The Oklahoma City Thunder suffered a stinging one point loss to the Boston Celtics on Sunday. The Thunder had a chance to win the game, but multiple shots in the paint were missed in the clutch, mostly from Dennis Schroder.
It’s okay though, the Thunder have a chance to bounce back on Tuesday night against their long time rival, San Antonio Spurs.
The Spurs are going to be playing in Denver the night before and have to make the late trip to OKC in the early morning hours while the Thunder players are hopefully soundly sleeping away in their own beds.
Gregg Popovich’s squad has lost four in a row and seven of nine to sit at 22-30 on the season. They are in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in a long, long time. The Spurs are 10th in the league in scoring, but also give up the ninth most points in the league coming into Tuesday’s contest.
They are also 16th in rebounding and 14th in assists. This very different from your typical Popovich team.
The Spurs and Thunder have so far split the season series, with one more game coming later in the season.
DeMar DeRozan has led the Spurs in scoring this year with 23 points per game, and LaMarcus Aldridge is right behind him with 19. After those two you really don’t know what you are going to get.
Trey Lyles almost had 30 points against the Blazers the other night and Patty Mills is always a threat to hit multiple threes through the course of the night.
The Spurs are young at guard with Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, and Lonnie Walker all getting time at the point guard this year. Those three have not been great on defense this year and that means that Chris Paul and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander should have big nights.
DeRozan is also having a subpar defensive year compared to years past. I’m a little shocked that Pop hasn’t beaten one of the players to death this year.
You know he’s wanted to.
We can also look for Steven Adams to bang LMA into submission. At his age LMA does not want any of the smoke that Adams is going to throw out there. Schroder should also be able to expose the Spurs bench for a big game.
It’s supposed to be a cold and rainy night in OKC. So you might as well head downtown to watch the Thunder beat up on a weary Spurs team and draw closer to a potential first round playoff series that will start in Oklahoma City.
Tickets for home games have been going fast recently so you definitely want to jump on this chance to see the Thunder before things get crazy come April.
You’ve been warned.
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