The Oklahoma City Thunder will travel to face the San Antonio Spurs tonight in a matchup which pits the number one and two ranked sides in the Western Conference against each other.
Thunder forward, Kevin Durant spoke about the physical game he expects from the Spurs:
"We know how tough it is to win there," Durant said. "We know how tough that team is. You've just got to come prepared and with a lot of energy. I think our group is ready to come out there and play our game, and we'll see what happens."
The Thunder have won five of their last six games to climb into second place in the conference. Guard Russell Westbrook has been missing for Oklahoma City since before the new year, meaning that much of the Thunder's scoring has had to come through Durant.
"What can you say? The guy just brings everything he has to the floor every single night," coach Scott Brooks said of Durant, who has the top four scoring games in the league this season.
Meanwhile the Spurs have won 10 of their last 12 on their way to the second best record in the whole of the NBA so far.
Like most other teams in the league, they have been unlucky with injuries. Tony Parker, Matt Bonner, Tiago Splitter and Danny Green have all missed playing time in the past week but somehow the Spurs have found an extra gear.
Legendary coach, Gregg Popovich is not letting his team take it easy however: "Coaches are sick puppies," Popovich said. "There's always things you can improve and do better. You look at the film, try to keep your standard and get ready for playoffs."