Thunder (1-game losing streak)
106.6 Offensive Efficiency (2nd)
99.6 Defensive Efficiency (11th)
96.0 Pace (5th)
56.9 True Shooting % (1st)
51.4 Rebound Rate (5th)
Nuggets (1-game losing streak)
105.3 Offensive Efficiency (5th)
102.5 Defensive Efficiency (19th)
97.1 Pace (1st)
55.2 True Shooting % (3rd)
51.5 Rebound Rate (4th)
It’s amazing that there’s a game tonight with so much else going on with the trade deadline and March Madness starting today.
Oklahoma City did not make any moves before the trade deadline but they did have some talks with Charlotte about potentially going after point guard D.J. Augustin. You would imagine the Thunder would have packaged maybe Nazr Mohammed and some picks to get Augustin but it didn’t happen.
The Denver Nuggets however did make some noise as they were involved in a three-way trade with the Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers. The Nuggets traded away Nene and received JaVale McGee and Ronny Turiaf.
Nene will not be playing tonight then and neither will McGee yet. The Nuggets also wanted to do this reportedly to make some cap room for signing Wilson Chandler.
As for the game, the Thunder should be more prepared. They also received good news today that Thabo Sefolosha will be back in the starting lineup after missing the last 23 games.
The last time these teams played was memorable to say the least. Kevin Durant scored his career-high 51 points, Russell Westbrook scored 40 and Serge Ibaka had a triple-double as the Thunder beat the Nuggets 124-118 in overtime.
Durant has always played well against the Nuggets and it should be no different tonight despite the return of Danilo Gallinari who did not play in the overtime game.
The Thunder are coming off a five-game home stand in which they surprisingly lost twice. They lost their last game in shocking fashion by one point to the Houston Rockets while being outscored 13-1 to end the game.
The Thunder also lost last Friday night to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Oklahoma City will surely be looking to rebound tonight and should be able to after things in Denver have been shaken up a bit with the trade deadline news.