Sunday, Dec. 29, 6 p.m.
It’s been more than a year since the NBA’s James Harden was traded to the Houston Rockets, but his absence on the Oklahoma City Thunder’s side of the court is still felt by fans who remember his ability and likeable presence on The City’s pro basketball team. So, it’s always interesting when a Thunder and Rockets game comes around: You watch for glimmers of lingering camaraderie and signs of ease between The Beard and his ex-teammates. Some of us just can’t help being nostalgic for 2011. The Thunder welcomes Harden and the Rockets to Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W. Reno Ave., Oklahoma City, for a match at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29. As the team makes its run for more play-off magic, the Thunder looks to hold or improve its positive standing. For them and fans, even a fondness for Harden won’t stand in the way. The game is scheduled for broadcast on NBATV, but you can still see it live. Tickets are still available at www.chesapeakearena.com. For more, visit www.nba.com/thunder.