The 2013-2014 season has been the season dominated by the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Oklahoma City Thunder have won the first three contests played against the San Antonio Spurs. It is true that the Spurs are gunning for the Western Conference lead and their season record speaks for itself, but the Thunder’s home court advantage and Kevin Durant’s shooting streak are two obstacles that will be next to impossible to overcome for the Spurs.
During the 2013-14 season, the Oklahoma City Thunder have successfully defended their home floor at least 17 times against Western Conference opponents during regular season play. It will be a hard fought contest, but the Spurs will have a long trip back to San Antonio after being trounced by the home team. During the last three prior meetings, the Spurs have played with spunk, but they were unable to pull out the wins.
The San Antonio Spurs rely on outside shooting and on their opponents’ slouchy play to pick up turnovers. The Spurs are not well known for their defensive ability to stop sharpshooters like Kevin Durant. If the Thunder and Durant are having a good night, the Spurs will most likely be on the short end on the scoreboard.
Durant is on track to match Michael Jordan’s record of 40 straight games with more than 25 points scored. He has already scored 25 or more points in 30 straight games, and has racked up 54 points earlier in the season against the Golden State Warriors.
Kevin Durant has been receiving most of the press so far for the Thunder, but it is worth mentioning that Kendrick Perkins, Thabo Sefolosha, and Russell Westbrook have been battling injuries during March. These three are key cogs in the wheel that churns out Thunder victories. Watch Durant’s NBA Live Stream matches online and follow your favorite NBA teams via legal basketball live streaming found at sportstreaming24.
It seems that The Thunder staff have determined that the guard position needed a boost, and they have added depth to the roster in that spot by signing a 10-day contract with Mustafa Shakur who returns from the NBA Development League after being named NBA D-League Player of the Month for February.
Historically, the Thunder have not fared well against the Spurs. The Spurs have won 84 games out of the 152 played by the two teams. This statistic includes the Thunder’s time in Seattle, known then as the Supersonics, while the Spurs have won almost half of the games against the franchise located in Oklahoma City, winning 12 of 21, but 2014 is proving to be different than the norm for the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder are winning when they should not and losing when they should not. Most recently, the Thunder were defeated by the Mavericks on March 16, 2014, a feat that has not occurred since January 2, 2012. All of this proves that on any given night, any team that takes the floor can win. However, when the stakes are highest, the Thunder rumbles and plays with unmatched intensity. The upcoming game against the Spurs will be the series finale for the 2014 season, and it will no doubt be a nail biter. The fans are sure to be on their feet and hoarse by game’s end.
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