January 27, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots a basket against the defense of Los Angeles Lakers small forward Earl Clark (6) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Looking Ahead For The Oklahoma City Thunder


Feb 22, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) discusses a call with NBA official Nick Buchert in action against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

After losing three straight, the Oklahoma City Thunder bounced back with a 16-point victory last night over Minnesota Timberwolves.  Last night’s win put Oklahoma City to the 40-win mark and ended a small skid. Now in second place in the Western Conference, the Thunder has a tough schedule coming up with a few marquee matchups that will have a major impact on this year’s season.

Sunday, February 24th Home vs. Chicago: The Thunder beat the Bulls in Chicago earlier in the year, but now this Bull’s team is a lot of different. Chicago is playing really good basketball without their superstar, Derrick Rose.  The Bulls are coming off a blowout win against the Bobcats last night.

Friday, March 1st @ Denver: The Nuggets have been struggling a bit as of late. Denver lost to a weak Washington team last night, and will play Charlotte, Portland, and the Lakers all before they face the Thunder.

Sunday, March 3rd @ LA Clippers: Oklahoma City is currently up 2-1 in the season series vs. the Clippers. The Thunder will look to gain more room in the Western Conference with a win in LA.

Tuesday, March 5th Home vs. LA Lakers: Anytime you play the Lakers, it’s a big game. Obviously there is a lot of drama out in La La Land, but Oklahoma City just wants to take a win and keep the Lakers out of playoff contention.

Thursday, March 7th @ New York:  This will be the first time the Thunder and Knicks meet this season. Durant loves playing in the worlds famous arena, as  he will look to shine on the big stage. The Knicks are currently 32-20 but allow 96.4 points a game which the Thunder will love to take advantage of.

The NBA really gave the Thunder a tough week in early march with four straight nationally televised games. This is where you can really find out a team’s identity.

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