The Nuggets pummeled the Lakers 113-96 in Game 6 forcing a winner-take-all Game 7 in Los Angeles Saturday.
What’s that mean for the Thunder? Oklahoma City gets the winner of that game Monday, meaning the Thunder will have gone nine days without playing since completing their sweep over Dallas. That’s nine days of rest for Kendrick Perkins who strained his right hip flexor in Game 4, an injury that typically takes 10-14 days to recover from, depending on severity.
It also means Metta World Peace will return for the Lakers in Game 7. But it’s no guarantee that the Thunder will be taking on the Lakers in round two. Not with the way things have gone recently in this series. The Lakers led 3-1, but even that third win felt like a giveaway from the Nuggets. Denver then took Game 5 after holding a pretty solid fourth quarter lead and then Game 6 by 17.
Game 7 is Saturday, so the Thunder will finally know their next opponent then. And by the way things look, there’s no telling who it might be.