Thunder (32-12, 11-7 road) vs. Mavericks (25-19, 13-7 home)
Radio: WWLS The Sports Animal (98.1 FM, 640 AM, 1300 AM The Buzz Tulsa)
Time: 7:30 PM CST
Team Comparisons (per NBA.com/Stats)
- Offensive Rating: Thunder – 109.2 (2nd), Mavericks – 102.6 (16th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 100.1 (7th), Mavericks – 101.9 (14th)
The Oklahoma City Thunder are one of 12 teams that have played in 44 games or more this season. Conversely, 11 teams in the league have played 42 games or less. While a difference of two games played may not seem like a lot to you and I, to an athlete who is in the middle of an 82-game grind, that rest time is precious. Even though the Thunder find themselves in the midst of a 6 game winning streak, the signs of fatigue are starting to creep up.
Kevin Durant, he, usually, of the 50/40/90 shooting triad, is shooting just 47/34/82 in the last 5 games. Now, that could be just normal stats playing themselves out over an 82-game season. Or it could be the initial signs of fatigue. Russell Westbrook shot 47% from the field and 30% from 3-point territory in the first 2 months of the season, while attempting an average of 7.5 free throw attempts per game. In January, Westbrook is shooting just 38% from the field and an anemic 25% from deep, while attempting just 6.5 free throws per game. The eye test shows me that he Westbrook is not getting the same amount of lift on his jumper as he did in the beginning of the season. Keep Reading…