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NBA : ATS Matchup
Friday 11/23/2012Line$ LineOU LineScore
OKLAHOMA CITY
 
BOSTON
-2.5  

+2.5  
-140

+120

197
 
100
Final
108

OKLAHOMA CITY (9 - 3) at BOSTON (6 - 6)
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Friday, 11/23/2012 7:35 PM
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505OKLAHOMA CITY-3-2.5
506BOSTON198197
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
OKLAHOMA CITY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games9-3+1.37-45-6103.052.148.0%48.796.545.542.8%48.3
Road Games3-1+22-11-395.749.744.4%49.290.545.042.0%48.0
Last 5 Games4-1+1.83-24-1107.054.847.2%49.4102.447.845.0%48.6
OKLAHOMA CITY Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)103.052.136-7548.0%8-1844.0%23-2884.4%49822217167
vs opponents surrendering97.248.636-8144.9%7-1934.7%18-2376.0%511121218156
Team Stats (Road Games)95.749.733-7444.4%7-1739.1%23-2686.8%49920217178
Stats Against (All Games)96.545.536-8542.8%7-2033.1%17-2376.1%481221229133
vs opponents averaging96.54836-8244.4%6-1835.2%17-2375.5%501121218155
Stats Against (Road Games)90.545.034-8142.0%6-1636.5%17-2275.3%481123227144

BOSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games6-6-3.63-77-497.245.348.0%43.799.249.046.3%49.3
Home Games3-3-3.21-44-198.841.849.1%43.598.848.246.1%49.5
Last 5 Games2-3-1.81-23-197.046.450.4%39.899.850.247.4%48.8
BOSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)97.245.337-7648.0%5-1435.8%19-2480.1%44624207133
vs opponents surrendering96.447.936-8144.6%6-1834.9%18-2475.9%521121208155
Team Stats (Home Games)98.841.837-7649.1%4-1237.1%20-2578.8%43527198144
Stats Against (All Games)99.249.037-8146.3%7-1738.1%18-2376.8%491023208144
vs opponents averaging95.848.437-8343.8%7-1934.1%16-2175.3%511122208146
Stats Against (Home Games)98.848.238-8246.1%8-1942.5%15-2075.8%491024218165
Average power rating of opponents played: OKLAHOMA CITY 95.2,  BOSTON 97.3
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
OKLAHOMA CITY - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
11/1/2012@ SAN ANTONIO84-86L2T204.5U29-7737.7%531835-7944.3%4813
11/2/2012PORTLAND106-92W-8.5W205U39-7651.3%521232-8936.0%5611
11/4/2012ATLANTA95-104L-9L199P33-7146.5%442041-8349.4%4410
11/6/2012TORONTO108-88W-9W197.5U35-7447.3%561730-8435.7%4617
11/8/2012@ CHICAGO97-91W-2.5W190U36-7349.3%422235-8441.7%4720
11/9/2012DETROIT105-94W-11.5L197O38-7153.5%431636-8741.4%5215
11/11/2012CLEVELAND106-91W-10W202U40-7354.8%482134-8341.0%4412
11/12/2012@ DETROIT92-90W-7L193U27-7337.0%591433-8339.8%5111
11/14/2012MEMPHIS97-107L-5.5L194O35-7248.6%441544-9347.3%498
11/16/2012@ NEW ORLEANS110-95W-6.5W186.5O40-7454.1%431333-7842.3%4611
11/18/2012GOLDEN STATE119-109W-9.5W198O42-8350.6%461043-8252.4%4213
11/21/2012LA CLIPPERS117-111W-3.5W198.5O36-7945.6%551940-9343.0%5514
11/23/2012@ BOSTON              
11/24/2012@ PHILADELPHIA              
11/26/2012CHARLOTTE              
11/28/2012HOUSTON              
11/30/2012UTAH              
12/1/2012@ NEW ORLEANS              
12/4/2012@ BROOKLYN              
12/7/2012LA LAKERS              
12/9/2012INDIANA              

BOSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
10/30/2012@ MIAMI107-120L6.5L187.5O39-7552.0%431543-7954.4%408
11/2/2012MILWAUKEE88-99L-7L197U33-7444.6%411840-8646.5%5118
11/3/2012@ WASHINGTON89-86W-5.5L191U36-8442.9%44934-7843.6%5715
11/7/2012WASHINGTON100-94W-9.5L186.5O34-8142.0%601639-9541.1%5019
11/9/2012PHILADELPHIA100-106L-5.5L180.5O37-7648.7%461440-8248.8%4816
11/10/2012@ MILWAUKEE96-92W-1W194U32-7244.4%551435-8839.8%5211
11/12/2012@ CHICAGO101-95W3W185O41-8150.6%37834-7445.9%5013
11/14/2012UTAH98-93W-5T191P36-7250.0%43933-8240.2%5712
11/15/2012@ BROOKLYN97-102L5T190O35-7546.7%491336-8542.4%5111
11/17/2012TORONTO107-89W-7W187O43-7656.6%441330-7042.9%4315
11/18/2012@ DETROIT83-103L-4L188U32-7145.1%361739-7254.2%4516
11/21/2012SAN ANTONIO100-112L1L193O41-7753.2%271245-7758.4%4817
11/23/2012OKLAHOMA CITY              
11/25/2012@ ORLANDO              
11/28/2012BROOKLYN              
11/30/2012PORTLAND              
12/1/2012@ MILWAUKEE              
12/5/2012MINNESOTA              
12/7/2012@ PHILADELPHIA              
12/8/2012PHILADELPHIA              
KEY GAME INFORMATION
OKLAHOMA CITY: GUARDS: RUSSELL WESTBROOK can do whatever he wants inside the arc and will continue to be a shoot-first point guard . . . JAMES HARDEN will likely keep coming off the bench, but he'll also keep playing starter's minutes . . . THABO SEFOLOSHA is OKC's best perimeter defender. But his role won't become more prominent until the postseason . . . ERIC MAYNOR should be just about all the way back from his torn ACL. When healthy, he's one of the league's best backup point guards . . . DAEQUAN COOK will see limited minutes as a three-point specialist . . . REGGIE JACKSON's role will shrink to near nothing if Maynor is healthy. FORWARDS: KEVIN DURANT continues to do it all, and has done nothing but steadily improve each season . . . SERGE IBAKA is obviously an elite shot-blocker, but he continues to get lost in space. He's made some strides as a pick-and-roll defender, but that weakness is why he doesn't play 30 minutes per night . . . NICK COLLISON will continue to steal a lot of Ibaka's minutes because he defends the pick-and-roll better, and because he draws so many charges, he's almost as good in help situations . . . PERRY JONES III is an incredible athlete, but needs a year or two to learn the game . . . LAZAR HAYWARD is back as a 12th man. CENTERS: KENDRICK PERKINS will continue to start, but is a part-time player. The Thunder are often better with a small lineup. While Perkins is a bruiser he is too easy to exploit as a defender in space . . . COLE ALDRICH could be ready for a slightly bigger role off the bench . . . HASHEEM THABEET is a reclamation project. There's a sliver of long-term hope, but he won't help this year.
BOSTON: GUARDS: This offense now belongs to RAJON RONDO, and that should be especially true during the regular season . . . Even if he comes off the bench, JASON TERRY figures to see the bulk of the minutes at shooting guard. He provides some much-needed outside shooting after Ray Allen left and should challenge Paul Pierce for the team lead in shot attempts . . . Adding COURTNEY LEE was more of a move for the future. He's a fine young second-unit player for now and should be an heir apparent on one of the wings . . . AVERY BRADLEY could be out until December after shoulder surgery. As Boston's best perimeter defensive player, he could reclaim his starting job in the season's second half . . . The addition of LEANDRO BARBOSA gives Boston another veteran who can create his own offense in the second unit, something that was sorely missing in last year's playoff run. FORWARDS: PAUL PIERCE quietly had a great regular season last year. Though with some improved depth behind him, Rivers might have his 35-year-old All-Star wing rest more often . . . BRANDON BASS gives them another scoring option, even if he does struggle on the defensive end. He'll get full-time minutes only in certain matchups as long as the frontcourt is healthy . . . JEFF GREEN's heart condition is no longer a concern, but the tweener's role in Boston after a year off is cause for worry . . . There are already question marks surrounding rookie JARED SULLINGER's back. He's very similar to Bass: He can score out to mid-range but doesn't play much defense. Expect him to be strictly a second-unit player in his first NBA season . . . CHRIS WILCOX will provide fouls off the bench when healthy. CENTERS: The Celtics are prepared to go with KEVIN GARNETT in the middle, which was the case when they were at their best last season. His role on offense is still knocking down mid-range jumpers, and he's still an elite defensive player . . . Professional flopper JASON COLLINS will fill in nicely for the departed Greg Stiemsma . . . FAB MELO is years away from being ready to contribute (if he actually is ever ready to contribute) and DARKO MILICIC was also added via free agency for more frontcourt depth.
PREVIEW
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (OKLAHOMA CITY-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Thunder-Celtics Preview* =========================

By SANTOSH VENKATARAMAN STATS Senior Writer

Oklahoma City (9-3) at Boston (6-6), 7:30 p.m. EDT

The Boston Celtics are unhappy with their defense, and now will try to slow down the league's reigning scoring champ.

Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder will be in search of a fourth straight win Friday night when they visit the Celtics.

Boston (6-6) led the NBA in defensive field-goal percentage last season at 41.9, but that type of defense is a distant memory now. The Celtics rank 27th in that department in 2012-13 at 46.3 percent, allowing San Antonio to shoot 58.4 percent in Wednesday's 112-100 loss.

The Celtics allowed an opponent to score over 100 points for the second straight game, including a 103-83 defeat to lowly Detroit on Sunday.

"We just have to learn, continue to learn and build," forward Paul Pierce said. "We've given up 100 points the last couple of games. That's definitely not our identity."

Now the Celtics will face Durant, who is second in the NBA with 25.4 points per game and put up a pair of 28-point efforts last season to help Oklahoma City (9-3) sweep Boston.

The Thunder superstar is heating up with a season-high 35-point performance in Wednesday's 117-111 overtime win over the Clippers. He had a league season-best 21 free-throw attempts.

"I think early on, me driving and me getting into the paint, I was a little hesitant in the second half because I was turning the ball over," Durant said. "But I just tried to keep going. My teammates told me to just keep being aggressive, and that's what I tried to do."

Coach Scott Brooks was happy that his team limited Los Angeles to 45.6 percent shooting. The Thunder are fifth in the league in that category at 42.8.

"That's what we talk about every game, keeping it in the low 40s and we did that tonight," Brooks said.

Oklahoma City's defense features an imposing frontcourt that includes former Celtics center Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka. Off the bench, newcomer Hasheem Thabeet may be contributing more soon.

Thabeet, a bust since being the No. 2 overall pick by Memphis in 2009, had 10 points and four boards Wednesday.

"I think Hasheem is the player of the game just the way he plays," Durant said. "His energy, in that second unit, his intensity, rolling to the basket he causes so much attention."

Boston's Rajon Rondo had 22 points and 15 assists Wednesday, but could not contain Spurs point guard Tony Parker (26 points).

"The best thing about the league is you don't have to wait a week to play another game," said Rondo, who leads the NBA with 13.3 assists per game. "After Thanksgiving, we'll get back and try to get focused with Oklahoma City."

Rondo has gone 35 straight games with at least 10 assists and faces another tough point guard matchup against Russell Westbrook, who had 23 points and nine assists Wednesday when he was facing Chris Paul.

Westbrook averaged 28.5 points against the Celtics last season, with Rondo missing one of the games due to suspension.


Last Updated: 8/30/2014 7:28:28 AM EST


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