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By John Rohde, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: April 9, 2011
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SNEAK PEEK

Final three for Thunder

Today: at L.A. Lakers, 8:30 p.m. (FSO) — Thunder is 0-3 inside Staples Center this season, losing twice to the Clippers and once to the Lakers.


Monday: at Sacramento, 9 p.m. (FSO) — The place will be a madhouse. This could be the Kings' next-to-last home game in Sacramento.

Wednesday: vs. Milwaukee, 7 p.m. (FSO) — Regular-season home finale will be a good tune-up for Thunder fans as the postseason approaches.

TEMPERATURE GAUGE

Who's hot?

Chicago Bulls. Have won six straight and 18 of their last 20. With their late-season surge, the charging Bulls have clinched the top seed in the East and could send another message Sunday with a victory at Orlando. While several elite teams have dipped at one time coming down the stretch, Chicago continues to be rock-solid, even while battling through injuries.

Who's not?

Los Angeles Lakers. Went from being the league's hottest team to the coldest in a span of one week. After going 17-1 after the All-Star break, the Lakers are on a four-game skid and they could slide from the No. 2 seed in the West down to No. 4. Tonight's home game against the Thunder will either stop the bleeding, or cause further hemorrhaging.


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