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Thunder Game Day No. 12: vs. L.A. Clippers

Oklahoma City Thunder (4-7, 2-2 home) vs. L.A. Clippers (5-5, 2-1 away)

Friday, Nov. 10 :: 8:00 p.m. CST :: Chesapeake Energy Arena (18,203)

TV: FS Oklahoma (DirectTV 675, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27, U-Verse 751/1751 HD)
Online Streamhere.
RadioWWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemy: Here.
Line: The Oklahoma City Thunder are a 6-point favorite. The over/under is 209.
Notes: Thunder: here | Clippers: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • Oklahoma City has the longest losing streak in the NBA and look to end that with the L.A. Clippers coming to town.
  • After starting 4-0, the L.A. Clippers have dropped five of their last six  games.
  • Last season, the Thunder and the Clippers split their games, each winning a game on the road and at home.

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).
  • You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook for game updates.

SCOUTING THE Clippers

  • The L.A. Clippers are 5-5 this season, eighth in the Western Conference.
  • After starting the season 4-0, the last undefeated team, L.A. has dropped five of their last six games.
  • Last season the Clippers finished 51-31, fourth in the Western Conference.
  • In their season series, the Thunder and Clippers slit the season series 2-2.
  • All-time against the Clippers, Oklahoma City is 132-75.
  • Since relocation, Oklahoma City is 17-16 vs. L.A.
  • At home, the Thunder are 9-7 against the Clippers.
  • Patrick Beverley (knee) is out.
    Danilo Gallinari (hip) is out.
    Austin Rivers (ankle) is out.
    Milos Teodosic (foot) is out.
  • On Tuesday, the Clippers lost to the Spurs 120-107 for their third straight loss.
  • 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. the Clippers occurred during an 98-120 loss on Jan. 16, 2017.

NEW FACES

  • The Oklahoma City Thunder added a bunch of new faces this year.
  • Paul George was acquired on June 30 for Domantas Sabonis and Victor Oladipo.
  • Carmelo Anthony joins the Thunder after Oklahoma City sent Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a second round pick to the Knicks for Anthony.
  • Oklahoma City also signed Raymond Felton and Patrick Patterson via free agency.
  • Terrance Ferguson was drafted in the first round out of Australia.
  • Oklahoma City also added PJ Dozier, undrafted rookie out of South Carolina to a two-way deal.

OK3

  • The trio of Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony combined for 5,992 total points last season, which is the most by any other set of three teammates in the league this year. They are followed by Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Jimmy Butler (5,810 combined points) and Cleveland’s Isaiah Thomas, LeBron James and Derrick Rose (5,307 combined points).

Anthony moving up the ranks

  • Carmelo Anthony currently ranks 24th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list (24,385 points) and fourth among active players behind Dirk Nowitzki, LeBron James and Vince Carter.
  • Anthony is also one of six players in league history alongside Kobe Bryant, Vince Carter, LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki and Paul Pierce to record 24,000 points, 6,000 rebounds, 2,500 assists, 1,000 steals and 1,000 three-point field goals.

Turnover a New Leaf

  • Through the first ten games of the season, Oklahoma City leads the league in both steals per game (10.60) and opponent turnovers per game (19.0).
  • The Thunder has yet to finish within the Top 5 in the NBA in these categories since they moved to Oklahoma City as their previous season bests were 8.28 steals per game in 2012-13 and 15.2 opponent turnovers per game in 2013-14.
  • Additionally, the Thunder tops the NBA leaderboard for deflections per game (19.2) and forced turnovers on 19.6% of opponent possessions, which tops the league.
  • Paul George ranks first in the league in deflections per game (4.8) and in steals per game (2.40)

Adamsant Scorer

  • Steven Adams currently ranks second in the league in field goal percentage (.676, 48-71 FG).
  • On Oct. 27 at Minnesota, Adams went 8-for-8 through the third quarter, which is his personal best start from the field.
  • As a point of reference, the Thunder record from the floor is held by Serge Ibaka when he went 12-for-12 on 1/31/14.
  • He has scored in double figures in six of the first seven games and led the team in rebounding four times while posting four double-doubles.

Injury Report

  • The Oklahoma City Thunder are relatively healthy at this point.

Still good odds

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

Next Up

  • The Thunder is taking on the Mavericks on Sunday evening. Both teams aren’t playing well. Someone is bound to win.
  • Then the Thunder host the Bulls on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

Three Keys to the Game

Shoot well

Shoot well. Oklahoma City has lost four straight but they’re ranked 28th in the NBA in field goal percentage. Only Phoenix and Utah shooting worse. They’re also worst in the NBA in free throw shooting. That leads them to being the lowest scoring team in the NBA during their losing streak at 93.3 points per game.

Share the ball

Like rebounding, sharing the ball can be key. Oklahoma City is a cool 4-2 when Russell Westbrook has 10 or more assists. If the MVP gets 10, you might as well chalk up a W tonight. Hopefully he doesn’t try to do it all tonight.

Big Three Do well

The Thunder’s big three haven’t performed well lately. While Carmelo Anthony has played okay but the rest have been pretty bad. Oklahoma City has to find a way to get all three on the same page. We saw Billy Donovan adjust trying to get something to work. It didn’t. He’ll continue working.

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