Warriors Face Another Huge Challenge vs. Thunder: Game Preview


Tonight, the Warriors will take on the Oklahoma City Thunder. This is a team that is on a “winning binge”, going 8-1 in their last 9 games. This is a team that has two of the best players in the NBA, both capable of scoring 40+ PPG. This is perhaps the Warriors’ biggest challenge of the season, playing a Thunder team that is 33-9 on the season. The Warriors, however, never pessimistic, are looking to give the Thunder double digit loss numbers. Should be another good one.

To Stay in the Game: 

Find someone to guard Kevin Durant. It’s no secret that Durant is one of the best scorers in the game today. He’s averaging 29.5 PPG, and the Warriors need to find someone to guard him, whether it’s Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, or Harrison Barnes. Some way, some how, the Warriors need to get a man on him.

David Lee steps it up: Lee, who had 12 points and 11 rebounds against the Clippers wasn’t on his A-Game, coming off an ankle injury. Now that he’s had the chance to rehabilitate it a little more, however, he should be good to go. He’ll need to have a huge game.

Klay Thompson steps it up: Last time the Warriors played the Thunder in OKC, they were absolutely dismantled and crushed. They ended up losing only by 10, but it was still an unfortunate loss. Thompson had 4 points. If the Dubs want to win, Thompson is going to have to have a big one. In the last 3 contests, he is averaging 22.6 PPG. Let’s hope he keeps that hot shooting up!

Game Predictions:

Matchup to Watch: Kevin Durant vs Anyone

Players to Watch: Klay Thompson, David Lee, Kevin Martin (dangerous)

Leading Scorer: Kevin Durant, 35

Winner: Thunder escape down the stretch, by 7

Probable Lineups:

1. Stephen Curry vs Russell Westbrook

2. Klay Thompson vs Thabo Sefolosha

3. Harrison Barnes vs Kevin Durant

4. David Lee vs Serge Ibaka

5. Festus Ezeli vs Kendrick Perkins

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