Preview: Last March 11 the Wolves ended a 10-game losing streak to the Thunder with a three-point victory in Oklahoma City. It will be interesting to see how the Thunder responds to the 122-96 beating suffered at the hands of Golden State — and former OKC star Kevin Durant — Thursday. Durant scored 39 points. It was Oklahoma City’s first loss after opening the season with four wins.
Players to watch: More than ever, with Durant gone, the Thunder belongs to G Russell Westbrook. He was averaging 37.8 points per game — that included 51 at Phoenix — through the first four games before being held to 20 points Thursday by Golden State. He is averaging 34.2 points, 9.6 rebounds and 10 assists per game. G Victor Oladipo is averaging 16.2 points per game, and C Steven Adams is at 10.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.
Injuries: Wolves PG Ricky Rubio (elbow) is out. Thunder G Cameron Payne (foot) is out.