Oklahoma City Thunder

OKC Thunder | Game #21 Preview: Timberwolves

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 @ZacharyLowNBA for live-tweets and discussion during the game

The Oklahoma City Thunder rebounded on Wednesday against the Houston Rockets with an easy 104-87 win just two days after being embarrassed by the same team. Now the Thunder turns their attention to the Minnesota Timberwolves for another 2-game series, but this time it’s a back-to-back.

The Timberwolves made some moves in the offseason in order to position themselves to make a playoff push, but so far, things aren’t working out for them. Minnesota has dealt with injuries and covid-19, and as a result, they’re just 5-16 on the season.

At face value, this should be an easy win for OKC, but the Thunder is without Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (sprained left knee) and Luguentz Dort (left knee soreness), and George Hill (right thumb surgery) is still set to miss a couple more weeks. Still, Oklahoma City should be able to piece together a good enough game to get a win, but if they come out with low energy, they very well could lose this one.

Projected Starters

Thunder

  • PG: Theo Maledon
  • SG: Hamidou Diallo
  • SF: Kenrich Williams
  • PF: Darius Bazley
  • C: Al Horford

Timberwolves

  • PG: D’Angelo Russell
  • SG: Malik Beasley
  • SF: Josh Okogie
  • PF: Anthony Edwards
  • C: Naz Reid

Injuries

Thunder

  • Trevor Ariza is OUT (not with team).
  • Moses Brown is OUT (G League; two-way).
  • Luguentz Dort is OUT (left knee soreness).
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is OUT (sprained left knee).
  • Josh Hall is OUT (G League; two-way).
  • George Hill is OUT (right thumb surgery).
  • Ty Jerome is OUT (G League; two-way).
  • Aleksej Pokusevski (G League; two-way).

Timberwolves

  • Jarrett Culver is OUT (sprained left ankle).
  • Ashton Hagans is OUT (G League; two-way).
  • Juancho Hernangomez is QUESTIONABLE (health & safety protocol reconditioning).
  • Naz Reid is PROBABLE (sprained right wrist).
  • D’Angelo Russell is QUESTIONABLE (right quad contusion).
  • Karl-Anthony Towns is OUT (health and safety protocols).

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 33-13 against the Timberwolves (17-5 at home, 15-9 on the road).
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the 4-game regular season series against the Timberwolves 8 times, lost it twice, and tied it twice.

Game Notes

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