The Oklahoma City Thunder will be short-handed against the Minnesota Timberwolves to complete the second night of a back-to-back and to cap off a four-game road swing. The Thunder will be without Lu Dort, who made the game-saving block last night against Houston, he is out with a toe injury. The team will also be without George Hill (Thumb), Darius Bazley (Shoulder), and Josh Hall (knee) all of them are expected to be out until we are told otherwise. This may be a shock to you, but Al Horford is resting again.
Now, it is still extremely unlikely that Al Horford is moved this week, his contract is too big and it makes it hard for teams to match his salary. However, we are in deadline week which makes everyone on edge. Everyone is on high alert, you have your coffee, your triple monitor set up, tweet deck is open with six or more columns…wait, just me? Anyways, anytime Al Horford remains resting after not playing since March 18th, it is going to perk some ears up. (Can your ears perk?) There has to be some smoke, and of course, with how tight-lipped the organization is, we will never know about said smoke until something happens.
Al Horford looks good on the floor, has never labored at all this year, and the price to acquire him for other teams will basically be matching salaries and a loosely termed asset. He can truly help a contender, and his game looks to be aging more gracefully than it looked in the disaster that was Brett Brown’s 76ers a year ago. Could something happen? Sure! In fact, I think the only reason they continue to rest the well-respected and playing well veteran is that they are at least getting some calls! Will it actually happen that OKC can ship Al Horford? The odds say no, but that is exactly what Sam Presti wants us to think.
We will have a full trade deadline primer up shortly on Bricktown Buckets, but for now, let’s continue to get you set for tonight’s game against the Wolves.
In case you were wondering, the intensions of the front office are clear.
The Minnesota Timberwolves will be without D’Angelo Russell, Jordan McLaughlin, Malik Beasley. Former-first-round pick Jarrett Culver is questionable. The Wolves have played a lot better recently, and despite being the number of shots it is taking, Anthony Edwards is racking up the counting stats. Even as they perform better, the Wolves are 3-7 in their last ten.
On the road, the Thunder opens up as a four-and-a-half-point underdog, and for the Locked on Thunder bet of the game, I am going with OKC +4.5 once again. it cashed in last night, let’s try it once more. The Moneyball pick for who will lead the Thunder in 3-pointers made tonight, I am going with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who if the odds tell us anything will just drag the Thunder to a victory despite the team OKC puts around him.
This story will be updated with pregame quotes from Mark Daigneault prior to tip-off. Get live updates on Twitter!