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OKC Thunder | Preseason Game #4 Preview: Memphis Grizzlies

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 7 PM CDT

Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

Television: Thunder Mobile App

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

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

After an impressive 2-0 start to the preseason which featured a number of new players and an offense with a major facelift, the Oklahoma City Thunder were dominated on Monday in Dallas against the Mavericks. Chris Paul and Steven Adams sat out due to rest, while the Mavericks were at full strength, but the game was never very close, and Dallas was able to blow it open in the second half.

Tonight, the Thunder wraps up the preseason a week ahead of their season opener as they host the Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies—like the Thunder—are a young team in the league who are in the midst of a rebuild.

Thunder head coach Billy Donovan has experimented with a number of different lineups featuring guys that will likely barely see the floor in the regular season, but tonight he will probably play a lineup that will look like something a lot closer to what will happen on opening night.

Projected Starters

Thunder

  • PG: Dennis Schröder
  • SG: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
  • SF: Terrance Ferguson
  • PF: Danilo Gallinari
  • C: Steven Adams

Grizzlies

  • PG: Ja Morant
  • SG: Grayson Allen
  • SF: Jae Crowder
  • PF: Brandon Clarke
  • C: Jaren Jackson Jr.

Injuries

Thunder

  • Hamidou Diallo (flu) is OUT.
  • Chris Paul (rest) is OUT.
  • Andre Roberson (return to play management) is OUT.

Grizzlies

  • Andre Iguodala (not with team) is OUT.
  • Josh Jackson (not with team) is OUT.
  • De’Anthony Melton (back) is OUT
  • Jonas Valanciunas (foot soreness) is OUT.

Matchup to Watch

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander vs. Ja Morant | Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is easily Thunder fans’ new favorite point guard and with good reason. He has been the primary scorer for OKC so far in the preseason, even with minimal experience. The second year point guard should have a good time going against this year’s no. 2 pick Ja Morant.

Morant is a flashy guard out of Murray State, and while he does not have as much buzz around him as Zion Williamson, he is considered a potential winner of the NBA’s Rookie of the Year Award. Shai isn’t afraid of the spotlight, and neither is Morant running the show in Memphis, so it should be fun to watch the two young guns go at it.

Game Notes

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