Oklahoma City Thunder

OKC Thunder | Round 1, Game 7 Preview: Houston Rockets

Zachary Low

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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.

Projected Starters

Thunder

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

Rockets

  • PG: Russell Westbrook
  • SG: James Harden
  • SF: Eric Gordon
  • PF: Robert Covington
  • C: P.J. Tucker

Injuries

Thunder

  • NONE

Rockets

  • Luc Mbah A Moute (left knee effusion) is OUT.

Head-to-Head

  • 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).

Game Notes

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