Nov 1, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks looks on in the second quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Timberwolves won 100-81. Mandatory Credit: Greg Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Thunder Try To Bounce Back Tonight In Their Home Opener: 5 Things To Watch

Nov 1, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) dribbles while defended by Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Derrick Williams (7) in the second quarter at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Greg Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Sometimes you just have to put the bad days behind you, and move on.

And that’s exactly what the Thunder is going to have to do tonight.

After an atrocious 100-81 lost to the Timberwolves on Friday night, Oklahoma City will play their home opener in front of their home crowd tonight against the Suns.  The good news is that the Thunder were 17-4 last year in games following a loss. And Scott Brooks had something to say about that. “That’s something that we take pride in,” Brooks said. “Knowing our guys, that’s who they are and that’s their DNA. They’re very competitive. We take pride in coming back after a bad performance and play better the next night. Tomorrow is going to give us a great opportunity to start off on our home court in front of our fans with an opportunity to bounce back.”

Tip-off is set for 6 PM CT and the game will be on FoxSports Oklahoma.

Here are 5 things to watch tonight:

-  Oklahoma City was 29-83 from the field, and 7-31 from deep on Friday night. Three of those deep balls came from Ibaka, Collison, and Jones III. Someway this team needs to find a way to shoot the ball more efficiently tonight.

- The Phoenix Suns are actually 2-0 heading into tonight’s game. They played the Jazz on Friday night and beat them 87-84 at home. However, that doesn’t really say much. Phoenix doesn’t have much talent at all, as they usually start Goran Dragic(Thunder killer), Eric Bledsoe, P.J. Tucker, Channing Frye(he’s still in the league?!?!), and Miles Plumlee.

-  Can someone please take care of the ball? Whenever you turn the ball over 21 times; you’re probably not going to win. Reggie Jackson himself turned the ball over seven times. That just flat-out can’t happen. Tonight, Jackson will match-up with Goran Dragic who he shouldn’t have a problem with.

- How will KD bounce back? I don’t think I’ve seen KD play like that  ever like he did on Friday night. When the 3-time scoring champion only scores 13 points against the Timberwolves; you know something is wrong. Something tells me KD is a little pissed off, and will go all Rucker Park on P.J. Tucker tonight.

-And of course, tonight, Russell Westbrook returns. How many minutes will he play? Will he be the same Russell Westbrook as we know? How loud will the Peake be tonight?

The reality of it is this: The Thunder beat a really poor Jazz team by only three, and then lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Tonight, they play another below average team, in the Suns. Can the Thunder finally blow out a bad team?

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