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OKLAHOMA CITY - It's time to Thunder Up; game two of the NBA Playoffs is Monday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Over the last couple of years, basketball fans have painted the town blue in support of the team.

This year is no different.

"I think I could paint the whole world with a one inch brush," said Bruce Hall. "I love OKC and I get to be her artist. I get to paint on buildings as a canvas."

For Bruce Hall, paint runs in the family.

Hall said, "I grew up helping my dad with it."

Hall is the official artist for the Thunder and was hired the last five years to paint buildings all over town.

He said, "I feel like part of the team and they treat me like part of the family."

Of course, HallĀ isn't alone.

Eddie Bruce said, "It's basically a huge bumper sticker."

Eddie's company spent two days peeling and sticking a three-story Thunder sign onto the side of a Bricktown building.

He said, "The sign comes in 100 pieces and has to be installed one piece at a time."

The playoffs don't just boost civic pride, they also mean cash.

Monica Buck, a taxi driver, said, "When the playoffs come, there's a lot of money that comes to town. I'm looking forward to that."

In the past, city leaders have estimated each regular season game nets more than $1.3 million in direct spending.

Those numbers go up for the playoffs.