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Game Day #40: Cavs at Thunder

Cleveland Cavaliers (14-23, 6-11 road) at Oklahoma City Thunder (31-8, 17-1 home)

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Where: The ‘Peake!
When: 7:00 p.m.
TV:
 FSOK (Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27, DirectTV 679, UVerse 754)
Online StreamHere.
RadioWWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemyHere.
Projected Lineups:

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Last time: Oklahoma City beat Phoenix in Oklahoma City 107-97.

The Cleveland Cavaliers come in the big town for their only meeting with the Thunder. Just two days after knocking off the Denver Nuggets on last second heroics from Kyrie Irving.  The Nuggets really needed the win. It was their first victory since the All-Star break. Cleveland had lost six in a row. They lost the six games by an average of 9.7 points a ball game.

The Cavaliers are without Anderson Varejao. He’s been out about a month since injuring his wrist against the Bucks back on February 10th. The really bright spot for the Cavaliers has been Kyrie Irving. He’s a lock, in my opinion, for the Rookie of the Year. He won the Rising Star Contest MVP, and He’s averaging 18.2 points per game, and 5.2 assists for this team that sits just three games out of the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Oklahoma City is coming off an impressive come from behind victory against the Phoenix Suns. Oklahoma City trailed by 16 points with four minutes to go in the third quarter, and came away with an 11 point victory. It was the first time in 24 years that the Thunder had three players that scored 30 or more points.

Keys to the Game

Offensive Rebounds
OKC ranks near the bottom in allowing offensive rebounds and the Cavs are near the top in grabbing the offensive boards. This could be really key in OKC being able to really put this team away. OKC should not even be in the same building as this team. Limiting the second chance points is key for the Thunder.

Extra Shots
This was key in the win over the the Suns for Oklahoma City. The Thunder averaged almost four shots less a ball game than the Cavs. Limiting turnovers and extra rebounds could be crucial.

Points in the Paint
With Varejao out, the Cavs have been a little soft on the glass lately. The Thunder need to dominate the glass and in the paint. Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins need to limit the opportunities in the paint.

 

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