Magic (21-26, 8-15 road) vs. Thunder (37-13, 23-5 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 – 109.8 (2nd), Magic – 100.9 (25th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 101.1 (11th), Magic – 102.9 (17th)
Surprise, surprise. In the days leading up to the primetime match-up between the Thunder and Golden State Warriors on Saturday, articles are being published suggesting Golden State may be the front-runner in the Kevin Durant sweepstakes. And these articles aren’t being written by your run of the mill, wannabe blog writing fanboys (such as myself). Instead, they are being written by prominent NBA writers with contacts and sources within the league. And it’s all by design.
It’s called click-bait. If two months ago, an NFL writer wrote an article about the racial double standard reactions to Cam Newton’s on the field antics versus a prominent white quarterback’s on the field antics, it wouldn’t make as much news as if the article was published in the week leading up to a Super Bowl involving Newton. If that same “Durant to Golden State” article was published a month ago, it wouldn’t get as many viewers as if it was published in the week leading up to the game. Keep Reading…