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Time: 6:00 PM Central Standard Time
Place: The Ford Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
TV: Fox Sports Oklahoma, Fox Sports North
Radio: WWLS The Sports Animal (98.1)
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Backstory: This is a game with almost 0 anticipation.
It's on a Sunday, it's at 6 PM, and it's against the lowly Timberwolves. Heck, the only exciting thing about this game is wondering whether Damien Wilkins will score in the Ford Center this time around, and how many claps he'll get. 2? 3? If we win, it's expected. If we lose, it's a huge disappointment. To be honest, the main Thunder objective should be to just get out of this game alive. They know they're better than the Timberwolves in every single way, and that's a very dangerous thing to know, because just like that, the Thunder could find themselves on the losing end of this game if they let down their guard.
But, from a pure analysis standpoint, the Timberwolves shouldn't give us any trouble. We've had a couple of close games in the past, but that was because the Timberwolves were playing small ball and exploiting us inside. These days, they seem dead set on playing worthless Centers like Darko Milicic and Ryan Hollins, who don't serve to do much more than be tall. Because of this, the already talentless Timberwolves are tragically flawed because they are so traditional that they don't have anything going for them. They could go big or small to get a potential mismatch advantage going, but I'm assuming all the Timberwolves care about at this point is lotto balls. And I'm hoping that the players know that.
Prediction: Oklahoma City 105, Minnesota 87