The Oklahoma City Thunder will get a preview of what the playoffs are going to taste like tonight on the road vs. the Golden State Warriors.
The Thunder are currently clinging to the top seed in the Western Conference while the Warriors find themselves a game ahead of the Houston Rockets for the all important six-seed.
Each team has won four of their last five games and still has something to play for as the season comes to a close.
The Thunder most recently defeated the Utah Jazz 90-80 in a game where their defense looked much better than it did the game prior vs. the New York Knicks.
The emphasis will again be on defense and containing the Warriors’ shooters, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
Curry and Thompson can heat up from beyond the arc with the best of them and at home in a big game the Thunder won’t be able to fall asleep on any possessions.
Kevin Durant nearly had a triple-double in the Thunder’s last game as KD has let the scoring title race slip away with Carmelo Anthony coming on strong.
Durant has said he doesn’t care if he wins it but it will still be interesting to see if he has any huge scoring games left in him this regular season.
The Thunder have beaten the Warriors seven of the last eight times and Golden State’s inability to slow down the Thunder’s offense has always been the reason why.
The key to containing the Thunder on offense is making things tough on Russell Westbrook, something that seems unlikely to happen tonight considering the weak perimeter defenders on the Warriors roster.
Jarrett Jack may be needed to play a large role in slowing down Westbrook. The Warriors bench in general definitely needs to outplay the Thunder’s if they’re going to come away with a win.
The game will air nationally on TNT with the tip coming at 10:30 p.m. EST.