Celtics (4-4, 1-1 road) vs. Thunder (6-3, 4-1 home), 6PM CST at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK
Fox Sports Oklahoma
Cox channel 37 (SD) and 722 (HD) in Oklahoma City; channel 27 (SD) and 722(HD) in Tulsa
DirecTV channel 767-5
Dish channel 416
AT&T U-Verse channel 753
Offensive Rating*: Thunder 111.4 (2nd), Celtics 102.3 (17th)
Defensive Rating*: Thunder 102.8 (14th), Celtics 97.9 (4th)
Simple Rating System**: Thunder 8.04 (3rd), Celtics 4.78 (7th)
* an estimate of points scored or allowed per 100 possessions
** team rating that takes into account average point differential and strength of schedule. Zero is league average.
The Celtics roll into town fresh off a 106-93 victory over the Atlanta Hawks in Boston Friday night. The Thunder enters the night on a two-game winning streak after Friday night’s scrimmage against the 76ers. The Celtics are a deep team with at 10 players averaging at least 14 minutes per game and none more than 31.4. If you’re into point guards who can fill up a scoring column, I give you Russell Westbrook and Isaiah (not that one) Thomas.
Non-Obvious Player to Watch, Boston: Any time a former Sooner or Cowboy returns to play in the Peake, it’s something to watch. But if you can divert your attention from Marcus Smart for a bit, make note of guard Avery Bradley. The defensive ace has missed the past two games with a calf injury but is eager to return to the lineup tonight. If he does, he and his Andean Condor-like wingspan could get the task of wrangling Westbrook.
Non-Obvious Player to Watch, OKC: The Celtics are one of the stingier teams in the league in terms of giving up opponent rebounds, and also rank 5th in the league in Offensive Rebound percentage. The number one team in offensive rebound percentage so far? Oklahoma City. Enes Kanter needs to have an effective night on the glass as part of the Thunder’s overall game plan.
Random Fun Thing: Brad Stevens as the Thunder head coach? According to Nate Jones, who works for Goodwin Sports Management and is a well-tapped-in source of information, it could have happened. Jones has posted many times on Twitter that he thought Stevens to OKC was nearly a done deal back in 2012.
Pregame coverage: David Garrett was busy hosting SNL last night or something and is probably still recovering from the after party. Erik Gee steps up in his place to host the pregame show with John Rohde and Desmond Mason, live from Flint Restaurant at the Colcord Hotel, one block north of the arena.
Postgame coverage: Jerry Ramsey and I will be live from Flint and will break down the game moments after the final buzzer sounds. Skip traffic, get some food a drink, stop by and tell us how we’re doing it all wrong. Tune in on 107.7 in Oklahoma City, 107.9 in Tulsa, or 1560AM.