Oklahoma City’s record versus the Rockets in 2010-11: 3-1
Average score: 112.2 – 103.7
Kevin Durant’s average and shooting percentage: 21.0 ppg, 51.9 percent
Games against them in 2011-12: Three
How they match up: Now that Shane Battier’s gone and Yao Ming is retired, the Rockets don’t present major matchup issues with the Thunder anymore. Luis Scola has always given the Thunder fits with his supreme footwork and crafty post moves. That was always against Jeff Green though, so with OKC’s new and improved front line, the Thunder should fare a bit better.
The Rockets are always in the market to improve and grow though, so they’re definitely going to be a player in the free agent market as well as the trade market. Chuck Hayes is their de facto starting 5, but that could be subject to change at some point. Whether or not the new guys like Jonny Flynn, Goran Dragic and their rookies work out is yet to be seen. Whatever the case, OKC appears to have a pretty favorable matchup. Keep Reading…