The OKC Thunder are set to take on the shorthanded Brooklyn Nets in Brooklyn as the Oklahoma City Thunder seek their first win in 2022. The Thunder take on a powerhouse in the Eastern Conference but will do so without some of the Nets’ top players.
The Brooklyn Nets enter on the second night of a back-to-back following a blowout win over the Chicago Bulls. The Nets sit as the second seed in the Eastern Conference with a 26-14 record, a game and a half back of the top seed, and an 11-10 record at home. The Nets are 5-5 in their last ten games. The Oklahoma City Thunder have not lost in Brooklyn since 2017 at the Barclays Center. Typically led by Kevin Durant, James Harden, and during road games Kyrie Irving. Tonight, they will be without their big three.
The OKC Thunder take on a shorthanded Brooklyn Nets, as Kevin Durant will rest against his former team
The Oklahoma City Thunder will miss Isaiah Roby and Kenrich Williams again due to them being in the NBA COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols. The OKC Thunder have also assigned Aleksej Pokusevski and Vit Krejci to the NBA G-Leauge with the Oklahoma City Blue.
The OKC Thunder also inked Mamadi Diakite to a ten-day deal, and while he was in Washington on Wednesday for the Thunder’s tilt with the Wizards he did not log a single minute. Diakite, who fractured his hip during the preseason, is an investing big man that will likely be shuffled to the Oklahoma City Thunder’s NBA G-Leauge affiliate the OKC Blue at the end of these ten days. We will see if Mark Daigneault puts Diakite in the rotation.
The Brooklyn Nets will be without Kevin Durant, Nic Claxton, Joe Harris, Kyrie Irving, and Patty Mills tonight against the Bricktown boys. The Nets will rely on former-OKC Thunder shooting guard James Harden to pull out this win.