It’s always a doozy when the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder meet, especially since Kevin Durant and LeBron James are the two best players in the NBA today. But while this isn’t a drop everything and watch game yet, it’s as close to it as it gets at this point. James is currently riding his historic streak and that’s only going to make Kevin Durant want to show up and out-do him even more.
If you’re expecting either LeBron James or Kevin Durant to perform any less that perfect on Thursday night, you’re obviously unfamiliar with the competitors they are. Durant vs. LeBron is quickly becoming the best matchup in sports and we’re beginning to see the next great NBA rivalry.
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
Time: 8:00pm ET/7:00pm CT
Nat’l TV: TNT
Projected Starting Lineup
|PG||M. Chalmers 7.7||R. Westbrook 22.5|
|SG||D. Wade 21.1||T. Sefolosha 7.4|
|SF||L. James 27.1||K. Durant 29.0|
|PF||U. Haslem 3.7||S. Ibaka 13.6|
|C||C. Bosh 17.7||K. Perkins 4.6|
Live Stream: NBA League Pass
Radio: 790AM (Heat/Miami), WWLS 98.1 FM (Thunder/OKC)
|Points||L. James 27.1||K. Durant 29.0|
|Rebounds||L. James 8.1||S. Ibaka 7.9|
|Assists||L. James 6.9||R. Westbrook 8.0|
|Steals||L. James 1.7||R. Westbrook 2.0|
|Blocks||C. Bosh 1.2||S. Ibaka 3.0|
Injury Report: MIAMI — PF Udonis Haslem (PROBABLE), SG Mike Miller (PROBABLE), SG Ray Allen (PROBABLE), C Chris Bosh (PROBABLE)
OKLAHOMA CITY — SG Jeremy Lamb (OUT), Kevin Martin (PROBABLE)
Last Game: Thunder lost to Jazz 109-94, Heat beat Trailblazers 117-104
Last Meeting: December 25, 2012 — Heat 103, Thunder 97
Key Heat Storyline: Can LeBron James stay hot and continue his historic streak?
Key Heat Storyline: Will Kevin Durant show up and rain on LeBron’s parade and sink the Heat?
Prediction: Heat 97, Thunder 101