Cleveland Cavaliers at Oklahoma City Thunder, Game 56 preview and listings


Thunder minute: Neither Westbrook nor Carmelo Anthony has played in each of the last two games due to ankle sprains suffered in a recent win over the Warriors. The expectation is that Anthony and Russell Westbrook (ankle) will both go through Tuesday's morning shootaround to test out the injury before a final decision is made on their availability, so look out for another update following that session.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George at the Staples Center. "The Thunder also made 16 on January 29, 2014 at Miami". According to oddsmakers from online sports book YouWager, the Thunder is an 8-point home favorite versus the Grizzlies, who opened as 8-point road underdogs.

Nick Gallo recaps last night's win over Memphis: "That was more of a cushion than the Thunder needed to close this one out, as it maintained at least a 13-point advantage the rest of the night in a 110-92 victory at Chesapeake Energy Arena".

The Grizzlies and the Thunder face off again on Wednesday night at FedEx Forum.

If he signs with the Thunder, he will form a dynamic partnership with reigning Most Valuable Player Russell Westbrook. He also missed Oklahoma City's loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.

Even more impressively, the club was able to set a franchise record for most three-pointers made in the first half of a game (11) and tie the franchise record for most three-pointers made in a game (16). Alex Abrines started there for OKC Sunday and scored 16 points.

Steve Kerr Responds to Critics After Letting Players Coach vs. Suns
After the game, Kerr told reporters that he made a decision to let guys some of his players because "it's the players' team". I thought about a play and then I forgot the second option and had two guys in the wrong place on the board.

Two Grizzlies defenders converged on Paul George and he immediately recognized Steven Adams rolling to the rim.

During their last five games, the Thunder have scored an average of 106.8 points per game (0.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 112.0 points per game (9.1 above their season average). "We got shots, we worked on some defensive stuff, concepts".

Oklahoma City has the talent to be very good for a long time. The new-look Cavaliers shook up the roster during at the February 8 NBA Trade Deadline, adding four new players and getting rid of six veterans.

"Yeah, I loved it", George said.

LeBron James vs Paul George - Rumors persist that James and George could eventually end up being teammates this offseason, but for tonight they'll be the marquee matchup on the floor.