The Oklahoma City Thunder and The San Antonio Spurs square off for the third time this season. They each have a game under their belt, but this game is much more important than the first two. The Spurs currently sit fifth and the Thunder sit seventh in the Western Conference. A loss for either team can shift the landscape in the conference.
The Thunder have been one of the disappointing teams this year. Most experts and pundits expected them to be fighting with the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors for top seeds in the Western Conference. Instead, they are fighting to keep pace in the conference and they can't afford to take many more losses.
They have the reigning MVP in Russell Westbrook, probably a future Hall of Famer in Carmelo Anthony and a five time All-Star in Paul George. They should be better than their record shows just off talent alone. They just can't seem to stay consistent.
The Spurs would have more of an excuse to be where they are. They have been without their superstar in Kawhi Leonard for all but nine games. It's just hard to see the Western Conference Playoffs without the Spurs, because we haven't seen that since 1997 when they last missed the playoffs.
They still have an All-Star in Lamarcus Aldrige and they have the best coach in the league and sure ballot future Hall of Famer.
Regardless eveyone expects both of these teams to be playing in late April. The team that wins will be a step in the right direction.
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