NBA Game of the Night: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Joe WillettSenior Writer IJanuary 30, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 14:  Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers is fouled as he attempts a dunk on Matt Barnes #9 and Derek Fisher #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 102-94 Clipper win at Staples Center on January 14, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The NBA is well into it's long, 66-game season, and tonight we get a big treat as the Los Angeles Clippers, A.K.A Lob City, take on the Oklahoma City Thunder, A.K.A Kevin Durant and that point guard who takes way too many shots.

To break down this important game, you need some in-depth analysis, and I'm here to give it to you. Let's take a look at the keys to the game for both teams tonight.

Los Angeles Clippers

  • Make sure that at least 50 percent of the times you throw the ball towards the basket, it ends in Blake Griffin finishing the job.
  • Try and convince the NBA to change the criteria for winning games from "team with more points" to "team with more dunks."
  • Maybe now is a good time to let DeAndre Jordan know that Blake Griffin doesn't need to score every single point in the paint, and maybe he could contribute a few as well.
  • Maybe it's just a hunch, but something tells me that this is the game that Travis Leslie really breaks out.
  • I know it sounds like obvious advice, but don't let the Thunder score more than 100 points, you can't win that way.


Oklahoma City Thunder

  • Continue to let Kevin Durant do what he does best, which is take the ball and transfer it from his hands into the hoop.
  • Stop Kevin Durant from doing what he does second best, which is take the ball and transfer it from his hands into his opponents' hands.
  • Russell Westbrook, take a look at what I just wrote and do the same thing.
  • See if there is some loophole where you can get Serge Ibaka off the court while playing offense but put him back on the court while on defense.
  • Nobody has really talked to Kendrick Perkins since he moved to the Thunder from the Boston Celtics, maybe giving him the chance to talk about his feelings will make him, how do I put this nicely, not bad.

I'm Joe W.