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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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