Oklahoma City Thunder

OKC Thunder | Game #28 Preview: Suns

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 7 PM CT

Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

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 (13-14) did the unthinkable on Wednesday night as they trailed by 20+ for the second consecutive game only to comeback and win as they defeated the Memphis Grizzlies (10-18) 126-122.

Tonight, the Thunder hosts the Phoenix Suns (11-16), who are going through a bit of a rough stretch. Since starting the season 6-3, the Suns have lost 13 of their last 18, and they have not won a game on the road against a team currently in a playoff position.

Deandre Ayton made his return for the Suns on Tuesday after missing 25 games for a suspension, but he sprained his ankle, and he is day-to-day with that injury. The Suns are dealing with other injuries as well, including budding star Devin Booker.

The Thunder has played down to competition in the last two games, and while the wild comebacks make for a fun finish, it would be nice to see OKC put away an opponent early tonight. If they can start off strong, this matchup might be a good opportunity for starters to get some rest and let some of the other guys get some run.

Projected Starters

Thunder

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

Suns

  • PG: Ricky Rubio
  • SG: Devin Booker
  • SF: Kelly Oubre Jr.
  • PF: Dario Saric
  • C: Aron Baynes

Injuries

Thunder

  • Hamidou Diallo (hyperextended right elbow, sprain) is OUT.
  • Kevin Hervey (G-League Assignment) is OUT.
  • Justin Patton (G-League Assignment) is OUT.
  • Andre Roberson (return to play management) is OUT.

Suns

  • Deandre Ayton (right ankle sprain) is OUT.
  • Tyler Johnson (illness) is PROBABLE.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 27-12 against the Suns (16-4 at home, 11-8 on the road).
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the season series against the Suns 8 times, tied once, and lost twice.
  • The Thunder won the season series with the Suns 4-0 a year ago (2-0 at home, 2-0 on the road).
  • The Thunder has won 15 consecutive matchups with the Suns at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Game Notes

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