Thunder host new-look Cavaliers to end short homestand

Russell Westbrook left and Carmelo Anthony

Russell Westbrook left and Carmelo Anthony

Westbrook and Anthony's availability - The Thunder have revealed that there remains no update for the status of both Westbrook and Anthony as they continue to recover from respective ankle injuries. This Cavs team should have a significantly better defense than the one which let in a whopping 148 points at home in their first meeting against the Thunder.

It was a key factor that Kevin Durant, who scored 36 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, would have to be shut down, in order for Heat to keep their lead. That includes a 110-92 win over the Memphis Grizzlies Sunday night.

Grizzlies: Host the Thunder on Wednesday night.

Oklahoma City set a team record by hitting 12 3-pointers in the first half.

Michael Sykes (SB Nation) on Thunder fans and the "We Want Paul!" chant: "The Lakers have always been connected to Paul George in free agency this summer and Lakers fans joined in on the pursuit with a "We want Paul" chant in the Staples Center on Thursday night". Russell Westbrook is expected to be back for Oklahoma City.

George enjoyed his trips to the free throw line most, when much of the chanting occurred. Assuming Lebron James does not join as well, this Lakers team plus Paul George would struggle to make the playoffs in the West. Paul George has an average of 38.93 fantasy points per game on the season. Alex Abrines started there for OKC Sunday and scored 16 points.

While posting his 10th game with at least 30 points, George also contributed eight assists and three steals. We've worked together. Where I got the most heat and truth was I played a couple of years of high school basketball in Oklahoma and my ex-teammates were sending me OKC police tweets and all of that kind of stuff, I favorited the tweet about a couple of weeks ago.

The offensive glass should be a major advantage for Oklahoma City in this contest. While beating the tanking Grizzlies short-handed is one thing, it'll be a completely different proposition to overcome a LeBron James-led Cavs team that has a renewed sense of energy following their flurry of trade deadline deals. It was amusing. I called Sam after that and said, 'That was to my buddies, that wasn't to you guys.' He laughed about it. "We had better shooters on the floor tonight with those two out".

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