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Thunder-Clippers Game 3 preview: You can't stop Derek Fisher

by Erik Horne Published: May 9, 2014
Derek Fisher says he'll play tonight after injuring his shoulder in Game 2. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Derek Fisher says he'll play tonight after injuring his shoulder in Game 2. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Another night, another landmark for the elder Thunder.

Derek Fisher will play in Game 3 tonight against the Los Angeles Clippers after suffering a shoulder injury in Game 2 Wednesday, as reported by Darnell Mayberry.

Fisher went down in the second half with what is being called a shoulder contusion. His status was in doubt coming into tonight’s game, but the 39-year-old is expected to suit up for his NBA-record 250th playoff game tonight in Los Angeles.

Some more numbers heading into tonight’s game.

*The Clippers and Thunder each tied for the best home records in the Western Conference in the regular season at 34-7. The Clippers are 3-1 at home in the postseason, while the Thunder is 3-2.

*Since going 0-of-6 from 3-point range in Game 6 against the Grizzlies, Kevin Durant is 10-of-19 (52.6 percent) in his last three games.

*Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is outrebounding Clippers center DeAndre Jordan 14-13 in the series.

*The Thunder is 0-4 in Game 3s on the road when the series is tied 1-1 since moving to Oklahoma City (via ESPN Stats & Information).

Game 3 previews from NewsOK Sports

Berry Tramel: Russell Westbrook gives the Thunder two Batmans

Jenni Carlson: What is the Thunder going to face in L.A., where it must win at least one if it’s going to win the series?

Darnell Mayberry: Blake Griffin is back to his old tricks

Anthony Slater: Was Game 2 a sign of Thabo Sefolosha breaking out of his year-long slump?

Something extra

Mama Durant said during Game 2 that her son and Russell Westbrook “are really clicking.

According to USA Today, Oklahoma City is the No. 1 NBA city.


by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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