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- The Thunder and Suns play each other twice in the next three days. Tonight in OKC and Sunday night in Phoenix. Despite the Suns record, Thunder forward Kevin Durant plans to treat the next couple games like a “small playoff series, we play ‘em here and then we travel and play ‘em our next game so we gotta set the tone tonight.” Durant has admitted in the past the Thunder have relaxed at times against some teams, sounds like he’s determined not to let that happen tonight.
- The Suns are 4-5 since interim head coach Lindsey Hunter took over for Alvin Gentry. Thunder head coach Scott Brooks told reporters before the game one of the big differences in the Suns now is that Michael Beasley appears to be more involved. “Yeah he seems to be playing more and Beasley’s a scorer, he has a really good pull-up game, his ability to get to the basket with his left hand is at a high level.” Beasley is averaging 15.1 points and 5.3 rebounds over the nine games Hunter has been running the Suns. Before that Beasley’s averages were 9.4 and 3.6.
- OKC is 16-1 at home against Western Conference opponents. The Suns are 2-11 on the road against The West.
- Phoenix is averaging just 91.9 points a game and the Suns have scored 100 points or more just once in the last 19 games. The Thunder have won 28 straight games where they’ve held their opponent to 98 points or less.
– Randy Renner