Video: Lakers – Thunder Pregame

Clem Breaks It Down
As the Lakers brace for their third meeting already this season against Oklahoma City, assistant coach Jim Cleamons joined us to talk about defending Kevin Durant, how to best utilize Pau Gasol and what L.A. plans to do with the Thunder defense (see above video).

Last Time They Played
When L.A. defeated the Thunder 101-85 on Nov. 22 in Gasol’s third game since returning from injury, the purple and gold jumped to a 35-16 lead to basically bury OKC right out of the gates. Cleamons warned that the Lakers can’t expect such a slow start from Scott Brooks’s team on Tuesday night. One other nugget: that Nov. 22 meeting was also the night that Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas sand “I Got A Feeling” at courtside while Fergie, Alex Rodriguez and B-Real from Cypress Hill stood nearby.

Thunder Stats
The Thunder are led by Durant’s 27.2 points, which ranks fourth in the NBA behind Carmelo Anthony (30.5), Kobe Bryant (28.8) and LeBron James (28.6). Point guard Russell Westbrook adds 15.9 points and a team-high 6.6 assists (ninth in the NBA) while power forward Jeff Green contributes 15.1 points and 6.2 rebounds. From a team perspective, OKC ranks 23rd in scoring, 14th in rebounding and eighth in steals, but they are one of the league’s better defensive teams, allowing the seventh fewest points in the NBA and the sixth worst field goal percentage.