Thunder vs. Lakers: Breaking Down Every Matchup for Thursday's Game

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Thunder vs. Lakers: Breaking Down Every Matchup for Thursday's Game
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It's going to be an emotional night in Staples Center on Thursday. Laker legend Derek Fisher will return to the arena in which he made Lakers fans all over the world fall in love with him, because of his legendary moments on and off the court.

That said, the Los Angeles Lakers know that their matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder presents one of the toughest and most important challenges of the season.

It's a measuring stick of where they stand against an elite NBA team, and it's a possible preview of the Western Conference finals.

A Lakers victory will make it known to the rest of the NBA that they can hang with the Thunder and compete for a chance to play in the NBA Finals.

Meanwhile, the Thunder are sick of being pushed around by the Lakers. They're one of the best teams in the NBA right now, and they'd love to impose their will against the franchise that has tormented them ever since the Thunder played in Seattle.

As the next few slides will demonstrate, this matchup is incredibly even.

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