Listen dude. There’s no basketball. I can’t leave my house. Tonight I talked with an actual human on Skype and it was the best moment of my day by far. I’m going insane over here. I need this. So just shut up, let me have some fun, and GET READY TO WATCH SOME THUNDER BASKETBALL.
In what can only be described as an avalanche of OKC offense, the likes of which you would normally find in the Denver mountainside, this game was a blowout in the second half. Thunder win 114-87 to move half a game back of the 3rd seed! OKC came in winning their last three games, last of which in Atlanta without Trae Young.
Tonight, we saw multiple – that’s right, multiple – Gallinari dunks. One of which was a fantastic alley-oop from Dennis Schroder.
Everything Going Thunder Way
The Thunder were excellent on both ends. Defensively, Steven Adams and Nerlens Noel were at their absolute best as rim protectors, while Deonte Burton was disrupting all night with multiple steals leading to transition points. Offensively, CP3 was on fire from midrange (as usual), Dennis Schroder produced all night with a team high 24 points, and Steven Adams racked up a career-high 26 rebounds.
Meanwhile, the Nuggets had nothing going their way. Nikola Jokic lead the team with 18 points but on 8-17 shooting, and Jamal Murray was an abysmal 3-13 from the field. Defensively, assignments were mismanaged constantly, as we saw countless points scored in the paint with ease. In fact, OKC scored 70 of their 114 points there, resulting in very limited need for the outside shots to fall (1-10 from 3PT).
The key factors were transition offense and bench production, led by none other than 6th man of the year Dennis Schroder. We also saw some flashes of Deonte Burton and Lu Dort, who has proven to be a reliable factor regardless if he’s coming off the bench or starting.
OKC will rest for the weekend and travel to Miami for their next game. A win would position this team into a potential 3rd seed. Meanwhile, Miami looks to retain their 4th seed as the Pacers and 76ers lurk behind them, only 2 games back.
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