|Last 5 Games||4-1||+1.2||4-1||2-3||103.2||50.6||48.7%||51.2||93.4||46.6||40.9%||46.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||105.8||53.8||38-79||48.1%||7-19||38.1%||22-27||82.9%||51||10||21||20||8||15||8|
|vs opponents surrendering||98.3||49.5||37-82||45.4%||7-20||36.0%||17-22||75.2%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||102.5||52.1||37-79||46.4%||7-20||34.0%||22-27||82.1%||51||11||20||20||8||15||7|
|Stats Against (All Games)||96.6||47.5||36-85||42.5%||7-21||34.7%||17-22||78.0%||48||12||21||21||8||14||4|
|vs opponents averaging||98.3||49.4||37-82||45.4%||7-20||35.7%||17-22||75.0%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||97.7||47.8||37-86||43.2%||8-21||35.4%||16-21||78.2%||49||12||22||21||8||15||4|
|Last 5 Games||4-1||+1.9||3-2||2-3||105.8||54.8||48.3%||51.6||95.8||54.2||43.7%||46.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||100.9||51.2||38-83||45.7%||8-20||40.2%||17-21||79.2%||52||11||23||21||7||15||4|
|vs opponents surrendering||98.3||49.5||37-82||45.4%||7-20||36.1%||17-22||75.5%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||101.5||51.6||38-82||46.4%||8-20||40.4%||17-22||78.4%||53||10||24||21||7||15||4|
|Stats Against (All Games)||99.9||50.5||37-85||43.7%||8-23||34.2%||18-24||74.6%||52||11||23||19||8||13||5|
|vs opponents averaging||98.5||49.6||37-82||45.4%||7-20||35.6%||17-23||75.2%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||96.9||48.6||36-86||42.1%||8-24||32.8%||17-23||74.0%||51||12||24||20||8||13||4|
|Average power rating of opponents played: OKLAHOMA CITY 95.6, GOLDEN STATE 96.1|
|3/3/2013||@ LA CLIPPERS||108-104||W||2.5||W||206||O||38-80||47.5%||49||13||38-82||46.3%||49||20|
|3/7/2013||@ NEW YORK||95-94||W||-8||L||204||U||31-70||44.3%||50||16||35-86||40.7%||44||13|
|3/11/2013||@ SAN ANTONIO||93-105||L||2.5||L||206||U||33-77||42.9%||50||17||43-82||52.4%||39||12|
|4/11/2013||@ GOLDEN STATE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/12/2013||@ PORTLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/15/2013||SACRAMENTO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/17/2013||MILWAUKEE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|3/18/2013||@ NEW ORLEANS||93-72||W||-3.5||W||196||U||35-70||50.0%||46||16||28-83||33.7%||46||13|
|3/20/2013||@ SAN ANTONIO||93-104||L||8||L||203||U||37-84||44.0%||50||16||41-85||48.2%||44||12|
|4/11/2013||OKLAHOMA CITY|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/12/2013||@ LA LAKERS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/15/2013||SAN ANTONIO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/17/2013||@ PORTLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|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.|
|GOLDEN STATE: GUARDS: STEPHEN CURRY is this offense's engine and a stat-stuffing machine, as long as he's healthy. His ankle should be healed, but his small frame hasn't proven to be up to the rigors of the NBA . . . KLAY THOMPSON is a pure shooter who played himself into a starting job last year. He's a bit one-dimensional, but this spread, up-tempo offense is right up his alley . . . JARRETT JACK will back up both guard spots and provide some insurance for the fragile Curry . . . BRANDON RUSH is going to push for a starting job, but he's never proven to be more than a second-unit talent . . . As a rookie, CHARLES JENKINS proved worthy of a roster spot during his late-season audition. But he'll be looking at a lot of DNP-CDs as long as Curry and Jack are healthy. FORWARDS: DAVID LEE's touches will drop alongside Andrew Bogut. The Warriors seem prepared to give him major minutes despite his defensive shortcomings . . . HARRISON BARNES should push for a starting job early. He's not a great iso player, but the Warriors' offense should set him up with catch-and-score opportunities . . . CARL LANDRY is active around the basket and should do some damage over 20 MPG . . . RICHARD JEFFERSON is going to be in a mentor role until his contract expires in two years . . . JEREMY TYLER is young and a borderline usable big off the bench . . . Second-rounder DRAYMOND GREEN isn't an athlete but does a bit of everything. He figures to have a limited role as a rookie. CENTERS: His fractured ankle is not quite 100 percent, but ANDREW BOGUT hopes to be healed enough when the season starts to be the centerpiece of the frontcourt. He can rebound and defend, and he'll get his share of easy scoring opportunities with so many shooters spreading the floor . . . The Warriors seem content to let ANDRIS BIEDRINS rot on the bench . . . Rookie FESTUS EZELI is too raw offensively to see significant minutes.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (OKLAHOMA CITY-GOLDEN STATE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Thunder-Warriors Preview* ==========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Oklahoma City (57-21) at Golden State (45-33), 10:30 p.m. EDT
The Oklahoma City Thunder's most recent victory helped the Golden State Warriors clinch their first playoff berth in six seasons.
The Thunder can help themselves by beating the Warriors for the seventh time in eight meetings Thursday night as they continue their quest for the top seed in the Western Conference.
Oklahoma City (57-21), locked in a tight race with San Antonio for home-court advantage throughout the West playoffs, defeated Utah 90-80 on Tuesday. That game went final around halftime of Golden State's matchup with Minnesota.
Warriors coach Mark Jackson was informed during the break of the Thunder's victory. After relaying the message to his team, it ran away with a 105-89 win that allowed it to secure the franchise's first playoff appearance since 2006-07.
"He just told us we're 24 minutes from accomplishing what some of us have been waiting for our whole career," said forward David Lee, who recorded his NBA-leading 53rd double-double and is heading to the postseason for the first time in his eight-year career. "It feels great, but we want more."
The Warriors (45-33) have won four of five and lead Houston by one game for the No. 6 seed.
"People questioned us, and they should have. People doubted us, and they should have," an emotional Jackson said. "They underestimated the heart, the desire, the work ethic, the determination, the willingness to put in the time.
"I told them ... 'This is not our final destination. Celebrate that we got here, but this is not our final destination.'"
The Thunder also have their sights set on a deep playoff run after falling to Miami in the NBA Finals last season.
Russell Westbrook scored 25 points and Kevin Durant had 21 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists Tuesday, though coach Scott Brooks was more impressed with his team's defense.
Oklahoma City has held six of its last nine opponents to fewer than 90 points and ranks second in the NBA in field-goal percentage defense at 42.5.
"The stats say we are the second-best defensive team in the league and I believe we are," Brooks said. "We lock in on that end of the floor but you have to be able to score also. We always have this little thing that we talk about: Let our defense score points for us."
Westbrook has averaged 28.3 points in four games this month and committed one turnover for the second straight contest.
"He doesn't get enough credit for his aggressive play," Brooks said. "He helps us win games - a lot of games and the way he plays. He attacks, he puts so much pressure on the defense."
Durant played more than 37 minutes against the Jazz and leads the league in that category. Brooks isn't worried.
"When you're 24 and have the energy he has, and the ability to play at the level he has, minutes is really not a factor," Brooks said. "We've never gone into a playoff series and said, `Man he's tired. He's beat up."'
Durant's 30.4 points per game in 20 career contests versus Golden State is his best average against any team. He scored 33 in a 104-99 loss Jan. 23 in the only meeting in California.
|Last Updated: 11/22/2014 8:48:37 PM EST|