January 20, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (left) celebrates with guard Russell Westbrook (right) during the second half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 121-118 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Analyzing The Oklahoma City Thunder Road Trip

January 27, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder shooting guard Kevin Martin (23) shoots a basket against the defense of Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Jodie Meeks (20) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma City has played nine of its last 10 away from Chesapeake Energy Arena, and went 7-3 in that long stretch.  The six-game road trip consisted of games in Golden State, Los Angeles twice (Lakers and Clippers), Sacramento, and Denver. The Thunder went 2-3 in those games with tough losses to the Lakers, Warriors, and Nuggets.

Now it’s time to step back and analyze the challenging week.

Breakout Player On Trip: For a little while, it was for sure DeAndre Liggins with his superb defense and hustle. However, the energy bunny died a little bit and Liggins started to blend in more and more each game. The player who had a “breakout week” had to be Kevin Martin. In the six-game trip, K Mart averaged 15.1 points on 51.6 percent shooting and shot 54.4 percent from deep. This week he started to be the catalyst and commander of the second unit.

Worst Performer: Not the worst performer, but Hasheem Thabeet just quite frankly didn’t play too well. On the road trip he played a total of 29 minutes with 16 of them coming in the blowout against the Kings. Thabeet obviously hasn’t been the guy Thunder fans have been dreaming over anymore.

What Fans Learned: Well, it’s pretty evident how vulnerable it is to play at home in Loud City. Oklahoma City is now 15-8 on the road this year which isn’t poor but isn’t spectacular. The Thunder will come back home to play Memphis tomorrow night.

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