Oklahoma City Thunder (1-game losing streak)
106.9 Offensive Efficiency (2nd)
99.7 Defensive Efficiency (9th)
95.6 Pace (6th)
56.6 True Shooting % (1st)
51.4 Rebound Rate (5th)
Sacramento Kings (1-game winning streak)
100.5 Offensive Efficiency (22nd)
106.8 Defensive Efficiency (28th)
97.3 Pace (1st)
50.8 True Shooting % (27th)
48.8 Rebound Rate (24th)
The games don’t matter anymore for the Thunder. They have two games left in the regular season but they are locked in to being the two-seed in the Western Conference no matter the results.
James Harden will not play tonight after receiving a vicious elbow from Metta World Peace two days ago in Staples Center.
The Thunder probably won’t completely rest their players tonight – Scott Brooks has said before that he has no intentions of doing this – but don’t expect 40-plus minutes from Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook either.
There is something to play for however and that is Durant and his chances at winning the scoring title for the third straight season. Durant passed Kobe Bryant on Sunday and is now 0.05 points ahead of Bryant in the race. It’s the closes scoring race since George Gervin and David Thompson.
The NBA has a history of players putting up video game-numbers when scoring races are like this but it is unlikely that Durant and Bryant are as motivated to win it. They’re more concerned with the playoffs at this point.
The Thunder have beaten the Kings twice in the past few weeks and are looking to win the season series 3-1 tonight with a victory.
The Kings are kind of in tank mode so a win won’t be too tough to come by, even without Harden.
These next two games really don’t matter though for the Thunder so while the Lakers game had a playoff-feel to it, these next two will be far from that.