Phoenix Suns (1-2, 1-0 on the road) at Oklahoma City Thunder (4-0, 2-0 at home)
How do you follow up a game like the buzzer beater? You host a streaky team at home in front of a sell out crowd. The city of Oklahoma City is still on cloud nine after the intense ending to Thursday’s game. Kevin Durant’s 28 foot, catch and shoot three-point shot for the win, set up this match up.
Phoenix comes into this game after getting their first win of the season last night, a 93-78 win over the New Orleans Hornets. Phoenix is led by the ageless Steve Nash. While his production has gone down over the past couple of years. His worth is still there. He’s still an elite point guard. Averages 8.2 assists per game this season. Leading scorer for the Suns comes off the bench in Hakim Warrick with 16.0 points per game.
This isn’t the high scoring Phoenix teams of year’s past. This team ranks just 26th in scoring in the NBA. In fact, in the three games the Suns have played, they haven’t scored over 93 points this season. It’s not like they were playing a vaunted defensive line up or anything. New Orleans twice and played the 76ers.
Keys to the game
OKC had just way too many turnovers Thursday night, 26 to be exact. That game didn’t need a buzzer beater. It just needed the Thunder to not turn the ball over. Could have been a blow out. Dallas isn’t in the same class as OKC, and OKC let them hang around. Same thing here. Phoenix is not very good. OKC should roll. However, turn the ball over, could turn into a ball game. OKC ranks near the bottom third in forcing turnovers, Phoenix ranks in the top 5 of not turning the ball over.
Three Point Shooting
Phoenix averages almost 20 three point shots a game. The thing is, they only hit about 4 of them a game. Oklahoma City is the opposite, Averaging eight a game out of 19 shots. If Oklahoma City is going to put this game away, this needs to go as the averages show.
Second Chance Scoring
If OKC has a big, glaring weakness, it’s defensive rebounding. Oklahoma City ranks 29th out of 30 NBA teams in allowing offensive rebounds with 14.3. Coincidently enough, Phoenix comes into this game ranked 30 out of 30 teams in allowing offensive rebounds.
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