Thunder (41-16, 16-9 road) vs. Pelicans (22-34, 15-12 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 – 109.8 (2nd), Pelicans – 103.2 (14th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 102.1 (13th), Pelicans – 106.4 (26th)
Balance. It’s one of the things that makes great teams even more effective. The more moving parts you have, the harder it is for your opponent to key in on ways to stop you. And it’s always been the Achilles heel for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Having two great players on your roster will help you win plenty of regular season games. But in the postseason, when a team can throw all their defensive scheming into one bucket, having just two consistent options on offense can be quite deleterious. Balance is what has made the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors so successful in the past couple of seasons.
But don’t confuse balance with just scoring. It isn’t just about having 7 players on the team score double digits. It’s more about when those players score. The Thunder have been in the habit of outscoring opponents in the first and third quarter, but then giving those points right back in the beginnings of the 2nd and 4th quarter. As you’ve guessed, those time frames usually coincide when the Thunder has their all bench unit in the game. Keep Reading…