March 13, 2010; Cleveland, OH, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) puts pressure on Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Alonzo Gee (33) during the third quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. The Thunder beat the Cavaliers 95-75. Mandatory Credit: Jason Miller-US PRESSWIRE

Cavaliers (14-23) at Thunder (31-8), 8:00 P.M. EST tip


Thunder (2-game winning streak)
106.2 Offensive Efficiency (2nd)
99.2 Defensive Efficiency (12th)
96.1 Pace (5th)
56.6 True Shooting % (2nd)
51.5 Rebound Rate (5th)

Cavaliers (1-game winning streak)
98.7 Offensive Efficiency (22nd)
103.1 Defensive Efficiency (23rd)
94.9 Pace (8th)
50.9 True Shooting % (24th)
50.4 Rebound Rate (13th)

The Thunder had a pretty good scare in their last game against Phoenix but ended up winning 115-104. The Suns outplayed the Thunder by far in the first half but the Thunder showed just how talented they are coming back to win in the second.

Tonight Cleveland comes into town and that probably sounds easier than it is. But for the Thunder, it really should be easy.

Kyrie Irving is without a doubt the frontrunner for the Rookie of the Year award this season and will have a tough matchup tonight against Russell Westbrook.


Westbrook had to go up against the veteran Nash last game so this shouldn’t be any tougher for him. He is a far superior athlete than Nash or Irving and just coming off a Nash matchup should benefit him tonight.

The Thunder only had five players score in their win two nights ago. Luckily for them three of their players scored over 30.

Despite hitting the 30 mark, Kevin Durant had an off night going 10-for-27 from the field versus Phoenix. Durant has really not had a great shooting night in awhile now and may be due for one tonight.

Like Westbrook, Durant squared off against a savvy veteran in Grant Hill for Phoenix and was outplayed by him in the first half. Durant won’t see that kind of defense tonight and as long as he lets the game come to him, he should be fine.

The player from Cleveland that would be giving the Thunder the most trouble tonight is Anderson Varejao but he has been out for some time now and won’t suit up tonight.

James Harden is coming off a career-high 30 points against the Suns and should ride the momentum into tonight as the Thunder have a far superior second unit than Cleveland. Harden should be able to get anywhere he likes tonight and have another big game.

The Cavaliers are sixth in the NBA in offensive rebound rate but again won’t have Varejao tonight so the Thunder should be able to control the glass.

I wouldn’t expect this game to be close for very long so Thunder fans should get ready for some highlight reel plays tonight from the most exciting team in the league.

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