The Oklahoma City Thunder are the hottest team in basketball right now winners of their last 10 games and sitting with the best record in the NBA at 19-4.
The Thunder’s 5-game home stand will end tonight as they will take on the San Antonio Spurs who are 19-6 on the year and just a game behind the Thunder in the Western Conference Standings.
The Thunder played just two games last week beating New Orleans 92-88 at home on Wednesday and then taking down the Sacramento Kings 113-103 at home Friday.
This week, the Thunder will play three games with the Spurs tonight at home then on the road vs. Atlanta Wednesday and Minnesota on Thursday.
Two of the Thunder’s four losses this season came at the hands of opponents they will face this week. The Thunder lost to the Spurs in San Antonio in their first game of the season 86-84 on Nov. 1. The Thunder were then shocked at home by the Hawks three days later 104-95.
The Thunder and Timberwolves gave the NBA one of the best games of the year a season ago back on March 23 when the Thunder beat Minnesota 149-140 in double overtime.
Kevin Love scored a career-high 51 points in that game and Russell Westbrook scored a career-high 45 points. Kevin Durant had 40 points and 17 rebounds.
This meeting between the Thunder and Timberwolves will be nationally televised on TNT at 7 p.m. Thursday night.
It’s hard to win 10 games in a row and it’s harder to keep winning. The Thunder will be faced with a tough schedule this week to keep their winning streak going.
Tonight won’t feel like trying to win their 11th straight game though. It means something more to the Thunder after losing to San Antonio on opening night. They will be up for the game as much as any game this year.
The same can really be said for the Hawks game as the Thunder will want to avenge that loss from earlier this year.
The Minnesota game will be tough since it will be a road back-to-back. But since it will be on national television we can expect again a big performance from the Thunder. The Timberwolves just got Ricky Rubio back this season and Love may be back as well although he is currently nursing a bruised thumb.
When you look closely at the matchups, while tough ones, 13 in a row seems like a real possibility for this Oklahoma City Thunder team.