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Game Day #47: Clippers at Thunder

Los Angeles Clippers (26-19, 11-11 road) at Oklahoma City Thunder (34-12, 19-4 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 Clippers
PG Russell Westbrook Chris Paul
SG Thabo Sefolosha Nick Young
SF Kevin Durant Caron Butler
PF Serge Ibaka Blake Griffin
C Kendrick Perkins DeAndre Jordan
6th Man James Harden Mo Williams

Last time: The Clippers used a barrage of three pointers in the final 1:12 and blew Oklahoma City out 112-100.

The Los Angeles Clippers and the Oklahoma City Thunder both come into tonight’s game with a lot of questions.  Clippers are 4-6 in their last 10 games, Oklahoma City is just 5-5. Both are coming off losses that leave you scratching your head. However, tonight is a new night and it’s a battle between two of the top 4 teams in the Western Conference.

The Los Angeles Clippers are still a very versatile team.  With Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, the Clippers added Nick Young right before the trade deadline in hopes of fixing their hole at guard.  Caron Butler though, is quitely having one of his worst seasons as a pro ball player. It’ll be interesting with Butler we see tonight.

Oklahoma City really struggled last night. In fact, they went the final 7:10 of the second quarter without scoring a field goal. Then the great one, Kevin Durant, couldn’t hit a shot. It happens though. Sweeping a team is very hard, and OKC failed to do it to the Jazz. On to the next one…

I don’t expect daequan Cook to play tonight. He sprained his knee last night against the Jazz.

Derek Fisher who was signed at 5 p.m. off the free agent market will be available and will play. Coach Scott Brooks said he will back up Westbrook and will play along side the honey badger during the game. How long he will play remains to be seen.

Fisher said he will wear #37 tonight. Fisher said “It’s because how old I am.”

Keys to the game

Defend the three
The Clippers were just red hot from three-point range last time we played. They were 9-13 in the first half (finished 13-25 for the game). However, it was the pick-and-roll and the pick-and-pop game for the Clippers that just really ate the Thunder’s lunch. We saw it happen against the Spurs, could get scary tonight if we can’t defend the three.

Turnovers
Oklahoma City committed 17 turnovers in the previous game, while only forcing 12.  The Clippers outscored the Thunder 22-14 on points off turnovers.

Make free throws
OKC missed 8 free throws (15-23) last time against the Clippers. Last 5 games, Oklahoma city is 40-56 (68.9%) in the last two games. OKC missed 8 free throws. I’m not saying they would have made all 8.. but.. you lose by 7.. you miss 8 free throws.. yep… 

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