There are few teams I’d like to see more—and am forced to see less—than the Thunder. How the pitiful, plodding and painful to watch Chicago Bulls got nine appearances this year on TNT to Oklahoma City’s NONE makes my brain hurt.
And last time we got to see Kevin Durant in person, ugh. Damn. The Thunder just laid such a ridiculous whooping on the Blazers that the joys and marvel of watching Durantula were all but washed away. They clamped down on the Blazers like truckasaurus.
Sunday’s matchup in Oklahoma City may not be much better. Which is not to say the Blazers should be picked to fall, it’s just that the matchup between the division rivals and closely grouped playoff jockeys is so tight. There’s so much at stake one cannot root for Durant to do those ridiculous things we all want to see so badly.
A single game separates the Blazers and Thunder. Oklahoma City (44-27) currently hold the sixth spot while Portland (44-29) are just .003 percentage points out of seventh. The two teams have played twice this year, each winning on the other’s court. A win for Portland Sunday would guarantee at least a season split. They meet again at the Rose Garden for the fourth and final time in the Blazers’ second to last game of the year on April 12th. Should the teams finish with equal records, the first tie-breaker is head to head record. The second is record in the division, where Oklahoma City holds an edge, making Sunday’s game all the more important.
The Thunder are coming off one of their biggest wins as a franchise. At home on Friday they destroyed the Lakers 91-75. Obviously their confidence is boiling up out of the pot. The Blazers too are playing some of their best ball of the season. Since picking up Marcus Camby, Portland are 11-2. It should be one hell of a game—think playoff atmosphere.
Maybe the best way to sum this weekend’s back-to-back is with the sweet tunes of BTO (Bachman Turner Overdrive, you fool, and no, I’m not a baby boomer). The first one represents the win in New Orleans (picture the Blazers as these sexy cleaning ladies and The Hornets as the dirty floor):
This next one is what the Blazers hope for in their Oklahoma future (watch this it’s AWESOME—one day Jeff Pendergraph is going to show up in one of these outfits, I swear):
Tip Off: 4:00PM
TV: Comcast 37
Vegas Line: Portland +5