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

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LA Clippers (0-1, 0-1 home)

Friday, October 19 :: 9:30 p.m. CST :: Oracle Arena (19,596)
TV Coverage: FS Oklahoma (DirectTV 675, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27)
Radio Coverage: 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemyHere.
Line: The Oklahoma City Thunder are a 1-point underdogs. The over/under is 214.
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Game Notes: Thunder: here | Clippers: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • The Thunder fell in their season opener but look to get back on the winning ways. Oklahoma City is set to take on the LA Clippers tonight, ending their short two-game roadie to start the season. Oklahoma City wants to get back on the winning ways.
  • Oklahoma City lost 108-100 but missed 13 free throws. They had their chances to stun the Warriors without Russell Westbrook.
  • It’s unknown at this point if Westbrook will play tonight. He’s listed as OUT in the Thunder game notes. However, that could change by tip-off.
  • Oklahoma City has not started 0-2 since their injury plagued 2014-15 season.

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 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 CLIPPERS

  • The LA Clippers went 42-40 last season and missed the playoffs, finishing 10th in the Western Conference.
  • The Clippers are a relative unknown this season but aren’t expected to do too much. Their win O/U is 37.5
  • All-time against the Clippers, Oklahoma City is 135-75.
  • Since relocation to Oklahoma CIty, the Thunder are 20-16 against the Clippers
  • In their last 10 vs. LA, Oklahoma City is 7-3 against LA.
  • Oklahoma City is 9-9 against the Clippers at Staples Center.
  • The Thunder are 3-3 over the last three seasons at Staples vs. Clippers.
  • INJURY REPORT:
    Alexis Ajinca (knee) is out.
  • The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Los Angeles came on April 15, 2009, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 126-85 (41-point margin of victory).
  • Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (22 points) vs. LAC occurred during an 120-98 loss on Jan. 16, 2017.

THUNDER INJURY REPORT

  • Andre Roberson (ruptured patellar tendon) is out
  • Russell Westbrook (knee) is a game-time decision.

NEXT UP

  • They’ll open their regular season home schedule on Sunday night against the Sacramento Kings.
  • Oklahoma City will play Celtics at home on Thursday night at 7 p.m.

WHAT’S IN A NAME

  • When the NBA’s Buffalo Braves moved to San Diego in 1978, the owners wanted to re-brand the team with a new nickname. They settled on Clippers, a popular type of ship during the 19th century.
  • San Diego had been home to the Conquistadors/Sails of the ABA during the 1970s.
  • Donald Sterling bought the Clippers during the 1981-82 season and relocated them to his native Los Angeles in 1984.
  • He lost all respect in San Diego but kept the Clippers name.



Three Keys to the Game

Rebound

Oklahoma City struggled rebounding on Thursday night, being outrebounded by a lot. Oklahoma City really struggled in the second half. The Thunder have to do better against the Clippers tonight. If Westbrook plays, we know that’ll improve.

Free throws

It’s interesting how quickly the tide turned. Oklahoma City started out 9-of-10 but finished 15-of-27 from the free throw line. It sucks, sure. You have to be better. If you’re in the business of winning titles, you have to make your free throws. Oklahoma City has to do better than what they did on Thursday night.

Bench

With three potential starters out, the Thunder’s bench is going to be short handed already. The Warriors are going to be this juggernaut and the Thunder are going to need to slay the beast without their superstars. Everyone from Jerami Grant and Alex Abrines are going to be the two that need to step up tonight. If Westbrook plays, the bench will get a boost with Schröder going to the bench.

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