Game #22 Preview | San Antonio Spurs

Tip-Off: 6 PM CT

Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City, OK)

Television: FSOK, NBA TV

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

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Just a little over two weeks ago, the Oklahoma City Thunder looked as if they had solved a number of their problems and were finally starting to click. After winning three games straight, the Thunder had a 23-point lead in the second quarter over the Spurs in San Antonio, but then a complete meltdown happened, and the Spurs managed to squeak out the win.

Fast forward to today, and these teams have had a very different past couple of weeks. Since losing to San Antonio, the Thunder has gone 2-4, while the Spurs have gone 5-1. Oklahoma City picked up a couple of big home wins over Golden State and Minnesota, but aside from that, things have been ugly. After tonight, the Thunder has several favorable games in a row, so picking up a win at home against the Spurs would give the Thunder two in a row and a full head of steam headed into the week.

Projected Starters


  • PG: Russell Westbrook
  • SG: Andre Roberson
  • SF: Paul George
  • PF: Carmelo Anthony
  • C: Steven Adams


  • PG: Patty Mills
  • SG: Danny Green
  • SF: Kyle Anderson
  • PF: Joffrey Lauvergne
  • C: Pau Gasol



  • None to report


  • LaMarcus Aldridge (rest) is out.
  • Tony Parker (rest) is out.
  • Rudy Gay (sore right heel) is out.
  • Kawhi Leonard (right quadriceps tendinopathy) is out.
  • Derrick White (right wrist fracture) is probable.


  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 14-19 against the Spurs in the regular season (9-8 at home, 5-11 away) and 10-8 against them in the playoffs (7-2 at home, 3-6 away).
  • In nine seasons, the Thunder has won the season series with the Spurs once, lost it four times, and tied four times.
  • The Thunder has won three of the last four regular season games in a row over the Spurs in Oklahoma City, but San Antonio has won four of the last five matchups overall.
  • This is the second of four meetings this season between the Thunder and the Spurs.

Game Notes

  • Oklahoma City won its Friday night matchup with Minnesota, while San Antonio is on a four-game winning streak.
  • Oklahoma City is 7-3 at home, while San Antonio is 5-5 on the road.
  • Oklahoma City is 4-9 against the Western Conference, while San Antonio is 8-3.
  • Both the Thunder and the Spurs rank in the bottom 10 in the NBA in scoring, but they both rank in the top five for opponent scoring.
  • Danny Green tallied season-highs in steals (4), three-pointers made (5), and minutes (35) against the Thunder on November 17 in San Antonio.
  • LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol both made their season-highs in free throws against the Thunder on November 17 in San Antonio with 10 and 6 respectively.
  • Spurs forward Joffrey Lauvergne played 50 games with the Thunder last season.
  • Thunder guard Alex Abrines and Spurs center Pau Gasol are teammates on Spain’s national basketball team.
  • Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti was a member of the Spurs front office from 2000–07, where he reached the position of assistant general manager.

Article written by Zack Low. Follow @TheThunderGuys on Twitter, Instagram, and give us a like on Facebook.

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