Thunder have great opportunity tonight

Phoenix comes to town for OKC's home opener

11/3/13 in NBA   |   andrewgilman   |   20 respect

Tough start for the Thunder.
 
But there's a good chance everyone will be feeling a lot better after Sunday night.
 
Oklahoma City won at Utah but then was blown out at Minnesota last week. It's about time for a home game.
 
Phoenix comes to town tonight for the home-opener for the Thunder, a team desperately looking for a bit of help offensively.
 
So far, Kevin Durant has struggled. He went 9-for-24 against Utah, but still managed to score 24 points. Against Minnesota, Durant only got 13 points. Meanwhile, he isn't getting a lot of help from anyone else. Serge Ibaka has not shot the ball well in the first two games and guard Reggie Jackson had seven turnovers against the Timberwolves.
 
The Thunder started last season 1-2 and the team went on to win 60 games and the top seed in the Western Conference, but that was with Russell Westbrook in the lineup.
 
Westbrook won't be there again tonight against Phoenix either. He's still recovering from knee surgery that ended his season last year in the first round of the playoffs.
 
Nov 1, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Derrick Williams (7) rebounds against Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka (9) in the fourth quarter at Target Center. Timberwolves won 100-81. Mandatory Credit: Greg Smith-USA TODAY SportsThe Thunder seem to still be recovering, too. Coach Scott Brooks has done plenty of experimenting with the lineup – playing 12 guys against Minnesota and 10 against Utah. He's still looking for a reliable 6th-man, too, now that Kevin Martin is no longer with the team.
 
Chances are, the Thunder will play better tonight. Chances are Durant will get some help, too. The crowd will certainly be inspired. It's the home-opener, after all. 
 
Don't buy in too much about what should happen tonight. Durant is going to need help. The team is shooting just 38 percent, good for 29th in the league. 
 
Worry about that later. Beating Phoenix will be a good start.
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