Oklahoma City Thunder

OKC Thunder | Game #36 Preview: Spurs

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 8 PM CT

Location: AT&T Center (San Antonio, Texas)

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 dropped a 9-point decision to the Dallas Mavericks last night, and tonight, the Thunder continues their Texas road trip as they take on the San Antonio Spurs.

The Thunder and the Spurs met just a little over a week ago, a 3-point win for the Thunder in Oklahoma City. San Antonio has had their share of struggles with a limited roster due to health and safety protocols, but they are nearly out of the woods and back to full strength.

Tonight is OKC’s final game headed into the All-Star Break, but that doesn’t mean the Thunder won’t be active over the next week. The trade deadline is just 3 weeks away, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Thunder GM Sam Presti makes a move or two during the downtime. In the mean time, maybe OKC can pick up a win and head into the break with some momentum.

Projected Starters

Thunder

  • PG: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
  • SG: Théo Maledon
  • SF: Luguentz Dort
  • PF: Darius Bazley
  • C: Al Horford

Spurs

  • PG: Dejounte Murray
  • SG: DeMar DeRozan
  • SF: Lonnie Walker
  • PF: Trey Lyles
  • C: Jacob Poeltl

Injuries

Thunder

  • Trevor Ariza is OUT (not with team).
  • Moses Brown is OUT (G League; two-way).
  • Hamidou Diallo is OUT (sore right groin).
  • Josh Hall is OUT (sore left knee).
  • George Hill is OUT (right thumb surgery).
  • Al Horford is OUT (rest).
  • Aleksej Pokusevski is OUT (G League; on assignment).

Spurs

  • LaMarcus Aldridge is OUT (stomach illness).
  • Rudy Gay is OUT (post health and safety protocols reconditioning).
  • Devin Vassell is OUT (post health and safety protocols reconditioning).
  • Quinndary Weatherspoon is OUT (G League; two-way).
  • Derrick White is OUT (post health and safety protocols reconditioning).

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 20-25 against the Spurs in the regular season (14-10 at home, 6-15 away) and 10-8 against them in the playoffs (7-2 at home, 3-6 away).
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City, the Thunder has won the season series with the Spurs once, lost it 4 times, and tied 7 times.
  • The Thunder went 2-2 against the Spurs last year (1-1 at home, 1-1 on the road).
  • The Thunder is 1-1 (1-1 at home, 0-0 on the road) against the San Antonio Spurs so far this season.
  • Last season on January 2, 2020, the Thunder snapped a 9-game losing streak against the Spurs at AT&T Center. It was the first win against the Spurs at AT&T Center since Christmas Day of 2014.

Game Notes

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