Saturday, October 11, 2008

Down but not Out

Jeff Green proved that even being down 16 points at the half, Oklahoma City is going to be competitive this year. Green led the Thunder with 19 points off the bench, but it wasn't enough in the 94-85 loss to Sacramento.

OKC played without their best player, Kevin Durant, and it showed in the early going. The Kings jumped out early and the Thunder never recovered. They will have to put the game behind them, however, with another battle in California tonight. Golden State plays host to Oklahoma City in the first back-to-back contest for the NBA's newest franchise. Durant will be in the lineup tonight, and the Thunder look to keep working on the basics with the first regular season game approaching.

Johan Petro pitched in with eight points and ten rebounds, as seven players contributed at least eight points in the well-rounded attack. Earl Watson and first-round pick Russell Westbrook continue to make their case for the starting point guard position, and that is definitely something to watch over the next few weeks.

Tonight's match-up with the Warriors is the first time OKC fans will see the drastically different Golden State team. Gone is All-Star Baron Davis, who left as a free agent. Hopefully one team's turmoil will be a key for the Thunder, who are in danger of falling to 0-3 this preseason.

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