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No secrets between Thunder and Pelicans in quick turnaround game

Alvin Gentry stood in the tunnel at Chesapeake Energy Arena, knowing he and Billy Donovan — and their two squads — would soon be trading places as hosts and visitors. 

“Both teams will make adjustments after tonight,” Gentry said before his Pelicans fell to the Thunder on Friday in Oklahoma City. “We’ll have to do something better, they’ll have to do something better.” 

The Thunder and Pelicans will tip-off at 4 p.m. Sunday in New Orleans — less than 48 hours after the two teams squared off in Oklahoma City.

“It’s basically like a playoff game,” Gentry said of the quick turnaround against the same team. 

The Thunder and Pelicans, like the Thunder and Warriors, will play Sunday night for the third time in the first five weeks of the season. 

“It’s somewhat easier because you’re playing against a team that you just saw,” Donovan said. “They’re not gonna change their system, their style, their identity in 24 hours, and neither are we … These games are hard to play but easy to prepare for if that makes any sense.” 

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Oklahoma City's Danilo Gallinari (8) shoots  a basket over New Orleans' Jahlil Okafor (8) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Oklahoma City won 115-104. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma City's Danilo Gallinari (8) shoots a basket over New Orleans' Jahlil Okafor (8) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Oklahoma City won 115-104. [Bryan Terry/The...

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Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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