Nuggets (12-18, 7-9 road) vs. Thunder (20-10, 13-4 home)
Radio: WWLS The Sports Animal (98.1 FM, 640 AM, 1300 AM The Buzz Tulsa)
Time: 6:00 PM CST
Team Comparisons (per NBA.com/Stats)
- Offensive Rating: Thunder – 108.0 (2nd), Nuggets – 100.6 (23rd)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 98.9 (7th), Nuggets – 105.5 (27th)
Other than the actual game, probably the most disappointing thing of Christmas day was the fact that the Thunder couldn’t make up a game in the standings to the Spurs. While they didn’t lose a game in the standings by virtue of the Spurs also losing, this was definitely an opportunity missed. The Spurs and Warriors are on the type of roll where it will be difficult for any team to catch up to them.
Now back to the putrid performance that was the Christmas day game. Other than a 15-3 run to close the first half, the Bulls completed dominated the game. The most frustrating part was the Bulls doing to the Thunder what the Thunder have done to so many other teams. The Bulls opened the game on an 11-0 run. Then, with the Thunder threatening at the beginning of the second half, the Bulls opened up the 3rd quarter on an 8-0 run and ended it on a 9-2 run to turn a 2 point halftime lead into an 18 point lead heading into the 4th quarter. This effectively ended the game. Keep Reading…