Game Day #41: Bobcats at Thunder

Cleveland Cavaliers (5-33, 2-18 road) at Oklahoma City Thunder (31-9, 17-2 home)


Where: The ‘Peake!
When: 7:00 p.m.
 FSOK (Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27, DirectTV 679, UVerse 754)
Online StreamHere.
RadioWWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemyHere.
Projected Lineups:

Thunder Bobcats
PG Russell Westbrook D.J. Augustin
SG Daequan Cook Gerald Henderson
SF Kevin Durant Corey Maggette
PF Serge Ibaka Tyrus Thomas
C Kendrick Perkins Bismack Biyombo
6th Man James Harden Kemba Walker


Last time: Oklahoma City thumped the Bobcats 99-82 on March 18, 2011

Well, Oklahoma City played like 2008-2009 last night against a team they probably should have beat by 10 points. However, that was last night and this is tonight. The lowly Bobcats come into town feeling good. They well against the Orlando Magic. However, they struggled in their last game against the New Jersey Nets.

You might recognize some faces.. or not.. on the Bobcats. Former Thunder players, DJ White and Byron Mullens are now on the Charlotte Bobcats. Both get minutes on the floor, something that they probably would have never seen while in Oklahoma City. In their last game against the Nets, they combined for 24 minutes, and Mullens went 0-8 from the floor. Hopefully we see more of that tonight.

Charlotte is the lowest scoring team in the league and they allow over 100 points a game.  Most games have been a defensive struggle, even though Oklahoma City has won two straight over Charlotte after sweeping them last season. In fact, the Thunder haven’t scored 100 points against the Bobcats since the 2005-2006 season.

Keys to the game

Bench play
The Thunder scored 26 bench points last night. However, if it wasn’t for James Harden, they might have scored under 15 points. Harden is really willing them to succeed. The Thunder need Reggie Jackson and Royal Ivey to get some open looks and score some points. Would love to see some Cole Aldrich, that’s just me though.

Offensive rebounds
This cannot be said enough. Good news, Charlotte is bad at rebounding the basketball. They rank towards the bottom in almost every rebounding category. In fact, the Bobcats have the worst rebounding marging in the league (-5.9 rebounds per game)

Score points. Charlotte is the lowest scoring team in the league. They allow 100 points per game, that is good enough for 27th of 30 NBA teams. Oklahoma City had 5 players score 115 against the Suns, there should be no reason why 3 players totals couldn’t beat the Bobcats. In fact, Durant and Westbrook’s 92 points against Denver could beat Charlotte’s game average.

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