Monday, December 8, 2008

The Power of Three

Oklahoma City welcomes the NBA's worst defensive team tonight in what is sure to be a high-scoring affair. Golden State brings a nine-game losing streak and is coming off a 35-point thrashing to the San Antonio Spurs. The Thunder, on the other hand, look to stop a three-game slide and end the current trend of falling apart in the fourth quarter.

Russell Westbrook has taken hold of the starting point guard spot, and another game like Saturday's 30-point affair will have the rest of the league on alert. While both teams have been giving up triple-digit points, the Warriors are doing it at a record pace. Look for Jeff Green and Kevin Durant to expose the visitors from outside, and any number of OKC big men to find some holes in the middle.

Two players who I'm sure would love to be playing tonight had key roles in victories over the weekend. After the Lightning favorite Blake Griffin kept the Oklahoma Sooners undefeated, and he is sure to be a top pick in next June's Draft. If he isn't wearing a Thunder jersey next season, maybe Steven Hill will be. OKC's seven-footer wasn't leaving the bench very often, so he was re-assigned to the D-League's Tulsa club. Hill provided a double-double as the 66ers notched their first victory of the year.

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