The Oklahoma City Thunder takes on the Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Thunder (22-20) have dealt with the underachiever label for the majority of the season, given the combination of the impressive influx of talent they enjoyed this past offseason and their rather ordinary record. Oklahoma City comes into Saturday's contest on one of their downward swings, as they've dropped three consecutive games and five of their last seven overall. OKC's most recent stumble was a rather sobering 104-88 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. Russell Westbrook was the lone bright spot for the Thunder, as he led the way with 38 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals. Carmelo Anthony poured in 15 points and added one rebound. Paul George managed a modest 13 points, six rebounds, four assists and one block. Steven Adams mustered eight points, eight rebounds and two steals. Raymond Felton contributed seven points, one rebound, one assist and one steal.
The Thunder will be without the services of Andre Roberson (knee) for a seventh consecutive game on Saturday.
The Hornets (16-24) have endured their fair share of struggles this season as well, but they've managed to notch wins in three of their past four contests. Their most recent success came on Friday night, when they used a late-game surge to get past the Utah Jazz by a 99-88 score. Kemba Walker paced the Hornets with 22 points and six assists while also hauling in two rebounds. Frank Kaminsky followed with a bench-leading 16 points and added three rebounds and one assist. Marvin Williams totaled 15 points, seven rebounds, one assist and three steals. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist generated 12 points, five boards and two steals. Nicolas Batum accounted for 11 points, five assists, three rebounds and one steal. Jeremy Lamb matched Batum's scoring total and also managed eight rebounds and one assist.
Cody Zeller (knee) continues to be sidelined for the next several weeks and is the Hornets' one injury of note.
Saturday's game will mark the second and final meeting between the teams this season. The Hornets scored a 116-103 road win on Dec. 11.
Posted on January 12, 2018 at 11:02 PM ET
Updated on January 12, 2018 at 11:03 PM ET