Oklahoma City Thunder | Game #16 Preview: Boston Celtics

Tip-Off: 6:30 PM CT

Location: TD Garden (Boston, Massachusetts)

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 has played 15 games so far, and at this point, I honestly don’t know if they’re tanking or not. Tankers will claim the Thunder just isn’t doing a very good job at tanking, while tank deniers will point to the six wins and claim there’s a playoff team in there. While the Thunder might be able to scrape their way into a play-in spot at the least, that’s really not what the end goal is, so why make it such an issue?

Tank or no tank, the Thunder is a fun squad, and they have been a lot of fun to watch. Last night they dropped a single-digit loss to the reigning NBA champions, and if it wasn’t for poor shot selection late in the game, they would have had a good chance to pull out a win. Regardless, the show must go on, and tonight, the Thunder takes on the Celtics in Boston for the second game of a three-game road trip.

The Celtics are one of the more polarizing teams in the league in that they have had a ton of talent over the last few years, but they have yet to come away with any real success. At 8-8, Boston has struggled this season largely due to injuries, and tonight is no different with Jaylen Brown taking a seat due to a strained hamstring.

Boston is a quality team, and I think they are likely to get the win tonight, but don’t count this young Thunder squad out. On the second night of a back-to-back for both teams, OKC might just have the better team when it comes to youth, so bounce back may be just what the doctor ordered.

Projected Starters


  • PG: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
  • SG: Luguentz Dort
  • SF: Josh Giddey
  • PF: Darius Bazley
  • C: Jeremiah Robinson-Earl


  • PG: Dennis Schröder
  • SG: Marcus Smart
  • SF: Jayson Tatum
  • PF: Grant Williams
  • C: Al Horford



  • Vit Krejci is OUT (G League – on assignment).
  • Theo Maledon is OUT (G League – on assignment).
  • Tre Mann is OUT (G League – on assignment).
  • Mike Muscala is OUT (rest).
  • Paul Watson is OUT (G League – two-way).


  • Jaylen Brown is OUT (strained right hamstring).
  • Dennis Schröder is PROBABLE (sprained left ankle).
  • Robert Williams III is DOUBTFUL (left knee tendinopathy).


  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 14-12 against the Celtics (5-8 at home, 9-4 on the road).
  • The Thunder has won the season series with the Celtics 4 times, lost it 3 times, and tied 6 times.
  • The Thunder went 1-1 against the Celtics last season (0-1 at home, 1-0 on the road).

Game Notes

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