LOS ANGELES – The Oklahoma City Thunder went through a brief shoot-around Friday morning at the UCLA Student Activities Center in preparation for Game 3 of their NBA Western Conference Semifinal series against the Los Angeles Clippers, set for 9:30 p.m. central time at the Staples Center.
For Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, it was a homecoming to where he played college basketball for the UCLA Bruins from 2006 to 2008.
The Thunder and Clippers are tied at a game a piece, and OKC has the momentum in their favor after winning Game 2 on Wednesday in Oklahoma City.
OKC knows they will have to bring that same energy and focus into Game 3, where the Clippers will have the home court advantage at the Staples Center.
Thunder forward Kevin Durant knows Westbrook feels comfortable playing in his hometown of Los Angeles, where he usually plays well, whether it’s against the L.A. Clippers or L.A. Lakers.
Friday afternoon, Thunder head coach Scott Brooks says Derek Fisher will play in Game 3 after suffering an injury during the last game.
The Thunder will be trying to do something they’ve never done before, which is win a Game 3 with the series tied 1-1.