Knicks Preview: Keys to Defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder

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Nov 13, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward

Carmelo Anthony

(7) reacts against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks have overcome a grueling schedule to reach .500 at 6-6. It’s a significant feat by a team that’s had 10 games against teams that made the playoffs in 2014-15.

Game No. 13 won’t be as much of a relief as that statistic may suggest.

Despite going 45-37, the Oklahoma City Thunder missed the playoffs in 2014-15. Reloaded with a new head coach and a plethora of depth, however, OKC has surrounded stars Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka with all they need to win a championship.

Fortunately for New York, Erik Horne of The Oklahoman reports that Durant will be inactive when the Knicks meet the Thunder on Friday, November 20.

The bad news is that this is still a road game against an explosive team. OKC is beatable, specifically with an absent Durant, but the task is tall.

The question is, can the Knicks continue to defy the odds and move to above-.500?

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