Celtics-Thunder preview: OKC’s defense is a silent assassin

OKLAHOMA CITY – When you think of the Oklahoma City Thunder, it’s hard not to focus on their offensive potential. 

Reigning league MVP Russell Westbrook has been among the league’s top scorers for years. And now joining the mix for the Thunder is Carmelo Anthony, another elite scorer and Paul George who has the talent and scoring moxie to light up any defense at any time. 

But to the surprise of the casual NBA fan, the strength of this Oklahoma City team lies in their defense. 

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In fact, the Celtics are the only team in the NBA with a better defensive rating than the Thunder (4-3) which makes tonight’s matchup between the two one that will likely be decided by which team plays more to the strengths of their still-developing identity. 

Both head coaches in tonight’s matchup (Brad Stevens for the Celtics, Billy Donovan for the Thunder) came from the college ranks to the NBA, and when they did

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