OKC Thunder | Game #53 Preview: Golden State Warriors

The Oklahoma City Thunder continues to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot, and they are fresh off one of their most lopsided victories of the season, a 153-121 home win against the Houston Rockets. Just a few days after a narrow loss to the Rockets in Houston, OKC led from start to finish, and the game was never close.

The Thunder’s competition is much more difficult on Monday night as they travel to San Francisco to take on the Golden State Warriors for the second time in the last week. Golden State defeated the Thunder in OKC last Monday night 128-120 in a game that was a lot closer than the final score made it seem. The Warriors led by as many as 20 in the first half, but the Thunder did what they do and forged a comeback, cutting the deficit to two midway through the final period. OKC was unable to complete the comeback, however, showing how hard it is to overcome a night when the Warriors are red hot from the perimter.

Tonight’s matchup looks a little different from a week ago as Steph Curry will is now out for a few weeks due to injury. With no Curry, the Warriors will rely more heavily on Jordan Poole, which could work either way for the Thunder. Poole is one of the league’s top turnover artists, but he’s also incredibly crafty, so if he plays an efficient game, it could bite OKC in rear. With Luguentz Dort still out due to a strained hamstring, the Thunder will really need to lock in on defense, something they struggled with early in the first meeting between these two teams.

Game Details

Tip-Off: 9 PM CT

Location: Chase Center (San Francisco, California)

Television: Bally Sports Oklahoma

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

Twitter: Follow @ZacharyLowNBA for live tweets and discussion during the game

Game NotesOklahoma City Thunder Official Game NotesGolden State Warriors Official Game Notes

Projected Starters


  • PG: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
  • SG: Josh Giddey
  • SF: Aaron Wiggins
  • PF: Jalen Williams
  • C: Kenrich Williams


  • PG: Jordan Poole
  • SG: Klay Thompson
  • SF: Aaron Wiggins
  • PF: Draymond Green
  • C: Kevon Looney

Injury Report


  • Luguentz Dort is OUT (strained right hamstring).
  • Chet Holmgren is OUT (right foot surgery).
  • Aleksej Pokusevski is OUT (left tibial plateau; non-displaced fracture).
  • Jeremiah Robinson-Earl is OUT (G League — on assignment).


  • Steph Curry is OUT (sprained left super tib/fib).
  • Andre Iguodala is OUT (strained right hip).


  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 22-27 against the Warriors in the regular season (14-11 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 6 times, and tied twice.
  • The Thunder went 0-3 against the Warriors last season (0-2 at home, 0-1 on the road).
  • The Thunder is 0-1 against the Warriors so far this season (0-1 at home, 0-0 on the road).

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