Thunder (26-12, 9-7 road) vs. Timberwolves (12-26, 5-16 home)
Radio: WWLS The Sports Animal (98.1 FM, 640 AM, 1300 AM The Buzz Tulsa)
Time: 7:00 PM CST
Team Comparisons (per NBA.com/Stats)
- Offensive Rating: Thunder – 109.5 (2nd), Timberwolves – 100.2 (26th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 101.0 (11th), Timberwolves – 104.2 (20th)
Two straight games where an opposing player has caught fire in the fourth quarter to either threaten the game (Lou Williams) or outright win the game (Damian Lillard). Two wing players that caught fire in the most crucial of times. Catching fire is not something that happens in an instant. It’s something that catches on with time. So then my question becomes: If a wing player starts to cook at the most critical time of the game, why isn’t your best perimeter defender on him?
It’s something that Thabo Sefolosha would usually relish. When the Thunder struggled with the pick and roll in the first two games of the 2012 Western Conference Finals, it was Sefolosha who stepped up to guard Tony Parker and negate his driving ability. And yet, in the most crucial time in two games, Andre Roberson is either not being asked to guard the right guy or not in the game at all. Keep Reading…