Hornets (19-22, 4-14 road) vs. Thunder (31-12, 20-5 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 – 109.2 (2nd), Hornets – 103.1 (10th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 100.2 (8th), Hornets – 102.1 (14th)
Weapons. Great teams have them in bunches. The Golden State Warriors trot out a great starting five, but then add to that with Andre Iguodala, Festus Ezeli, and Shaun Livingston coming off the bench. Players that would likely start on every other team in the league. The San Antonio Spurs have a line-up that could potentially consist of five future Hall of Famers (Duncan, Parker, Ginobili, and potentially Aldridge and Leonard, if their upward trajectory continues). But they supplement those players with guys like Danny Green, Boris Diaw, Patty Mills, and David West. Again, guys that would likely be getting more minutes on other teams. The same can be said about Cleveland, with Tristan Thompson, JR Smith, Iman Shumpert, and Matthew Dellavedova being the supporting players.
And that’s where the train stops. The Clippers, Rockets, Bulls, and Raptors all have good players in the starting lineups, but lack the plethora of supporting talent that the top teams have. And that is quite indicative to their position on the NBA’s food chain. So then the question becomes: Where do the Oklahoma City Thunder fall? Keep Reading…