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Oklahoma City Thunder

Game #42 Preview | San Antonio Spurs

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 7 PM CT

Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City, OK)

Television: 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 third consecutive game on Thursday as they failed to knock off the Spurs in San Antonio in double overtime. The Spurs shot lights out from three, and despite the Thunder’s best efforts, there was nothing they could to do overcome the sharpshooting home team.

Tonight, the Thunder plays host to the Spurs in a quick turnaround rematch, and OKC hopes to return the favor from Thursday. Tonight’s focus has to be defense, as the Thunder has struggled this week to stop teams, which is typically their bread and butter. Specifically, OKC needs to keep the Spurs from getting wide open shots from deep.

If the Thunder can play with the same level of intensity that they did on Thursday, all while maintaining their typical awareness on the defensive end, then they should be able to end the night with a victory.

Projected Starters

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: Pau Gasol

Injuries

Thunder

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

Spurs

  • Rudy Gay (sprained left wrist) is OUT.
  • Dejounte Murray (torn right ACL) is OUT.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 16-21 against the Spurs in the regular season (11-8 at home, 5-13 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 tied the season series last year against the Spurs 2-2 (2-0 at home, 0-2 on the road).
  • The Thunder is 0-1 against the Spurs so far this season (0-0 at home, 0-1 on the road).
  • The Thunder has won 5 of the last 6 matchups against the Spurs at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Game Notes

  • The Thunder has lost 3 consecutive games while the Spurs most recently defeated the Thunder in double overtime on Thursday.
  • The Thunder is 4-6 in the last 10 games, and the Spurs are 7-3 in their last 10 games.
  • Oklahoma City is 13-6 at home while San Antonio is 7-13 at home.
  • Oklahoma City is 15-13 against the Western Conference while San Antonio is 18-13.
  • The Thunder is 13-11 after one day of rest while the Spurs are 16-10 after one day of rest.
  • The Thunder is 3-2 on Saturdays while the Spurs are 5-4.
  • The Thunder is 2-3 in January while the Spurs are 4-1.
  • Oklahoma City Thunder Official Game Notes
  • San Antonio Spurs Official Game Notes

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