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MINNESOTA (1 - 1) at OKLAHOMA CITY (1 - 1)
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MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games1-1-0.10-21-099.547.544.0%49.5102.047.547.0%49.0
Road Games0-1-1.20-11-
Last 5 Games1-1-0.10-21-099.547.544.0%49.5102.047.547.0%49.0
Division Games1-0+10-10-0100.046.044.4%
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)99.547.536-8344.0%7-2036.6%19-2477.6%491020169143
vs opponents surrendering91.244.834-8142.3%9-2536.1%13-1876.2%49919167174
Team Stats (Road Games)99.049.037-8543.5%8-1942.1%17-2373.9%481123167134
Stats Against (All Games)102.047.539-8347.0%8-2139.5%15-1886.1%49922199159
vs opponents averaging98.34639-8546.2%7-2132.5%13-1780.9%511024189146
Stats Against (Road Games)107.053.041-8946.1%8-2138.1%17-1989.5%5612221881111

OKLAHOMA CITY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games1-1-0.81-10-296.043.542.3%53.590.043.044.9%49.5
Home Games1-0+11-00-1105.053.043.3%
Last 5 Games1-1-0.81-10-296.043.542.3%53.590.043.044.9%49.5
Division Games0-1-1.80-10-
OKLAHOMA CITY Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)96.043.535-8442.3%11-3531.0%14-2068.3%5310201914175
vs opponents surrendering101.24938-8545.0%10-3133.2%15-1979.1%5011212010164
Team Stats (Home Games)105.053.039-9043.3%11-3828.9%16-2272.7%5713262214187
Stats Against (All Games)90.043.035-7844.9%8-2630.2%12-1770.6%49920229214
vs opponents averaging97.64937-7946.2%8-2631.7%16-2178.5%47922218184
Stats Against (Home Games)84.042.032-7940.5%7-2429.2%13-2065.0%541119238254
Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 100.5,  OKLAHOMA CITY 95.5
MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/18/2017@ SAN ANTONIO99-107L-1L204O37-8543.5%481341-8946.1%5611
10/22/2017@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
10/25/2017@ DETROIT              
10/27/2017OKLAHOMA CITY              
10/30/2017@ MIAMI              
11/1/2017@ NEW ORLEANS              

OKLAHOMA CITY - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/19/2017NEW YORK105-84W-12W215U39-9043.3%571832-7940.5%5425
10/21/2017@ UTAH87-96L-4L200U32-7841.0%501738-7749.4%4518
10/27/2017@ MINNESOTA              
10/28/2017@ CHICAGO              
10/31/2017@ MILWAUKEE              
11/5/2017@ PORTLAND              
11/7/2017@ SACRAMENTO              
MINNESOTA: It's playoffs or bust for Minnesota this season, which sounds crazy for a team that has not made the postseason since 2004. The West is stacked, but head coach Tom Thibodeau made the moves he did with the express purpose of ending the longest active playoff drought in the league. Jimmy Butler was brought in from the Bulls via trade to speed up to the team's development. He is the prototype for a Thibodeau player'intense, demanding and defensive-minded. His ability to make shots late in games should also help a team that struggled mightily to close out opponents last season, and his familiarity with Thibodeau should help the younger players on the team absorb more of the coach's teachings. If the second unit can prevent huge drop-offs from what is expected to be a formidable starting five, the Wolves should finally be able to remind their long-suffering fans that the season does not end in mid-April.
OKLAHOMA CITY: New arrivals Paul George and Carmelo Anthony will provide the scoring help Russell Westbrook so desperately needed last season. Anthony has been the focal point of the offense throughout his career, and even at 33 years old, he still is an elite scorer. He plans to bring that scorer's mentality to the Thunder, and Westbrook and George say the team needs it. There will be days when Anthony doesn't get the touches he's used to, and how he handles that will largely determine whether Oklahoma City is able to find a rhythm. George and Andre Roberson are elite perimeter stoppers, and Westbrook and Steven Adams are capable defenders. Adams is an emerging force in the paint, and Raymond Felton and Patrick Patterson are critical additions to the bench. The Thunder believe they can contend with Golden State, Houston and San Antonio for Western Conference supremacy.
Thunder looking for better first half against Timberwolves

Minnesota is coming off a victory Friday over Utah, while the Oklahoma City Thunder enter Sunday's game with the Timberwolves dealing with a humbling loss to the Jazz on Saturday.

If the Jazz are a barometer, the Thunder will be in trouble against Minnesota Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

However, the season is young -- both teams are 1-1 -- and Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan's team will likely not score only 34 points in the first half on most nights. The total was less than the lowest output of 35 points last year.

That was the Thunder's production against Utah in a 96-87 loss in Salt Lake City. They made only 2 of 14 shots from 3-point range in the first half and 11 of 33 for the whole game.

"I thought we got off to a really good start offensively (taking a 6-0 lead) and then from there we had a hard time," Donovan said. "I thought we had some fairly decent looks. We didn't shoot the ball particularly well. ... I also thought that we had some shots that we are certainly more than capable of making and finishing and we didn't."

Thunder forward Paul George made 8 of 19 shots from the field and 3 of 9 from 3-point range. The former Indiana Pacers All-Star also had six turnovers.

"It was just missed shots," George said of the reason for the loss to Utah. "I thought we got a lot of great looks. I thought we could have done a better job getting ourselves in a better rhythm, but I thought offensively we were fine."

Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points but he took 26 shots, making 12. He was 2 of 8 from 3-point range. George, Anthony and Russell Westbrook were a combined 6 of 22 from beyond the arc.

"We're great," George said afterward. "This (loss) is good for us. This will build a lot within this locker room. Good thing about it is we got another game tomorrow. We'll go out and we'll execute. We will pick up the pieces and clean some things up and we'll be ready for tomorrow."

Another concern is rebounding. Westbrook had a big first half on the backboards with 10 rebounds. No other Oklahoma City player had more than three. Westbrook finished with 11 rebounds and George was next with five.

Minnesota beat Utah 100-97 on Friday in Minneapolis behind the solid frontcourt play of center Karl-Anthony Towns and forward Taj Gibson, who combined for 18 rebounds. Towns had 10 of them and shot 7 of 12 from the field, finishing with 20 points.

Gibson and fellow Chicago Bulls import Jimmy Butler are making their mark early. Butler had 13 points, seven rebounds and five steals against the Jazz.

When the Timberwolves overhauled their roster in the offseason, the spotlight was on the acquisition of Butler, Gibson and Jeff Teague. Backup guard Jamal Crawford will also be an important contributor.

Crawford scored all 17 of his points in the fourth quarter in the narrow victory Friday. He made a 3-pointer to take sole possession of sixth in NBA history with 2,051. He is sixth among all active players in games played (1,183).

When asked of Crawford's potential impact this season, Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said: "I think you saw. It's amazing. It doesn't take him much to get going."

When he was a rookie, Teague played with Crawford in Atlanta. According to Teague, eight years later, the only thing that has changed is Crawford's age. He is now 37.

"I'm not amazed by him anymore," Teague said. "I expect that from him."

Andrew Wiggins, the third-year holdover, has led the team in scoring in both games. He scored 21 in Friday's game.

Last Updated: 9/25/2018 11:56:59 PM EST

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