NBA Predictions: Are the Thunder giving up too many points vs. Lakers?

NBA Predictions: Are the Thunder giving up too many points vs. Lakers?

The Thunder received all-star performances from Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony as the trio combined to score 72 points.

The NBA trade deadline is February 8. Season-ending surgery to fix a ruptured patellar tendon came shortly after. There is no doubt that both teams are going to come into this game exhausted. Despite averaging 14 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest, his playing time has largely been inconsistent from game to game, reportedly causing frustration for the big man in a contract year. Sunday could be another Thunder rout, especially if Ingram can't play.

Thunder coach Billy Donovan hinted at a starting lineup change for Tuesday's matchup with the, but none of the options is especially great. Give me the free buckets if forced to pick this game. Look forward to positive things. A swipe this way or that, and suddenly the Thunder was left empty handed.

The Thunder are tasked with filling a defensive role held by Roberson, who is sidelined for the rest of the season with a ruptured left patellar tendon suffered during the third quarter against the Pistons on January 27.

Roberson is truly elite on the defensive end - he was building a sturdy case for defensive player of the year this season - and was not quite the negative he was perceived to be offensively. Two, let's proactively force him to be as engaged as possible. Last time he was trying to be more of a traditional [point guard] and call plays. And within the context of this Thunder roster, he fit.

Conversely, teams that don't play desperate are comparatively easy to play against.

It's not that the Thunder have dropped off a cliff defensively, though (they remain ).

The Lakers have been without rookie point guard Lonzo Ball for the past 10 games because of a knee injury and likely won't have him available against the Suns. But it's a heavier load on George.

If this young Lakers team is indeed growing up as a unit, it remains to be seen if management will allow it to keep maturing together.

However, the front office wasn't considering substituting Roberson via trade, according to ESPN. On the other side, though, the Thunder should be amped up as they aim to snap their recent losing slump, so they don't expect them to concede to the champs, who they beat in OKC in November. We were just outscoring teams. "That's what we got to get back to again".

India v/s South Africa 3rd ODI
Kohli and other batsmen have followed the lead of bowlers and this third ODI could prove to be the most decisive match. The visitors won the first ODI in Durban by six wickets and handed a nine-wicket defeat to South Africa in Centurion.

Roberson's physical and even communicative traits are obvious.

Ingram then nailed a 3-pointer to double the margin.

Donovan's not wrong about the defense. "I'm really, really concerned about that".

Analysis: The Thunder were one of the hottest teams in the National Basketball Association after Christmas. They have length, athleticism, versatility and firepower. "We want them in shootaround, we want them watching what we're doing, what plays we're working on".

The Oklahoma City Thunder (30-24) go on the road to take on the Golden State Warriors (41-12) on Tuesday at 10:30 PM ET. And it's more than just a small crack.

In the interim, the Thunder are focusing on the details.

"It's painfully obvious that our guys are mentally fried right now", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said shortly before the Warriors boarded a flight to Denver for an unenviable back-to-back.

The Lakers certainly hit the Thunder first. As such, they have placed several players on the trade block that may be dealt before Thursday's deadline.

After a slow start, the Thunder are making their move in the Western Conference.

For now, though, the Thunder are still feeling the effects of midseason erosion.

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