Basketball is back in Oklahoma City.The Thunder returns home and will face off with the Denver Nuggets tonight in their third preseason game at Chesapeake Energy Arena. This will be the first time the Thunder play in front of their home crowd and the players seem to be excited about it.
KD told Matt Pinto of thunder.nba.com that he’s “Been waiting for this for a while. Everybody that works in the arena, I missed them throughout the summer and this preseason. I’m glad we’re getting back to our home. I know the fans will come out and support us. I’m looking forward to it.”
Oklahoma City with play some good competition tonight in this Denver team. The Nuggets hired a new coach in replace of George Karl, in Brian Shaw from the Lakers. Other additions include Randy Foye, J.J. Hickson, Darrell Arthur, and former Thunder guard, Nate Robinson.
Via Thunder.nba.com, Durant said that “We respect them, but it’s all about us and what we have to do. Our game plan is to just come out on the defensive end and stick to our scheme. On offense, it’s to move the ball. We’re just trying to fine-tune some things to get ready for the regular season.”
The Nuggets are coming off a win last night against the Spurs at home.
Here are 3 things to look for tonight:
- Can Reggie Jackson continue to be a potential third option scorer for the Thunder? Against the 76ers, Jackson had 29 points to go along with eight assists and six rebounds. Let’s see if Jackson can continue that play tonight.
- Will KD be more of a scorer or playmaker tonight? The talk of late has been the ability for Durant to be more of a playmaker than a scorer. I’ll be intrigued to see if KD is aggressive to score the ball or to get other involved more.
- Can Steven Adams get it done against a good NBA center? We all know Adams showed us a lot with his performance against the Sixers in England. However, can Adams produce against a quality center like JaVale McGee will be the question.