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Game Day #65: Kings at Thunder

Sacramento Kings (21-43, 6-26 away) at Oklahoma City Thunder (46-18, 25-6 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 Kings
PG Russell Westbrook Tyreke Evans
SG Thabo Sefolosha Isaiah Thomas
SF Kevin Durant Marcus Thornton
PF Serge Ibaka
C Kendrick Perkins Jason Thompson
6th Man Nick Collison Jimmer Fredette

Last time: The Thunder got their revenge against the Kings with the 103-92 win

Oklahoma City is coming off a very emotional game against the Los Angeles Lakers. They’ll most likely play without James Harden, who suffered an elbow to the head on Sunday from Metta World Peace.

Oklahoma City led by as many as 18 in the third quarter before Kobe Bryant led the Lakers back and into overtime.

The Thunder had chances at the end of regulation and at the end of the the first overtime. However, it just wasn’t meant to be as Oklahoma City fell 114-106 in double overtime.

“I believe in Kevin, I believe in Russell, I believe in what our guys do,” coach Scott Brooks said. “Some nights they’re not going to fall for you, but if the execution is good and the shots are good, you have to live with the results.”

The Thunder are officially the #2 seed in the Western Conference Playoffs after the Spurs won Monday night. With that set in stone, it’ll be very key on how many minutes the Thunder starters play.

Keys to the game

Turnovers
Turnovers really handicapped the Thunder late in the second half. In the lone loss to the Kings, the Thunder cost themselves the game by turnovers.

Pick up the scoring
If James Harden cannot go, who will pick up the slack? Someone needs to become the third scorer without Harden in the line up.

Three-Point Shooting
Oklahoma City has been slumping lately. Must be able to hit the threes in this one. Oklahoma City needs to find their stroke again. The Kings could be the dose of medicine the Thunder are looking for.

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