The Oklahoma City Thunder are back home in front of their home fans with a game against the Los Angeles Lakers tonight. The Thunder are coming off road wins over Atlanta and Memphis but it's always a big game when the Lakers come to town. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will be playing his third contest of the season as he tries to get his game beck after tearing his Achilles tendon last April.
Even though L.A. comes in with a below .500 record, at 10-11, Thunder forward Kevin Durant see's some difficulty in dealing with the Lakers. It's kind of hard to figure out what they do. So many different lineups, so many different guys doing different things."
The Lakers will be without a pure point guard tonight. Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar are all out with injuries so they will likely play Kobe Bryant at the point. In any case Durant thinks it'll be key for them to step up their transition defense.
"They shoot a lot of three's and they like to run,' said Durant. "We've got to guard their transition. We've got to guard the three point line and we've got to guard their pick and roll. They're really going to test our defense. We're looking forward to it."
The Thunder will have to make a game time decision on the availability of center Steven Adams and guard Taboo Sefolosha. Adams has a sprained ankle while Sefolosha has a sprained knee.