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Game of the Night: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

Now I know some people will see the headline for this article and say, “How can this be the game of the night?”. Well let me explain. To be a hundred percent honest, I think the Bulls vs. Rockets game will be a little one sided. Also, if I have to spend any of the 200-700 words used in this article to talk about Dwight Howard then I will talk about the woeful Lakers instead.

Dec 13, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) dribbles with the ball as Los Angeles Lakers small forward Nick Young (0) defends during the third quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Oklahoma City Thunder are looking to get back on track with their star point guard in the fold again. The Thunder are also looking for revenge to the defeat suffered at the hands of the Lakers five days ago in Los Angeles. Of course, the big story is Kevin Durant and his surge as one of the leagues best players. He dropped 42 points on Tuesday, continuing his dominance this season. I just wonder how much Russell Westbrook has changed and developed his game since his return. It seems he has taken a back seat and realized that in order for them to have the best chance to win, both need to be good, but Durant needs to be great. Westbrook is still dynamic and will hold the cards in some regards as how far they can go in the playoffs. One thing to think about as well is the Caron Butler signing and how his experience will come into play. I believe he might be enough to help level the playing field. OKC is just truly waiting for the playoffs to start at this point and their only main concern would be health, because I believe that they must know with their two superstars 100 percent healthy, they’ve got as good of a shot as any to win it all.

With the last statement made about the Thunder, I cannot say the same for the Lakers. This season has been an interesting and painful one for the Lakers organization and their fan base with the recent news of the shutting down of the face of their franchise in, Kobe Bryant, and their former all-star point guard Steve Nash for the rest of the season on top of the reports of Phil Jackson returning to the NBA, but just not in Los Angeles. Father time has not been kind to either one of their bodies this season and has limited them both to play under 20 games a piece. The Lakers hope that Nash will make a comeback and give them something of point guard presence next season instead of retiring. The current roster can be assumed to be auditioning for a spot on the team next season. I know one guy who wants to come back and that is Jodie Meeks. His breakout game and most impressive Kobe impersonation was enough to get the win over the Thunder on Sunday. Meeks went off for 42 points while going 6-11 from 3-point land. Even though the Lakers will not admit it, but it seems that their focus is now on the NBA draft this summer in hopes to getting a top 5 pick and landing one of the coveted freshman in college basketball.

The Pick: I will make this one short, the Thunder will win this game tonight. They will win, but it will not be as easy as we think it is. The Lakers have professional basketball players and they have pride, so expect them to come out and play hard like they do most nights. It just seems tonight, they will happen to run into a mad Kevin Durant and everybody knows what Kevin does when he gets mad. He just gets buckets. Los Angeles Lakers 98 – Oklahoma City Thunder 108.

National TV: TNT

Time: 9:00 PM EST

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