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Open Thread: Washington Wizards vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, Regular Season Game 11

The Essentials:

Wizards (3-7) vs. Thunder (6-6)
8:00 p.m.
Ford Center
Radio: 106.7 The Fan

Notable early Thunder numbers this season

13th in expected winning percentage (.565)
24th in pace (91.2 possessions per game)
25th in offensive efficiency/offensive rating (102.3)
6th in defensive efficiency/defensive rating (100.4)

Notable Thunder numbers last season

27th in expected winning percentage (.298)
8th in pace (93.6 possessions per game)
29th in offensive efficiency/offensive rating (102.9)
20th in defensive efficiency/defensive rating (109.4)

Pre-game links

Welcome to Loud City, SB Nation's Thunder Blog
Daily Thunder
Michael Lee: The Other Side: Thunder
GameDay Thunder

Tonight's Projected Starters
Wizards vs. Thunder
Gilbert Arenas
PG Russell Westbrook
Mike Miller
SG Thabo Sefolosha
Caron Butler
SF Kevin Durant
Antawn Jamison
PF Jeff Green
Brendan Haywood
C Nenad Kristic

It's late, so real quick:

  • I'm chatting on Comcast Sports Net's Web site here. Stop by.
  • I'm really surprised to see the Thunder ranked so highly defensively. Shows you the value of guys like Thabo Sefolosha.
  • Speaking of, matchups will be interesting tonight. If I'm OKC, I put Durant on Butler, Thabo on Arenas and Westbrook on Miller. The Wizards' best chance might be to run and catch them in cross-matches.
  • Keep Kevin Durant out of the paint. He can stroke Js, but he really does damage if he sets everyone else up. I'd like to see Dominic McGuire get a chance tonight.
  • Antawn Jamison should burn Jeff Green on offense. Let's hope he gets out on him to the three-point line on defense.
  • Interested in seeing James Harden in person. I haven't really gotten a good read on him this year.
  • I'm not a big Russell Westbrook fan. I just don't think he's the right fit next to Durant. But Gilbert Arenas is going to need to slow him down.
  • Etan Thomas. That should be fun.