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Game Day #44: Spurs at Thunder

San Antonio Spurs (28-13, 11-9 road) at OKC Thunder (33-10, 18-3 home)

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Where: The ‘Peake
When
: 8:30 p.m. CST
TV
: ESPN (206 Directv, 28 Cox, 602 AT&T U-Verse, 140 Dish)
Online StreamHere.
RadioWWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemy: Here.
Projected Lineups:

Thunder:

Thunder Spurs
PG Russell Westbrook Tony Parker
SG Thabo Sefolosha Daniel Green
SF Kevin Durant Kawhi Leonard
PF Serge Ibaka Dejuan Blair
C Kendrick Perkins Tim Duncan
6th Man James Harden Manu Ginobili

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Welcome back Thunder fans. You’re in for a dandy of a ball game. Oklahoma City welcomes in the second place team in the Western Conference, the San Antonio Spurs.  The Spurs come into the game only four games behind the Thunder and sitting pretty at 28-13.

If you remember any thing about the last meeting between the Spurs and Thunder, you remember that Tony Parker went for 42 points and the Spurs just bombed Oklahoma City from behind the arc, and led by as much as 25 points. However, last time the Spurs were in Oklahoma City, it was the other way around as Oklahoma City led by as many as 30 points in route to a double-digit victory.

This game could be a preview for for the Western Conference Finals. Game tips late for an ESPN start, so be prepared Thunder fans. Also, Stephen Jackson will not play for the Spurs. Oklahoma City, minus Eric maynor, is fully healthy.

Keys to the game

Defend the perimeter
Last time these two met, the Spurs hit 12 three-point shots. Oklahoma City needs to do better defending the perimeter. One thing about that game is that Richard Jefferson went 3-4 from three-point range, and he won’t be playing in tonight’s game. So, there’s that.

Turnovers
San Antonio may not be the best running team in the league. However, they know how to get out and run. So, be careful watching this team going out and getting turnovers. They’ll turn those turnovers into extra points for themselves. They turned 13 turnovers into 13 points last time these two met.

Limit Second Chances
San Antonio attempted 11 extra shot attempts last time these two met. The first game they attempted nine more shots than the Thunder. Oklahoma City needs to do better at limiting the extra chances for San Antonio.  The Spurs outscored the Thunder 30-15 on second chance points. Really must keep this to a minimum if they want to win tonight.

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