Oklahoma City Thunder change jerseys at halftime vs. Hawks due to color mixup

By Field Level Media
Feb 26, 2021; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) fouls Oklahoma City Thunder forward Darius Bazley (7) on a drive to the basket during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA saw red over a uniform glitch Friday night in Oklahoma City.

For the first half of the game, the host Thunder wore orange jerseys while the Atlanta Hawks wore red tops. At halftime, Oklahoma City changed to white jerseys.

Team’s uniform selections are submitted in advance to an NBA system that checks for potential conflicts. According to ESPN, the Friday mixup was the first in 4,000-plus games since the system has been in place.

Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said postgame, “I certainly didn’t notice it or even think about it, to be honest with you, then it was a league mandate (to change at halftime) that we just reacted to. They made me aware of it at halftime when we went into the locker rooms that guys were (to wear) white uniforms, and then we went out and played the second half.”

The uniform colors appeared to make little difference in the outcome. The Thunder led by eight points at halftime, and they went on to win 118-109.

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–Field Level Media