Oct 15, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) handles the ball against Denver Nuggets shooting guard Jordan Hamilton (1) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

OKC Thunder vs. Denver Nuggets Preview: Three Things To Look For

Nov 16, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) grabs a rebound between Milwaukee Bucks center Zaza Pachulia (27) and forward Ekpe Udoh (5) in the 2nd quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

After going 1-2 on the road with losses to the Clippers and Warriors, the Thunder will start their six game home stand tonight against the Denver Nuggets. The home stand will consist of the Nuggets tonight, Clippers Thursday, the Jazz Sunday, the Spurs next Wednesday, the Warriors next Friday, and the Timberwolves next Sunday.

Tonight, Oklahoma City will get their first look at this Nuggets team. Denver is  4-5 this year, playing without Javale Mcgee due to a stress fracture in his left tibia. They have a decent backcourt with Randy Foye and Ty Lawson to go along with a front court of J.J. Hickson, and Kenneth Faried.  Denver is coming off a loss to the Rockets on Saturday night in Houston.

What to look for:

  1. Can Ibaka continue his hot-streak? Serge Ibaka has been playing his best basketball of his carrer lately. On Saturday against the Bucks, he went for 15 points, 20 rebounds, and four blocks. Oklahoma City is going to need Ibaka to produce like he has.
  2.  Scott Brooks’ rotation. Andre Roberson started in place for Thabo Sefolosha(flu) on Saturday. Perry Jones III didn’t play at all, and Derek Fisher actually played 20 minutes. Brooks’ rotation has been weird as of late. Let’s see how he manages tonight’s game.
  3. The Thunder are struggling defensively. They are allowing 100.9 points a game, which ranks 21st in the league. It will be interesting to see if OKC can do a good job defensively against a par Nuggets offense.

Notes and quotes:

KD: “We just want to move on from (the road trip),” Durant said. “We’re grateful for the opportunity to have six games in a row at home. We’ll just try to take care of home court. We have some tough games, so hopefully we do a great job.” He continued to say, “It’s a matter of time before we put it all together and I’m excited because we have a lot more room to get better. Everybody is just finding their groove I think. We just have to keep it up.”

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