Oklahoma City Thunder | Game #7 Preview: Los Angeles Clippers

Tip-Off: 9:30 PM CT

Location: Staples Center (Los Angeles, California)

Television: Bally 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 looked a little bit more like their early season version on Saturday when they met the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The Warriors got out to an early lead, and they never looked back, defeating the Thunder soundly 103-82.

Tonight the Thunder takes on the Los Angeles Clippers, who haven’t exactly had the best start to their season either. Despite being in win-now mode, the Clippers are just 1-4. A couple of their losses have been close ones, but they’ve also been embarrassed, so I’m sure they will want to try to get on track tonight at home against Oklahoma City.

The Thunder is without Luguentz Dort (right shoulder contusion), so it will be interesting to see how OKC strategizes to keep Paul George at bay. Despite the Clippers’ struggles so far, George is 4th in the league in scoring with 27.6 points per game, and he is fresh off a 42-point performance against Portland, his second 40-point outing in the last 4 games.

Projected Starters


  • PG: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
  • SG: Kenrich Williams
  • SF: Josh Giddey
  • PF: Darius Bazley
  • C: Derrick Favors


  • PG: Reggie Jackson
  • SG: Eric Bledsoe
  • SF: Paul George
  • PF: Nicolas Batum
  • C: Ivica Zubac



  • Gabriel Deck is QUESTIONABLE (left heel contusion).
  • Luguentz Dort is OUT (right shoulder contusion).
  • Vit Krejci is OUT (G League – on assignment).
  • Tre Mann is OUT (G League – two-way).
  • Paul Watson is OUT (G League – two-way).
  • Aaron Wiggins is OUT (G League – two-way).


  • Serge Ibaka is OUT (lower back injury recovery).
  • Keon Johnson is OUT (G League – on assignment).
  • Kawhi Leonard is OUT (right knee ACL injury recovery).
  • Marcus Morris Sr. is OUT (left knee injury maintenance).
  • Jason Preston is OUT (right foot injury recovery).


  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 24-23 against the Clippers (15-8 at home, 9-15 on the road).
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the season series against the Clippers 4 times, tied 4 times, and lost 5 times.
  • The Thunder went 1-2 against the Clippers last season (1-0 at home, 0-2 on the road).

Game Notes

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