Oklahoma City Thunder (1-1, 0-1 home)

vs.

Atlanta Hawks (1-1, 0-1 away)

Sunday, October 7 :: 2:00 p.m. CST :: BOK Center (17,839)
TV Coverage: FS Oklahoma (DirectTV 675, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27)
TV Coverage: NBATV
Radio Coverage: 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemyHere.
Line: The Oklahoma City Thunder are a 7-point favorite. The over/under is 216.
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Game Notes: Thunder: here | Hawks: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • The Oklahoma City Thunder found their first win of the season with a 113-101 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.
  • Oklahoma City is set to play their annual game in Tulsa today. This time, against the Atlanta Hawks. Last year, the Thunder lost to the Rockets in their season opener at the BOK Center.
  • Since 2010-11, Oklahoma City is 2-5 at the BOK Center.

FOLLOWING THE ACTION

  • You can catch the radio on Oklahoma City’s WWLS, 98.1 FM. Matt Pinto will be your play-by-play voice. If you’re in Tulsa, catch it on 1450 AM.
  • Chris Fisher and Michael CageMichael Cage call the game on the Thunder’s flagship station, Fox Sports Oklahoma. You can watch the game there, catch it on NBA League Pass, or use the Fox Sports App (If you’re in Oklahoma).

SCOUTING THE HAWKS

  • Last season, Atlanta struggled mightily as they finished 24-58 on the year, worst record in the Eastern Conference.
  • The Hawks are 1-1 in the preseason, with a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies and a win over the Pelicans.
  • INJURY REPORT:
    Jeremy Lin (rest) is out.
    John Collins (ankle) is out.
    Taureen Waller-Prince (illness) is out.
    Daniel Hamilton (shoulder) is out.
    DeWayne Dedmon (ankle) is out.
    Justin Anderson (leg) is out.
  • The Thunder are 12-7 against the Hawks since relocation and 66-58 all-time.
  • Last season, the Thunder went 2-0 against Atlanta and have won four of their last five against the Hawks.
  • Oklahoma City has never played the Hawks in the preseason.
  • Oklahoma City is 6-3 at home against Atlanta since relocating from Seattle.
  • The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Atlanta is 13 points which occurred during a 107-94 win on Dec. 10, 2015.
  • Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (11 points) vs. Atlanta occurred during an 99-88 loss on Dec. 23, 2008.

THUNDER INJURY REPORT

  • Andre Roberson (ruptured patellar tendon) is out.
  • Abdel Nader (knee) is out.
  • Russell Westbrook (knee) is out.

WHAT’S IN A HAWKS NAME

  • In 1948, the cities of Moline and Rock Island, Illinois and and Davenport, Iowa—collectively known as the Tri-Cities at the time—were awarded a team in the National Basketball League.
  • The team was nicknamed the Blackhawks, who, like Chicago’s hockey team, were named after the Sauk Indian Chief Black Hawk.
  • When the team moved to Milwaukee in 1951, the nickname was shortened to Hawks.
  • The franchise retained the shortened moniker for subsequent moves to St. Louis and finally Atlanta in 1968.

NEXT UP

  • The Thunder finish their preseason slate against the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday, Oct. 9.



Three things to watch

Bench

Diallo and Co. are who I’m interested in seeing. I want to see more of an aggressiveness from what we saw on Wednesday night. That aggressiveness will lead to better efficiency shots. I don’t know why but I’m always wanting big things out of Diallo.

Efficiency is key

The Thunder struggled to shoot from the field on Wednesday. Let’s see better shot selection and that may see the Thunder in the win column, even though this game doesn’t matter.

Rebound

Oklahoma City has to win the rebounding battle tonight. Last season, the Thunder were 35-11 when they have the same or more rebounds as their opponents. They’re were 13-23 when they lose the rebounding battle. With no Westbrook to gobble of the rebounds, it’s going to be interested to see who steps up.

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