The Oklahoma City Thunder will attempt to bounce back Sunday afternoon against the L.A. Clippers following a blowout loss to the Clippers on Friday. This is the first time that the Thunder play a true baseball series as they face the same team twice in three days. Mark Daigneault and his squad has been able to counterpunch teams already this season. The Thunder were dominated by the Pelicans before beating New Orleans a week later. The Magic got the better of the Thunder before OKC topped them in Orlando later that same week. Can Big blue adjust to a much better opponent tonight?
Despite the blowout loss, if you eliminate the first quarter, the Thunder played a competitive game with the WCF hopefuls. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was dazzling on Friday, having such a standout performance that allowed me to have the conversation on Locked on Thunder that he deserves to be in the Ja Morant, Trae Young, Collin Sexton conversation.
Lu Dort continued his hot streak, and at this point, should it turn into just who he is? Mark Daigneault put it best when explaining that Lu Dort is far from his prime. Yet, Dort is already this good. That is exciting for Folks in Bricktown.
The Thunder are 13 point underdogs in this Sunday afternoon game against the Clippers, and for the bet of the day, I like OKC to keep it within 13!
What you have to watch for tonight is SGA. What separates you from a good player to a great player is being able to repeat great performances. With the Clippers defensive stars like Kawhi, PG, Pat Bev keying in on the 30 point scorer from Friday night, can the 22-year-old do it again?
This will be the first game of a back-to-back as the team travels to Portland to take on the Blazers on Monday. The Thunder are already short-handed missing Al Horford, Ty Jerome, and Josh Hall. Something to watch for tomorrow is if the veteran guard George Hill rests on the second night of a road back-to-back. His minute load tonight could determine that.