Oklahoma City Thunder Attempting to Bounce Back against New York Knicks

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in New York. Durant had 32 points but the Nets upset the Thunder 116-106. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The snowstorm that destroyed the East Coast over the weekend created some issues for the Oklahoma City Thunder as well. The blizzard prevented Kevin Durant and the rest of his team from conducting their usual pregame practices and shoot-arounds.

The Brooklyn Nets capitalized on their chances against the tired Thunder team, and handed them a loss that snapped Oklahoma City’s seven game win streak. The final score was 116-106.

That loss was just their fifth in the last twenty seven games, something that head coach, Billy Donovan would not make an excuse for. He was quoted after the game saying, “They dealt with the same circumstances we had. So both teams dealt with the weather, but to say that that impacted us would be making an excuse”.

Oklahoma City will stay in the Big Apple for a game against the New York Knicks tonight.

Carmelo Anthony has been a weak point for the Thunder in the past, but Derek Fisher’s superstar scorer is questionable for the matchup tonight. He said he was dealing with some knee soreness after a 97-84 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday.

He has been struggling of recent, shooting under 40% over the last four contests. If Anthony cannot play tonight, New York will need big performances out of Arron Afflalo and Kristaps Porzingis.

The Knicks have done a good job in the last two months of winning on a more consistent basis at Madison Square Garden. They haven’t lost two in a row at The World’s Greatest Arena, since November 29.

New York is still two games under .500, but are hanging just under the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Derek Fisher discussed what it will take to get his team to a winning record, “How do you get to a point where you can break (past .500)? It requires more sacrifice, more discipline, more commitment and more energy. We have to keep plugging until we find a way”.

Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant both put up impressive numbers against the Nets in their loss, both falling just three assists shy of triple-doubles. If they can even come close to putting up those type of numbers tonight, Knicks’ fans may be in for a long night, especially if Carmelo Anthony’s knees are giving him trouble.

If New York fans need something to look forward to, they can dream about the Kevin Durant to the Knicks rumor. Tip-off is at 7:30 ET, and the game can be watched on NBA TV.

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