MIAMI, FL, Sporting Alert – Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat will entertain Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA at AmericanAirlines Arena on Thursday night.
The clash between the Eastern Conference and Western Conference outfits will be broadcast live on the TNT Network and streaming live online at TNT Overtime.
Both teams are coming off defeats heading into the matchup and are determined to quickly snap that run before it turns into an unproductive and toxic streak.
LOOKING MIAMI HEAT NEWS: Hosts Heat are hoping star forward Luol Deng will recover in time to return to the lineup on Thursday against a very powerful Thunder side. Deng missed the last three games, including the defeats the Boston and Detroit because of a hamstring injury, and despite going through an extended workout, he was still listed as questionable for the game. He did not go through shootaround on Thursday morning.
If Deng is unable to face Oklahoma City, then Gerald Green, who is averaging 10.3 points and 2.8 rebounds per game, will probably get another start at small forward. He could share duties with rookie Justise Winslow, who could be given the green light to guard Durant on the night.
LOOKING AT OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER: Durant and the Thunder are coming off a 106-100 defeat against the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night, which snapped Oklahoma City’s four-game winning streak. In that game, Durant tallied 25 points, six rebounds, six assists and four blocks, while his right-hand man, Russell Westbrook had 34 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.
Those efforts were not enough, as besides Serge Ibaka, who scored 17 points and Anthony Morrow (10), no other OKC player really troubled the scoresheet.
And despite his trying efforts, Durant believes he could have done better, while Westbrook, who had six of the team’s 11, also thinks the team could have given a better effort.
“I could’ve been a lot better,” Durant said.
Westbrook added: “We just put ourselves in a bad position.”
Oklahoma City Thunder, according to the oddsmakers, are currently listed as 4-point favorites on the road against the Heat, while the game’s OVER/UNDER is at 202.