Author - Chuck Chaney

Hamidou Diallo out four weeks

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo underwent a successful arthroscopic procedure on his right elbow today, Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced.

The procedure was performed by Dr. David Altchek with Thunder medical personnel present at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

During the 2018-19 season, Diallo appeared in 51 games for the Thunder and averaged 3.7 points and 1.9 rebounds in 10.3 minutes per game. After one season at the University of Kentucky, Diallo was selected by Oklahoma City with the 45th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Diallo had been inactive for a handful of games in the second half of the season. He only appeared 11 games over the final 36 games. He played more than 10 minutes only twice over that span. Seven of the games had him in action for two minutes or less.

He was also the 2019 NBA All-Star slam dunk champion.

Diallo is expected to return to basketball-related activities in approximately four weeks.

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Thunder fall back 2-0 with loss to Portland

A 10-point lead evaporated in a blink of an eye and the Thunder were never the same. Oklahoma City lost 114-94 to the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night to fall back 2-0 in the best of seven series.

Portland would outscore Oklahoma City 33-10 after Oklahoma City went up double digits. It started with a stupid foul. Damian Lillard was fouled on a three by Jerami Grant. It would change the game. CJ McCollum would nail a three at the end of the half, tying it up. The game might have been over at that point.

Oklahoma City’s ineptitude at shooting the three, the Portland adjustments that made Billy Donovan resemble the coach he was back at Marshall. Terry Stotts squashing any concerns Portland fans had about his job. The second half was nothing but a dumpster fire for the Thunder.

“I have to play better,” Russell Westbrook said. “I take full responsibility for tonight. The way I played was unacceptable.”

Westbrook went 5-of-20 from the floor and 1-of-6 from three was abysmal on both sides of the floor. He either was lazy getting up the floor due to non-calls or he committed stupid fouls due to frustration. It’s not a regular season game against the Phoenix Suns. This happened in a playoff game where the Thunder are now in a hole that only six other teams had climbed out of. None of which has happened since 2016, when Boston beat Chicago 4-2.

Westbrook finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists. He was pulled with 3:31 with most of his fellow starters after Portland built a 112-91 lead.

Paul George had 27 points despite lingering questions about his right shoulder, which was covered with kinesiology tape.

Oklahoma City started with a lot more energy than in Game 1, when it fell behind by 19 points in the first half. When Westbrook hit a 3-pointer in the first quarter, he pounded his chest and the Thunder went on to lead 31-26 at the end of the period.

Lillard hit a 3-pointer and was fouled to close the Blazers within 48-43. But the game began to get heated, with Lillard and Westbrook getting into it when Lillard tried to strip the ball. The officials reviewed it for a “hostile act” but concluded there were no fouls on the play. It was chippy for much of the game, and at one point Lillard and Steven Adams stared each other down after Adams set a screen on the All-Star guard.

Oklahoma City finished 5-of-28 from three. They’re 10-of-61 for the series. If you’re going to beat the Trail Blazers, let alone even compete with them in a seven-game series, you have to hit your threes. Lillard is 9-of-19 in the series, so the shooting shouldn’t be this close.

“For the most part, I think we got fairly decent looks and we’re going to have to take them,” Thunder head coach Billy Donovan said. “As the ball gets driven downhill, and teams bring help and protect the rim, you just can’t force the ball in there and take tough, ill-advised shots. And when the ball gets sprayed back out to the perimeter and guys are open, it’s hard to say, `OK, just drive it right back to the help again and hope they move out of the way.”

Game 3 is scheduled to tip-off at 8:30 p.m. Thunder Time on Thursday night at the ‘Peake. Oklahoma City is 4-0 all-time when they trail a series 2-0. They’re 1-3 overall in those series outcomes.

Keys to the Game

Playoff P: C

George was alright. He once again struggled from three and was largely ineffective in the second half. He didn’t get the open looks he was given in Game 1. However, there were some red flags on his shooting, the grabbing of the shoulder, etc. Oklahoma City needs George healthy.

Hustle Bestbrook: F

Westbrook said it best. This loss is on him. While this is a 5-of-5. It starts with Westbrook. He has to be and play smarter.

Rim Protection: C

Meh. They barely outrebounded a team that’s missing their best rebounded. They didn’t let Kanter get the best of them tonight but it didn’t matter. The Trail Blazers nailed all of the threes and more. Oklahoma City didn’t really need to protect the rim because Portland was too busy setting it on fire.

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Thunder Playoff Game Day #2: at Portland Trail Blazers

Portland leads the series 1-0

Sunday, April 16 :: 9:30 p.m. CST :: Moda Center (19,980)
TV Coverage: TNT (245 DirecTV, 31 Cox, 730 HD 108 AT&T U-Verse, 138 Dish)
Radio Coverage: 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemyHere.
Line: The Oklahoma City Thunder are a 2-point underdog. The over/under is 222.
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Game Notes: Thunder: here | Blazers: here

SETTING THE SEASON

  • The Oklahoma City Thunder dropped Game 1 to the Portland Trail Blazers 104-99 on Sunday afternoon. Portland nabs the 1-0 series lead.
  • Russell Westbrook had his ninth playoff triple-double but wasn’t enough in the loss.
  • Oklahoma City trailed by as many as 19 in the first half before pulling within 93-92 late in the fourth quarter.
  • Teams that win the first game of a best-of-seven series at home go on to win the series 76.6% of the time (98-30).
  • NBA teams who trails 1-0 on the road are 120-267. So, historically, this is an uphill battle for the Thunder.
  • Despite being just 4-4 after losing Game 1, the Thunder are 3-5 in those series. They’ve come back from being down 2-0 once, in 2012 against San Antonio. They have never been swept in the playoff (since relocation).

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.
  • Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson & Lisa Salters will have the call on ABC.

SCOUTING THE ENEMY

  • The Portland Trail Blazers went 53-29 on the season, finishing third in the Western Conference.
  • In their last 10 games, the Trail Blazers went 8-2.
  • In their last game, Portland overcame a 28-point deficit, beating the Sacramento Kings 136-131 on April 11.
  • Oklahoma City swept Portland in the regular season 4-0.
  • All-time the Thunder are 120-116 against the Blazers.
  • Since relocating to Oklahoma City, the Thunder are 22-22 against Portland.
  • The Thunder are 2-8 in their last 10 games at the Rose Garden.
  • Portland and the Thunder are tied 2-2 in playoff series wins. Haven’t met since 1991.
  • INJURY REPORT:
    Jusuf Nurkic (leg) is out.
  • The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Portland came on March 24, 2013, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 103-83 (20-point margin of victory).
  • Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (35 points) vs. Portland occurred during a 107-72 loss on April 3, 2009.

THUNDER INJURY REPORT

  • Andre Roberson (ruptured patellar tendon) is out.
  • Hamidou Diallo (elbow) is out.

UNIFORM WATCH



Keys to the Game

Playoff P

Paul George needs to play like the Paul George from the regular season against Portland. He averaged 38 pts per game against Portland during the regular season. OKC doesn’t need that kind of production, but they do need playoff P, or at least regular season MVPG. While George is nursing a shoulder injury that has nagged him for a few weeks, he may need to drive to the rim more and draw contact instead of settling for three point shots; at least until he finds his rhythm. Players like George, who admittedly went three days without shooting a basketball after the Rockets’ game, can often find their shooting stroke at the free throw line. It might seem counterintuitive for an injured player to seek fouls, but at this point in the playoffs it is win or go home.

Hustle Bestbrook

Russell Westbrook was the best player for the Thunder and he will need to continue that patience while balanced with the Westbrook aggression we all know and love (and sometimes hate). While he did fall asleep on a late, deep 4th quarter three pointer by Damian Lillard, he was looking for Lillard to run a pick’n’roll with Enes Kanter.

Rim protection

Speaking of Kanter; all OKC fans love Kanter while he was with OKC but now he is destroying the Thunder on the boards with relentless rebounding, especially on the offensive glass against smaller Thunder players after Steven Adams was forced to help against Lillard and C.J. McCollum in the pick’n’roll and dribble drive. Overall, the Thunder rim protection and rebounding effort was dreadful.

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Are you worried after Game 1?

The Thunder dropped Game 1 after shooting an abysmal 5-of-33 from deep. People not named George and Ferguson went 0-of-16 from deep. The team couldn’t stop Enes Kanter.. and the rest was history.

Teams that win the first game of a best-of-seven series at home go on to win the series 76.6% of the time (98-30).

NBA teams who trails 1-0 on the road are 120-267. So, historically, this is an uphill battle for the Thunder.

Despite being just 4-4 after losing Game 1, the Thunder are 3-5 in those series. They’ve come back from being down 2-0 once, in 2012 against San Antonio. They have never been swept in the playoff (since relocation).

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Thunder Digits: Thunder drop Game 1

The Oklahoma City Thunder dropped Game 1 in Portland. The Trail Blazers, who were favored by 3½ to start the game, did what they should’ve to take care of business. For the Thunder, it’s all about stealing Game 2. With that said, here are some Thunder’s by the numbers:

18

Oklahoma City allowed Enes Kanter to pull down 18 rebounds

7

Seven of those 18 were offensive.

28

The Thunder missed 28 three-pointers in their loss to Portland in Game 1.

44

The Portland Trail Blazers shot 44 percent from three (11-of-25).

37

Oklahoma City’s bench which is probably one of the most important keys to the Thunder’s series success, went 10-of-27 from the field, only 37 percent.

1

Russell Westbrook finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his ninth career playoff triple-double. He’s now sixth all-time in playoff triple-doubles. Magic Johnson is No. 1 with 30.

2

Only two Thunder players hit threes tonight, Paul George and Terrance Ferguson. George was 4-of-15; Ferguson was 1-of-2. The rest of the team went 0-of-16.

19

The largest lead by Portland. It came midway in the second quarter when Portland went up 47-28 with 9:41 to go in the second quarter.

87

The Thunder shot an impressive 87 percent from the free throw line, going 20-of-23. Adams, Schröder and Morris all had the misses. Russell Westbrook went 8-of-8 at the line.

6

There are six games left. This is only Game 1. No need for over reactions. Just let Oklahoma City take care of business going forward and this game will be an afterthought.

 

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Thunder Playoff Game Day #1: at Portland Trail Blazers

Series is tied 0-0

Sunday, April 14 :: 2:30 p.m. CST :: Moda Center (19,980)
TV Coverage: Fox Sports 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 3½-point underdog. The over/under is 225.e
Online StreamWatch ESPN | WWLS Sports Animal | Live Stats | Twitter | Facebook
Game Notes: Thunder: here | Blazers: here

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.
  • Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson & Lisa Salters will have the call on ABC.

SCOUTING THE ENEMY

  • The Portland Trail Blazers went 53-29 on the season, finishing third in the Western Conference.
  • In their last 10 games, the Trail Blazers went 8-2.
  • In their last game, Portland overcame a 28-point deficit, beating the Sacramento Kings 136-131 on April 11.
  • Oklahoma City swept Portland in the regular season 4-0.
  • All-time the Thunder are 120-116 against the Blazers.
  • Since relocating to Oklahoma City, the Thunder are 22-22 against Portland.
  • The Thunder are 2-8 in their last 10 games at the Rose Garden.
  • Portland and the Thunder are tied 2-2 in playoff series wins. Haven’t met since 1991.
  • INJURY REPORT:
    Jusuf Nurkic (leg) is out.
  • The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Portland came on March 24, 2013, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 103-83 (20-point margin of victory).
  • Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (35 points) vs. Portland occurred during a 107-72 loss on April 3, 2009.

THUNDER INJURY REPORT

  • Andre Roberson (ruptured patellar tendon) is out.

UNIFORM WATCH



Keys to the Game

Rebeounding

With Nurkic out for the season, the Thunder have to find a way to beat the Blazers on the boards. If Oklahoma City comes out, beats the glass with the toughness we’ve seen over the last couple of weeks, the Thunder are going to find themselves in the win column early on.

Bench

Oklahoma City’s bench has been super inconsistent. They need Dennis Schröder and Nerlens Noel to step up and do their thing. If Oklahoma City’s bench is invisible, it will probably force Westbrook and Co. to be overworked and maybe try to do too much. If they show up, we could be in a good spot.

Defend the three

The Blazers shot less than 29 percent from three in the four games against Oklahoma City. That’s a credit to the Thunder’s fantastic defense. The Thunder need the defense from pre-ASB to show up. With Lillard and CJ being the sharp shooters they are, limiting their impact is imperative.

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Five storylines to watch

The Thunder and the Blazers are set to tip-off off in the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs and there are a lot of story lines for both teams, but you know, Thunder website and all, we’re going to do our best to check out the top five storylines for your Thunder brodies.

George’s shoulder

George has been day-to-day on the injury report with that shoulder that’s been nagging him since just after the All-Star Break. Oklahoma City needs George for this series, and frankly going forward. He leads the league in real plus/minus. They’re Suns bad when he’s off the floor. There’s a reason why he was up for MVP for a large part of the season. The Thunder need a guy who averaged 38 points against the Trail Blazers in the regular season. Any games he misses and the Thunder win, you can consider a steal.

Portland’s 3-point shooting

Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum are two of the scarier 3-point threats in the NBA. However, Oklahoma City did a great job in their four meetings, holding Portland to under 29 percent from deep. Most of the games, three of the four, were played before the All-Star break. So, this is a different Thunder team from then. Oklahoma City needs to do the same kind of 3-point defense we saw in the regular season. That’ll be even more paramount as the series progresses. If Oklahoma City can jump up and take a series advantage, you may see Portland just start chucking threes, in hopes of getting back into the series.

Billy Donovan’s rotations

Donovan’s rotations throughout the regular season are very fluid. He’s always trying to work and find what is the best for the team, or as we would hope so. The Thunder need some consistency and that starts with the rotations. Will Donovan find his set of guys? He did run the starters a few extra minutes down the stretch. This could be a playoff primer? That remains to be seen. Oklahoma City’s rotations have to be solid.

Who steps up?

Sure, Westbrook and George are going to ball out. Who else is going to step up? You’re going to need a third or even fourth guy step up in this series. Is that Terrance Ferguson? Maybe it’s Dennis Schröder or even Markieff Morris. It’s unsure. My bet is on Schröder stepping up but the Thunder need someone to be that wildcard that forces Portland to move some of their defenders around, freeing up some more for George and Westbrook.

Westbrook’s emotions

We talked about it in our three things to watch, but it’s real. Westbrook’s distaste for Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers has not gone unnoticed. He’s called Jusuf Nurkic a clown. He barked continuously at Lillard to the point Lillard said he doesn’t even acknowledge Westbrook on the floor. This series is bigger than Westbrook. He has to keep his emotional IQ up. He cannot let the Blazer get him riled up to the point where he’s trying to prove he’s the best player on the court.

Playoff P

George, we’ll be honest, struggled against Utah last season. It’s been a point of contention for the Defensive Player of the Year candidate. George’s woeful percentages against Utah have to be looming as he’s said it’s one of the reasons he returned to Oklahoma City. He said he had unfinished business. Oklahoma City likes that attitude but which George will we see? The one that was pushing for MVP and nuclearing teams? Or will it be the George who’s struggled shooting threes, only 33.6 percent. If “Playoff P” comes in, the Thunder could roll this series.

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3 things that will lead to an OKC series victory

The Oklahoma City Thunder are the lower seed but you wouldn’t know it by how the two teams played each other in the regular season. The Thunder swept the Trail Blazers, in albeit close games. Oklahoma City has to do it again, but this time in the playoffs. One was a one-possession game, the other went to overtime. So, Oklahoma City didn’t exactly walk over the Blazers.

Here are three things that will lead to Oklahoma City beating the Blazers in the first round:

Attack Portland’s interior

The Blazers are without one of their best passers in Jusuf Nurkic. He went down with an injury earlier this month. What hurts the Blazers is his ability to pass the ball. When the ball went to the post, he was able to kick it out ot numerous shooters. However, his replacement, the lovable Enes Kanter, doesn’t carry that ability. He’s a guy who can score, sure but he doesn’t space the floor with his passing, nor does his find a way to limit his opponents defensively like an underrated Nurkic did.

Nurkic averaged 16.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game against the Thunder. That’s a massive hole. He was often the most impressive person on the floor, causing fits for players like Steven Adams. Without him, the Thunder have to attack. They need to attack Kanter on the pick-n-roll. They need to attack him on the glass. Sure, the Blazers are going to chip him on the cut to the rim, trying to limit Russell Westbrook and Steven Adams on the glass. However, the Thunder have to show the massive liability Kanter is. It helps the Thunder had him for a few seasons, learning what those were.

Emotional IQ

This is more along the lines of Westbrook. Mr. Triple-Double. It’s no secret these two teams aren’t fond of each other. Westbrook had his run-ins with the Trail Blazers. Westbrook often gets in his head and plays certain ways against teams and players that appear to bug him. For his career against Portland, Westbrook is shooting under 44 percent from the field and only 30 percent from three. That’s where Westbrook has to keep his wits about him. He has to be smarter. If he wants to sit back, rock the baby and try to dominate the game in the post, Portland is going to be more than content to letting Westbrook do that.

Westbrook’s ability to funnel the game through his all around game play is what is going to fuel Oklahoma City to victory. If he’s sharing the ball, and playing within his game, that’s where he becomes lethal. When he’s forcing it into the post and making it about him and not the game, the Thunder could struggle. Don’t give the Trail Blazers what they want. Westbrook has to have a high emotional IQ in this series. That is not excluding his temper with the officials and dumb fouls. This isn’t the time for that. Team first.

Pick your poison

The Trail Blazers don’t have a real lockdown defender, let alone two. There’s no way the Blazers can defend Westbrook and Paul George. George averaged 38.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game in his four games against Portland. He shot 46 percent from three and shot 60 free throws. If the Blazers throw Moe Harkless or Al-Farouq Aminu at George, it’s Westbrook who should be able to take Damian Lillard or CJ McCollum. If they switch that to Harkless or Aminu on Westbrook, it’s George that has to go to work.

All of this point, goes back to the first point, attacking Kanter on the pick-n-roll and on mismatches. The Thunder have to give the Blazers all they can handle. and more with Westbrook and George. They have the best tandem on the court.

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Russell Westbrook becomes franchise scoring leader

Russell Westbrook found the bucket quickly in the first quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans but what was most important by the bucket was where it placed him on the franchise’s all-time scoring list.

Russell Westbrook passed Gary Payton for No. 1 all-time on the Thunder/Sonics scoring list.

Westbrook now has 18,208 points. Payton finished his Seattle career with 18,207 points. It took Payton 13 seasons to do it. Westbrook did it in 11 seasons.

In terms of Oklahoma City, Westbrook bypassed Kevin Durant earlier this season.

Westbrook is atop or near the top of many Thunder/Sonic leaderboards. He is fourth in total games played. Second in Minutes played, Field goals, Field goal attempts, Free throws, Defensive rebounds, Assists and assists per game.

Westbrook is only 12 free throw makes away from passing Kevin Durant for the most makes in franchise history.

Westbrook for his career is averaging 22.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 8.4 assists per game.

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Westbrook waltzes into history as Thunder beat Blazers 120-111

A dish to Paul George and history was made. Russell Westbrook acquired a triple-double in 10 straight games and the Thunder rolled to a 120-111 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

Westbrook’s historic feat comes on the night where his co-all-star, Paul George, found himself en fuego. His arms were torches and the nets were the enemy. He lit up the ‘Peake with three-after-three. George also did a thing, you know, a stat-padding triple-double. The Thunder needed every bit of it but what Paul George is doing is on the verge of pushing James Harden off his Most Valuable Player leader pedestal.

Oklahoma City’s victory is their 11th game in their last 12 games. The Thunder are now 37-19 on the season. 18 games over .500 since Jan. 16, 2016.

Westbrook may not have shot the ball well but he did what he did best. He helped suffocated the Portland offense. He dished out nice looks to his teammates, putting them in prime position for buckets.

Westbrook broke a tie with Wilt Chamberlain, who had nine straight triple-doubles in 1968, by finishing with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists. It was Westbrook’s 23rd triple-double of the season and the 127th of his career. He’s only 11 away from passing Magic Johnson on the triple-double career list.

“I just go play the game the right way,” Westbrook said. “It’s what I do. Go out and compete every night and leave it on the floor, and whatever happens, happens. I’m very, very blessed to be able to go out and play, and I don’t take it for granted.”

The Thunder trailed 1-0 and never again.

Oklahoma City closed the first quarter on a 10-2 run, giving them a 10-point lead after the first frame. They once again closed the half on 12-6 to give the Thunder a 68-49 lead at the break.

Portland would push back into the game in the third quarter, clawing to within five at the end of the frame but the Thunder did enough to keep the Blazers at bay. George hit an and-one. Then he hit a pull up three. Denote Burton hit a lay-up. Then, Westbrook hit a jumper, giving the Thundera 97-86 lead with 8:53 left to go in the game.

As the game was in hand, Paul George found Russell Westbrook for Westbrook’s only three of the game. It was Paul George’s turn to get the triple-double.

“Yeah, we talked about it right before that play,” George said. “We talked about it. I was clueless at that moment. But he told me the situation. So, it’s cool to be on the other end of the triple-double.”

George finished with 47 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. It is George’s first triple-double since March 21, 2014 with the Pacers. George continues to be on another tear. He’s now scored 30 or more points in 10 straight games.

It’s only the ninth time in NBA history a pair of teammates had a triple-double in the same game. It’s the first time it’s happened in the franchise’s history.

The Thunder did all of this tonight without Jerami Grant and Dennis Schröder. Raymond Felton and Burton stepped up. Burton was explosive throughout the game, scoring 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Burton is quickly finding himself in the rotation when he’s on his two-way contract. We’ll find him on a real NBA contract at this pace.

For Felton, it’s the first time he’s seen the court since Dec. 30 but he proved he was ready. The NBA savvy veteran returned against his former team and made them pay. Felton had 15 points, nailing three 3-pointers.

“I’ve got a lot of confidence in Raymond,” Thunder head coach Billy Donovan said. “He’s done a great job from the bench when he has not been playing, in practice, working out, staying engaged. I’ve got all the confidence in him.”

The Thunder are now 3-0 against Portland this season. It’s the first time since 2012-13, the Thunder have won more three or more against the Trail Blazers. That season (2012-13), the Thunder swept the Blazers.

Oklahoma City takes their 4-game winning streak on the road to New Orleans to play the Pelicans on Thursday night. The game will be live on TNT as the Thunder will end the first half part of their roster.

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