The Oklahoma City Thunder will play their fourth preseason game vs. the Phoenix Suns tonight at 8 p.m. EST in Tulsa, Okl.
The Thunder started the preseason off slow dropping their first two games to Houston and Utah but then got a win under their belt last Tuesday night beating the Charlotte Bobcats at home 120-98.
Starters Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook logged more minutes in that game and may again tonight. James Harden and Thabo Sefolosha participated in the team’s Blue-White Scrimmage yesterday but their status for tonight’s game is still up in the air. Kendrick Perkins did not play in the scrimmage and the aimed date for his return remains the start of the regular season.
Perry Jones III was the story for the Thunder in their last preseason game as he scored 17 points off the bench on 8-of-10 shooting to go with five dimes and four boards. His play included a few highlight jams as well as he continues to impress everyone in the preseason.
There is a battle brewing at the end of the Thunder roster for the final few spots. Lazar Hayward has been given a good chance to make the final cut since he has been with the team but he has been less than impressive.
DeAndre Liggins has looked very good for OKC and remains one of the frontrunners to overtake Hayward as the 15th man. Andy Rautins had an put on an impressive shooting display in the last game nailing 4-of-7 from deep and leading the team with 20 points but he is still a long shot to make the final roster.
The second string center role remains Cole Aldrich’s but there may be a close battle after that between Hasheem Thabeet and Daniel Orton. Thabeet hasn’t been great in the preseason fouling out in each of the first two games then not playing vs. Charlotte. Orton looked good vs. Charlotte scoring 13 points to go with three boards and he appears to be more ready to contribute now than Thabeet.
The Thunder still have four more preseason games beginning tonight to settle who will make the final roster.
The Suns are 2-1 so far in the preseason having beaten Portland and Dallas and having lost to the Sacramento Kings. Tonight’s game is expected to hold a record crowd as the Tulsa arena that seats 18,233 is sold out.
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