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Hello, Russell: Wolves at OKC

  • Blog Post by: Jerry Zgoda
  • December 1, 2013 - 6:01 PM

The Wolves get their second look at the Thunder in a month tonight in Oklahoma City, but this time the Thunder has All-Star guard Russell Westbrook.

Westbrook didn't play the last time these teams played, on Nov. 1 at Target Center because of a second knee surgery that kept him out of the season's first two games.

The Wolves held Kevin Durant to just 13 points that night -- well, Corey Brewer mostly did -- and the Wolves thumped the Thunder 100-81.

He's back now, in a big way after hitting that desperation three-pointer from the corner that beat Golden State by a point on Friday at home.

The Thunder, btw, tonight end a six-game homestand, one of two they have this season.

While they've been home for nearly two weeks, the Wolves will have played eight games in six different cities and six of those games were in three sets of back-to-backs.

"It's good to be home," said Thunder coach Scott Brooks, whose team is undefeated at home (8-0).

Rick Adelman didn't plan to play newcomer Luc Mbah a Moute 26 minutes -- and nearly all of the fourth quarter -- in Saturday's victory at Dallas, but did so because his team had the lead and the defense of both Mbah a Moute and Dante Cunningham helped them keep it.

It'll be interesting to see tonight how much he uses Brewer on Westbrook and Mbah a Moute on Durant.

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