The OKC Thunder are on a three-game win streak as they return home to host the Atlanta Hawks who could be without Trae Young. Gameday breaks down the match.
The OKC Thunder are in a great position at the moment not just in the standings but also in their mentality and the confidence they have for what lies ahead. They are 26-19 and getting closer to the sixth spot with one win and three losses separating them and the Houston Rockets.
You cannot spell their team name without clutch and they are also beginning to figure out their slow starts and playing consistently for the whole 48 minutes.
As the team prepares to face the Atlanta Hawks who are 15th in the East and have a record of 11-34, they should get this win. However anything can happen in the NBA with the Hawks defeating the LA Clippers on Wednesday 102-95.
Star point guard Trae Young did not play in that game which saw his teammates step up to fill the void. Brandon Goodwin was exceptional scoring 19 points in the fourth quarter to help his team break a 21 point deficit.
He went into the final segment doing all he could to turn the Hawks’ fortunes around by facilitating, attacking the basket and making big shots.
John Collins also had a 33 point, 16 rebound performance as Atlanta surged back into the game not wanting to give up that easy.
The OKC Thunder also had their own fourth quarter heroics when they beat the Orlando Magic as well as a full team effort with six players scoring in double digits. Dennis Schroder showed once again why he’s the sixth man of the year and an All-Star caliber player.
With that being said lets have a look at the keys to the game.