Oklahoma City Thunder (10-6, 4-4 away)

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Golden State Warriors (12-6, 8-1 home)

Wednesday, November 21 :: 9:30 p.m. CST :: Oracle Arena (19,596)
TV Coverage: FS Oklahoma (DirectTV 675, Cox 37, HD 722, eTulsa Cox 27)
TV Coverage: ESPN (DirectTV 206, Cox 29, HD 1300, Tulsa Cox HD 1025)
Radio Coverage: 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
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Line: The Oklahoma City Thunder are a 1-point favorites. The over/under is 221.5.
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Game Notes: Thunder: here | Warriors: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • The Oklahoma City dropped only their second game since October 25th and now will try to redeem themselves in the Bay Area against the Golden State Warriors.
  • The Thunder dropped their last game 117-113 against the Sacramento Kings. The Kings now own a 2-0 record against the Thunder this season. Weirdly enough, both games are in returns of Russell Westbrook from injury.
  • The Golden State Warriors are reeling. They’ve dropped 2-4 in their last six games and are facing their toughest test in the Steve Kerr tenure.
  • Oklahoma City is 2-7 against the Warriors in the post-KD era.

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).
  • Tonight’s game is also the late game on ESPN. The broadcast team tonight is Dave Pasch and Chauncey Billups.

SCOUTING THE WARRIORS

  • The Golden State Warriors are 12-6 on the season, third in the Western Conference.
  • In their previous game, the Warriors lost to the San Antonio Spurs 104-92 on Sunday night.
  • Golden State is 5-5 in their last 10 games.
  • All-time, the Oklahoma City Thunder are 137-111 against the Warriors.
  • Since relocation, Oklahoma City is tied with the Warriors 18-19.
  • When the games are played at the Oracle, the Thunder are 6-13 against the Warriors.
  • In the first game of the season, Oklahoma City fell to the Warriors 108-100 on Oct. 16.
  • INJURY REPORT:
    DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) is out.
    Stephen Curry (groin) is out.
    Draymond Green (toe) is out.
    Alfonzo McKinnie (foot) is out.
  • The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Sacramento came on Feb. 15, 2011, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 126-96 (30-point margin of victory).
  • Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (21 points) vs. the Kings  occurred during an 104-83 loss on Jan. 7, 2015.

THUNDER INJURY REPORT

  • Andre Roberson (ruptured patellar tendon) is out
  • Alex Abrines (viral illness) is questionable.
  • Jerami Grant (ankle) is questionable.
  • Nerlens Noel (viral illness) is questionable.

NEXT UP

  • The Thunder play back-to-back games against the Hornets and Nuggets on Black Friday weekend.
  • They’ll wrap up the month against Cleveland on the 28th and the Hawks on the 30th.

WHAT’S IN A NAME

  • The Philadelphia Warriors, named after the 1920s team that played in the American Basketball League.
  • They won the championship in the inaugural 1946-47 season of the Basketball Association of America.
  • The Warriors moved from Philadelphia to San Francisco after the 1961-62 season and retained their nickname.
  • When the team relocated across the Bay to Oakland in 1971, they were renamed the Golden State Warriors.



Three Keys to the Game

Defend

With Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson still in the game, the Warriors have the chance to still go off. Oklahoma City has to find a way to limit the Warriors big guns. With so many players out, the Warriors are thin. So, you cannot let a random person go off like the Thunder tend to allow.

Free throws

Oklahoma City is slowly moving up the rankings. They fell back last game, shooting only 67 percent. The Thunder have to make their free throws. It starts with the bench even getting to the line. They were zero attempts in their previous game, a loss. Free throw attempts have to be involved.

Make shots

This seems too easy of a goal but you have to be remotely efficient if you’re going to beat the Warriors. Oklahoma City has to hit some threes at a decent trend and hit some shots early and often. If the Thunder shoot 40 percent tonight, they’re going back to Oklahoma City with a loss.

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