Thunder (54-24, 23-15 road) vs. Trailblazers (42-37, 26-12 home)
Radio: WWLS The Sports Animal (98.1 FM, 640 AM, 1300 AM The Buzz Tulsa)
Time: 9:00 PM CST
Team Comparisons (per NBA.com/Stats)
- Offensive Rating: Thunder – 110.1 (2nd), Trailblazers – 106.0 (7th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 102.9 (12th), Trailblazers – 105.5 (20th)
If the Oklahoma City Thunder can somehow change the density of the air at the Chesapeake Energy Arena to match that of Denver’s, they could probably be on par with the Golden State Warriors. (Are we still comparing teams to Golden State for the purpose of greatness? I mean, you know, after their home loss to the Minnesota TimberPups.) That’s possibly one of the reasons for the 3-point barrage that was the 15-33 showing in Denver.
Dion Waiters and Anthony Morrow looked they should have been competing on All-Star Saturday, while Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Serge Ibaka all took efficient, “in rhythm” 3’s. And the beautiful part was that the Thunder looked like they were holding back. The vision head coach Billy Donovan had for the offense at the beginning of the season (more 3’s, more looks at the rim) was on full display last night. The team had 34 FG attempts at the rim and 33 FG attempts from deep. For comparative purposes, the Warriors average 31.5 attempts from deep and 30.4 attempts at the rim per game. That’s pretty good balance right there. Keep Reading…