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Records: The Oklahoma City Thunder (34-19) vs. The Sacramento Kings (13-38)
Time: 7:00 PM Central Standard Time
Place: The New Myriad, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
TV: Fox Sports Net Oklahoma, Comcast Sports Net California
Radio: WWLS The Sports Animal (98.1), KHTK 1140 AM
Enemy Blog(s): Sactown Royalty
We're all ready for the All-Star break. We all want to see Serge Ibaka and Blake Griffin throw down in the Dunk Contest, and the only thing that stands in the way of that right now is the rest of the work week, and a game against those pesky Sacramento Kings. The matchup doesn't really excite anyone as we blew out the Kings the last time we saw them at home, and almost lost to them in terrible fashion the last time we saw them on the road.
Regardless, tonight is a nice game to get back on track with, and end on a good note going into the All-Star Break. Tonight, I'd like to see new ways of getting Thunder players besides Durant and Westbrook involved in the offense. Why not set up Collison with a few jumpers? Throw a few bones to James Harden? Let Maynor let loose from beyond the arc? It's almost a throwaway game, so it would be nice to try a few new things.
The Thunder are facing some very serious problems with their play that could drop them into the middle-class muck of the Western Conference if they're not careful. They are facing size problems, with other teams ganging up in the paint to beat them to a rebound. They are facing turnover problems, with boneheaded plays by Westbrook and stupid mistakes by other players undermining our offense. Lastly, our shot selection leaves something to be desired, especially when it comes to threes.
But, even if we have all of those problems tonight, we will still probably beat the Sacramento Kings. The Kings are better than their record shows, but they really only win games by outscoring their opponent, and the Thunder usually have the scoring power to overcome strategies like that. It won't be a blowout, but the game will be over around the one minute mark. At least, I hope.
Prediction: Oklahoma City 105, Sacramento 94