The Thunder are absolutely riddled with injuries right now. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Lu Dort, Ty Jerome, Mike Muscala and Al Horford are all OUT tonight. Who does that leave them with? In Tuesdays loss to the Kings, the Thunder sported a starting lineup of Darius Bazely, Aleksej Pokusevski, Kenrich Williams, Isaiah Roby, and Moses Brown. We can probably expect a similar lineup tonight against the Jazz. Who of this lineup is most-likely to pop off for 30+ against the Jazz? My bet is Kenrich Williams, but we shall see.
Joe Ingles has had an insane season, and he is nearing an awesome milestone. Right now he is 10 three-pointers away from 1,000 career threes made in the regular season. He would need to have some pretty great games in these last two to hit it this season, but it could definitely happen. If he can knock down 5 or 6 tonight, or heck, maybe even 10, that would be pretty special.
Yesterday the Jazz announced that Mike Conley was upgraded from OUT to QUESTIONABLE, who has been recovering from a reaggravated hamstring a few weeks ago. As of 20 minutes ago today, Eric Walden tweeted that Mike Conley will indeed be playing tonight, but on a minutes restriction.
When: Friday, May 14th 6:00PM MDT
Joe Ingles 1,000 career threes
This is some great news. Getting Conley back in any format before the playoffs start next week is a good sign. It will be good for him to get some run, and hopefully find a bit of rhythm before stuff gets real next week.
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Mike Conley, on why he’s playing these last 2 regular season games: “No better way of getting back into a rhythm and getting back into game shape than playing in games.” Said he’ll be on a minutes restriction, but doesn’t know what it’ll be.— Eric Walden (@tribjazz) May 14, 2021
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Where: Chesapeake Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
TV: AT&T SportsNet-Rocky Mountain, NBC Sports Northwest
The Raptors win versus the Nuggets meant Toronto would move ahead of the Lakers as the second-best seed overall.
The OKC Thunder fall to the fifth seed courtesy of an oddity in typical tiebreakers when three teams are tied.
Throughout the process of figuring out seeding, we looked at the fact the Thunder had won the season series versus the Jazz and also had a better divisional record of 8-5 versus Utah’s 5-7.
Tie-break oddity pushes OKC Thunder to fifth
Ultimately, home court doesn’t mean anything — it was just something to brag about. That and the fact no one expected the OKC Thunder to be a playoff team, let alone a top-four seed.