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Thunder Preview: Oklahoma City Hosts the Celtics

Thunder Preview: Oklahoma City Hosts the Celtics

The Thunder are searching to end nine game losing skid against the Celtics in Paycom Center. 

Boston has been on a streak of their own winning their last three and conquering eight of their last nine contests.


Blundering Bench

The Celtics have a deep bench, which allows them to maintain offensive production without their starters on the floor. In their last two games, Boston’s bench has averaged 44 points. Oklahoma City’s bench will need to step up and compete against this hot Celtic’s bench.

DJ Jazzy Jason & Jaylen

It’s no secret that Jason Tatum has been a huge offensive threat for Boston. But when you match his production with Jaylen Brown’s they are a perfect one two punch. 

Tatum has scored +30 points in his last two contests, against Sacramento he was on fire. He finished with 32 points on 12-of-16 shooting and went 70 percent from the perimeter.

Brown has been right their with scoring 30 points in each of the Celtic’s last two games. Averaging 62 percent from the field and a whopping 55 percent from behind the arc in Brown’s last two games, he has been major for Boston.

Thunder’s Mann

Tre Mann has really benefitted from getting additional minutes in the rotation. He has become one of the Thunder’s most consistent three-point shooters. 

Turning up the heat against Miami, Mann scored 20 points in the second quarter alone, setting a Thunder rookie record.

During this quarter Mann shot eight-of-11 from the field and an incredible four-of-six from deep.

The Thunder will need another amazing performance from Mann to match Tatum and Brown’s output, especially if Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is still out.


Notable: The Celtics lead the league in defensive rating, limiting to score 105.5 points per game. OKC will have their work cut out for them with this strong defense.

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