Timberwolves (12-28, 7-11 road) vs. Thunder (28-12, 18-5 home)
Radio: WWLS The Sports Animal (98.1 FM, 640 AM, 1300 AM The Buzz Tulsa)
Time: 6:00 PM CST
Team Comparisons (per NBA.com/Stats)
- Offensive Rating: Thunder – 109.2 (2nd), Timberwolves – 100.3 (26th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 100.6 (9th), Timberwolves – 104.1 (20th)
Another game. Another empty-calorie victory. Yes, the Thunder beat the Mavericks 108-89, but they were supposed to. The Mavericks rested all their starters after playing an overtime game the previous night against the Cleveland Cavaliers. But for those of you expecting me to write something negative after the contents of my last preview, I’m sorry to disappoint.
I thought this was exactly the type of game the Thunder needed to find its way again. This was their slump buster. Russell Westbrook, who was held scoreless, was well on his way to a triple double before he was ejected in the 2nd quarter. Serge Ibaka and Kevin Durant both had point/rebound double doubles. Cam Payne proved capable in replacing Westbrook to begin the 2nd half, with 10 points, 3 assists, and 3 steals. And Dion Waiters broke out of his slump to score 18 points. Sometimes, as a team, all you need to do is see the ball go through the basket and find some other person/team to buck up to. Both happened in the Dallas game. Keep Reading…