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Game Day #32: Hornets at Thunder

New Orleans Hornets (7-23, 4-9 road) at OKC Thunder (24-7, 12-1 home)

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Where: The ‘Peake
When: 7:00 p.m.
TV:
 FSOK (DirectTV 679, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27, U-Verse 754)
Online Stream: Here.
Radio: WWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the Enemy: Here.
Projected Lineups:

Thunder:
Hornets:

How do the Thunder come down from that game last night? Do they have the legs to compete tonight? Probably. They’re young and back-to-backs are a normal thing in the NBA, even in a condensed schedule. However, they’ll come back and hopefully be able to put the hurt on this team tonight.

New Orleans is coming into tonight on a three game winning streak. I don’t think it’s just a coincidence since Chris Kaman returned to the line-up they’ve been on this win streak. The wins are over the Linning Knicks, Bucks and the Jazz.

They still don’t score a lot of points. They averaging just 87.3 points per game. They’ve hit 100 points just twice this season. Eric Gorden and Jarrett Jack are out for tonight’s game. Greivis Vasquez has been fantastic in replacement as the point guard.

We know how Oklahoma City is doing. Thabo and Lazar are out tonight. So are James Harden and Nick Collison.

Keys to the game 

Score
OKC is the third highest scoring team while the Hornets rank 29th in scoring. If Oklahoma City could score 100 ponts, this game could be a double-digit victory for the Thunder. However, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook can’t do what they did last night and expect OKC to win again. Daequan Cook and others need to step up tonight.

Assists
OKC needs to pass the ball, create shots off the pass. They’ve been a lot better the last couple of games. They need to continue the trend. The Thunder need Reggie Jackson to really initiate the offense with the second team.

Block Out
Oklahoma City allowed an averaged of 20 offensive rebounds the last two games. They need to block out if they want to blow this team out. They’re proving they can win the games by giving up the rebounds. The thing is, OKC could really punish teams by pounding the glass.

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