Game Day Connection
Contest with Urgency — Minnesota shot 40.0 percent from the 3-point line on Friday. In its next matchup, look for the Thunder to contest with urgency to the 3-point line and trust the help defense to have its back on the closeout.
Wrangle the Backcourt — It was the Timberwolves’ backcourt of Malik Beasley and D’Angelo Russell that generated most of the offense on Friday as they combined for 45 points. By limiting this duo, the Thunder can contain Minnesota’s scoring output.
Protect the Ball — The Thunder gave up 18 points off of turnovers on Friday. Be on the lookout for the Thunder to shore up this controllable aspect of the game on Saturday to limit Minnesota’s scoring opportunities.
15 – The 25 points off turnovers last night was over 15 points above its season average of 14.4 per game. The Thunder also had 10 steals, nearly three more than its per game average.
The Thunder is 3-1 in games where it faces a team for the second time after losing previously. Its three wins were 108-99 over Orlando, 111-110 over New Orleans and 104-87 over Houston.