May 3, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) dunks the ball over Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) during the second half of game three in the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the American Airlines Center. The Thunder defeated the Mavericks 95-79. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

OKC Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks Preseason Preview


The Oklahoma City Thunder will complete their preseason schedule tonight vs. the Dallas Mavericks in Wichita, Kansas.

The Thunder are 3-3 so far in the preseason most recently losing last night to the Chicago Bulls on the road 94-89.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook did not play last night but will be back in the starting lineup tonight. Durant and Westbrook have looked ultra comfortable so far in the preseason, posting very nice assist numbers and shooting the ball well.

James Harden has had his struggles. He’s only played in a few games but his shooting percentage is around the Mendoza Line. Last night, Harden went 2-for-17 from the field and said after the game it was weird playing out there with no other scorers, referring to Durant and Westbrook.

It was a chance for Harden to really step up into the limelight and give us a glimpse really of what it would be like if he leaves the Thunder and is playing for someone else next season as their franchise star.

Serge Ibaka on the other hand looks leagues better especially on offense. He is as confident as ever shooting his midrange jumper and has even backed up some to the 3-point line where he has made three shots so far in the preseason. He is posting up more too and has shown the kind of potential we all knew he had to develop into a productive player from there.

Eric Maynor was the other major bright spot from last night. He scored 13 points and made three 3-pointers, a reminder that not only will he be able to run the offense with the second unit but also score. Reggie Jackson has played well for him so far in the preseason but it is Maynor that deserves and should win the backup point guard job.

Tonight we may see the closest thing to a regular season game from the Thunder being that it is their last preseason game. Dallas will be without Dirk Nowitzki who will undergo knee surgery and miss the start of the regular season and then some.

The Mavericks have a lot of new faces this season so expect them to also be putting their best foot forward tonight as they work on finding out what exactly their team will be this year.

With Durant and Westbrook playing and likely a decent amount, it’s hard to imagine the Thunder losing. The game will tip at 8 p.m. EST and will be on FS Oklahoma.

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