Jazz (10-11, 5-6 road) vs. Thunder (15-8, 10-3 home)
TV: FS Oklahoma
Radio: WWLS The Sports Animal (98.1 FM, 640 AM, 1300 AM The Buzz Tulsa)
Time: 6:00 PM CST
Offensive Rating: Thunder – 110.2 (2nd), Jazz – 105.5 (10th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 103.1 (12th), Jazz – 103.7 (13th)
It’s a funny thing about perspective. A week ago, the Oklahoma City were coming off two road losses and facing a Kings team that, let’s face it, is a traveling band of dysfunction. In the two losses, the Thunder found ways to keep the game close, but made critical mistakes in each to lose the game at the end. The Kings game was supposed to be a respite. It was supposed to be the game where the Thunder fix their flaws and come out with an easy victory.
Because, you know, that’s what good teams do at home after two road losses against an inferior opponent. Instead, through turnovers and horrible, the Thunder found a way to let a 12 points lead in the beginning of the 4th quarter turn into a 7 point deficit with 3 minutes left. The Thunder were listless and their superstars were playing like the Monstars had visited OKC that evening. But like the Thunder do (and like the Kings do in negative ways), they rallied back and ended up winning the game by 3, with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook making the necessary plays to win the game. It was a frustrating game to say the least. Keep Reading…