Thunder (2-game winning streak)
107.3 Offensive Efficiency (1st)
99.6 Defensive Efficiency (9th)
95.6 Pace (6th)
57.0 True Shooting % (1st)
51.4 Rebound Rate (5th)
Clippers (1-game losing streak)
104.6 Offensive Efficiency (6th)
102.8 Defensive Efficiency (18th)
91.8 Pace (26th)
53.0 True Shooting % (12th)
51.2 Rebound Rate (6th)
The Thunder have officially gotten their act together after the three-game losing streak now heading into tonight’s game against the Clippers looking for their third straight win.
Two nights ago Oklahoma City beat the Bucks 109-89 behind 26 points from Russell Westbrook.
The Clippers and Thunder have met twice already this season with the first one belonging to Los Angeles and Blake Griffin with his dunk over Kendrick Perkins. The Thunder won the last meeting though 114-91 as Kevin Durant led the way with 32 points.
Griffin had a career-low seven points in that meeting as the Thunder did a much better job of containing him and controlling the paint in general.
This is a fun matchup because of the athletes on both sides and because they generally play different positions. The Clippers’ best athletes are in the paint catching lobs from Chris Paul and the Thunder’s are on the perimeter handling the ball. It makes for entertaining hoops.
The Clippers have lost two of their last four but won six in a row before that. They are currently fourth in the West a half game ahead of Memphis and one and a half games behind the Lakers.
The Thunder regained the top-seeding over the Spurs with their win two nights ago and are now a game ahead of San Antonio.
Both of these teams will be playing hard for home court the rest of the season and this game is as important as any and it will be a good test for the Clippers to see how serious they are in terms of competing with Oklahoma City.