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Christmas Day in San Antonio with what is sure to be a fun/excruciating game against the Spurs? Merry Everyone, I guess.
Second night of a back-to-back, on the road and playing without a key player, even if it was against the Lakers, this wasn’t going to be an easy night for the Thunder.
They didn’t have Kendrick Perkins who was out with a bruised knee, and had to regroup and rethink their attack. Oh, and they also didn’t have Kevin Durant either.
It was a night of the Russell Westbrook Experience and he didn’t disappoint — 31 points on 9 of 22 shooting, 10 assists and five rebounds in 36 minutes. He steadied the Thunder after a slow start, provided easy offensive solutions and hit a couple large shots down the stretch, including an absurd leaning stop-and-pop jumper with 38 seconds left. Keep Reading…
Offensive Rating: Thunder – 103.4 (23rd), Lakers – 106.1 (16th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 101.8 (4th), Lakers – 113.7 (30th)
How do you recover from a hard-fought loss to the best team in the league? Play against the worst defense in all of basketball — play against a team that starts
Jeremy Lin Ronnie Price at point guard — play a team that’s as beat up from injuries as any team in the league. Simply put, you play the Los Angeles Lakers… that’s how. Keep Reading…
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Kevin Durant will not play Friday against the Lakers because of the sprained ankle he suffered last night against the Warriors. The injury is not considered serious, and Durant will be re-evaluated on Saturday with a determination coming before gametime if he can go against the Pelicans on Sunday.
Durant injured the ankle late in the first half by stepping on Marreese Speights’ foot. Durant said he could’ve returned, but the team took precaution with it being on his surgically repaired right foot. In just 18 minutes, Durant dropped 30.
Rob Mahoney of SI.com: “All the same, this was an opportunity missed for the Thunder, even if that stemmed from Durant’s tweaked ankle. Oklahoma City is set to be a playoff team again thanks to the accelerated returns of both Durant and Westbrook. Where the Thunder fall within the eventual playoff bracket (and which opponent they’ll eventually match up against), however, is subject to their nightly performance. Every winnable game matters in the West, and for the Thunder mostly every game is winnable. With that comes pressure. It’s ridiculous that NBA teams would concern themselves with seeding some 57 games in advance of the postseason, but the matchup game has never seemed more important than in this year’s field.”
Ethan Sherwood Strauss of ESPN.com: “For seven incredible minutes, Oracle was witness to the Thunder at their most terrifying. It took just that long for Oklahoma City to put up 30 points, for Kevin Durant to enter a mode where a crowd rooting against him actually sighed when he missed. Durant finished with 30 points in 18 minutes, a feat never before reached since the merger. At the end of the half he was felled by the foot of Mo Speights in what’s hopefully a minor ankle sprain. Before that injury happened, the Warriors impressed by clawing their way back from an early 17-point deficit. Steve Kerr brought in Iguodala to put out the growing conflagration and Golden State slowed a team that looked more like a force of nature than its namesake.” Keep Reading…
OAKLAND, Calif. — I just feel so cheated.
Forget the Thunder’s seven-game winning streak coming to an end. Forget the fact they lost another agonizing game to the West’s current best team.
Kevin Durant was supposed to go for 60 tonight.
After he hit that first 3, you could tell. Durant was getting out the frying pan and spatula. He was about to cook. Then he hit another one. So obviously, you knew the next one was going up. And he hit it. Three straight 3s in 90 seconds. The fourth one, he might as well been wearing a neon sign that said “I AM SHOOTING THIS FROM 3.” The Warriors ran their whole damn team at him as he elevated, but this one caught back iron. Had it dropped, by rule, the game would’ve had to been stopped to allow fans to rush the floor. Keep Reading…
Offensive Rating: Thunder – 103.2 (23th), Warriors – 108.8 (9th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 101.2 (3rd), Warriors – 98.6 (1st)
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Since the return of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, the Thunder has faced some sub-par teams, but tonight the Thunder gets the Golden State Warriors, who boast the best record in the league and an MVP candidate in Steph Curry. Keep Reading…
Sam Amick of USA Today: “On the off chance that anyone was confused as to how and why the Oklahoma City Thunder could somehow lose their way, dropping 12 of their first 15 games this season and digging a hole so deep it was fair to wonder if they could get out, one need only to look at what took place Tuesday in Sacramento. Reigning MVP Kevin Durant and three-time All-Star Russell Westbrook were back at it again against the Kings, decimating them with the same array of dazzling talent that was nowhere to be found early on when their injuries threatened to derail the Thunder’s championship-caliber efforts yet again.”
Anthony Slater on tonight’s matchup: “The primary focus remains on compiling victories and strengthening their playoff position. But there’s also a certain sweetness that comes with delivering some payback shots. They didn’t publicly talk about the subject (“I’m not going there with you, man,” Durant said), but privately, they understandably stewed during that opening month. And the next chance for a bit of minor revenge comes on Thursday at Golden State. When the Warriors visited OKC in late November and handed the Thunder its sixth straight loss, Golden State reserve Marreese Speights was the surprising star. He had a game-high 28 points in only 25 minutes, tossing in a variety of mid-range jumpers. And after each made basket, Speights turned and yelled at the Thunder bench. The animated conversation lasted throughout the night, at one point leading Durant to call Speights over during a timeout and have a talk with him.” Keep Reading…