When: Tue., Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m. 2017
After the departure of former league MVP Kevin Durant to Oakland via free agency, most NBA observers dismissed the Oklahoma City Thunder as legitimate title contenders. Although no longer regarded as an elite team, the Thunder have held their own in an unforgiving Western Conference, primarily due to the relentless play of Russell Westbrook. Westbrook is averaging an astonishing triple-double in points, rebounds and assists this season, a feat previously accomplished only once in league history, by the great Oscar Robertson. Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard will be tasked to slow down Westbrook’s wrecking ball offense in a preview of a potential first-round playoff matchup. With Durant no longer in the mix, San Antonio must set the tone early by asserting their dominance.