Wizards (21-24, 11-9 road) vs. Thunder (36-13, 22-5 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 – 109.7 (2nd), Wizards – 102.6 (14th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 101.3 (11th), Wizards – 104.8 (20th)
It’s amazing how, even as a die-hard fan/part-time blog writer, you still notice things that seemed to slip through the cracks. After the Houston game, I realized that great defenders expend so much energy on the defensive end of the floor when they are guarding an elite offensive talent. Its something that we seem to take for granted with the Thabo Sefoloshas and Andre Robersons of the league. What Kevin Durant did on James Harden in the fourth quarter (and especially on Houston’s last offensive possession) was equal parts amazing and eye-opening.
For a player to have to do that 20-30+ minutes per game against a Harden, Steph Curry, LeBron James, Durant, or Russell Westbrook would be draining. Now, ask them to run an offense and/or score 20+ points on the other end of the floor. They would be completely and utterly drained by the 20th game of the season. And yet, that is what we, as fans, expect of Durant and Westbrook every game. To not only dominate on the offensive end, but also be great on the defensive end of the floor. And that, honestly, might be asking too much of a player. Keep Reading…