The Oklahoma City Thunder seemed to get back on track Sunday night, by way of a 117-110 victory over Phoenix, but now can they serve up some revenge. Playing with Russell Westbrook, and in front of the home fans, this should be a completely different team as opposed to the one that melted down in LA almost two weeks ago.
Here are your players to keep an eye on tonight.
Russell Westbrook – On most night’s he should be the leading scorer for the entire game and tonight is no exception. The Clippers are scoring at a pace of 116.5 points per game and are middle of the pack when it comes to pace of play. Oklahoma City on the other hand is 7th in pace and you can expect them to continue to climb with Westbrook running the floor. LA wants this to be a half court type of game, to take advantage of their bigs, the key to preventing that is found in Westbrook.
Paul George – In the first match-up this season George struggled from the floor, going just 7-of-27. However, he led the team in scoring (20 points) and sparked a third quarter run that resulted in OKC ultimately developing a 9-point lead.
Steven Adams – Officially he’s questionable for tonight. The last time Oklahoma City play the Clippers he was a game time decision. That night he provided 17 points and 18 rebounds, so his value is super high.
Tobias Harris – He tied Danilo Gallinari for a game-high in points (26) in the first meeting but also had the second most boards for the Clippers (11). He also made it to the free throw line a game-high eight times. On the season he’s averaging 21.8 points and 9 rebounds per game.
Danilo Gallinari – His 4-of-5 performance from three-point range was like throwing daggers at OKC in the first game. He’s an inside/outside guy that will prove to be a tough draw for defenders.
Montrezl Harrell – Had a quiet night in the first meeting of these two teams, producing just 3 points in 13 minutes of playing time. Since then he’s caught fire, averaging 18 points per game over the last four, including a 30-point performance against the Houston Rockets last Friday night.