Thunder (33-13, 12-8 road) vs. Knicks (22-24, 13-9 home)
Radio: WWLS The Sports Animal (98.1 FM, 640 AM, 1300 AM The Buzz Tulsa)
Time: 6:30 PM CST
Team Comparisons (per NBA.com/Stats)
- Offensive Rating: Thunder – 109.2 (2nd), Knicks – 102.1 (17th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 100.7 (9th), Knicks – 104.1 (18th)
Well, that was ugly. I don’t know what Winter Storm Jonas did to the Oklahoma City Thunder, but that showing on Sunday was appalling. When looking at an opponent, I don’t focus on where they rate within the league (3rd best team vs. 3rd worst team). I look, instead, at the match-ups on the floor. And for Brooklyn, you had to know that Brook Lopez would be option A and B, and Thaddeus Young would likely be option C.
Everything went according to the scouting report, except for the fact that the Thunder did absolutely nothing to stop them. I’ll admit, I haven’t seen too much of Lopez throughout his career, but two things stuck out me: his size and his mobility. For a player that has suffered multiple foot injuries, Lopez still has the agility to drive past a defender and get to the rim. And Thad Young did his best Kenneth Faried impression, grabbing 7 offensive boards and 14 total. Keep Reading…