With four days off, the Oklahoma City Thunder have had plenty of time to prepare for one of their biggest games of the season.
While the San Antonio Spurs won't be quite as fresh, they should have mostly everyone available.
The Thunder try to inch closer to catching the Western Conference-leading Spurs as these powerhouses square off Thursday night in Oklahoma.
After winning four of five, Oklahoma City (54-20) finds itself 1 1/2 games behind San Antonio with less than two weeks remaining in the regular season. The well-rested Thunder know winning this game could go a long way in their quest for the West's No. 1 seed, especially considering they would lose the season series if the Spurs win.
"To get four days off is going to help your body and help your mind, just to give you some physical and mental rest is always good," said coach Scott Brooks, whose team hasn't played since winning 109-99 at Milwaukee on Saturday.
"We know we're playing one of the best teams in the league, an...