Pacers-Thunder Preview: Indy Looks To Stop Dangerous Kevin Durant In This Matchup

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Entering that game into Minnesota, it was a tough one. But Al Jefferson, that guy came up strong for the T-Wolves to snap their five-game losing-streak. They also snapped the Pacers one-game winning-streak. The Pacers can move on their streak to two straight losses against Oklahoma City, with the powerhouse of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, etc.

It’s crazy. All I can say is that I wish Indiana the best in this game. The numbers say it as well. But with Danny Granger back and healthy, having scored 19 points last night, I believe he can help Indy win. Though he couldn’t help hunting wolves that night, he’ll be hunting one person: Kevin Durant.

The Pacers haven’t even won on the road since they beat Washington in that magical matchup. The Pacers did not suit well when Granger was gone, and if it were an NFL season and Granger was to be out for the whole year (like, cough, Tom Brady, cough, with the New England Patriots last year, cough cough (giggling) cough), the Pacers would’ve gone 5-11 with his layoff.

“This is the longest (layoff) I’ve had since I’ve been playing,” Granger said. “So it’s difficult because I want to play so bad, sometimes I get ahead of myself and they have to pull me back. But for the most part I think I’m ready. It’s just a matter of getting in the flow of things.”

The last meeting between these two was last season in April, in the favor of Indy: 117-99. Granger and Murphy had a combined 46 points against them. Granger has been averaging over 20 points a game in his last few games against OKC.

The records won’t mean much between these two. I mean, Indy beat the Magic, hey, why not the Thunder? Nobody might be expecting it, as the Thunder have an estimated 71% chance of winning this. But I can see a win.

“There’s never an easy opponent,” coach Scott Brooks said. “(The Pacers) are going to come out, they are professionals and still have a lot of pride.”

They do, you’re right on the money their, Scott.

This game can be a win.

But it’s not gonna be easy. Just ask them when they faced Minnesota.

But yet, you could be a Nets fan…


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