Oklahoma City Thunder

OKC Thunder | Game #64 Preview: Celtics

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 5 PM CT

Location: TD Garden (Boston, Massachusetts)

Television: Fox Sports Oklahoma, NBA TV

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

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

The Oklahoma City Thunder (39-24) cruised to a win over the New York Knicks (19-44) Friday night to pick up a second consecutive road win of a current 3-game road trip.

Tonight, the Thunder caps the road trip with a matchup against the Boston Celtics (42-20). The Thunder and the Celtics clashed in Oklahoma City just one month ago in a battle that went down to the wire.

The Celtics picked up the 112-111 victory in that matchup. After leading by 9 at the half, the Thunder gave up their lead to trail by 9 with a little over a minute to go, and despite their best effort at a comeback, the Celtics prevailed.

The Thunder has been a bit up and down lately, specifically in terms of defensive effort and shooting efficiency. OKC has continue to take care of the ball at a high level, turning it over just 4 times on Friday against the Knicks, so if they can take (and make) quality shots, while taking care of business on the defensive end, the Thunder will be in a good place to pick up a marquee victory on the road against one of the Eastern Conference’s best teams.

Projected Starters

Thunder

  • PG: Chris Paul
  • SG: Terrance Ferguson
  • SF: Luguentz Dort
  • PF: Danilo Gallinari
  • C: Steven Adams

Celtics

  • PG: Kemba Walker
  • SG: Marcus Smart
  • SF: Jayson Tatum
  • PF: Semi Ojeleye
  • C: Daniel Theis

Injuries

Thunder

  • Darius Bazley (right knee bone bruise) is OUT.
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (hip contusion) is OUT.
  • Kevin Hervey (G League; two-way) is OUT.
  • Andre Roberson (left knee injury recovery) is OUT.
  • Isaiah Roby (G League assignment) is OUT.

Celtics

  • Jaylen Brown (right hamstring strain) is OUT.
  • Carsen Edwards (G League assignment) is OUT.
  • Tacko Fall (G League; two-way) is OUT.
  • Gordon Hayward (right knee contusion) is AVAILABLE.
  • Vincent Poirier (G League assignment) is OUT.
  • Tremont Waters (G League; two-way) is OUT.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 12-11 against the Celtics (5-7 at home, 7-4 on the road).
  • The Thunder has won the season series with the Celtics 4 times, lost it 3 times, and tied 4 times.
  • The Thunder lost the season series to the Celtics 0-2 a year ago.
  • The Thunder has lost 5 straight against the Celtics.
  • The Thunder is 0-1 against the Celtics so far this season (0-1 at home, 0-0 on the road).

Game Notes

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