Author - Chuck Chaney

Westbrook out Wednesday at Cleveland

The Oklahoma City Thunder will need to win some basketball games without their best player. Russell Westbrook is out Wednesday night in Cleveland against the Cavaliers due to a right ankle sprain.

Westbrook rolled his ankle with 4:30 left in the third quarter. Oklahoma City went on to beat the Pelicans and win their fifth straight game but held on without Westbrook.

ESPN’s Royce Young thinks it’s going to be Monday against Phoenix, or maybe as early as Saturday against the Mavericks.

Oklahoma City is already 0-2 without Westbrook this season. They almost beat the Warriors but faltered late against the Clippers.

Dennis Schröder will start in place of Westbrook, as he did the first two games of the season without Westbrook. He averaged 14.5 points, seven assists and 3.5 rebounds in two starts against Golden State and the Clippers.

This season, Westbrook is averaging 24.1 points, 8.9 assists, 8.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game while shooting 48.9 percent from the floor through seven appearances this season.

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Thunder Game Day #9: vs. New Orleans Pelicans

Oklahoma City Thunder (4-4, 2-2 home)

vs.

New Orleans Pelicans (4-5, 1-4 away)

Monday, November 5 :: 7:00 p.m. CST :: Chesapeake Energy Arena (18,203)
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 2.5-point underdog. The over/under is 233.5.
Online StreamFS OK | WWLS Sports Animal | Live Stats | Twitter | Facebook
Game Notes: Thunder: here | Pelicans: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • One of the hottest in the NBA hosts one of the coldest teams in the league. It’s a battle of teams going in opposite directions. The Thunder host the Pelicans in a game that could be imperative to seeding come April.
  • Oklahoma City has won four in a row, including a 134-111 blowout of the sad Washington Wizards on Friday, Nov. 2. Jerami Grant had a season high 22 points for the Thunder.
  • The Pelicans have lost five straight after starting out the season 4-0. Though, Anthony Davis hasn’t played in a couple of games, he’s expected to play tonight against the Thunder.
  • Oklahoma City is 8-4 against the Pelicans since 2015.

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 PELICANS

  • The New Orleans Pelicans went 48-34 last season, sixth in the Western Conference.
  • The Pelican’s win total predictions is 45.5, about seventh in the West playoff race.
  • This season, the Pelicans are 4-5, currently 10th in the West Playoffs.
  • New Orleans has lost five straight by an average of 13.0 points per game.
  • In the series between the Thunder and the Pelicans, Oklahoma City is 30-23 all-time.
  • Since the Thunder moved from Seattle, Oklahoma City is 22-13 against New Orleans.
  • When the games are played at the Peake, Oklahoma City holds a 12-6 advantage.
  • Over their last five at home against New Orleans, the Thunder are 4-1.
  • Last time they met in Oklahoma City, the Thunder lost to the Pelicans 114-100 on Feb. 2, 2018.
  • Anthony Davis leads the Thunder in four of the five major statistical categories. Jrue Holiday can step in at the assist category, averaging 8.2 per game.
  • INJURY REPORT:
    Anthony Davis (elbow sprain) is probable and should play tonight.
  • Darius Miller (quad contusion) is probable and should play.
  • Elfrid Payton (ankle sprain) is out.
  • The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over New Orleans came on Feb. 27, 2013, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 119-74 (45-point margin of victory).
  • Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (25 points) vs. NOLA occurred during an 105-80 loss on Nov. 21, 2008.

THUNDER INJURY REPORT

  • Andre Roberson (ruptured patellar tendon) is out

NEXT UP

  • Oklahoma City host the LBJ-less Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, Nov. 7 in Cleveland.
  • Then, Oklahoma City has to play the Rockets in the second night of a back-to-back on the Nov. 8.
  • They wrap up the week by playing the Mavericks on Saturday night in Dallas on Nov. 10.
  • The Thunder host the Suns for the second time on Monday, Nov. 12.



Three Keys to the Game

Shooting

Oklahoma City is 29th in field goal shooting. They’re 30th in three-point shooting. They’re 29th in free throw shooting. Find a way to put the ball in the hole and do it efficiently. Scoring is up across the board in the NBA and the Thunder are lagging behind because they can’t score. They can’t make free throws. They’ve been doing a better job during their win streak but there are still issues. They’ll continue to get better if they are going to keep this win streak going.

Free throws

While we mentioned this in the previous one, it’s still key. When you’re shooting less than 67 percent from the line, something NBA teams practice religiously, it’s quite unforgivable for the Thunder to be shooting such a desperate percentages. They have to make their free throws. That starts with Paul George and Russell Westbrook.

Stop fouling

The Thunder commit more fouls than any team in the NBA. They’re committing 26.0 fouls per game, which leads to 30.8 free throws per game, most in the NBA. However, over their four-game win streak, the Thunder are a little bit better, only 25th in fouling. They’re only allowing 27.5 free throws per game during the winning streak.

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Wizards Meltdown! 11.2.18

The Oklahoma City Thunder rolled on the Wizards. The Thunder did what they needed to and more. Washington stood no chance. It’s weird, you know? Oklahoma City could play a part in both times Scottie Brooks gets fired. Good guy, probably not the best coach. The Wizards fans tend to agree with that statement. Enjoy the meltdown!

  • Tough 1st game. National TV, having to go against Adams head up with Westbrook driving at your throat all game.
  • Everybody eats against the Wizards horrible perimeter defense.
  • PG was shooting 0-10 threes yesterday. He will kill us from perimeter tonight …
  • DDDDDDDWWWWWWIIIIIIIIIIGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHTTTTTTTTTTTT IM PUMPED
  • The first drive by by okc they pulled up without challenging dwight and missed. This is what we’ve been missing.
  • 3-13 End, end, end!!! Referees, declare end of the match!
  • Yesterday, the Hornets were leading like 12-0 or so … and then lost.
  • Look like a completely different team with Dwight
  • 23-22 after 6 mins. – no team plays defense
  • The first team which starts playing defense wins
  • Sorry guys, this is not basketball. Not a lick of defense from either side. Not impressed.
  • Brand new team with Dwight
  • Brooks is a fool
  • Does your team struggle from 3? have your players been ice cold from the field?? have a dose of the Wizard’s D to cure what ails you.
  • 1-6 and brooks still running all bench lineups
  • Sometimes I just want to smack Oubre brahhh omg!!
  • Oubre is a dumbass
  • F***. Scott. Brooks.
  • somebody tell me how Austin Rivers is going to help the bench.
  • Ughh this team makes you lose excitement within seconds man
  • I see you Scott Brooks… I wish I didn’t.
  • wizards drinking game
    1. drink every minute an all bench lineup is in the game
2. drink every time an Otto Grimace is spotted
3. drink at every contested long 2
4. drink every 5th offensive rebound given up. 
5. 2 drinks for a Kieff tech
6. finish your drink if Ian mahinmi fouls out.
  • Westbrook is going to get as many layups as he wants tonight.
  • Wizards defense is a joke.
  • Luckily, OKC blows a lot of leads
  • Obvious to me the coaching is severely lacking.
  • if this game doesn’t work out, at least i got my Wu Tang Wizards hoodie
  • The defense isn’t atrocious, because there isn’t any.
  • Time to start the rebuild
  • This is going be a 59 point loss
  • Though the music is turned up to 100 here in Capital One Arena, you can still hear the boos and the “You Suck!” hisses as the Wizards walk off the court, down 79-50 at halftime.
  • What will it take for Brooks to get canned?
  • Remember when people thought Howard would fix the defense?
  • Grunfeld must be fired first!
  • OKC is not this good
  • this is such an embarrassment
  • Wizards fans, if the Wizards opponent scores 135 points or more, it’s Wizards night at Papa John’s!
  • At least they’re booing!
  • They deserve every boo they get. This is unacceptable.
  • We need to all go to a home game and chant FI-RE BROOKS! FI-RE BROOKS!
  • Wall is a joke right now. 6 TOs at the half and pouting on defense
  • I’m down here in Hornet’s territory. Why am I bothering with this team?
  • We flat out SUCK!
  • The effort is so embarrassing.
  • this is sad. Otto is getting benched.
  • Scott Brooks is the lemon juice in a paper cut to this team
  • What a joke of a franchise
  • We must be the least exciting team in the league
  • Everyone is responsible.
  • Is there anywhere on the court teams don’t shoot well on us?
  • I do not like van Gundy but even he would be better than Brooks
  • I blacked out, did we win?
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Thunder blow out hapless Wizards 134-111

Oklahoma City used a 44-point second quarter and never looked back as they thumped the Washington Wizards 134-111 on Friday night.

Jerami Grant had a career high 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting to lead the Thunder as the role players once again were clutch in the Thunder’s victory.

Oklahoma City now has won four in a row and are back to .500 at 4-4.

It was just an onslaught of threes in which the Thunder hadn’t showcased yet this season. The Thunder hit nine threes, almost as many as they hit in a game this season. The 46.9 percent 3-point shooting is the best Thunder long distance performance since March 18, 2018 against the Toronto Raptors.

Coming off a 19-point comeback on Thursday night, the legs were questionable coming into the game. However, all the Thunder did was carry over the momentum from the victory.

The 29-point halftime lead was only the fifth time in franchise history the Thunder led by 29 or more at the break. The 79 points at halftime were tied for the franchise record for points in a half.

The blow out continued in the second half. The Thunder pour it on and poured it on, never letting up. As we witnessed in the loss to Boston, the Thunder let their foot off the gas and couldn’t hit shots. That never happened tonight. The Thunder were aggressive and down right tenacious.

The Thunder went up by as many as 33 points in the third quarter and shot 57 percent for the game. They outrebounded the Wizards 38-30.

It’s wild to think the game was tied at 30-all. The Thunder would dominate and outscore the Wizards 49-20 the rest of the way.

“They got layups after layups, wide-open 3s,” Wall said. “They did whatever they wanted.”

The Thunder had season highs in points (134), assists (34), 3-pointers (15), field goal percentage (57 percent), 3-point percentage (46.9 percent), free throw percentage (80.8 percent) and opponent free throw makes (14).

An Oklahoma City team averaging 109 points this season was already at 110 after three quarters.

George wound up with 17 points to surpass 10,000 for his career, and Grant scored 22.

The Thunder have three days of rest until their next game, which is Monday at home against the Pelicans. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Oklahoma.

Keys to the Game

Shooting: A+

Oklahoma City shot 57 percent from the field and almost 47 percent from three. The Thunder had a nice dosage of efficiency shooting when they needed it the most. Oklahoma City gets three days off to rest before playing the Pelicans. They’ll need it for NOLA coming to town. They’ve earned it.

Free Throws: A

Oklahoma City shot over 80 percent for the first time this season. Shooting 80 percent is pretty exceptional for a season. It’s something you’d like to see 60 percent of your games. The Thunder need to continue and be consistent at the line. No one missed more than one tonight. That’s a start.

Fouling: A

Oklahoma City only committed 20 fouls, a new season low for the club. Oklahoma City allowed only 18 free throw attempts for the Wizards. The Thunder aren’t going to be able to allow that low of attempts every game but it’s nice to see it pop up every now and then. If Oklahoma City can keep their opponents attempts below 25 per game, that would be best.

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Thunder Game Day #8: at Washington Wizards

Oklahoma City Thunder (3-4, 1-2 away)

at

Washington Wizards (1-6, 0-2 home)

Thursday, November 1 :: 7:00 p.m. CST :: Spectrum Center (19,077)
TV Coverage: FS Oklahoma (DirectTV 675, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27)
TV Coverage: ESPN (DirectTV 206, Cox 29, HD 1300, Tulsa Cox HD 1025)
Radio Coverage: 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemyHere.
Line: The Oklahoma City Thunder are a 2.5-point underdog. The over/under is 233.5.
Online StreamFS OK | WWLS Sports Animal | Live Stats | Twitter | Facebook
Game Notes: Thunder: here | Wizards: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • The Thunder go for their fourth straight win as they roll into the nation’s capital to play the Washington Wizards tonight.
  • The Wizards are a woeful 1-6 on the season. They’ve lost four in a row, all by an average of 17.5 points per game.
  • Oklahoma City is fresh off a 111-107 win over the Charlotte Hornets last night. Oklahoma City trailed by as many as 19 in the second half before Alex Abrines’ led Oklahoma City to the comeback.
  • The Thunder go for their first four-game win streak since March of last season, where the Thunder rolled off six straight in that span.
  • Dwight Howard will step into the starting lineup for the first time this season for the Wizards.

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 will be on ESPN, too. Mike Breen, Doris Burke and Israel Gutierrez will have your ESPN coverage.

SCOUTING THE WIZARDS

  • The Washington Wizards went 43-39 last season, eighth in the Eastern Conference.
  • This season, the Wizards are 1-6 on the season, and four in a row in the loss column.
  • The Hornets’ expectations aren’t high. Their win total predictions are averaged to be 44 this season.
  • In their last game, the Wizards beaten by the Memphis Grizzlies 107-95, where Washington trailed by as many as 19 in the game.
  • All-time against Washington, the Thunder are 72-61.
  • Since the Thunder relocated, Oklahoma City is 13-6 against the Wizards.
  • When they play at the Verizon Center, the Thunder are 6-3 on the road.
  • Oklahoma City has lost two straight vs. the Wizards at Verizon. Oklahoma City hasn’t won in D.C. since Nov. 10, 2015.
  • Bradley Beal leads the Wizards in scoring with 22.6 points. Markieff Morris is averaging 5.5 rebounds and John Wall leads the Wizards in assists (7.1), steals (2.3) and blocks (1.3) per game.
  • INJURY REPORT:
    Markieff Morris (concussion) is a questionable.
  • The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Washington came on March 14, 2011, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 116-89 (27-point margin of victory).
  • Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (22 points) vs. the Wizards occurred during an 120-98 loss on Feb. 13, 2017.

THUNDER INJURY REPORT

  • Andre Roberson (ruptured patellar tendon) is out

NEXT UP

  • The Thunder then host the offensive juggernauts of the New Orleans pelicans at the Peake on Monday, Nov. 5.
  • Oklahoma City host the LBJ-less Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, Nov. 7 in Cleveland.
  • Then, Oklahoma City has to play the Rockets in the second night of a back-to-back on the Nov. 8.
  • They wrap up the week by playing the Mavericks on Saturday night in Dallas on Nov. 10.



Three Keys to the Game

Shooting

Oklahoma City is 29th in field goal shooting. They’re 30th in three-point shooting. They’re 29th in free throw shooting. Find a way to put the ball in the hole and do it efficiently. Scoring is up across the board in the NBA and the Thunder are lagging behind because they can’t score. They can’t make free throws. A lot of their losses isn’t really getting beat, they’re not doing enough to win. That starts with the one thing that wins you game, by scoring basketball points.

Free throws

While we mentioned this in the previous one, it’s still key. When you’re shooting less than 67 percent from the line, something NBA teams practice religiously, it’s quite unforgivable for the Thunder to be shooting such a desperate percentages. They have to make their free throws. That starts with Paul George and Russell Westbrook.

Stop fouling

The Thunder commit more fouls than any team in the NBA. They’re committing 26.0 fouls per game, which leads to 30.8 free throws per game, most in the NBA. Stop fouling. Stop being bad at basketball, please.

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Abrines’ career high leads OKC’s comeback

Once again, it was the role players who stepped up for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Alex Abrines scored a career high 25 points on five 3-pointers and Dennis Schröder scored 21 himself as the Thunder erased a 19-point second half deficit to beat the Charlotte Hornets 111-107 on Thursday night.

The Thunder once again climbed out of a big hole as the inconsistencies on offense reader their ugly heads. Oklahoma City only had 44 points at halftime and it appeared they were going down for their fifth loss of the season.

Then, Abrines got hot. As they would say, en fuego. Dude lit it up from three, nailing five treys en route to fueling Oklahoma CIty’s comeback. While Russell Westbrook and Paul George didn’t shoot the lights out on the offensive side, it was the bench that stepped up. Abrines’ previous career high was 20 points, set a couple of times. However, he was a monster all over the court.

“The defense has two options — come in and help and leave me open or stay attached to me and (Westbrook) is going to get layups,” Abrines said. “Sometimes you just stay in the corner and wait for the pass to come.”

Oklahoma City outscored the Hornets 74-51 after they fell back by 19.

“Alex has to be ready to shoot the ball, he’s a shooter and he knows how to play the game of basketball,” Westbrook said.

Russell Westbrook put up 29 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds.

George had a rough night, shooting 4-of-20 from the field, including 0-of-10 from 3-point range, finishing with 11 points. After the game, George revealed he’s been dealing with a peroneal nerve palsy or “dead foot.”

“I am just trying to play through that,” George said. “It’s nothing major or that is going to hurt me. It’s just something that is going to come back when it feels right.”

Westbrook received a technical foul early for screaming “and one” after a driving layup after the foul wasn’t called. He appeared not to like the call very much because on the next possession he split two Charlotte defenders and threw down a dunk.

Oklahoma City now will play the Washington Wizards (1-6) tonight in their first back-to-back of the season. Game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip-off. It’ll be broadcast live on ESPN. We’ll have your complete game coverage on social media.

Keys to the Game

Shooting: C

If I could do this in two halves, that would be the best. The first half is an F and the second half is an A+. So, I averaged it out. The Thunder still really struggle from three. Oklahoma City has to figure out this shooting thing. A real test on Friday night with the back-to-back. Hopefully, the Thunder can carry the momentum over.

Free Throws: C

Oklahoma City did their part, I guess on the free throws. Oklahoma City went 21-of-29 from the line. The PG position went 10-of-15 at the line. That seems to be a bit of the issue. Starts and ends with Westbrook. He’s been off the last two seasons. I’d like to see him improve a bit.

Stop fouling: B

Only 21 fouls for the Thunder tonight, their lowest foul total of the season. The 22 free throws by the Hornets is the second lowest of the season. The Thunder may be finding some stuff out in the right time. 22 free throws and 21 fouls would be a winner every night for the Thunder defense.

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Thunder Game Day #7: at Charlotte Hornets

Oklahoma City Thunder (2-4, 0-2 away)

at

Charlotte Hornets (4-4, 2-1 home)

Thursday, November 1 :: 7:00 p.m. CST :: Spectrum Center (19,077)
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 1.5-point underdog. The over/under is 227.5.
Online StreamFS OK | WWLS Sports Animal | Live Stats | Twitter | Facebook
Game Notes: Thunder: here | Hornets: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • Back-to-back wins and the Thunder are starting to get things going in their right direction. If the Thunder are going to push back to .500, they’ll have to take down the Charlotte Hornets tonight.
  • The Hornets are 2-1 at home this season with an average winning margin of 13.3 points per game. They thumped the Bulls 135-106 on Friday night.
  • Paul George and Russell Westbrook are both averaging over 25 points per game. Westbrook is starting his run at averaging a triple-double for a third straight season. He’s averaging a double-double with 10.0 rebounds per game.

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 HORNETS

  • The Charlotte Hornets with 36-46 last season, 10th in the Eastern Conference.
  • The Hornets’ expectations aren’t high. Their win total predictions are averaged to be 35.5 this season.
  • The Hornets are coming off a 125-113 win over the Miami Heat on Tuesday night. Tony Parker had a double-double, 24 points and 11 assists off the bench to lead Charlotte.
  • All-time against Charlotte, the Thunder are 37-18.
  • Since relocation from Seattle, the Thunder are 14-5 against the Hornets.
  • When the games are played at the Spectrum Center, Oklahoma City is 6-3 against Charlotte.
  • The Hornets seem to have the Thunder’s number as of late. Oklahoma City is 1-3 against Charlotte over the last two seasons.
  • Kemba Walker is averaging 30.1 points per game this season, leading the Hornets in scoring. He’s also averaging 6.0 assists per game. Nicolas Batum leads the bees in rebounding with 6.3 rebounds per game.
  • INJURY REPORT:
    The Charlotte Hornets are relatively healthy heading into tonight’s game.
  • The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Charlotte came on Nov. 26, 2012, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 114-69 (45-point margin of victory).
  • Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (12 points) vs. Charlotte occurred during a 101-113 loss on April 2, 2017.

THUNDER INJURY REPORT

  • Andre Roberson (ruptured patellar tendon) is out

NEXT UP

  • The Thunder are in the midst of their first back-to-back of the season as they’ll play the struggling Fighting Scottie Brooks of the Washington Wizards on Friday night.
  • The Thunder then host the offensive juggernauts of the New Orleans pelicans at the Peake on Monday, Nov. 5.



Three Keys to the Game

Shooting

Oklahoma City is 29th in field goal shooting. They’re 30th in three-point shooting. They’re 29th in free throw shooting. Find a way to put the ball in the hole and do it efficiently. Scoring is up across the board in the NBA and the Thunder are lagging behind because they can’t score. They can’t make free throws. A lot of their losses isn’t really getting beat, they’re not doing enough to win. That starts with the one thing that wins you game, by scoring basketball points.

Free throws

While we mentioned this in the previous one, it’s still key. When you’re shooting less than 67 percent from the line, something NBA teams practice religiously, it’s quite unforgivable for the Thunder to be shooting such a desperate percentages. They have to make their free throws. That starts with Paul George and Russell Westbrook.

Stop fouling

The Thunder commit more fouls than any team in the NBA. They’re committing 26.0 fouls per game, which leads to 30.8 free throws per game, most in the NBA. Stop fouling. Stop being bad at basketball, please.

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Thunder Game Day #6: vs. LA Clippers

Oklahoma City Thunder (1-4, 1-2 home)

vs.

LA Clippers (4-2, 1-1 away)

Tuesday, October 30 :: 7:00 p.m. CST :: Chesapeake Energy Arena (18,203)
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 2-point favorites. The over/under is 227.
Online StreamFS OK | WWLS Sports Animal | Live Stats | Twitter | Facebook
Game Notes: Thunder: here | Clippers: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • The Oklahoma City Thunder will try to extend their win streak to two games, you know back-to-back dubs, as they host the LA Clippers tonight at the Peake, for a 7 p.m. tip-off.
  • The Clippers are a pleasant 4-2 on the season, they’re 3-1 since they ransacked the Thunder back on Oct. 19 at Staples.
  • Oklahoma City will have their hands full as they’ll have to figure out to limit Tobias Harris once again. The former Piston lit the Thunder up for 26 points almost two weeks ago.
  • Tonight ends the longest home stand for the Thunder, a four game stretch where the Thunder are 1-2 currently. It’s not what anyone expected. I’m sure Thunder fans would be happy with that 4-2 Clippers record.

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.
  • LA is coming off a 136-104, not a typo, win over the Washington Wizards on Sunday night. Harris had a double-double with 22 p oints and 11 rebounds. Clippers led by as many as 32 in the game.
  • All-time against the Clippers, Oklahoma City is 135-76.
  • Since relocation to Oklahoma CIty, the Thunder are 20-17 against the Clippers
  • In their last 10 vs. LA, Oklahoma City is 7-3 against LA.
  • Oklahoma City is 11-7 against the Clippers at Staples Center.
  • The Thunder are 5-1 in their last six at the Peake vs. the Clippers
  • INJURY REPORT:
    Luc Mbah a Moute (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
  • Steven Adams (calf) is a game-time decision.
  • Nerlens Noel (ankle) is a game-time decision.

NEXT UP

  • Oklahoma City has to play the Charlotte Hornets and Jeremy Lamb on Thursday night in Charlotte. That’s an early 6 p.m. tip.
  • Then, their first back-to-back of the season as they’ll play the struggling Fighting Scottie Brooks of the Washington Wizards on Friday night.

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

Shooting

Oklahoma City is 29th in field goal shooting. They’re 30th in three-point shooting. They’re 29th in free throw shooting. Find a way to put the ball in the hole and do it efficiently. Scoring is up across the board in the NBA and the Thunder are lagging behind because they can’t score. They can’t make free throws. A lot of their losses isn’t really getting beat, they’re not doing enough to win. That starts with the one thing that wins you game, by scoring basketball points.

Free throws

While we mentioned this in the previous one, it’s still key. When you’re shooting less than 66 percent from the line, something NBA teams practice religiously, it’s quite unforgivable for the Thunder to be shooting such a desperate percentages. They have to make their free throws. That starts with Paul George and Russell Westbrook.

Stop fouling

The Thunder commit more fouls than any team in the NBA. They’re committing 26.0 fouls per game, which leads to 28.4 free throws per game, second most allowed in the NBA (Clippers No. 1). Stop fouling. Stop being bad at basketball, please.

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Suns Meltdown! 10.28.18

The Thunder finally got their first win and it’s against the poor Suns. Their fans are already done with their team and they’re just six games in. The Thunder have a long way to go before they’re remotely in that neighborhood. Enjoy the first meltdown of the season!

  • 1 hour lets not lose by 18+
  • Hopefully we can lose by less than 15 this game. That’d be a great first step.
  • Westbrook triple double and a 20 point loss.
  • The reality is bitter sweet with this team.
  • Just bitter
  • Give Ayton The **** Ball
  • wth is this
  • Why did Jackson just foul Westbrook at midcourt? It was obviously intentional, but he wasn’t on a fastbreak or anything.
  • Still no Warren. **** this franchise.
  • Jackson, Anderson and Chandler in at the same time???? Are we TRYING to lose? WTF!
  • Turnovers Turnovers, Turnovers, Turnovers, Turnovers Turnovers, Turnovers, Turnovers, Turnovers Turnovers, Turnovers, Turnovers,Turnovers Turnovers, Turnovers, Turnovers,Turnovers Turnovers, Turnovers, Turnovers,Turnovers Turnovers, Turnovers, Turnovers,Turnovers Turnovers, Turnovers, Turnovers,Turnovers Turnovers, Turnovers, Turnovers
  • Good game so far, only losing by 10. We just need to stay under 18
  • Igor might be the worst coach we have ever had. Holy crap. RUN PLAYS THROUGH AYTON.
  • Thunder played badly first quarter but still 10 points ahead.
  • STOP TURNING THE **** BALL OVER
  • i’m speechless.. this game smh
  • This team will be unwatchable soon
  • Refs sucking Westbrook off as usual.
  • It’s hard to keep my lunch down watching this team. Hurts my eyes.
  • I hate Jackson as much as I hate Ty Montgomery
  • Our offense is almost as bad as our rotations.
  • I feel bad for Booker and Ayton
  • We are the worst team in the league.
  • I can’t wait until we are down by 30 and then finally decide to start giving Ayton the ball.
  • OK I’m annoyed now
  • You can crucify me later, but I am going on a limb and proclaiming we’ll come back to win. You heard it here folks.
  • Westbrook is a blur.
  • The refs just let Westbrook act a clown out there….And then the reward him for it
  • Westbrook taking the piss, lol
  • Woah what an F-U dagger from PG
  • I miss the good old days when the Suns lost a bunch of games too but only by a few points in each loss
  • Noel dominating tonight.
  • feels like the rebuild has just began.
  • This has to be the worst start we have ever started a season through 6 games right?
  • That upcoming schedule still looks brutal.
  • Loss by single digits. 2nd best game of the season. lol
  • Only lost by 7!!!
  • It’s happening! I can see it ! It’s all going up from here
  • So suns play on Halloween here at home… If your looking for costume ideas to wear to the game you can go as the corpse of Tyson Chandler or the skeletons of Ariza, Anderson, and Crawford.
  • We are on pace to a 1-81 season.
  • should I watch the rest of this game on dvr? or save myself the agony?
  • I’m sad
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Thunder get first win, beat Suns 117-110

Defense and a neck breaking speed on offense led the Thunder to a dominate 117-110 win over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night.

It may have ended the 0-4 start, the longest drought to start to the season, but the way the Thunder ended it may have just been as impressive as the losing streak.

“I thought we did some really good things for a majority of the game,” Thunder head coach Billy Donovan said. “I thought we came out with some good injury with some good stuff we can build off and improve upon.”

Oklahoma City used an explosive third quarter, capped off by a Paul George half court heave for the three and the momentum heading into the fourth quarter.

The Thunder opened a moderate lead at the end of the first quarter with a run that pushed Oklahoma City into a double digit lead they would not squander for the remainder. A Patrick Patterson three-pointer tied the game with 4:14 left in the first. Then, a Jerami Grant dunk gave Oklahoma City the lead for good.

It really was a tale of other players. No, not the George’s or the Westbrook’s. Nerlens Noel stepped in place of a late scratched Steven Adams and showed why he’s worth more than his league minimum contract. Noel finished with 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting and pulled down 15 rebounds.

“He did a lot of good things,” Donovan said. “Very active. I was really impressed with his defensive intensity tonight.”

Patterson stepped up, too. He finished with 17 points, a Thunder career high. It’s the most he’s scored in a game since December 03, 2016. That happened when he was a member of the Toronto Raptors.

Oklahoma City led by as many as 24 in the game, really dominating with their pace and play. While there were a lot of things the Thunder continue to do that put them in this 0-4 hole, there were things we saw, such as improved defense, that helped them get out to such a big lead.

Westbrook and George both finished with 23 points. Westbrook with a 23-9-7 stat line, including four steals and six turnovers. Geor

The Suns made a run there, late in the fourth quarter, making the game a respectable final score.

“For me, as a coach, is disturbing,” Donovan said about the seven-point final margin of victory.

Oklahoma City will wrap up their four-game home stand against the LA Clippers. Oklahoma City will look to get revenge against the Clips on Tuesday, Oct. 30. That’s scheduled to tip-off at 7 p.m. at the Peake.

Keys to the Game

Free throws: D

Oklahoma City still struggled from the line. They went 24-of-35 the line. Missing 11 free throws is still unacceptable. The Thunder HAVE to continue to get better at free throws. Russell Westbrook missed three himself. He shoots over 80 percent for his career. That may change if he keeps this up.

Three-point Shooting: F

Where oh where has all the shooting gone? We knew the Thunder were going to lack shooters but this is quite unacceptable. They’re on pace for being one of the worst three-point shooting teams in the modern NBA.

Go fast: A+

Oklahoma City scored 25 fast break points. They forced 16 steals and dominated through out in these facets of the game. This is how the Thunder are going to win a lot more games.

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