OKLAHOMA CITY — Tip-off for the second game of Round two of the NBA play-offs was 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night at the Chesapeake Energy arena.
By the time the Thunder beat LA 77-75 and the final buzzer sounded, it was after 11 p.m.
For tens of thousands of Oklahomans, it was way past their bedtime.
Edmond coffeehouse Cafe Evoke served lots of strong coffee Thursday morning.
Owner Jason Duncan said, “I think our last person ran out of here at 11:30 a.m. and that’s funny because this morning everything was delayed too.”
Evoke served mostly to-go orders the morning-after because bleary-eyed customers had overslept and were running late for work.
The crowd at the Midtown YMCA also arrived later than usual.
Sherri Williams said, “This morning everyone was Thundered up! They were moving a little slow. But once you start talking about the Thunder, naturally everyone perks up.”
Game three tips off in LA at 9:30 p.m. (Central Standard Time) Friday night.
Several local businesses are adjusting their hours to accommodate fans.
Friday and Saturday night, Cafe Evoke is officially closing at “Thunder plus 45 minutes.”