The Clippers make their second and final trip into Oklahoma City tonight to take on our "beloved" Thunder. The Clippers thumped the Thunder in their previous visit 108-88 in P.J. Carlesimo’s second to last game as coach. At the time, the Clippers were struggling almost as badly as the Thunder.
Fast forward to today, and we have a Clippers team that's starting to turn things around. They've won their past two games: both on the road and both against quality opponents (the Trailblazers and the Rockets). They have a soft schedule for the rest of December playing 7 of the 8 games against teams that currently have losing records with the other game against the inconsistent Dallas Mavericks. Now is an opportune time for the Clippers to make a run.
The Thunder are in a similar situation as they were when the two last met. Currently we're in the midst of a 7 game losing streak. Last time it was already at 8 games. We've set a franchise record for most consecutive losses at home at ten. The biggest difference between now and then is that we're not getting blown out of games as much anymore.
This game is going to come down to which team is more motivated to win as neither team has a clear advantage. Hopefully the Thunder players are sick of setting the wrong records and will be extra pumped up to end the drought.