The Oklahoma City Thunder took to the floor after four nights off and what a statement they made on their return. They were able to do what a lot of other NBA teams have had trouble doing over the past month – the stopped the San Antonio Spurs. Game recap here if you missed it. (Thunderousintentions.com)
Ending the Spurs streak at 19 was a wonderful result for the Thunder who welcomed back – albeit in limited minutes and a limited capacity – Kendrick Perkins who has missed a fair portion of time with a groin injury. (NewsOK.com)
Reggie Jackson also returned to the lineup after missing a couple of games with a back strain injury. He gave the Thunder a much needed spark and will be asked to do so again when the Thunder take on the Houston Rockets. Westbrook will not be playing in this game, he will be rested as it is the second game of a back to back for OKC.
Not that there really seemed to be too much wrong with Westbrook’s knee on this dunk. (youtube.com)
The Thunder have a fairly tough run home and will be relying on results out of their control to fall their way as they try to gain the #1 seed and homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs. While the Thunder were able to knock off the Spurs and make it to the NBA Finals in 2012 from the #2 spot, homecourt would mean a lot.
Kevin Durant is now just one game shy of tying Michael Jordan’s 30 game streak of 25+ point games. He nailed a free throw in the fourth quarter of the Spurs game to surpass the 25 point mark and will have MJ’s record firmly in his sights as he plans for the Rockets.
As Russell Westbrook said – “that’s a lot of games to be scoring 25 points in a row”. (CBSSports.com)
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