Warriors vs. Thunder Preview – It’s one of the match-ups that is most anticipated this 2016-2017 NBA Season and it’s happening Thursday night. The Golden State Warriors now featuring Kevin Durant will face the Oklahoma City Thunder with Russell Westbrook in the first of four meetings between these teams this season.
Durant will be of course be joined by Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and others against Westbrook’s team that will feature a few new faces since KD left in free agency.
After the first few games of the regular season, Westbrook has proven that this is his team now; the OKC superstar is averaging a triple-double of 37.9 points, 10.5 rebounds and 10.3 assists. More importantly, Westbrook has led his team to a 4-0 record and they are one of the two teams in the league still undefeated this season.
The Warriors were off to an ugly start, a 129-100 blowout loss to the San Antonio Spurs, but have won their last three games including a big win over the Portland Trail Blazers, 127-104 last Tuesday. Curry scored 23 of his 28 points in the third quarter in their recent road win.
The Thunder are on the second night of a back-to-back after defeating the Los Angeles Clippers, 85-83 on Wednesday.
Warriors vs. Thunder is about Durant vs. Westbrook
Westbrook is downplaying his first match-up against the Warriors and his former teammate.
“I play every game like it’s my last,” Westbrook, who had 35 points in the win versus the Clippers, said to ESPN. “I play every game the same, always. Like I’ve been saying for years. And regardless of who we play, I’m going to play the same way.”
For his part, Durant admitted in a recent interview that there is no “beef” between him and Westbrook saying the media has blown up the issue and he just made a basketball decision in free agency.
The game is set at 10:30 PM ET and Warriors vs. Thunder live streaming available via NBA League Pass.
Photo courtesy: Keith Allison/Wikimedia Commons