Tip-Off: 6 PM CT
Location: Spectrum Center (Charlotte, North Carolina)
Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal
The Oklahoma City Thunder picked up their second win of the season on Tuesday against the visiting Los Angeles Clippers to move to 2-4 on the season. After trailing by double digits in the first half, the Thunder outscored the Clippers 39-10 in the third quarter, the largest positive margin in a single quarter in franchise history.
Meanwhile, the Charlotte Hornets have weathered a fairly difficult scheduled so far, and they sit at 4-4. Kemba Walker leads the Hornets with 30.1 PPG while shooting an impressive 41.4% from three on almost 11 attempts per game.
The point guard matchup between Russell Westbrook and Walker will be the matchup to watch tonight, but the Hornets have a number of other players who have the ability to put up big numbers on any given night.
- PG: Russell Westbrook
- SG: Terrance Ferguson
- SF: Paul George
- PF: Jerami Grant
- C: Steven Adams
- PG: Kemba Walker
- SG: Nicholas Batum
- SF: Jeremy Lamb
- PF: Marvin Williams
- C: Cody Zeller
- Andre Roberson (left patellar tendon) is OUT.
- Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 14-5 against the Hornets (8-2 at home, 6-3 on the road).
- The Thunder split the season series with the Hornets 1-1 last season.
- Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the regular season series against the Hornets six times, lost it once, and tied it four times.
- Oklahoma City is 0-2 on the road, while Charlotte is 2-1 at home.
- Oklahoma City is 0-1 against the Eastern Conference, while this is Charlotte’s first game against the Western Conference.
- The Thunder is 1-1 so far this season coming off of one day of rest, while Charlotte 2-2 in the same situation.
- The Thunder’s offense improved statistically after Tuesday’s win over the Clippers, but OKC still ranks 22nd in points per game (108.7), 27th in FG% (42.8%), 30th in 3P% (27.5), and 29th in FT% (66.5%), but defensively the Thunder is T-1st in steals per game (10.8) and 5th in defensive rating (105.0).
- The Hornets take care of the ball better than any other team in the NBA by averaging only 11.8 turnovers per game.
- The Hornets also lead the lead in blocks per game (7.3).
- Oklahoma City Thunder Official Game Notes
- Charlotte Hornets Official Game Notes