The Oklahoma City Thunder continue their short homestand Wednesday night with a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Thunder and the Timberwolves both like to play with pace. The Thunder have Kevin Durant but the Timberwolves have two Kevin's that can put up numbers.
Kevin Love is perhaps the best power forward in the NBA, averaging 26 points and 13 rebounds per game.. He'll start in the All Star game later this month and is coming off a 31 point 17 rebound performance in a win over the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night.
Serge Ibaka will get the assignment to guard Love but Kendrick Perkins will slide over from time to time to assist in slowing Love. Perkins says Love's game has changed since the T-Wolves lost starting center Nikola Pekovic to an ankle injury.
"He's been more aggressive and taking more paint shots and taking less three's since Pekovic went out. We'll mix it up."
Minnesota will have a familiar face in uniform. Kevin Martin, who played for Oklahoma City last season, is now a member of the Timberwolves starting five. He's averaging 19 points per game.
Thabo Sefolosha spent a lot of time guarding Martin last season in practice and knows first hand what has to be done. The key is being able to do it.
"We know he's a good player that can do a lot of things. The main thing is to stay in front of him. Not give him any open three's and at the same time control his drives because he's good at getting to the basket, getting fouled, getting to the free throw line."
Wednesday's game will tip-off at 7:00.