OKC Thunder seeks to extend their win streak to five as they take on the Timberwolves on the road in the second game of a back to back. Gameday breaks it down.
After hosting and defeating the Atlanta Hawks On Friday night, the OKC Thunder travel to Minneapolis to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves less than 24 hours after they finish playing. The life of an NBA player is not boring during their season.
They are looking to extend their win streak to five after taking care of the Atlanta Hawks at home. OKC is also looking to extend the Timberwolves losing streak to nine as they are on the second night of a back to back as well after losing to the Houston Rockets last game courtesy of a big night from former Thunder star Russell Westbrook.
This is the second massive losing streak for the Wolves. They are 5-21 in their last 26 games. They were a playoff team before this losing streak began but untimely injuries to both Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins didn’t help. Despite both of them being back, the Wolves continue to struggle.
The OKC Thunder has also dealt with key injuries to Steven Adams and Nerlens Noel both suffering from ankle maladies. Terrance Ferguson and Abdel Nader have also missed time. Despite this the Thunder have found ways to win, even playing Deonte Burton at center for a portion of the Rockets game.
This is a massive difference in culture between the two clubs. The OKC Thunder have the next man up attitude which serves top clubs well. On the other hand, the Wolves appear to have thrown in the towel even trading away Jeff Teague, which is a relief. Despite Teague’s struggles over the last few seasons, for some reason, he’s always performed well against the OKC Thunder.