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Thunder set to play their first home court preseason game against the Grizzlies

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It's the first homecourt game of the Pre-Season, and nearly everyone's injured! Get the lowdown on who plays here.

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2014 NBA Pre-Season Game 2
Thunder
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1-1
(Won 1, Lost 1)

1-2
(Won 1, Lost twice)
October 14th, 2014
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
7:00 PM Central Daylight Time
TV: NO TV
Injury Report: Mitch McGary, Kevin Durant, Reggie Jackson, Kendrick Perkins, Sebastian Telfair, Serge Ibaka, Nick Collison, and Grant Jerrett (Out)
Previous Matchups: May 3th (W 120-109), May 1st 17 (W 104-84), April 29 (L 100-99 OT)
Probable Starters
Russell Westbrook PG Mike Conley
Andre Roberson SG Quincy Pondexter
Jeremy Lamb SF Tayshaun Prince
Perry Jones III PF Zach Randolph
Steven Adams C Marc Gasol

The Oklahoma City Thunder will be playing their first NBA preseason game on their home court against the Memphis Grizzlies. It is going to be a very tough game for the Thunder since literally 8 players will be sidelined out from the game due to injuries. That means in tonight's game, the Thunder squad will include 10 players in total, and four of them are going to be camp invitees. The team will be left with six regular players obviously who are Westbrook, Roberson, Lamb, PJ III, Adams, and Morrow. Morrow is expected to come off the bench with the four camp invitees.

As the Grizzlies preseason record is (1-2) they will be giving out their to best to seal the victory to take revenge as they where previously knocked out by the Thunder in the 2014 playoffs. However, their entire squad is healthy. Also, Last time when they played the Atlanta Hawks, the majority of the players including the starters played for 20-25 minutes approximately which is going to form a massive pressure on the Thunder players. They are going to be forced to deal with key players such as Gasol, Randolph, Pondexter, Carter, Conley and Prince. Beside that, the Grizzlies bench is very powerful when you compare it to the Thunder who are short on both key role and bench players.

Although the Thunder are likely to lose this game, there is a chance to win the game if they all contribute together to obtain the victory. That means, Westbrook obviously has to play for a lot of minutes, the aspect of teamwork must be present on the floor all the time, shooting guards such as Morrow and Lamb should be reliable as well as consistent and they should increase the production of offense from the shooting guard spot. Moreover, Adams should continue providing solid offense just as he did in the Thunder earlier preseason games. In additional to that, the bench should be resistant and stable.

Lastly, I believe in my team, and I believe that they are going to win the game hopefully. Make sure you let us know in the comments what do you think of tonight's game.