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Preview: Kings at Thunder


Tyreke Evans looked like the Tyreke of old for most of the game against the Hornets on Wedneday, so I assume he'll start again, joining Beno Udrih, Donté Greene, Jason Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins.  Newcomer Jermaine Taylor will be with the team but its unlikely he'll be active to play before he's had his first practice.

The Thunder start Russell Westbrook and Thabo Sefolosha in the backcourt, Kevin Durant and Jeff Green at the forward spots, and Serge Ibaka at Center.  Nenad Krstic missed their last game against Houston with a strained lower back.


Please check out HighTops' scouting report.

One thing I want to emphasize is that OKC gets to the line a LOT (mainly Durant and Westbrook), and the Kings are one of the worst in terms of keeping opposing teams off the line.  The Thunder don't miss many Free Throws either, hitting at a league leading 85.4%, so the Kings can play a great game, but if they don't limit themselves foul-wise, they could still lose  because of that.


Russell Westbrook v. Tyreke Evans.  Westbrook might not spend much time guarding Evans (that job likely will fall to specialist Thabo Sefolosha) but Tyreke definitely will be spending some time on him.  Westbrook is incredibly quick and explosive, and just like Tyreke, you want to keep him out of the lane and make him shoot jumpers.  He's also been drawing 8.5 FTA a game too, so Tyreke needs to stay out of foul trouble.  If Tyreke can help limit Westbrook while still getting his own, the Kings have a much better chance to win this game.


Donté Greene.  Greene will be facing one of the toughest matchups in the league tonight in Kevin Durant.  Durant can score from literally anywhere and there isn't one good way to defend him other than simply trying to stay in front of him and contest without fouling.  It's a tough job, but if anyone on the Kings can do it, it'll have to be Donté.



5 PM PT. Game threads at 5 and 6:30. Let's go Kings!