Friday, November 28, 2008

Also Thankful for the Timberwolves...

The Minnesota Timberwolves return to Oklahoma City for their second (and final) appearance of the season, and it couldn't come at a better time. The Thunder are on the verge of tying the franchise record for consecutive losses, and this game against the T-wolves gives the team a good chance to not share (and potentially then own) that distinction. Minnesota provided OKC with their only win of the season: an 88-85 battle in the Thunder's third game.

Neither team played particularly well in the first outing with the Wolves and the Thunder shooting 42.9% and 42.0% respectively. The big difference maker in that outing was rebounds as the Thunder out-rebounded Minnesota 50-38 including 10 additional offensive rebounds. Due to the rebounding differential, OKC attempted 11 more shots, and that's what tipped in the game in the Thunder's favor.

The Thunder will likely need the shot advantage again tonight if they hope to pull out a win. One of the keys to the game for the Thunder will be containing Al Jefferson who's averaging 10.2 rebounds and 22.8 points on a 50.2% field goal percentage. Jefferson burned the Thunder for 24 points and 13 rebounds in the first game, but Minnesota's second leading scorer, Randy Foye, went 0 for 10 from the field. Don't expect Foye to be such a major drag on the Timberwolves tonight.

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