Archive - April 2012

First Round, Game 2: Mavs at Thunder

THUNDER LEAD SERIES 1-0.

 VS 

Where: The ‘Peake!
When
: 8:30 p.m. 
TV
: NT (245 DirecTV, 31 Cox, 108 AT&T U-Verse, 138 Dish)
Online StreamHere.
RadioWWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemy: The Smoking Cuban.

Projected Lineups:

Thunder Mavericks
PG Russell Westbrook Jason Kidd
SG Thabo Sefolosha Delonte West
SF Kevin Durant Shawn Marion
PF Serge Ibaka Dirk Nowitzki
C Kendrick Perkins Brendon Haywood
6th Man James Harden Jason Terry

 

Last time: Thunder survived the Mavericks 99-98 on Saturday Night.

Saturday night’s game was something else. Oklahoma City didn’t play well for basically the entire game. Then the final 2:30 seconds they turned it up and on. Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka combined for the final 12 points of the game, including Durant’s basket with 1.5 seconds left to give Oklahoma City the 99-98 win.

The night ended great for Durant, who hit his second game winner against Dallas this season, but it wasn’t all great. Durant only shot 10-of-27 from the floor. Durant finished the fourth quarter, 3-of-8, including 8 total points. Durant finished with 25 points, might have been the hardest fought 25 points in his career.

The Mavericks really forced Oklahoma, for the most part, into a half court game. Oklahoma City wasn’t able to get out and run most of the time, and it played right into the game plan of the Mavericks.  That’s the thing about the playoffs, teams adjust just a bit to get better the next game. Expect Oklahoma City to adjust and try to run on the aging Mavericks.

Jason Terry though, has been running his mouth. After being shut down by Russell Westbrook in the fourth quarter, Terry responded to why he didn’t get many touches in the fourth quarter. He was very dismissive.

“It don’t even matter,” Terry said. “I bet I get touches this next fourth quarter.”

Asked what makes him sure, Terry was again short.

“I will. That’s all I can tell you,” he said. “I can’t tell you other than that. And you know when I say it, it’s going to happen.”

Terry was then asked if he expects Westbrook to cover him again in the fourth quarter.

“Whoever they throw at me, it doesn’t matter,” Terry said. “We’ll have success, and that’s what it’s going to take for us to win.”

While Terry is an NBA champion, he has every right to say the things that he said, but as for the Thunder fans reading this, I bet we’re on the same page when we cannot wait for Westbrook to shut him up.

Keys to the Game

Limit Dirk
Dirk struggled against the Thunder, largly in part to the defense of Kendrick Perkins. I don’t expect Dirk to be limited twice in a row. He’s going to go off one game this series where it’s going to be hard to even keep up, I don’t want it to be in OKC. Perkins was big in Game 1. I hope he can be just as big in Game 2.

Serge Ibaka
Ibaka was AWESOME in Game 1. We don’t need that to become an anomaly. Ibaka’s offense needs to become routine. Ibaka was 7-7 at the rim last night. Hopefully that continues tonight.

Get to the line
Thudner only got to the line 20 times Saturday night while the Mavericks shot 27 free throws. This needs to flip-flop. OKC averaged 27 shots from the charity stripe in the regular season. Best way to attack the zone, and force teams out of it, is to attack the paint. When you attack the paint, you increase your chances of getting to the line.

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Meltdown: Mavericks really don’t hold back

I never realized that Mavs fans were this bad.  They had some very nasty (and untrue) things to say about Thunder fans.  I really didn’t think they had grounds for all their whining about the calls.  They ended up with more free throws than the Thunder had.  I thought the refs let them play, letting stuff go on both sides.  On one hand Mavs fans say Thunder fans are stupid for complaining about calls and then run on for a page or two complaining about the calls themselves.  Some good comments today… Enjoy!  

  • Mavs in 6. When has a team with a gunner PG with terrible shot selection ever consistently done well in the playoffs?
  • Westbrook is good for at least one Mavs win by himself..
  • We’ll crush the Thunder
  • OKC is seriously favored by 8? Is that a Joke ? I was thinking 4-5 … Mavs got this if they keep it close heading down the stretch
  • They cant hang with the Thunder.. THis isnt the same team.
  • This crowd is going to be wild
  • Westbrook is my least favorite player in the NBA he is a punk
  • After watching The Heat game, are y’all also scared the refs will try to F*** us over?
  • They always try, soooooo…. Nothing new under the sun!
  • And so began What would ever after be known as, the Delonte West flu game.
  • I hope Delonte vomits on Westbrook.
  • I hate how the announcers just unquestionably say OKC is THE best atmosphere in the NBA like its an undisputed fact,
  • I love that crowd.
  • Sweet, they handed out the Mavs blue t-shirts to the OKC crowd again.
  • So much for containing Westbrook
  • Are the Refs serious? Dirk is getting hammered
  • Wood getting calls but not Dirk, prob BC they know he can’t make FT’s. Is that freakin Joey Crawford I am seeing, b/c that would explain a lot
  • Cuban’s gonna be so fined
  • Harden gives me the creeps can’t help it
  • I expect Durant and Westbrook to get thoes superstar calls in this series but if Ibaka and Harden are getting them too then Mavs don’t have a chance at all to beat the Thunder.
  • OKC’s a good team. Their time will come. Right after Dirk retires.
  • I correctly called all 15 rounds of the playoffs last year (and 11 of them in the exact number of games). I gotta go with my instinct here: OKC in 5.
  • OKC complains every call
  • What is happening, so many calls in mavs favour
  • All would be perfect if they would start calling fouls every time dirk gets mugged. But I’ll take this.
  • OKC bitching cause they don’t get every call.
  • The Thunder did not have a FT attempt in the 1st quarter. You KNOW that’s gonna balance out in the 4th. Worries me.
  • Harden gets more calls then Dirk
  • I can’t stand Harden. Every time he drives he feigns contact to draw the foul. It pisses me off so much.
  • I hate this league. Only Lebron, Kobe and Durant get that call. Complete bull ****.
  • We just need to put some OKC butts on the floor. Come on Mavs. Knock em down.
  • Okc only has 4 free throws.
  • Joey Crawford is awful official I want him dead
  • How does Joey Crawford keep getting our games in the PO’s? Its obvious the dude is bias.
  • Harden flopped on that shot trying get a 4pp he is so obvious.
  • Please some one take a hit out of Crawford
  • I like the mood Russell Westbrook is in Hope he keeps shooting jumpers
  • Okc crowd is wearing our team’s color
  • I’m not going to lie, I thought it was in Dallas for a good 3-5 minutes.
  • Nice try Collison you’re no match for our illustrious German
  • I actually am really scared of that matchup.. Collison makes it tough for Dirk
  • I’m glad to see the OKC arena is filled with people wearing Maverick blue.
  • Could have put Mavs shirts on their seats and the dumb hicks would probably be just as happy and wear them anyway.
  • Blazers fans are smarter than Thunder fans
  • Every team’s fans are smarter than Thunder fans
  • Unless you’re a Lakers fan
  • It really bothers me that Durant and Harden are on OKC I like them, but they are our rivals..
  • I really don’t like him, Harden that is Plays like Ginobili, looks like a hobo Nobody likes neither of those things.
  • Make that idiot harden earn the points.
  • Ok I’m getting tired of seing ibaka block people
  • The Thunder Do NOT play with others.
  • I love how every time Westbrook passes He seems completely dejected.
  • And every time he shoots Durant does the same
  • Durants the only guy on the thunder I really like now that I think about it
  • You shouldn’t He turned his back on Seattle. I’ll always think he shoulda demanded a trade as soon as the team moved to Choklahoma.
  • I hate how everyone thinks Durant is oh so classy and nice and perfect. He’s not. Being the future of that franchise he had the power to stand strong and prevent that atrocity. He didn’t.
  • I really doubt Durant would have been the determining factor to keep them in Seattle… Bennett was dead-set on moving the team to Oklahoma City.
  • My only real question is…. Who are all these people in Oklahoma anyways?
  • I bet the Thunder bought every Oklahoman a new pair of Levi’s and provided the t-shirts to put butts in the seats.
  • Oklahoma’s not a place for pro sports
  • So instead of being up a minimum of 6 at the half, the refs make a piss poor call that leads to OKC points and we are only up 3. Gotta love the NBA and their great refs…
  • Dirk needs to face the facts. If he wants to get foul calls in this league, he needs to fall down and act like his neck is broken whenever someone touches him
  • According to espn, Thor is the new mascot of OKC
  • Thor is the god of thunder…. Fair enough
  • Damn OKC bout to become Flop City, Durant flopped so hard he missed the shot.
  • Ibaka is going to average 7 blocks a game against us with as much freedom as he is given by the refs.
  • Durant durant ..doodle jump is way better than watching you play
  • Damn hate seeing us get outworked by Collison
  • Great fans in Oklahoma City? If they’re so great, how come there are no other major league sports teams in Oklahoma
  • Scott Brooks most over rated coach in The NBA
  • Does anybody else find this Thunder team incredibly annoying, they just piss me off with the way they celebrate everything. It really takes away from the game, but maybe I am a basketball purist!
  • I actually like them When we’re not playing them.
  • I like them a lot more Than most teams. At least it’s highly entertaining, and they got some amazing individual talent….Westbrook putting on an all-around show, for example
  • Its really Westbrook mostly The look away and fist pump after the Durant dunk was too much. You are down to the #7 seed dip shit!
  • Uhhhhh Jason Terry flies like a plane.
  • If they didn’t have Westbrook I’d really like them.
  • They are NBA darlings, and you know the NBA needs to hype up its cash cows Sadly that means Durant gets the whistle like he’s the anorexic lovechild of Kobe and LeBron.
  • Haha!! And their redheaded step child, Blake Griffin.
  • What a bunch of whiny posers this crowd is, these are legit fouls people
  • Westbrook is too good…he knows we can’t stop him so he’s playing with confidence. Look at him, he just looks faster, stronger on the court than anyone else.
  • I am so sick of Ibaka. We’re making him look like Tim Duncan.
  • Being guarded by nick collison must be annoying
  • I don’t like James Harden You should elbow him in the back of the neck. Oh wait.
  • Thunder fans sure are stupid They think every ball that goes out of bounds is theirs
  • ChoKC’s players whining about calls Oh the irony.
  • Their fans are starting to get on my nerves, are you really booing that call?
  • Fans should be thanking the refs for the calls they’re getting
  • If not for the ref this would have been a rout
  • God I hate those pig calls the OKC fans do. Maybe it’s indicative of their character.
  • PLEASE put Cardinal in to give Harden the World Peace treatment..
  • THey’re difinately feeling the pressure. Mavs sending a message with this win.
  • We’re going to have to beat the refs and the thunder again I guess.
  • Starting to see why Metta clocked harden.
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  • Yeah baby 1-0!
  • Way too soon for that kinda stuff. Way too soon. 3:43 too soon.
  • Harden looks so disgusting, I want to take industrial-powered clippers to his face
  • Dirk has been pathetic . Just pathetic.
  • It’s not all Dirk’s fault. Perkins is on him and he can barely breathe. F*** Perkins
  • Look at how easy OKC can get to the basket…we just have zero chance at defending these guys
  • Why is Haywood not protecting the rim and rebounding?
  • He was not int he game
  • Defend for 9 seconds and we got this!! Just 9 seconds! We got this!!!
  • Up 1, 9 secs. Let’s play our best defense ever!
  • Durant is so damn lucky
  • Absolute crap. Lucky bounce. Biased officials.
  • Lucky-ass bounce for Durant… No other way to describe it.
  • Game ball goes to Joey Crawford Stop killing basketball and go die, you bald F***.
  • That Crawford call at the end of the half was the game
  • Actually OKC played kinda poor all night, main pieces underachieved, and they still beat us.
  • I love how OKC fans are so excited….can’t wait for the upset.
  • This was a BRUTAL loss
  • I’ll see you guys Monday when the Mavs will school the NotSonics.
  • This series might go to 6, but tonight was the Mavs chance to impose their will and they let it slip. Game 2 the Thunder are going to play confident and loose and it might be ugly.
  • They took our best shot, and they beat us anyway.
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First Round, Game 1: Mavs at Thunder

SERIES TIED 0-0.

 VS 

Where: The ‘Peake!
When
: 8:30 p.m. 
TV
: ESPN (206 Directv, 28 Cox, 602 AT&T U-Verse, 140 Dish)
Online StreamHere.
RadioWWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemy: The Smoking Cuban.

Projected Lineups:

Thunder Mavericks
PG Russell Westbrook Jason Kidd
SG Thabo Sefolosha Delonte West
SF Kevin Durant Shawn Marion
PF Serge Ibaka Dirk Nowitzki
C Kendrick Perkins Brendon Haywood
6th Man James Harden Jason Terry

 

Last time in the playoffs: Dallas defeated the Thunder 4-1 in the Western Conference Finals to advance to the NBA Finals. Dallas would go on to win the World Championship.

Welcome to the 2012 Playoffs. Oklahoma City starts their playoff run where last year’s ended, against the Dallas Mavericks. This isn’t the same Mavericks team though from last season. We’ve seen them be very vulnarable against teams this year. Fact is, Dallas is just 22-22 over the last two-thirds of the season. They’re just 5-5 in their last 10 games, including being spanked by the Hawks in their regular season finale.

Oklahoma City is coming into this game, slumping a bit as well. They’re 7-7 in their last 14 games. However, they get a huge boost of energy back tonight. The bearded one, James Harden, is back in the line-up tonight. He’s sat out the previous two games after receiving a concussion from the elbow from Metta World Peace.

The Thunder won the regular series match up with the Mavericks 3-1, including the buzzer beater in the fourth game of the season for the Thunder.

Here’s a recap of that if you missed it

It’s obvious that Oklahoma City is the better team this year.  However, talking to the players, you can tell they still have tons of respect for the Mavericks.

“It’s all we’ve been looking forward to for a long time,” Durant said Friday. “It’s going to be a tough, tough series for us playing against the reigning champions. They cause so many problems on the offensive end and defensive end for us.”

“We just know that we have a lot of respect for what they do and what they accomplished last season,” Brooks said. “They’ve got a lot of veteran guys who went through a lot of playoff battles to get what they got to last year, winning the championship.”

So, don’t expect Oklahoma City to just roll over, thinking this is a cake walk series.  They’ll bring it all, and you better too.

Just a reminder folks, they’re expecting the storm to roll into OKC about 8 p.m. Get to the arena early, avoid the storm. There was talk of hail hitting the metro.

Keys to the game

Shoot Threes Efficiently
The Thunder really struggled against a Dallas team that was pretty average at defending the three. OKC only shot 30% from three. What’s interesting when you look at the numbers, the best OKC shot was in the game where they took the lowest number attempts (6-14 in 104-102 win).

Points in the Paint
In their lone loss to the Mavericks, OKC allowed 54 points in the paint, in a 100-87 win by Dallas.  In the three wins for OKC, Dallas had just 37.3 points on average in the next three games (36, 38, 38).

Russell Westbrook
The Honey Badger had a fantastic March. However, his April was very lack luster. He looked REALLY good against the Nuggets though. Was he just bored, and going through the motions? We’ll never know for sure. However, we’re going to see how he plays against the Mavericks, and if we’re going to see March Westbrook, or are we going to December Westbrook? We’ll find out tonigth.

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Thunder-Mavericks First Round Schedule

Against who the Thunder ended their playoffs against last year, they’ll start them against this year.

Game 1 Sat April 28 Dallas at Oklahoma City 8:30 p.m. ESPN
Game 2 Mon April 30 Dallas at Oklahoma City 8:30 p.m. TNT
Game 3 Thu May 3 Oklahoma City at Dallas 8:30 p.m. TNT
Game 4 Sat May 5 Oklahoma City at Dallas 6:30 p.m. TNT
Game 5 Mon May 7 Dallas at Oklahoma City TBD TBD
Game 6 Thu May 10 Oklahoma City at Dallas TBD TBD
Game 7 Sat May 12 Dallas at Oklahoma City TBD TNT
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Kevin Durant – 2012 Scoring Champion

Oklahoma City’s own Durant clinched his third consecutive scoring title earlier this afternoon when Yahoo’s Sam Amick reported that Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers is going to sit out the final game. Sitting out is allowing Bryant to rest up for the playoffs. In doing so, Durant clinched his third straight scoring title.

Kobe Bryant led the scoring race, all the way up until the final week, when Durant was able to over come Bryant on Sunday in Los Angeles in a head-to-head battle. Durant may have taken back the scoring lead, but Bryant won the game. Which, that is the more important factor.

Durant joins an elite class of NBA players. Specifically, he joins an elite class of NBA Hall-of-Famers. All seven of the players who have won three or more consecutive scoring titles, all are Hall-of-Famers. Michael Jordan, Bob Macadoo, George, the Iceman, Gervin, and Wilt Chamberlain, George Mikan and Neil Johnston.

At age 23, Durant is the youngest to accomplish that feat.

“I always told myself that once I’m done playing, that’s when I’ll reflect on what I’ve done individually,” Durant said.

History does not bode well for the scoring champion. Out of the 64 all-time scoring champions, only 11 times has the scoring champion went on to went the NBA Championship. Six of those were by Jordan. Hasn’t happened since 1999-2000 when Shaquille O’Neal won it as the Los Angeles Lakers went on to win the NBA title that year. Their first of three in a row.

 

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Thunder Lose Finale 106-101 to the Nuggets

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 62 points, but it wasn’t enough for the streaking Nuggets. The Nuggets outscored the Thunder 11-6 down the final stretch of the game, and stole a win in Chesapeake Energy Arena 106-101. Oklahoma City finishes the regular season 47-19 on the season, 26-7 at home.

The first quarter looked a lot like last night’s game against Sacramento, in where Oklahoma City allowed a lot of points in the quarter, trailing 36-30 after the first quarter. Durant really led the charge in the first quarter, scoring 10 points, including two three-point makes in the quarter.

The Nuggets weren’t nearly as effected in the second quarter, but they were still just good enough to hold off the Thunder. Every time Oklahoma City would get within a point or so, the Nuggets would find a way to put a little distance between them. Durant put in another 10 points in the quarter, but it wasn’t just enough to take a lead into halftime, as Oklahoma City trailed 64-58

The Thunder had a really explosive third quarter, as everyone was involved, Westbrook was hitting shots. Ibaka was blocking them. The Thunder pulled into a two point lead going into the fourth quarter at 82-80.

The Nuggets just seemed to want it a little more, especially with seeding on the line. The Nuggets led by six points numerous times throughout the quarter. However, Oklahoma City tied it up at 95, but the Nuggets were able to put the game away. It was capped off by a Derek Fisher missed three-point shot with :05 seconds remaining.

Post Game Grades

Play Defense: B-
The Thunder gave up 104 points, but defense was decent. It was really letting the Nuggets into the fast break that hurt the Thunder.  Nuggets outscored OKC 21-16 in fast break points.

Rebound: F
One of the top paint teams in the league dominated it again tonight. the Nuggets pulled down 17 offensive rebounds, and 42 overall. That accounted for 54-36 advantage points in the paint.  The offensive rebounds allowed 21 second chance points for the Nuggets

Westbrook: A
Honestly, just wanted to get Westbrook some confidence and sure up his jumper. That’s exactly what happened tonight. Westbrook finished with 30 points, 9 assists and just 2 turnovers. Both turnovers came in the fourth quarter. One was an offensive foul.

Thunder Thoughts

  • You have to really discount this as a win for the Nuggets, remember Harden wasn’t in this game. Oklahoma City really missed his scoring tonight. The Nuggets outscored the Thunder bench 30-20.
  • Kevin Durant scored 32 points. That means he finished the season averaging 28.03 Points per game. Kobe Bryant is averaging 27.86 PPG. Bryant needs to score 38 points to beat Durant for the NBA Scoring Leader.
  • Oh, Lebron James would have to score 83 points to overtake Durant.
  • The only players to win at least three straight scoring titles are George Mikan, Neil Johnston, Wilt Chamberlain, Bob McAdoo, George Gervin, and Michael Jordan. Chamberlain and Jordan are the only ones to have more than three in a row, with both winning seven consecutive titles.
  • Oklahoma City really didn’t bother much with defense. Yeah, Nuggets shot poorly, but ran wild. Oklahoma City might have been lazy and was just basically playing a pick up game.
  • Harden was cleared for the playoffs. They held him out for precautionary measures tonight.
  • The Thunder committed 18 turnovers, accounted for 22 Nugget points.
  • The Nuggets took 11 extra shots than the Thunder. They made one extra shot, and got to the line 15 more times than the Thunder.
  • Westbrook matched Serge Ibaka with 4 block shots. It’s a career high for Westbrook in blocks. His previous high was 3 blocks against the Lakers November 11, 2009.
  • Westbrook played his 312 straight game. The NBA’s most active currently.
  • The Thunder unveiled their Northwest Division championship banner before the game, waiting until a divisional opponent played at Chesapeake Energy Arena to do it. Oklahoma City clinched its second straight division title on April 8.
  • Durant said he was proud of achieving his preseason goal of playing in all 66 games. It’s the second time in his five-year NBA career that he played every game.
  • I don’t really have a lot of notes tonight. It’s the final game. Some season notes real quick. We’ll find out who the Thunder are playing tomorrow night, and what time most likely.  Sources within the Thunder are saying Saturday night at 7pm. I wouldn’t place any bets on that time though.

Next up: 2012 NBA Playoffs!

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Breaking Down the Scoring Championship

The NBA Scoring title has come down to the last game of the season for both Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant, two of the best scorers the league has seen in a very long time.

So far, Kevin Durant leads Kobe Bryant 27.97 to 27.86, so the natural question is – how much does Kobe have to score to beat Kevin Durant? Well, here you go:

The crazy thing to notice here is that if Kevin Durant scores 30 points, Kobe Bryant could tie him at an average of 28.0 ppg if he scores 36.

Let’s take a look at how Kevin Durant has done versus tonight’s opponent, the Denver Nuggets:

March 15 – 24 points
February 19 – 51 points
Average – 37.5 ppg vs. the Denver Nuggets

Now let’s take a look at Kobe Bryant vs. the Sacramento Kings tomorrow:

March 2 – 38 points
Dec 26 – 29 points
Average – 33.5 ppg vs. the Sacramento Kings

Granted both players are on teams who have already locked up their playoff position, so there would be no reason for both players to get an extended amount of time in both games.

Kobe will have the advantage as Kevin Durant goes up first at 7pm tonight, so Kobe will be able to know before the Sacramento game how much he has to score to win the scoring title in his 16th year in the league.

Big thanks to Lakersnation.com for this.

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Game Day #66: Nuggets at Thunder

Denver Nuggets (36-28, 16-15 away) at Oklahoma City Thunder (47-18, 26-6 home)

 vs 

Where: The ‘Peake!
When: 7:00 p.m.
TV:
 FSOK (DirectTV 679, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27, U-Verse 754)
Online StreamHere.
RadioWWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the Enemy: Here.
Projected Lineups:

Thunder Nuggets
PG Russell Westbrook Ty Lawson
SG Thabo Sefolosha Arron Afflalo
SF Kevin Durant Danilo Galinari
PF Serge Ibaka Kenneth Faried
C Kendrick Perkins JaVale McGee
6th Man Nick Collison Al Harrington

Last Time: Oklahoma City went into Denver and stole a 103-90 victory from the home team.

So, we’re finally here. The final game of the season. I don’t know about you, but I’m happy we are here. Oklahoma City is coming off a pretty good win over the Kings, where the second team led the fourth quarter come back. Oklahoma City survived 118-110.

Oklahoma City is locked into the number two spot in the West, so we could see a pretty similar thing that we saw in last year’s finale against Milwaukee.  Where no starter played more than 24 minutes,  and the reserves, led by Nate Robinson choked off a loss to the Bucks.

Look for James Harden to sit out this final game, a precautionary move that will allow him to rest up and be almost 100% going into the playoffs this weekend.

The Denver Nuggets are in the playoffs. However, where they will be seeded is yet to be determined. They’re currently in the sixth spot with two games remaining.  So, there is a lot to play for with the Nuggets.

Denver won their last game 101-74 over the Dwight Howard-less Orlando Magic. They are 7-3 in their last 10 games, including four games over teams with winning records.

Keys to the game

Play Defense
Nuggets are the highest scoring team in the league. Oklahoma City did a really good job the last time these two played. Oklahoma City will have to do a good job if they want to do that again. Especially if the second team plays a lot of minutes again.

Rebound
The Nuggets can rebound, that’s a fact. Oklahoma City needs to limit the second chance opportunities and that starts on the offensive glass.

Westbrook
Westbrook is slumping, no beating around that bush. Westbrook needs to really use this last game to get his feet back underneath him. Westbrook is very key in the playoffs.

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King Size Meltdown

Good win for the Thunder and some fun comments from Kings fans. Interesting to see the battle between wanting to get a win and wanting to tank. Loved how they said that Thunder’s bench is trash without Harden and then seeing their team lose to said bench. Enjoy today’s comments…

  • Cmon KD, go for that scoring title son. Make Kobe sweat as well so he’ll drop 70 on us the next game.
  • I’m putting the over/under for Ibaka blocks at 7. Any takers?
  • No Harden But ah, it won’t matter
  • Durant wants that scoring title I would love to see him get it!
  • If only they could play like this all the time. Someday…
  • We put up 40 on OKC in the 1st quarter…wow. This game is scaring me as I want us to lose these final 2 games.
  • I’d be more concerned about giving up thirty-five, on .611. I mean, really, who’s more likely to sustain?
  • Someone should tell the Kings that they are already out of playoff contention.
  • Who does Travis Outlaw think he is right now, and why is OKC shooting 60 percent and WERE STILL WINNING. This is not good.
  • If we can score 150 points… We won’t need defense!
  • The Kings will eventually cool down and then get slaughtered by a team who actually knows how to play defense
  • I now have no faith in the Thunder winning the west After giving up 40 first quarter points to us. Is this the first time we have put up 40 in the first this season?
  • I doubt any team that gives us 40 in a half
  • Thunder bench is trash without Harden
  • Artest may have single handily lost OKC the title. If Harden doesn’t get back soon, they may not have the offense to win.
  • Their starting five is still pretty set, but Harden is their whole bench.
  • It’s bad enough if it’s an injury like an ankle, or hand, or (shudder) knee, but to know it’s because a freaking repeat offesnder essentially committed an assault on the court has to be almost unbearable.
  • It must be backwards day today.
  • Oh jimmer you got d-fished
  • Hayes with an instant influx of suck
  • We need to have Pollard doing the commentary every game “I wonder if Derek is wearing 37 because he wants to be that young again”
  • Bench picked it up once Outlaw returned Lets trade him before he changes back to the real Outlaw
  • Perkins mauls people on screens everytime he is moving and they never call it!! Come on if it was Cuz it would b a foul.
  • Perkins screens aren’t even close to legal this game
  • They all look legit to me
  • Perkins is kinda grabby He was digging into Thompson there
  • Cousins + Evans > Durant + Westbrook
  • Why did Outlaw decide not to show up the entire season until now?
  • Wish We Coulda got Durant… Sigh…
  • -Signed 29 GM’s
  • Especially Portland’s…
  • The league rigged the 07 draft. We should’ve won that #2 pick.
  • Since when does Cole aldrich exist?
  • Daequan Cook entering into King Killer mode
  • If we end up picking top 3, I’m gonna send Cook flowers. Dude is saving our tank!
  • Our bench getting outscored by Thunder’s 34 to 7. And this without Harden.
  • Tank Commander Cisco Garcia
  • You could accuse us of tanking by having him on our roster To start the season, tanking in advance
  • Why is our best player not in the game… Is he resting cuz for the summer league?
  • Oh Garcia you just got taken by fisher
  • How does any NBA player get burned by him?
  • We’ll show those stupid Warriors how to tank
  • Derek Fisher is a piece of garbage
  • OKC got the lead without Durant and Westbrook Something is wrong
  • I hate losing to other teams benches
  • I know a win against a good team is fun, but we are going to screw up our draft position if we win this. If we get a win, I want it be against the Lakers
  • Sacramento Kings: Leaving open shooters since 2005
  • Derek Fisher: still aiming for that elusive academy award
  • Good, looks like Smart has found the right lineup to get us the woss.
  • That is his one elite coaching skill.
  • Lol Kings lose to Fisher and Cook
  • Let the bench beat us That sucks
  • I would rather lose this game… And win, win, win this Friday vs. The fkin Lakers
  • The Fakers are tools Beat them up, well, not literally….you’re classier than Meta World Scumbag
  • He should be required to change his name back.
  • Superb tanking against a 2nd unit.
  • It May Be a 2nd unit But its the 2nd unit of a PLAYOFF team
  • We snatch defeat from the jaws of victory! Seriously. Could OKC have done any more to give us this game? Maybe sat everybody. Maybe.
  • Damn as much as I wanted the loss, getting beat by okc’s bench is embarrassing.
  • But their bench had Derrick Fisher on it.
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