The first half of Hawks-Thunder on Friday was one of the worst uniform matchups you’ll ever see: bright red (Hawks) on orange (Thunder).
Not an exaggeration. It was this bad:
And now we’ve gotten an explanation for why it happened. According to the Thunder, the Hawks wore the wrong jerseys.
From Thunder: “The Hawks are wearing the incorrect uniform color for the game. The league process of inputting uniform colors should have caught the orange/red combo, but because the Hawks only have red uniforms on the trip the Thunder will switch to white at the half.”
— Joe Mussatto (@joe_mussatto) February 27, 2021
The NBA reportedly requested a uniform change during the first half, but because the Hawks have just one set of uniforms for their six-day, four-game road trip, the Thunder had to change.
The Fox Sports report above said the Thunder chose in advance to wear their Statement uniforms, but the NBA’s uniform matchup site, LockerVision, had the Thunder scheduled to wear their Association (white) uniforms and the Hawks their Icon uniforms (red) for this game.
So were the Thunder actually wearing the wrong jerseys?
Either way, thanks, Thunder, for saving everyone’s eyes and changing into your home whites.
It turned out the wardrobe change didn’t faze OKC on the court. It rolled to a 118-109 win.