Following a blockbuster offseason, Russell Westbrook heads back to Oklahoma City for the first time as a member of the Houston Rockets on Thursday in a game that will have some extra emotion attached to it.
The game is scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on TNT. If you don’t have cable, you can watch a live stream of the game on your computer, phone, Roku, Fire TV Stick or other streaming device via one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
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TNT is one of the 95-plus live TV channels included in the main FuboTV bundle, which comes with a free seven-day trial:
Once signed up for FuboTV, you can watch a live stream of the Rockets vs Thunder on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, or other supported device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as a 72-hour look-back feature, which will allow you to watch the game on-demand within three days of its conclusion, even if you don’t record it.
AT&T TV Now (formerly DirecTV Now) offers six different channel bundles. They range from 45 to 125 live TV channels, and they all include TNT. The “Plus” and “Max” bundles come with a free seven-day trial:
Once signed up for AT&T TV Now, you can watch a live stream of the Rockets vs Thunder on your computer via the AT&T TV Now website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, or other compatible streaming device via the AT&T TV app.
If you can’t watch live, AT&T TV Now — no matter what channel package you choose — comes with included cloud DVR.
Both of Sling TV’s “Sling Orange” (32 channels) and “Sling Blue” (47 channels) packages come with TNT. They both cost $20 for the first month ($30 per month after that), which makes Sling the cheapest streaming service with TNT if you plan on keeping it long term:
Or, as part of a special deal that Sling is currently offering, you can get a free Amazon Fire TV Stick if you prepay for two months:
Once signed up for Sling TV, you can watch the Rockets vs Thunder live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, or other streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage for an additional $5 per month.
TNT is included in Hulu With Live TV, which comes with 60-plus live TV channels and Hulu’s extensive on-demand library of TV shows and movies:
Once signed up for Hulu With Live TV, you can watch a live stream of the Rockets vs Thunder on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Echo Show, or other streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, Hulu With Live TV comes with 50 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as the option to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of space and the ability to fast-forward through commercials.
Rockets vs Thunder Preview
When the Oklahoma City Thunder dealt both Paul George and Russell Westbrook in the offseason in two separate blockbuster deals, the thought was that the team would be rebuilding.
That has not been the case.
The Thunder are in the mix in the Western Conference at 21-16 and have done a good job of retooling to stay competitive. The Thunder 8-2 over their last 10 games and are averaging 110.3 points.
“We dug ourselves a little bit of a hole, and we’ve had that happen before where we’ve gotten down, but these guys always fight back,” Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan said. “I thought we fought and played pretty hard and pretty well in the second half. I thought the things that hurt us in the second half was, one, I thought we gave up some timely offensive rebounds, and we just didn’t shoot the ball great from the free-throw line.”
Westbrook, who won the MVP with the Thunder in the 2016-17 season, expects an emotional team to his former home arena.
“Obviously that place is always going to be special to me, because I grew up there. I spent a big part of my career there, met a lot of people there, good organization, great people, nothing but great things come from me being there.”
The Thunder have waved goodbye to a handful of stars in recent years, most notably Westbrook, George and Kevin Durant, who left to join the Golden State Warriors. When Durant — the No. 1 overall pick in 2007 — returned, he was booed relentlessly by the fans, getting called a cupcake.
Thunder general manager Sam Presti weighed in on the team’s one time superstar returning to Chesapeake Energy Arena and it sounds like there is much less animosity with Westbrook’s departure.
“Russell was a catalyst for a lot of incredible moments and memories for our fans, but it is his relentlessness, longevity and commitment that defines his legacy in Oklahoma City,” Presti said in a statement. “It’s going to be a unique moment when he steps back on the Chesapeake floor, a chance for people to recognize someone that will always figure prominently into the history of our city.”
Other than Westbrook, Clint Capela will be a player to watch on the Houston sider. He’s coming off a 22-point, 22-rebound explosion in the Rockets’ 122-115 win against the Hawks on Wednesday.
Houston is a four-point road favorite.
The teams are meeting for the second time this season. The Rockets won the first time around 116-112 on Oct. 28. Harden led Houston with 40 points.
Thunder: Nerlens Noel: out (ankle), Andre Roberson: out (knee), Danilo Gallinari: out (calf).
Rockets: Gerald Green: out (left foot), Nene: out (abductor).