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PHOENIX (2 - 0) at OKLAHOMA CITY (1 - 1)
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PHOENIX - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games2-0+2.81-00-295.546.544.6%54.087.546.038.6%56.0
Road Games0-000-00-0000.0%0000.0%0
Last 5 Games2-0+2.81-00-295.546.544.6%54.087.546.038.6%56.0
PHOENIX Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)95.546.537-8344.6%5-2024.4%16-2178.6%541316209157
vs opponents surrendering99.846.537-8444.2%6-1933.0%19-2575.0%521316228136
Team Stats (Road Games)000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
Stats Against (All Games)87.546.032-8338.6%6-2130.2%17-2566.7%561619174163
vs opponents averaging9951.737-8543.7%8-2234.9%17-2472.5%561422215165
Stats Against (Road Games)000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000

OKLAHOMA CITY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games1-100-21-
Home Games0-000-00-0000.0%0000.0%0
Last 5 Games1-100-21-
OKLAHOMA CITY Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)91.048.031-8237.8%6-2526.0%22-2686.5%5012122610175
vs opponents surrendering97.746.135-8441.9%8-2531.0%19-2578.3%531316268186
Team Stats (Home Games)000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
Stats Against (All Games)99.053.534-7844.2%7-2133.3%23-3173.0%569232410183
vs opponents averaging100.854.836-8541.8%6-2130.4%23-3175.3%581422228173
Stats Against (Home Games)000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
Average power rating of opponents played: PHOENIX 93.5,  OKLAHOMA CITY 96
PHOENIX - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/3/2013@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
11/5/2013@ NEW ORLEANS              
11/6/2013@ SAN ANTONIO              
11/10/2013NEW ORLEANS              
11/13/2013@ PORTLAND              
11/19/2013@ SACRAMENTO              

OKLAHOMA CITY - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/30/2013@ UTAH101-98W-6.5L191O33-8140.7%491336-7945.6%5622
11/1/2013@ MINNESOTA81-100L2L201U29-8334.9%512133-7742.9%5715
11/8/2013@ DETROIT              
11/13/2013@ LA CLIPPERS              
11/14/2013@ GOLDEN STATE              
11/16/2013@ MILWAUKEE              
PHOENIX: GUARDS: ERIC BLEDSOE immediately becomes the Suns' best player. He dominated for stretches while backing up Chris Paul . . . GORAN DRAGIC and Bledsoe will play together since they're the two best players on this team. Dragic also has enough size to match up with most twos . . . After a disappointing stint as a starter, SHANNON BROWN will return to the second unit . . . KENDALL MARSHALL doesn't fit new coach Jeff Hornacek's up-tempo style. The Suns will move him if they can . . . ARCHIE GOODWIN looked lost at times at Kentucky, but his ability to get to the line bodes well for his NBA future . . . GERALD GREEN is the kind of athlete who could make an impact on an up-tempo second unit . . . MALCOLM LEE is here in case Marshall is dealt. FORWARDS: MARKIEFF MORRIS has some upside as a skilled stretch four. He's shown flashes over his first two seasons, and playing in Honracek's up-tempo system should only help him take the next step forward . . . MARCUS MORRIS is still a man without a position, a tweener in a bad way. The Suns will try to make him into an effective second-unit guy . . . CHANNING FRYE missed all of last season with a heart ailment, and the Suns don't seem to be expecting to get anything from him this season.CENTERS: MARCIN GORTAT will keep the seat warm for Alex Len. He doesn't fit this up-and-down offense . . . ALEX LEN must become more assertive and the bust factor is high, but 7-footers with his mobility and touch don't come around often . . . MILES PLUMLEE could get minutes as a defensive specialist after making just 5-of-21 FG as a rookie.
OKLAHOMA CITY: GUARDS: RUSSELL WESTBROOK is going to likely miss the first 4-to-6 weeks of the regular season after getting another procedure done on Oct. 1 to reduce swelling on his knee. It will probably take him some time to get rid of the rust of not playing all summer . . . THABO SEFOLOSHA should play even more minutes this season with Kevin Martin gone. He has added a three-point shot to his repertoire . . . REGGIE JACKSON could end up absorbing a lot of the minutes that went to James Harden two years ago and Martin last season. But he's nowhere near the offensive threat . . . JEREMY LAMB will push Jackson for that sixth-man role. He's dominated against lesser competition . . . DEREK FISHER will get minutes as a player/coach. FORWARDS: KEVIN DURANT may have to take on an even bigger role in the regular season as the Thunder try to replace Kevin Martin's offensive production. Either way, he's the MVP among the league's non-LeBrons . . . SERGE IBAKA has had his postseason issues and still struggles defensively outside of rim protection, but he has added value with his mid-range shooting . . . NICK COLLISON's biggest skill is his ability to take charges. He'll continue to log big minutes at the four and five as a glue guy . . . One of two very raw young players, PERRY JONES III and ANDRE ROBERSON, has a chance for playing time on a thin team. CENTERS: KENDRICK PERKINS was a disaster in last year's postseason, but still provides the kind of low-post muscle the Thunder look for . . . Rookie STEVEN ADAMS could take over for Perkins down the road, but he's too raw to make an impact this year . . . HASHEEM THABEET fills out the final roster spot.
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*Suns-Thunder Preview* ======================


Phoenix (2-0) at Oklahoma City (1-1), 7:00 p.m. EDT

Things haven't exactly gone as planned so far for the Oklahoma City Thunder, who have struggled offensively without their All-Star point guard.

Projected by many to finish at the bottom of the Western Conference, the Phoenix Suns, in contrast, have been surprising.

Coming off their most lopsided loss in three seasons, the Thunder open their home schedule seeking an 11th consecutive win over the unbeaten Suns on Sunday night.

While the Thunder (1-1) got by lowly Utah 101-98 in Wednesday's season opener thanks to 42 points from Kevin Durant, they couldn't overcome Russell Westbrook's absence in a 100-81 defeat at Minnesota on Friday. Reserve Jeremy Lamb scored a team-high 16 points but Durant had only 13 for the Thunder, who remain without Westbrook due to a knee injury suffered during the opening round of last season's playoffs.

The loss was Oklahoma City's worst since a 111-88 defeat at Orlando on Feb. 25, 2011.

"Them not having Westbrook, that's taking away 25 (points), seven (rebounds) and six (assists) or some crazy number like that," Timberwolves star Kevin Love said. "It's a whole different dynamic when they have Westbrook on the team."

Westbrook's absence was also felt in the turnover department, as Oklahoma City had 21 giveaways. His replacement at point guard, Reggie Jackson, committed seven.

The Thunder shot 48.1 percent to finish third in the NBA last season, but have made 37.8 percent in the early going.

"We have to play a better brand of basketball," forward Nick Collison told the team's official website. "The offense has to be better. The passes, the cuts, we need to move the ball and get easier shots with ball movement."

The Thunder may be able to bounce back Sunday in what has proved to be a favorable matchup over the years. Oklahoma City's 10 straight wins over Phoenix (2-0) have come by an average of 14.8 points, the latest being a 97-69 victory Feb. 10.

The Thunder have won the past two meetings by 29.5 points per game.

"I'm worried about guys playing hard, competing hard and playing for your team every time down the court," coach Scott Brooks said. "But it's early. We've got a game right around the corner and we've got to play much better."

Taking down the Suns, though, could prove more difficult this time around. Phoenix, in its first season under coach Jeff Hornacek, is off to its best start since opening 4-0 in 2009-10.

After beating Portland 104-91 in their first game Wednesday, the Suns pulled out an 87-84 victory over the Jazz two nights later on Eric Bledsoe's tiebreaking 3-pointer with 0.7 seconds left. Bledsoe, acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers in the offseason, missed 10 of his first 11 shots before scoring the final 14 points for Phoenix.

"It feels great," Bledsoe told the team's official website. "I was preparing all summer. All summer I was working and to finally get this opportunity is a blessing."

Second-year forward Miles Plumlee has also provided a huge boost with 31 points, 28 rebounds and six blocks through the first two games.

Phoenix may need to lean on Bledsoe and Plumlee all the more with Goran Dragic uncertain to play. Dragic, who scored 26 against the Trail Blazers, was limited to five and shot 2 of 11 against the Jazz before exiting in the third quarter with a right face contusion.

"He just didn't look right," Hornacek said.

The Suns have dropped five in a row and six of seven at Oklahoma City. The Thunder have won their last four home openers.

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