Thunder vs. Timberwolves: How to watch, TV channel, start time (Feb. 6)

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The Oklahoma City Thunder will get an immediate rematch with the team who beat them in the final seconds just one night ago.

On Saturday night, the Thunder will take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. Minnesota won 106-103 on a D’Angelo Russell 3-pointer in the closing seconds. OKC, who only had eight active players and was missing Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Lu Dort to day-to-day injuries and Theo Maledon to coronavirus, health and safety protocols, played well and nearly sent the game to overtime.

The loss moved Oklahoma City to an 9-12 record while the Timberwolves got out of the NBA cellar and are now 6-16.

Here are the details of how to watch the Saturday rematch:

Opponent: Minnesota Timberwolves
Date and time: Feb. 6, 7 p.m. CT
How to watch: FOX Sports Oklahoma
Radio station: WWLS 98.1FM OKC

RECAP: Horford an ‘animal’ in loss | Diallo gets 10 assists

Thunder lineup questions

Al Horford has sat on the second game of back-to-backs this season. If players' injury statuses hold the same, he wouldn't be able to this game. Him sitting would give the Thunder only seven active players, lower than the minimum allowed for a game. So either Horford plays or one of Gilgeous-Alexander, Dort or Maledon is activated. Head coach Mark Daigneault called Gilgeous-Alexander and Dort day-to-day on Friday and said both were feeling better than they had the day before, but he also didn't provide any specifics or thoughts toward a timetable. It's unclear how ready either are for game action, or OKC's willingness to rush them if they could get two more days off before the Monday game. Maledon's timetable is a complete question mark. All Daigneault said was that he was in health and safety protocols. It's tough to expect him to be able to return one day later. So, we can expect Hamidou Diallo, Kenrich Williams, Isaiah Roby and Darius Bazley to start again. The question is simply if the Thunder will play another big lineup like last night with Horford in, or if Dort or Gilgeous-Alexander will provide perimeter play instead.

Game 2

The Athletic's Timberwolves recap of the Friday game didn't make it sound like Minnesota was celebrating their sixth win of the season. Writer Jon Krawczynski wrote that it was more of a feeling of relief. “Luckily we hit the game-winning shot. Shout-out to D-Lo, ice in his veins,” Malik Beasley said in the postgame press conference. “But it shouldn’t have got to that point. We’re a great team. We were up nine to start the quarter, I believe. We gotta maintain the lead and keep that lead, push it to 16 so we can get rest for tomorrow. That’s where we gotta get better as a team.” That mindset is different than that of the Houston Rockets after their blowout win over the Thunder, or that of the Los Angeles Clippers after theirs. OKC played much better in the second game of these miniseries, but Minnesota's attitude after that tight game is different. Daigneault has impressed with his adjustments. There's not reason the Thunder can't compete again. Minnesota feels they need to do better, though. "There were things that I wasn’t pleased with and I think that locker room would tell you the same thing ... you’re not satisfied," Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders said.