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    Oklahoma City Thunder Game thread: New York Knicks vs Oklaoma City Thumder 7:30p 3/6/2020 [Game #63]





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    The Oklahoma City Thunder haven't fared as well as they'd like against fellow playoff-bound teams. On Friday night, the Thunder will get another chance to continue building their confidence against teams headed for the lottery when they visit the New York Knicks.

    Both teams were off Thursday after playing Wednesday. The Thunder began a three-game road trip with a 114-107 win over the Pistons in Detroit, and the Knicks continued a five-game homestand by trailing from start to finish in a 112-104 loss to the Utah Jazz.

    The win by the Thunder snapped a two-game losing streak and was their 15th victory in their last 20 games. But 12 of those victories have come against teams that entered Thursday residing outside of the playoff picture and another win was against the Orlando Magic, who occupy the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a 27-35 record.

    The Knicks, in the midst of a perpetual rebuild and on pace to miss the playoffs for the seventh straight season, provide another get-right opportunity for the Thunder, who will enter Friday in sixth place in the Western Conference, a half-game ahead of the Dallas Mavericks.

    On Wednesday, the Thunder led by double digits for much of the middle two quarters before withstanding a late rally by the Pistons, who went on an 11-0 run in the fourth quarter to take a 103-102 lead with 4:27 left and led with 1:53 to go before Oklahoma City scored the final eight points.

    "(Point guard) Chris (Paul) said before the game, 'You've got to come out aggressive,'" Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander told reporters Wednesday night. "The past couple of games I thought we went on our heels for the majority of the games. That's why the outcomes were what they were. We just wanted to be aggressive tonight and I think we ought to know that."

    The game against the Thunder represents a third straight chance to play spoiler against a Western Conference opponent for the Knicks, who authored one of their most impressive wins of the season by knocking off the Houston Rockets, the current occupiers of the No. 4 seed, 125-123, on Monday night.

    The loss to the fifth-seeded Jazz was overshadowed by another incident involving Knicks owner James Dolan and an increasingly frustrated fan base. A group of young fans said they were escorted from Madison Square Garden after chanting "SELL THE TEAM!" in the waning minutes of the defeat.

    The loss to the Jazz also came without the usual courtside presence of celebrity superfan Spike Lee, who began boycotting the Knicks after an incident prior to Monday night's game in which he claims he was denied entry at the media/employee entrance he previously used.

    "We don't worry about that -- we play basketball," Knicks power forward Bobby Portis said Wednesday night in reference to the Lee boycott. "We pushed that aside and worried about basketball. That didn't affect the loss. We just didn't have it tonight."

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    SELL THE TEAM !!!

    Wsup Rady .... Thanks for the Game-Thread .. RJ Barrett vs Alexander will be a nice watch.
    CP3 should've been a Knick last off-season !!!

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    Thanks for the game thread Rady. Coach still trying to win games by starting Harkless, how quickly we seem to have forgotten MM after trading him.

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    MRob back in action.

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    CP3 court leadership has got the Thunders players hustling a 100% ..
    End of First Quarter .. Knicks 20 - OKC 27
    Coach Miller coached the first quarter to lose .. Payton & Randle received 10 to 11 minutes in the first quarter .. thats coaching to lose the game !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger0330 View Post
    MRob back in action.
    Nice having MitchRob back .. we looked terrible without MitchRob !!!

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    Nits has his shoe off on the bench with the training staff checking him out, then walks back to the locker room. Wasn't limping noticeably though and wasn't real apparent where he got injured.

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    What happen to Frank .. why he had the sneaker off ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger0330 View Post
    Nits has his shoe off on the bench with the training staff checking him out, then walks back to the locker room. Wasn't limping noticeably though and wasn't real apparent where he got injured.
    Im glad it aint the groin again

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger0330 View Post
    Nits has his shoe off on the bench with the training staff checking him out, then walks back to the locker room. Wasn't limping noticeably though and wasn't real apparent where he got injured.
    Strained right ankle, may not return. If he's a gamer, he'll try to play with only Payton as the only PG available.

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    Randle & Barrett on the court .. OKC 4 pt lead went to a 10 pt lead quick. RJ Barrett cant defend NBA players SMH

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    Miller got the LOSER lineup on the court the final 3 minute before halftime .. Payton RJ Bullock Randle SMH

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    I love Kenny Alpert and his trivia, just said all the refs in the game played college ball and he named the schools they played for.

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    Payton is the Knicks best PG and he does some nice things but he can't shoot, a PG shooting 55% on his freebies should not be starting.

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    Thunder up 61-48 at the half. Payton leading the scoring with 12.

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