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Thunder Hope to Blast the Hornets

March 10, 2010

Today the OKC Thunder are set to face the New Orleans Hornets. The Hornets are coming off of a thrilling win versus the Warriors on Monday night, beating them 135-131. The Hornets are still without Chris Paul, but as was seen Monday, they can pull their weight enough to score a few baskets. The Thunder themselves are coming off of a win, winning their second in a row versus the Kings this past Sunday. DJ White has once again joined the Oklahoma City squad and hopes to make a contribution in a big game against New Orleans. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook look to continue their individual dominance by anchoring the Thunder into their 39th win of the season. Jeff Green has been a big contributor as well, averaging 13.6 points over his past 5 games along with 5.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals, and 1.4 blocks. The whole team has really become more of a well-rounded team, averaging a higher point total along with more players getting involved in defensive plays. The only problem defensively has been the difficulty to get it all together lately as they have yielded more points on average to their opponents. Overall, with the Thunder still rolling and finding ways to win, the game should be an exciting matchup, a matchup between the current and beloved OKC team and the old, beloved NO/OKC-now-New-Orleans team. May the best team win.

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Thunder Cruise Through the Weekend

March 8, 2010

The OKC Thunder on the last two games of their roadtrip this past weekend cruised through LA and Sacramento to beat the Clippers and Kings. The Thunder bolstered their surprising record to 38 wins on the season. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were the loudest people on the courts yet again to anchor the Thunder. The Thunder will be back in action on Wednesday against the NO Hornets at home. Thunder Up!

OKC Flies High into Denver

March 3, 2010

Kevin Durant in actionOklahoma would like to see its NBA franchise reach its 4th consecutive win versus the Denver Nuggets tonight. Russell Westbrook, averaging over 10 assists per game for the past 13 games, will look to further his development as an excellent point guard in the league while feeding the likes of Kevin Durant, who looks to further his offensive dominance shooting just under 50% field goal percentage his last 3 games. They will need to try and slow down Anthony, with Sefolosha hopefully taking notes from Artest on how to do just that. Overall, the Thunder tonight will need to play with a playoff-like intensity to continue their success.

Tickets: If in Denver, for some of the best tickets available, please click here.
Radio: Listen to the Thunder online or on the radio, 98.1 FM WWLS, The Sports Animal.
TV: Watch the Thunder by watching it on Fox Sports Oklahoma. To know what channel that might be for you, please visit our TV directory.

Thunder move past Sacramento

March 3, 2010

In a 113-107 win last night, the Thunder stormed past the Kings to get their 3rd straight at home. The Oklahoma City crew, led by Coach Scott Brooks- recently named coach of the month- had a tight match the entire game, with real relief coming in the closing 2 minutes. They wrapped up the game with consistent offense and rebounding to hold off Sacramento. Kevin Durant carried a double-double with 39 points and 10 rebounds, gaining his 34th game with 30-plus points this season. Russell Westbrook was equally as impressive with 30 points, 5 rebounds, and 13 assists on only 3 turnovers. They will need to carry that intensity with increased defensive presence to fight with the Nuggets tonight.

Thunder Today Trying to Overthrow the Kings

March 2, 2010

The Oklahoma City Thunder face the Sacramento Kings tonight to attempt their third straight win overall and third win in a row at home. The Thunder will definitely need to be on top of their game to fend off a young and talented Sacramento Kings team carried by Tyreke Evans, Carl Landry, and Omri Casspi. They have played well in front of the Oklahoman crowd, showing off just how much they have grown since the end of their 9 game win streak (2 Consecutive Gains…). But, the Kings are entering the game with a 2 game winning streak of their own (Clippers, Jazz). Thus tonight looks to be a pretty tight match up with the Thunder still being the favorites.

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2 Consecutive Wins, 2 Consecutive Gains for the Thunder

March 1, 2010

The Oklahoma City Thunder have aligned themselves back on the winning track, hammering their last two opponents (Minnesota and Toronto) by an average of 18.5 points. The Thunder have been rolling, getting everyone involved it seems over the past two weeks. On Friday, the Thunder had 7 players with 10+ points; on Sunday night, they had 6 with double digits. These two wins have been nice, not only in the sense that they are winning, but also in the sense that they have gained two major things in the process.

One nice surprise, the first major gain, has been the emergence of Serge Ibaka. He has averaged 13.5 points over the past two games coming off the bench for 22 Avg minutes. He has averaged 3 blocks, 6.5 rebounds, and 76.47% field goal shooting percentage in the past 2 games. What should Thunder fans say to all of this? Wow. Presti for choosing him: Wow. Coach Brooks as well as the entire coaching staff for developing him: Wow. Serge Ibaka for listening and continuing to work hard and improve: Wow. He is a very nice player and addition to the team who is missed when absent from the lineup.

Bottom line, the second gain, this team is playing great! I know it has been against weaker opponents or opponents missing their key players, but instead of only winning against the traditionally weaker opponents, they are winning by huge amounts. The maturity I believe they have gained from the 2 losses prior to the 2 latest wins: Do not let anyone have a chance ever. Whereas before I believe they were satisfied with getting a win, they seem to be hungry to DOMINATE their opponents now. That is a huge step and will aid them greatly against tougher opponents by not allowing them to hang around.

OKC looking to become OK tonight!

February 26, 2010

The Thunder are making noise again tonight against the howling Timberwolves of Minnesota. Oklahoma City hopes to stamp out their current 2 game slide and begin a new kind of streak (See Durant, Thunder having recent struggles) starting with a “W” tonight. Despite what some may be saying was the fault for losing the previous game versus San Antonio, their stats were almost identical to the Spurs’ except in two areas:

  1. Even though they made the same amount of Field Goals, their percentage was higher than the Thunder;
  2. And they made 7 more free throws than the Thunder, thus a higher Free Throw shooting percentage.

Thus the Thunder need to improve their shooting percentage (which should be easier since no one probably expects for Westbrook to go 0-8 to begin the game; he is too good of a player for that to happen too often), and they need to focus back on their FT’s which at one time in the season they were one of the better teams in this. Altogether, Minnesota definitely has some talent and I think will be a force when they pull things together, but right now are not near the Thunder. It will be good to see if the Thunder will respond to their recent losing streak by winning tonight on their home floor.

Listen: The Sports Animal, WWLS 98.1 FM
Watch: Fox Sports OK- COX (37, 722); DirecTV (679); DISH(444, 9514HD), UVerse (754); COX Tulsa (27)
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