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Start Time: Friday, May 9th 2014 at 10:30pm ET
Location: Staples Center in Los Angeles, California
Watch: Live on ESPN

The Los Angeles Clippers stole the first game of the series in blowout fashion (122-105) to earn home court advantage. In what was a must-win game last night, the Oklahoma City Thunder came out strong in the first quarter and won the game comfortably (112-101).

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Can Kevin Durant & Russell Westbrook Lead OKC to an Away Win

Oklahoma City can’t afford to lose the next two games at the Staples Center if they want to win this series. They have to head back home with the series split at 2-2 because they won’t win three in a row. Look for OKC to come out strong early like they did in G2.

This series has been the Westbrook and Durant show for the Thunder, as no one else is contributing much. Durant is averaging 28.5 PPG, 8 RPG, 6.5 APG and 1.5 SPG. Westbrook has played even better and is averaging 30 PPG, 7 RPG, 7 APG and 1.5 SPG.

Serge Ibaka has scored double digits in both games, but he and Kendrick Perkins are getting beat up defensively. OKC has an edge in rebounding and points in the paint through two games, which is a bonus when playing against Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.

They lost the first game because Chris Paul heated up beyond the arc and went 8 of 9. The Clippers as a team went 15 of 29 (51.7%) from deep. Last night the Clippers came back down to earth with their shooting and the Thunder were able to lead most of the way.

Will Chris Paul & Blake Griffin Bounce Back at Home

When the Clippers won in G1, Paul and Griffin combined for 55 points on 19 of 30 shooting from the field. Last night the two scored a combined 32 points on 11 of 26 shooting. These two need to be scoring a lot more points to keep up with the duo of the Thunder.

The Clippers have much more depth than OKC, but their role players struggled in G2. Jamal Crawford went 2 of 13 in G2 after putting up 17 points in G1. DeAndre Jordan has struggled a lot, as he only has 12 defensive rebounds and 1 offensive rebound this series.

For Jordan to only have 1 offensive rebound is a testament to how well the Thunder have shut him down. If LAC wants to win G3 at home they need to toughen up in the paint. They’ve averaged 28 3-point shot attempts per game this series, which is too many.

Paul didn’t even get to the FT line in the 2nd game, which is unusual for a player as aggressive as him. The Clippers need to try to get the basketball into the paint more often by passing or driving it hard. Settling for outside shots isn’t an ideal game plan against OKC.

Pick to Win Game 3 in Clippers vs. Thunder

OKC has outplayed the Clippers in the first two games on their home court, but they only came away with one win. If they continue to play like they have been then they will win either G3 or G4. They’ll be underdogs in both, so if they lose G3, bet on them G4.

The Thunder went 2-1 on the road against Memphis, which is a tough team to play at home. OKC relies heavily on Westbrook and Durant, but if those two come to play they’ll win. The rest of the players on OKC also have a lot of room for improvement.

My x-factor in this game is Caron Butler who has been dreadful this series. Butler has gone 2 of 12 from the field in 51 minutes and if he can find his shot it’ll give OKC the offensive boost they need. He has a nice 3-point stroke, but he hasn’t had it yet this series.

Reggie Jackson didn’t play much in G2, but if he gets more minutes on Friday he has to start stepping up. He had a few moments of brilliance in the Memphis series, but this series he has only scored 4 points in each game and has struggled to get anything going.

One other area the Thunder need to improve upon is turnovers. OKC has turned the basketball over 33 times already in two games while the Clippers have only turned it over 22 times. OKC can’t afford to turn the basketball over more than LAC if they want to win.

ScottThis article was written by Scott

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