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Vitals: Thunder at Knicks

Vitals: Knicks at Thunder Vitals: Knicks at Thunder

Originally Published: Feb 20, 2010 4:1 PM CDT

Vitals | Recap | Box Score

Gerald Goodridge
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer

Oklahoma City Thunder (31-21) at New York Knicks (19-34)
Saturday, February 20, 2010, 6:30 p.m. CST.
Madison Square Garden, Oklahoma City
Game 53 of 82

Anticipated Starting Lineups

Oklahoma City
New York
PGRussell Westbrook
16.0 PPG, 7.5 APG
Chris Duhon
7.7 PPG, 6.2 APG
SGThabo Sefolosha
5.9 PPG, 5.1 RPG
Tracy McGrady
3.2 PPG, 1.0 APG
SFKevin Durant
29.7 PPG, 7.5 RPG
Wilson Chandler
15.6 PPG, 5.3 RPG
PFJeff Green
14.5 PPG, 6.0 APG
Danilo Gallinari
14.3 PPG, 5.2 RPG
CNenad Krstic
8.0 PPG, 4.8 RPG
David Lee
20.1 PPG, 11.5 RPG

Injuries
Oklahoma City: G/F, Kyle Weaver (shoulder, out); DJ White (thumb, out).
New York: C Eddy Curry (knee, out); G J.R. Giddens (knee, out).

Where to find it?
On TV: Fox Sports Oklahoma
On Radio: Thunder Radio Network

What you need to know?

Oklahoma City is riding an NBA best eight-game win streak, which has lifted them back into the Western Conference playoff picture. The Thunder has averaged 102 points per game over the last seven games while holding opponents to 92 points per game. By the time Oklahoma City is done with the current three-game road trip, it could have nine-straight wins.

New York has lost four straight games, but just acquired the oft-injured Tracy McGrady and 3-point specialist Eddie House via trade. Neither of these players will help the Knicks improve in the area they need it most: defensively. The Knicks are giving up 104.1 points per game, the sixth worst in the league, while only scoring 101.2 points per game.

Who to watch?

Kevin Durant continues to prove why he is now regarded as one of the best in the league, and with an even 25 points against the Mavericks sits one game behind Allen Iverson for the second-longest streak of games with 25 or more points. Russell Westbrook will have a size and speed advantage over New York’s Chris Duhon.

McGrady will be making his first start in a Knicks uniform as he tries to resurrect a once promising career and will have his hands full trying to make plays against the tough defense of Thabo Sefolosha. Center David Lee could also put up big numbers against the Thunder’s Nenad Krstic.

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