Now it gets very interesting for the Thunder. After playing two road games in a span of four days, OKC now plays seven games in a span of 10 days, with six of those games on the road.
Here is it: at Dallas on Wednesday, 7 p.m.; Memphis at home Friday, 7 p.m.; at San Antonio on Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; at Portland on Monday, 9 p.m.; at Golden State on Tuesday, 9:30 p.m.; at Sacramento on Feb. 9, 9:30 p.m.; at Utah on Feb. 10, 9:30 p.m.
PROPS TO CLIPS
The Thunder was built with a slew of trades that brought early draft choices and key role players, and with retaining players it wanted to keep.
The Clippers have restructured themselves primarily through trades and free-agent acquisitions of All-Star veterans Chris Paul, Chauncey Billups and Caron Butler.
“Their guy should win executive of the year with all the moves he made,” Thunder forward Kevin Durant said of Clippers general manager Neil Olshey. “Getting CP, keeping DeAndre (Jordan) and getting Caron and Chauncey. They're gelling so well. They're playing well right now.”
Paul, on the Clippers making four straight 3-pointers for a 12-0 spurt in a span of 51 seconds just before halftime: “That was probably the best exchange of basketball I've ever been a part of since I've been in the NBA. Four 3s in under a minute, and not only did we make the shots, it was how we did it. We moved the ball, and just the excitement of it.”