The Oklahoma City Thunder have one of the top three records in basketball and are on a mission to get back to the NBA Finals. Led by leading scorers Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the Oklahoma City is 45-16 as the second seed in the Western Conference. They’ve been determined to take care of business against the worst teams in the league with a 25-3 record against sub .500 opponents.
The Thunder pummeled the Charlotte Bobcats earlier in the season by a whopping 45 points. With the Bobcats recent double-digit losses, the trend could continue.
The Bobcats have lost eight straight games and seven straight by double digits. The Brooklyn Nets were in town Wednesday night, and despite the Bobcats having a 10-point lead at halftime, the Nets broke the game open in the second half to win by 21 points. The Bobcats struggled defending the three-point line and had no where to turn for offense when the Nets made a 33-9 run that spanned across two quarters.
Oklahoma City has defeated the Bobcats four games in a row in thir recent matchups, all of which have been by double figures. It’s an understatement to say how much of a bad matchup the Thunder are for the Bobcats.
It’s reasonable to expect a lot of fans to be in attendance for tonight’s game given the superstar talents of Durant and Westbrook. So hopefully that gives the Bobcats an extra edge tonight at home. It’s difficult to see the Bobcats pulling off a win here, but if they want to have a chance they’re going to have to play good team defense. You’re not going to stop Westbrook and Durant with individual defense. Both players are just playing at MVP-caliber levels. The Bobcats defense hasn’t shown much in progress or stability in quite some time. Logically, one would expect Durant and Westbrook to roll over the Bobcats.
The Bobcats have reached a point where you really don’t know who’s going to produce nightly. Kemba Walker was getting to the point of being that player, but he’s been very inconsistent lately. He still remains the Bobcats best offensive option, but it’s way too unpredictable. The Bobcats scoring is likely going to come from their guard-heavy rotation, or a hot shooting night from Byron Mullens. Either way, for the Bobcats to pull off an upset, they’re going to have to play smart, physical and as a team.