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Thunder Preview: OKC Looking to Extend Portland’s Losing Streak

Thunder Preview: OKC Looking to Extend Portland’s Losing Streak

The Thunder are looking to bounce back from their 113-107 loss to the Denver  Nuggets. 

Portland is also attempting to get back on track by ending a three game losing streak.

 

Running the Boards

Oklahoma City has been a highly effective rebounding team all season despite being undersized. Averaging 45.7 rebounds per game, OKC ranks 6th in the league in obtaining boards. 

The Trail Blazers however near the end of the NBA rank 23rd in rebounds per game.

For the Thunder, snatching rebounds will be a good way to control both offensive and defensive possessions.

As for Anfernee Simons

Leading Portland in scoring is none other than Anfernee Simons. In February, Simons averaged 23.7 points per game on a 45.5 percent clip from the field. 

Most recently, Simons scored 38 points against Minnesota and shot 52.9 percent from the perimeter.

Locking down Simons will be key for the Thunder.

Don’t Poke Pokusevski

From being awarded more minutes, Aleksej Pokusevski has shined. 

He has scored more points while becoming more efficient, which is difficult to do. In Oklahoma City’s matchup against Denver, Pokusevski finished with 17 points on five-of-eight shooting.

On top of that, Pokusevski’s defensive game has taken strides in the past few games. Against Orlando, Pokusevski recorded two blocks and two steals.

If he continues on this path, stopping this seven footer will be difficult for the Trail Blazers.

 

Notable: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been taken off “day-to-day” classification for this ankle injury. He will likely be listed as out for this contest.

Daigneault said,”We’re going to have a conversation with him here in the next couple days to just discuss the rest of the year. Because the game to game thing is not sustainable, you know, in terms of just in and out on a nightly basis.”

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