Tip-Off: 8 PM CT
Location: AdventHealth Arena (Orlando, Florida)
Television: ESPN, Fox Sports Oklahoma
Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal
Twitter: Follow @TheThunderGuys for live-tweets during the game
From 0.2% chance of making the playoffs to Game 7 against the Houston Rockets, the Oklahoma City Thunder has had quite the trip so far this season. After pulling out a narrow 104-100 victory over the Rockets in Game 6, the Thunder is hoping to pull out a series comeback with another upset in Game 7 tonight.
OKC came into the series as an underdog, and that has been the case basically every single night. Houston has picked up a couple of easy wins along with a close one, while the Thunder has struggled their way to each of their 3 victories.
The Thunder hasn’t really played a typical complete game so far in the series, at least not like they did in the regular season, and it’s probably going to take near perfection to pull out a win in this one. The Rockets haven’t been particularly spectacular, either, but if James Harden gets hot early, and his surrounding cast pitches in, OKC might not stand a chance.
As long as Oklahoma City can stick to their identity of playing tough, in-your-face defense alongside a consistent, conservative offense, then they will have an opportunity to move on to the second round. Only time will tell.
- PG: Chris Paul
- SG: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
- SF: Luguentz Dort
- PF: Danilo Gallinari
- C: Steven Adams
- PG: Russell Westbrook
- SG: James Harden
- SF: Eric Gordon
- PF: Robert Covington
- C: P.J. Tucker
- Luc Mbah A Moute (left knee effusion) is OUT.
- Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 21-22 against the Rockets in the regular season (14-8 at home, 7-14 on the road) and 8-9 against the Rockets in the playoffs (6-2 at home, 2-7 on the road).
- The Thunder has won the season series with the Rockets 6 times, lost it 4 times, and tied 2 times.
- The Thunder won the regular season series against the Rockets this season 2-1 (1-0 at home, 1-1 on the road).