Grizzlies (19-17, 8-11 road) vs. Thunder (24-11, 16-5 home)
Radio: WWLS The Sports Animal (98.1 FM, 640 AM, 1300 AM The Buzz Tulsa)
Time: 8:30 PM CST
Team Comparisons (per NBA.com/Stats)
- Offensive Rating: Thunder – 109.3 (2nd), Grizzlies – 99.7 (27th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 100.5 (9th), Grizzlies – 102.1 (15th)
It’s hard for the Oklahoma City Thunder to win when they are missing Kevin Durant. It’s doubly hard when they are missing Durant and Russell Westbrook struggles like he did in the Thunder’s last game, going 6-23 from the field to go along with 7 turnovers. Had Westbrook played like his more efficient self, the Kings’ game would have likely fared differently.
With Westbrook not being able to buy a bucket in the second half, the Thunder were dependent on Serge Ibaka, Anthony Morrow, and Dion Waiters to keep pace with the Kings. While Ibaka and Morrow were great in the first three quarters, they reverted back to their normal roles of spectating role players in the fourth quarter, turning down several open looks in favor of giving the ball back to Westbrook with the shot clock winding down. After scoring a combined 43 points through the first 3 quarters, the duo of Ibaka and Morrow only scored 2 points in the fourth. Keep Reading…