Oklahoma City Thunder | Game #53 Preview: Golden State Warriors

The Oklahoma City Thunder has held down the fort valiantly since Shai Gilgeous-Alexander went out with a sprained ankle. Even in defeat, OKC has kept games close and put themselves in a position to win. Tonight is the toughest test of the last couple of weeks as the Thunder plays host to the Golden State Warriors.

The Warriors lay claim to one of the most dangerous offenses in the league, led by Steph Curry, while also playing some of the NBA’s best defense. At 40-13, Golden State is second in the Western Conference standings, and they are currently riding an 8-game win streak.

The problem with playing Golden State is that there are so many ways that they can beat you. Luguentz Dort will be a game time decision due to a nasal fracture which he sustained in Friday night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers. If Dort can go, OKC will have a much better chance at slowing the Warriors down offensively.

Projected Starters


  • PG: Josh Giddey
  • SG: Tre Mann
  • SF: Luguentz Dort
  • PF: Darius Bazley
  • C: Mamadi Diakite


  • PG: Steph Curry
  • SG: Klay Thompson
  • SF: Andrew Wiggins
  • PF: Otto Porter Jr.
  • C: Kevon Looney



  • Luguentz Dort is QUESTIONABLE (nasal fracture).
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is OUT (sprained right ankle).
  • Vit Krejci is OUT (G League — on assignment).
  • Mike Muscala is OUT (right ankle soreness).
  • Jeremiah Robinson-Earl is OUT (third metatarsal fracture in right foot).
  • Isaiah Roby is OUT (sprained right ankle).
  • Aaron Wiggins is OUT (sprained right ankle).


  • Nemanja Bjelica is OUT (bilateral bak spasm).
  • Draymond Green is OUT (injury recovery left L5-s1 disc).
  • Andre Iguodala is QUESTIONABLE (left hip injury management).
  • Otto Porter Jr. is QUESTIONABLE (lower back tightness).
  • Quinndary Weatherspoon is OUT (G League — Two-Way).
  • James Wiseman is OUT (right knee injury recovery).


  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 22-25 against the Warriors in the regular season (14-9 at home, 8-16 on the road) and 3-4 in the playoffs (2-1 at home, 1-3 on the road).
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the season series with the Warriors 6 times, lost it 5 times, and tied twice.
  • The Thunder went 0-3 against the Warriors last season (0-1 at home, 0-2 on the road).
  • The Thunder lost all 3 games against the Warriors last season by an average of 32.7 points.
  • The Thunder is 0-2 against the Warriors so far this season (0-1 at home, 0-1 on the road).

Game Notes

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