the second half.

PJ Dozier led the Blue with 19 points and seven rebounds on 8-of-14 shooting.

Daniel Hamilton finished with 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting, including 2-of-7 from beyond three-point range. He was a game worst negative-24.

Amile Jefferson, the former Duke Blue Devil, had a 20-point, 18-rebound game. Anthony Brown scored 35 points on 11-of-19 shooting to lead all in scoring.

The Blue only shot 32.4 percent from the the three-point line, going 12-of-37, and never really found themselves at the free throw line. Oklahoma City only took 13 attempts, making 10.

The Blue travel to Southaven, Misssissppi to play the Memphis Hustle, the G-League affiliate of the Memphis Grizzlies at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 4.

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Oklahoma City Blue keeps streaking, beats Sioux Falls 115-108

Markel Brown scored 16 points in the opening quarter as the Oklahoma City Blue won their fourth straight game, beating the Sioux Falls Skyforce 115-108 on New Year’s Eve.

Brown finished with 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting and Myke Henry had 23 points off the bench for the Blue.

Oklahoma City is 12-10 on the season, first in the Midwest division.

If it wasn’t for Brown’s performance, it’s unknown what would’ve become of the Blue’s trip to Sioux Falls. He led all scores at that point and was really the only player stepping up when it was needed.

Myke Henry hit a big three-pointer with 2:42 left in the first half, tying the game at 52-all. Then, Brown hit a reverse lay up with 24 seconds left in the half to give Oklahoma City their first lead, taking a 58-56 lead into the break.

Ike Nwamu was the catalyst to an 11-2 run to start the second half, giving the Skyforce a 67-60 lead with 8:32 left in the third quarter. It wasn’t until Henry nailed a driving reverse lay up with 3:55 remaining in the third to give Oklahoma City a 73-71 lead. Sioux Falls would answer back but a Daniel Hamilton lay up put Oklahoma City up 75-74 with 3:30 left.

Oklahoma City would never trail again.

The Blue pushed the lead out to double digits, capping off a 15-3 run to end the quarter. Hamilton would account for seven of the 15 points.

Nwamu would cut Oklahoma City’s lead to 104-102 with 2:23 left in the game. Hamilton and Henry shut that down quick, scoring nine of the final 11 points.

Sioux Falls attempted 54 three-pointers in the game, hitting 22 of them. Which, for those who don’t follow the G-League, 54 isn’t any where near the record of 64 set back in 2014.

Hamilton finished with 16 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists, his fifth triple-double of the season.

Six different players scored in double figures, including four starters. Only Thunder assignee, PJ Dozier was in single digits with seven points. He was 3-of-7 from the floor.

Oklahoma City travels to Iowa to play the Iowa Wolves on Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. The game can be viewed on Facebook Live.

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Oklahoma City Blue tops Salt Lake City Stars 117-103

While the parent club fell on Friday night, it was the Oklahoma City Blue who found the win column. The Blue beat the Salt Lake City Stars, G-League affiliate of the Utah Jazz, 117-103 in Salt Lake City.

One of Oklahoma City’s two-way players, Daniel Hamilton, had 28 points, seven rebounds and six assists. However, he had nine turnovers. Myke Henry had 25 points off the bench to lead the Blue. Henry is a small forward out of DePaul. He played with the blue last season but joined the Blue after playing for Rayos de Hermosillo out of Mexico.

Oklahoma City improves to 11-10 on the season, best in Midwest Division.

Despite Salt Lake City opening the game 5-0, the Blue answered back with a 22-5 run in the first quarter, capped off by a Bryce Alford three-pointer.

Alford finished with 15 points, all three-pointers as he finished 4-of-13 from beyond the three-point line.

Salt Lake City would answer back, cutting the lead down to 27-19 with 2:03 left in the opening quarter but that’s when Oklahoma City decided to put the game away. An 18-6 run to start the second quarter gave the Blue a 50-27 lead midway in the quarter.

The Stars cut the Blue advantage down to 19 with 6:32 remaining until halftime. The Blue did their own response, outscoring Salt Lake City 22-15, pushing the lead out to as many as 28 on multiple occasions.

Oklahoma City led 72-46 at halftime.

A 24-9 run to start the third quarter hurt the Blue’s advantage as a mix of Naz Mitrou-Long, Taylor Braun and Erik McCree brought Salt Lake City back into it. Oklahoma City only led 81-68 with 5:18 left in the third quarter.

However, Henry and Hamilton combined for 13 of the quarter’s final 15 points, giving them a comfortable cushion again.

Thunder player Terrance Ferguson was recalled before the Thunder played the Milwaukee Bucks and was unavailable.

Oklahoma City two-way assignee, PJ Dozier went 3-of-3 from the floor and finished with 12 points. He was the only starter in the negative on the plus/minuse at negative-9.

Former Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown went 3-of-8 from the floor in 32 minutes, finishing with eight points.

The Oklahoma City Blue will return to the court on Sunday at 5 p.m. against Sioux Falls Skyforce. The game can be seen on Facebook Live. The Blue don’t play back at the Cox Convention Center until Jan. 6. They’re in the middle of a five-game road trip.

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Blue drop one to Reno

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Reno Bighorns (1-0) defeated the Oklahoma City Blue (1-1) Sunday evening at the Cox Convention Center.

Sacramento Kings two-way player, Jack Cooley, led the Bighorns with 36 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 steals while Aaron Harrison scored 24 points, grabbed three rebounds and added two assists off the bench. Two-way player JaKarr Sampson tallied 16 points, eight rebounds, and two steals in the Sunday afternoon contest.

Myke Henry paced the Blue with 20 points, three rebounds and two assists while Markel Brown followed Henry closely with 20 points, one rebound, and one assist.

The Bighorns took an early 5-0 lead before the Blue would edge the Bighorns 5-4 at the 9:00 mark. A triple by Daniel Hamilton gave the Blue their only lead of the night. Reno went on an 11-5 run to retake control of the game. The Bighorns held an eight-point lead to entering the second frame.
Reno opened the second quarter going in a 10-4 run after a dunk from Will Davis to take a 14-point lead with 9:00 remaining in the first half. The Blue chipped away at the Bighorns lead, cutting the deficit to three with 5:18 to play in the half. Reno responded with a 20-7 run extending their lead to 18 points going into the locker room at the half.

The Bighorns continued to execute their offense in the third quarter, pulling away from the Blue by as many as 25 points. Oklahoma held Reno to a 47.7% team shooting effort in the frame. The Bighorns entered the final quarter with a 92-76 lead.

Harrison opened the fourth quarter scoring seven points in under three minutes to make it an 18-point game. The Bighorns kept the Blue at bay, building their advantage to as many as 28 points to secure a 123-101 victory against the Blue.

Cooley scored 14 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter.

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Blue win season opener

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Blue (1-0) defeated the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (0-1), 112-109, in its season opener on Friday night.

With 5.0 seconds left in the game, Oklahoma City held a three-point lead in what had been a back-and-forth quarter. Michael Cobbins blocked a potential game-tying shot from Briante Weber to help seal the game.

Cobbins finished with six points, and career highs in rebounds and blocks, with seven and three, respectively.

“The whole game he was good, very reliable defense,” Head Coach Mark Daigneault said. “He really stabilized us, he was excellent.”

OKC led by as many as 14 in the third quarter, but the Vipers closed the quarter on an 11-3 run, leaving the Blue with a 91-85 lead going into the fourth. Markel Brown scored nine of his game-high 21 points in the third.

The Blue trailed 41-32 after the first quarter, but outscored the Vipers by 10 in the second quarter to take a 63-62 lead into the locker room at halftime. Chris Wright scored 12 of his 16 points in the quarter on 5-of-7 shooting, including 2-of-2 from beyond the arc.

Two-way player Daniel Hamilton paced the Blue with six assists to go with 19 points and eight rebounds, while PJ Dozier contributed five points, three rebounds and two steals.

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OKC Blue release training camp roster

The Oklahoma City Blue begin their fourth season in Oklahoma City after moving from Tulsa. Training camp begins this week, so they released their 2017-18 training camp roster

 

First thing we see when we glance at the roster: two Oklahoma State Cowboys. The Thunder add Michael Cobbins, who’s played with the Blue in the past. They also added Markel Brown, former Brooklyn Net draft pick. He was in training camp with the Thunder. He was waived on Oct. 11.

Also on the roster is Daniel Hamilton and PJ Dozier, the two players who signed two-way contracts with the Thunder. They can spend up to 45 days with the Thunder but must spend most of the season with the Blue.

Also on the roster are the other waived players from training camp. Rashawn Thomas, a Southeast OKC high grad; Yannis Morin, from France; and Bryce Alford, a UCLA alum.

The Blue drafted five on Saturday in the G-League draft. That led to TJ Wallace, a 6-3 guard out of Pacific University with their first round pick.

Chad Posthumus, Justin Leon and Javon Felix were all added on the local G-League try out.

Chris Wright, Myke Henry and Cobbins all return to the Blue from last season. Hamilton also played with the Blue last season.

The Blue also found new uniforms from Nike this season, too.

Training camp will come and go and the season starts on Friday, Nov. 3 against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers at the Cox Convention Center. The two teams met in the 2017 G-League Western Conference Finals, with the Vipers winning.

Oklahoma City will have some neutral site games this season outside of the annual G-League Showcase. The Blue travels to Wichita, Kansas to play at Intrust Bank Arena on Feb. 28. Then, on March 7, the annual game at the Peake at 11 a.m.

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