THUNDER AT WOLVES, 8 P.M. ET

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● The Thunder are locked in a battle with the Spurs for the top seed in the Western Conference – currently 1 ½ games behind San Antonio. The Spurs begin a stretch of four games in six days tonight that includes facing three of the NBA’s elite in the Clippers, Heat, and Grizzlies. Should the Spurs stumble in this difficult stretch, the April 4th showdown with the Thunder could decide the top seed.

● Kevin Durant is the NBA’s top scorer at 28.1 points per game. Look for him to build on that number this evening as Durant is averaging 33.6 ppg. over his last 11 games against the Wolves. He has also gone over 40 points four times in his career against the Wolves.

● The NBA issued a statement today on the controversial no-call Wednesday night when it appeared Kobe Bryant hit Ricky Rubio’s hand while attempting a game-tying three-pointer as time expired. Acknowledging the referees missed the call, the league said, “Video review by the league office confirmed that Kobe Bryant fouled (Ricky) Rubio while Rubio was in his shooting motion. Rubio should have been awarded three free throws.”

● Thunder coach Scott Brooks was asked before the game if the league should consider expanding video replay to make sure officials get calls right during the game. “No. That’s part of the game. You have to move on to the next game. Nothing that I have thought about. Those are not my decisions to make either. I just focus on what we do and how we do it and move on.”

● Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman is four wins shy of reaching 1,000 NBA coaching wins – a plateau previously reached by only seven coaches. Nuggets coach George Karl was the last to hit this mark during the 2010-2011 season.

 Peter Kapsner

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