While The Minnesota Timberwolves have only won 20 games this season, the Oklahoma Thunder are on the other side of the spectrum, sitting in third place in the Western Conference with a 44-20 record. But it was the Thunder All Stars who kept them from a defeat at the hands of the T-wolves in their last meeting, a slim 123-126 victory.
The Thunder have won 10 straight against the Timberwolves and with the Spurs looming on the horizon with a nationally televised game Saturday, Coach Donovan hopes his team maintains control on what aspects of the game they can.
“We talk about being able to sustain something and to control what you can control,” Donovan explained. “We can control blocking out. We can control taking care of the basketball. We can control getting back in transition. We can control moving down the floor and executing and moving the ball. We can control those things.”
There is still time to get your tickets to cheer on your Oklahoma City Thunder before they embark on a one game road trip against the Spurs before returning for a home game against the Blazers. Plenty of affordable tickets and great seats are still available!
The return of Kevin Durant from injury will be put to the test as they face the powerhouse San Antonio Spurs in the opening game of the season. This also marks the first regular season game for new head coach Billy Donovan.
Durant missed a large portion of last season due in part to a Jones fracture early on in the 2014-15 season. After spraining an ankle just 16 days after his return, Durant underwent surgery to relieve pain in his foot which turned into a season ending surgery.
While Durant was rehabbing in the off season, the Spurs were busy being very un-Spurs like in going after the NBA’s top free agent on the market, LaMarcus Aldridge, and ending up with not only Aldridge but savvy veteran David West as well.
If you are a basketball purist, then this game will be one that you should not miss. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours today and help cheer on your Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Oklahoma City Thunder selected Murray State’s Cameron Payne with the 14th overall selection in the 2015 NBA Draft. Cameron had an earlier successful meeting with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Head Coach Billy Donovan and President of Basketball Operations Sam Presti.
In the second round, the Thunder selected 7 foot Kentucky Center Dakari Johnson with the 48th overall pick. Johnson was a sophomore last season under John Calipari. The 19-year old averaged 6.4 ppg and 4.6 rebounds in under 17 minutes per game.