Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Pre-Season Preview: Thunder vs. Timberwolves

Tomorrow night, the Oklahoma City Thunder will take the floor for the first time ever in a pre-season matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Timberwolves have already played once this pre-season, and they crushed the Milwaukee Bucks 117-79.

Last season, neither team had much to cheer about as both finished at the bottom of the Northwest Division. The Timberwolves and SuperSonics had the 27th and 29th worst records in the NBA last year (the T-wolves were tied with Memphis for 27th worst). Neither team has had a winning season since 2004-05. This match-up should prove to be a good indicator of where the Thunder will be at this year.

Minnesota made a big draft day trade (trading the third overall pick [O.J. Mayo] for the fifth [Kevin Love] in a deal that included Mike Miller) that paid dividends in their game against the Bucks. It will be interesting to see if the combo is as successful against the Thunder.

For Oklahoma City it will be exciting to see how much Rookie of the Year Kevin Durant has improved now that he has a full NBA season under his belt. In addition, we'll get our first look at the new talent that came from the draft (Russell Westbrook, D.J. White, Kyle Weaver, and DeVon Hardin) and off-season trades (Joe Smith and Desmond Mason).

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