Oklahoma City Thunder (34-26, 14-16 away)
Golden State Warriors (45-14, 23-7 home)
Saturday, Feb. 24 :: 7:30 p.m. CST :: Oracle Arena (19,596)
TV Coverage:ABC (5 DirecTV, 8 Cox, 705 HD, 5 AT&T U-Verse, 5 Dish)
Radio Coverage: 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemy: Here.
Line: The Oklahoma City Thunder are a 9-point underdog. The over/under is 234½.
Online Stream: Watch ESPN | WWLS Sports Animal | Live Stats | Twitter | Facebook
Game Notes: Thunder: here | Warriors: here
SETTING THE SCENE
- The Oklahoma City Thunder take their three wins in their last four games to the Bay Area to play the Golden State Warriors in their third showdown of the season.
- Oklahoma City is fresh off a buzzer beating win over the Kings and the Warriors survived a comeback from the Clippers, both on Thursday night.
- Oklahoma City is 2-0 against the Warriors this season, winning in Oakland and Oklahoma City.
- The Thunder haven’t won the season series against the Warriors since 2013-14 season, when Westbrook hit that wild overtime corner three in Oklahoma City.
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.
- ABC will roll out Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson and Lisa Salters for their broadcast crew. Sorry about the Mark Jackson.
SCOUTING THE WARRIORS
- The Golden State Warriors are 45-14 on the season, second in the Western Conference.
- Over their last 10 games, the Warriors are 6-4.
- Golden State has won four straight home games. Their last loss? To the Thunder on Feb. 6.
- Overall, the Oklahoma City Thunder are 137-108 against the Warriors.
- When the games are played in Oakland, Oklahoma City is 6-11.
- The Thunder beat the Warriors 125-105 earlier this month and then beat them 108-91 in November.
- Oklahoma City hasn’t won two games in Oakland since the 2011-12 season.
- INJURY REPORT:
Patrick McCaw (wrist) is out.
Draymond Green (shoulder) is a game-time decision.
Jordan Bell (ankle) is out.
- The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Golden State came on Feb. 17, 2012, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 110-87 (23-point margin of victory).
- Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (26 points) happened twice with the most recent occurrence coming earlier this season on Nov. 3, 2016 (122-92 defeat).
- Andre Roberson (ruptured patellar tendon) is out for the season.
- The Thunder come home for a solo game against the Magic, then go on the road to Dallas to round out the month.
WHAT’S IN A DUB’S 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
When you’re No. 1 in points off turnovers and the Warriors are one of the worst teams in turning the ball over, this is something where Oklahoma City has to capitalize. If the Thunder come out and their defense is spectacular, they’ll run away with it again.
Defend the three
The Kings drained 12 three-pointers on Thursday night. Oklahoma City cannot allow that type of production to the Warriors if they expect to have a shot in the dark against the Warriors. If the Thunder hold the Warriors to less than 10 threes, this game probably falls to Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma City needs the Big Three to show up more than ever before. Westbrook needs to be efficient and slicing like a hot knife through butter. Paul George needs to be exceptional on both sides. Carmelo Anthony needs to hit his open shots and be smart. If they do this, the Thunder will win.We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Our Podcast is on iTunes. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!