The Oklahoma City Thunder have 30 games left. One-sixth of those will be played against the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs.
The Thunder gave the Warriors a rare scare at home, a 116-108 Golden State victory Saturday that was a one-point game with 3:25 to go. Kevin Durant might be daydreaming about playing with Stephen Curry next year, but for now he’s still putting up a pretty good fight for his current team.
Durant had 40 points, 14 rebounds and five assists to help OKC come close to pulling the upset, and doing so without key perimeter defender, Andre Robertson, who would been draped on Splash Brother Klay Thompson.
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Afterward, Durant told reporters, via The Oklahoman, that the Thunder aren’t sitting there scared of Golden State or San Antonio.
“We not scared of either one of those teams. We gonna play our game. Nobody in this locker room is scared. We’ve got to play them. To get to where we want to get to, we got to play them. We ain’t ducking nobody.”
While the Warriors are rightly considered the prohibitive favorite to come out of the West again, with the Spurs right behind, Durant’s Thunder, at 38-14, proved they deserve to have their hat in the ring.
OKC is 1-1 against both teams. It beat the Spurs at home in the season-opener, and challenged the Warriors on the road. It won’t be long before we have a much clearer idea of how well the Thunder really stack up to the two teams ahead of them.
They play the Warriors two more times in the next 24 days (Feb. 27, March 3) and the Spurs three more times (March 12, March 26 and April 12).