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Thunder Switch to White Jerseys at Halftime vs. Hawks to Avoid Clashing Colors

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Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) is defended by Oklahoma City Thunder forward Luguentz Dort during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)

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The Oklahoma City Thunder ran into a bit of trouble with the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night. Not because Trae Young was lighting up OKC, but because the two teams had trouble telling each other apart. 

Cliff Brunt @CliffBruntAP

This uniform thing is weird. #Thunder #Hawks https://t.co/HDstZjWJRR

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Thunder really had to change their unis mid-game to differentiate from the Hawks 😂 https://t.co/X4Mxp2Pe30

A miscommunication led to the Thunder wearing their all-orange jerseys while Atlanta wore their road red uniforms. After one half of aesthetically-troubling play, Oklahoma City switched to their white home jerseys at halftime. 

According to ESPN’s Royce Young, the switch came at the request of the league and the Hawks did not pack a second uniform for their road trip.  

Royce Young @royceyoung

Per an OKC spokesperson: “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…”

Oklahoma City entered halftime with a 63-55 lead. If the Hawks come back, the Thunder may have their own jerseys to blame. 

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