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Thunder Game Day #71: vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Oklahoma City Thunder (40-30, 26-10 home) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (26-44, 9-25 away)
Wednesday, March 22 :: 7:00 p.m. CST :: Chesapeake Energy Arena (18,203)

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TV: FS Oklahoma (DirectTV 676-5, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27, U-Verse 751/1751 HD)
Online Stream: here.
Radio: WWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemy: Here.
Line: Oklahoma City is a 11-point favorite. O/U is 218½
Notes: Thunder: here | 76ers: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • Oklahoma City has won five of their last six games as they welcome in the Philadelphia 76ers to Chesapeake Energy Arena.
  • The last time these two met, a fan was ejected and Oklahoma City overcame a double-digit deficit to knock off the Sixers.
  • Philadelphia had won back-to-back games before losing to the Orlando Magic on Monday night.
  • Oklahoma City is 14-15 following a loss this 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.
  • Brian Davis 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).

LOSS TO THE WARRIORS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Recap
  • Oklahoma City kept the game close in the first quarter, but was held to just 17 points in the second quarter and was unable to get the deficit down to single digits throughout the remainder of the contest.
  • Enes Kanter turned in his 16th double-double of the season, with 15 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
  • Semaj Christon tallied 10 points in 22 minutes off the bench, his third game in double figures this season.
  • Oklahoma City did most of its work in the paint, outscoring Golden State 58-40.

SCOUTING THE 76ERS

  • The Philadelphia 76ers are 26-44 on the season, 13th in the Eastern Conference.
  • The Sixers are 4-6 in their last 10 games.
  • Philadelphia lost to the Orlando Magic 112-109 on Monday night.
  • Oklahoma City beat the 76ers 103-97 on Oct. 28 to start the season.
  • The Thunder have won 15 straight games over the 76ers.
  • Oklahoma City is 15-1 all-time vs. the 76ers.
  • At the Peake, the Thunder are 7-0 all-time. Last time OKC lost at home: 2008 when they were in Seattle.
  • Tiago Splitter (calf) is out.
  • Jahlil Okafor (knee) is a game-time decision.
  • Ben Simmons (foot) is out for the season.
  • Joel Embiid (knee) is out for the season.
  • Jerryd Bayless (wrist) is out for the season.
  • The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Philadelphia came on March 4, 2014, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 125- 92 (33-point margin of victory).
  • Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (25 points) vs. 76ers occurred during an 85-110 loss on Nov. 15, 2008.

RUSSELL WESTBROOK TRIP-DUBS

  • Russell Westbrook has 71 career triple-doubles, that’s best for sixth all-time.
  • 20 of the 71 are against Houston, Orlando, Washington, Minnesota, and Philadelphia. He has four against each team.
  • Russell Westbrook seven triple-doubles in a row this season is the most since 1989 when Jordan had seven in a row and 10 in 11 games.
  • Westbrook is fifth all-time in triple-doubles.

ALL-TIME TRIPLE-DOUBLE LIST

Rank Name Triple-doubles
1 Oscar Robertson 181
2 Magic Johnson 138
3 Jason Kidd 108
4 Russell Westbrook 79

WESTBROOK TRIPLE-DOUBLE CAREER LIST

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INJURY REPORT

  • Oklahoma City is relatively healthy.

50 IS NIFTY

  • On March 24, the Thunder claimed a 22-point home victory over the Jazz and in the process, OKC recorded the team’s 50th win of the season.
  • Oklahoma City has now finished with a winning percentage of .610 (equivalent to 50 wins) six times dating back to the 2009-10 season.
  • Only the San Antonio Spurs (seven seasons with .610 winning percentage), have reached that benchmark more during this period.

STILL GOOD ODDS

  • According to Sportsbook, the Oklahoma City Thunder have the eighth best odds to win the Larry O’Brien trophy.
  • They have the fifth best odds to win the Western Conference behind, the Clippers, Spurs, Rockets, and the Warriors.

NEXT UP

  • Oklahoma City says hello to the Houston Rockets on Sunday night.
  • Houston is 49-22 on the season, third in the Western Conference.
  • The Rockets are 7-3 in their last 10 games.
  • Houston owns the regular season series so far 2-1.
  • Game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. tip-off.

KEYS TO THE GAME

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Hit the three

The Thunder are only hitting 30 percent of threes at home when they lose. They hit 36 percent from beyond the arc when they’re winning. It’s imperative the Thunder find the stroke and nail some threes tonight. If they go 4-of-21 again, this could be a bad night.

Make your free throws

Oklahoma City ranks 23rd in free throw shooting at 74.7 percent. The Thunder have to make their free throws. When they were winning games, Oklahoma City makes only 72 percent of their tries in March. Oklahoma City has done a better job this month to improve at the charity stripe.

Take care of the ball

Giving the 76ers an opportunity to have a lot more chances than the Thunder is a part of the recipe for a loss. Oklahoma City had a lot of turnovers in their first meeting. Then again, that was Oklahoma City’s first game without Durant. They’ve found a combination that works as they’re marching toward the playoffs.

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Russell Westbrook is a man on a mission

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Russell Westbrook doesn’t give a damn about starting in the All-Star game.

Though, you can bet he’s going to make you remember his name since the fans didn’t vote him in.

Westbrook said numerous times he doesn’t care what anyone thinks. His fashion statements are living proof that the man from Leuzinger High School just struts his stuff because he likes it. The man is non-stop.

Westbrook is a different animal. With almost a theatrical quality about Westbrook, he relishes the villain role. While many have come to endear him and his journey without Durant this season, the yelling, stomping around the court and enraging opposing fans (see Philly) is still on full blast. That patented Westbrook scowl has become world-renowned.

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When Westbrook is on his A-game, there’s nothing anyone can do. Because before you know it, he’s already at the rim, throwing down a thunderous dunk or hitting a picture perfect pull-up jumper. While every athlete is always going head-to-head, it’s impossible to do with Westbrook as he’s already two steps ahead of them.

Since the announcement of the starters last week, Russell Westbrook has been on a living tear. Two triple-doubles and a 45-point bonanza that left you breathless.

“I don’t play for All-Star nods or All-Star bids,” Westbrook said.

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It’s spectacle every time he steps on the court. He’s an ooh and ahh away from dunking on a player and ending their evening. See: Rudy Gobert. What Russell Westbrook cares about is winning. You know what tears Westbrook up more than not starting in the All-Star game? Missing the playoffs two years ago. Succeeding in everything he does is what drives this man.

You see Russell Westbrook as second class to other players? Westbrook doesn’t care, but he’ll find those who you feel are better and dunk on them with the nuclear ferocity that he rages with inside him. There’s only so much emotion a man can explain through his physical being; Westbrook signifies it by blowing up on the court and leaving collateral damage in his wake.

This is Russell Westbrook’s league now.

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“I play to win championships,” Westbrook said. “Every night I compete at a high level.”

You couldn’t create a player of his size with his ability in a comic book if you wanted to. He’s as agile as any other point guard in the league, but he’s as long any center you can name. He’ll out hustle any power forward and when he’s hot, he’ll shoot you right out of your own gym.

We figured the post break up with Kevin Durant would bring in a special Westbrook. Triple-doubles were predicted and numbers were figured around 20-25 for an entire season. Only 47 games into the season, Westbrook has eclipsed all expectations and has his sight set on history. The man has one gear and that’s go. If you don’t like, he’ll run you over and continue on his merry way.

Yeah, Westbrook doesn’t give a damn about starting in the All-Star game. Doesn’t mean he’s going to let you forget your mistake in not choosing him.

Be prepared. Go to your bomb shelter, because pissed off Russ is coming.

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Russ vs. KD — Round 2 Promo

On Jan. 18 the former teammates will go toe-to-toe once again. TD follower Shane Steinkraus decided to throw together a nice promo for that game.

The first meeting didn’t exactly go Oklahoma City’s way as the Warriors and Kevin Durant went on a three-point barrage and blew the Thunder out of the Oracle. It didn’t help the game was the second night of a back-to-back where both games were on the

Shane is a Thunder fan from Keller, Texas. You can give him a follow on twitter @Shanetrain23.

Russell Westbrook is a leading MVP candidate, averaging 31.2 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 10.4 assists per game without Durant. While the Thunder aren’t nearly successful as they would have been with Durant, you can tell there is something different about this team. Not nearly as much animosity between the players and everyone is enjoying playing together, despite the losses piling up.

Thunder-Warriors Regular Season Series

  • Nov. 5: Warriors 122-94
  • Jan. 18: at Oracle
  • Feb. 11: at Chesapeake Energy Arena
  • March 20: at Chesapeake Energy Arena

Here’s the video for you to watch:

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King Size Meltdown

Good win for the Thunder and some fun comments from Kings fans. Interesting to see the battle between wanting to get a win and wanting to tank. Loved how they said that Thunder’s bench is trash without Harden and then seeing their team lose to said bench. Enjoy today’s comments…

  • Cmon KD, go for that scoring title son. Make Kobe sweat as well so he’ll drop 70 on us the next game.
  • I’m putting the over/under for Ibaka blocks at 7. Any takers?
  • No Harden But ah, it won’t matter
  • Durant wants that scoring title I would love to see him get it!
  • If only they could play like this all the time. Someday…
  • We put up 40 on OKC in the 1st quarter…wow. This game is scaring me as I want us to lose these final 2 games.
  • I’d be more concerned about giving up thirty-five, on .611. I mean, really, who’s more likely to sustain?
  • Someone should tell the Kings that they are already out of playoff contention.
  • Who does Travis Outlaw think he is right now, and why is OKC shooting 60 percent and WERE STILL WINNING. This is not good.
  • If we can score 150 points… We won’t need defense!
  • The Kings will eventually cool down and then get slaughtered by a team who actually knows how to play defense
  • I now have no faith in the Thunder winning the west After giving up 40 first quarter points to us. Is this the first time we have put up 40 in the first this season?
  • I doubt any team that gives us 40 in a half
  • Thunder bench is trash without Harden
  • Artest may have single handily lost OKC the title. If Harden doesn’t get back soon, they may not have the offense to win.
  • Their starting five is still pretty set, but Harden is their whole bench.
  • It’s bad enough if it’s an injury like an ankle, or hand, or (shudder) knee, but to know it’s because a freaking repeat offesnder essentially committed an assault on the court has to be almost unbearable.
  • It must be backwards day today.
  • Oh jimmer you got d-fished
  • Hayes with an instant influx of suck
  • We need to have Pollard doing the commentary every game “I wonder if Derek is wearing 37 because he wants to be that young again”
  • Bench picked it up once Outlaw returned Lets trade him before he changes back to the real Outlaw
  • Perkins mauls people on screens everytime he is moving and they never call it!! Come on if it was Cuz it would b a foul.
  • Perkins screens aren’t even close to legal this game
  • They all look legit to me
  • Perkins is kinda grabby He was digging into Thompson there
  • Cousins + Evans > Durant + Westbrook
  • Why did Outlaw decide not to show up the entire season until now?
  • Wish We Coulda got Durant… Sigh…
  • -Signed 29 GM’s
  • Especially Portland’s…
  • The league rigged the 07 draft. We should’ve won that #2 pick.
  • Since when does Cole aldrich exist?
  • Daequan Cook entering into King Killer mode
  • If we end up picking top 3, I’m gonna send Cook flowers. Dude is saving our tank!
  • Our bench getting outscored by Thunder’s 34 to 7. And this without Harden.
  • Tank Commander Cisco Garcia
  • You could accuse us of tanking by having him on our roster To start the season, tanking in advance
  • Why is our best player not in the game… Is he resting cuz for the summer league?
  • Oh Garcia you just got taken by fisher
  • How does any NBA player get burned by him?
  • We’ll show those stupid Warriors how to tank
  • Derek Fisher is a piece of garbage
  • OKC got the lead without Durant and Westbrook Something is wrong
  • I hate losing to other teams benches
  • I know a win against a good team is fun, but we are going to screw up our draft position if we win this. If we get a win, I want it be against the Lakers
  • Sacramento Kings: Leaving open shooters since 2005
  • Derek Fisher: still aiming for that elusive academy award
  • Good, looks like Smart has found the right lineup to get us the woss.
  • That is his one elite coaching skill.
  • Lol Kings lose to Fisher and Cook
  • Let the bench beat us That sucks
  • I would rather lose this game… And win, win, win this Friday vs. The fkin Lakers
  • The Fakers are tools Beat them up, well, not literally….you’re classier than Meta World Scumbag
  • He should be required to change his name back.
  • Superb tanking against a 2nd unit.
  • It May Be a 2nd unit But its the 2nd unit of a PLAYOFF team
  • We snatch defeat from the jaws of victory! Seriously. Could OKC have done any more to give us this game? Maybe sat everybody. Maybe.
  • Damn as much as I wanted the loss, getting beat by okc’s bench is embarrassing.
  • But their bench had Derrick Fisher on it.
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