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Oklahoma City Thunder

Game #41 Preview | San Antonio Spurs

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 8:30 PM CT

Location: AT&T Center (San Antonio, Texas)

Television: TNT & Fox Sports Oklahoma

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

Twitter: Follow @TheThunderGuys for live-tweets during the game

The Oklahoma City Thunder dropped their second consecutive home game on Tuesday as they fell 119-117 to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Thunder had a number of chances to take control of the game, but they failed to do so because they got away from their defensive-minded identity.

Tonight, the Thunder travels to San Antonio to take on the Spurs, one of the most disciplined teams in the entire league. Spurs head coach Greg Popovich has been one of the NBA’s top coaches for the last 2 decades, and despite the departure of superstar Kawhi Leonard in exchange for DeMar DeRozan, they have continued to find success.

The Spurs are one of the league’s hottest teams right now, winning 13 of their last 17 overall and 11 of their last 12 at home, so the Thunder has their work cut out for them. If OKC wants to pick up a win tonight, or on Saturday at home when they play the Spurs again for that matter, they have to get back to their defensive roots.

Thunder

  • PG: Russell Westbrook
  • SG: Terrance Ferguson
  • SF: Paul George
  • PF: Jerami Grant
  • C: Steven Adams

Spurs

  • PG: Bryn Forbes
  • SG: Derrick White
  • SF: DeMar DeRozan
  • PF: LaMarcus Aldridge
  • C: Jakob Poeltl

Injuries

Thunder

  • Alex Abrines (personal) is OUT.
  • Nerlens Noel (concussion) is OUT.
  • Andre Roberson (left patellar tendon) is OUT.

Spurs

  • NONE

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 16-20 against the Spurs in the regular season (11-8 at home, 5-12 away) and 10-8 against them in the playoffs (7-2 at home, 3-6 away).
  • In 10 seasons, the Thunder has won the season series with the Spurs once, lost it 4 times, and tied 5 times.
  • The Thunder has lost the last 6 regular season games against the Spurs in San Antonio.
  • The Thunder tied the season series last year against the Spurs 2-2 (2-0 at home, 0-2 on the road).

Game Notes

  • The Thunder has lost 2 consecutive games while the Spurs most recently lost to the Grizzlies in Memphis last night.
  • The Thunder is 5-5 in the last 10 games, and the Spurs are 7-3 in their last 10 games.
  • Oklahoma City is 12-9 on the road while San Antonio is 17-5 at home.
  • Oklahoma City is 15-12 against the Western Conference while San Antonio is 17-13.
  • The Thunder is 13-10 after one day of rest while the Spurs are 1-6 in the second game of a back-to-back.
  • The Thunder is 2-1 on Thursdays while the Spurs are 2-1.
  • The Thunder is 2-2 in January while the Spurs are 3-1.
  • Oklahoma City Thunder Official Game Notes
  • San Antonio Spurs Official Game Notes

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