OKC Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors Preview

April 11, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors point guard Jarrett Jack (2) drives between Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Nick Collison (4) and center Hasheem Thabeet (34) during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The City Thunder defeated the Warriors 116-97. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Over 15 hours have passed, and Thunder fans still can’t believe that Serge Ibaka was ejected in the second quarter of Wednesday night’s loss to the Clippers.

Tonight, the Thunder will try to bounce back and re-gain their momentum in a tough and loud Oarcle Areana crowd against the Warriors.

Warriors coming into tonight: Much of the talk this off-season was about this Golden State Warriors team. With the addition of Andre Iguodala, the Warriors have a great group that is a major contender. Golden State is coming off a win at home against Detroit Tuesday night. They have an overall record of 5-3, with losses against the CIippers, Spurs, and Grizzlies. Jermaine O’Neal actually had some interesting words after Wednesday practice: “We’re 0-3 against some of our ‘foes’ at the top of the Western Conference,” he said. “So it’s important to come out and have a good showing on our home court. It’s time for us … we’ve been there. We have to find a way to win games against teams I’m sure we’re going to see in the playoffs.”

Key match-up: Russell Westbrook vs. Stephen Curry. Sit back, enjoy some popcorn, because this one is going to be a fun.

News and notes:

-KD: “We just have to play harder and play with a little bit more force on the offensive end, get the thing flowing a little bit and just go out there and have fun.”

-Bad news: Scott Brooks is almost forced to give Hasheem Thabeet time tonight once again. Welp.

Bold Prediction: I can see the Thunder losing this one in a tough crowd in Oakland. If Oklahoma City can produce buckets inside, and guard the perimeter, they could squeeze out what would be a huge win.

Tip-off is set for  9:30 CT and will be broadcasted on TNT.

Topics: Eli Friedman, Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, Preview

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