Thunder (38-14, 14-9 road) vs. Suns (14-38, 10-16 home)
Radio: WWLS The Sports Animal (98.1 FM, 640 AM, 1300 AM The Buzz Tulsa)
Time: 8:00 PM CST
Team Comparisons (per NBA.com/Stats)
- Offensive Rating: Thunder – 109.8 (2nd), Suns – 99.7 (27th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 101.7 (11th), Suns – 106.8 (29th)
I almost forgot there was a game today. My understanding was that the game on Saturday was the end all, be all to all professional basketball. People told me basketball would never be played again after Saturday. To my complete and utter surprise, eight teams filled with rebellious souls decided to compete yesterday and the NBA decided it was okay to lift its self-imposed moratorium on competitive basketball.
All kidding aside, Saturday’s game was in actuality just 1 out of 82. We likely aren’t catching the Warriors (or the Spurs, for that matter) in the standings. The game was more a gauge of where we stand and how we likely match-up against them. And, honestly, I think the Thunder match-up much better than any of the other contenders. The Warriors snuff out the Spurs’ superior ball-movement by staying at home with their man and not switching as much. But when they do switch, the Spurs can’t expose the mismatch. The Cavs likely have a mental block against the Warriors that was further enhanced this season after the “I hope it still smells like champagne” debacle in Cleveland. Keep Reading…