Thunder (30-12, 10-7 road) vs. Nuggets (16-25, 8-12 home)
Radio: WWLS The Sports Animal (98.1 FM, 640 AM, 1300 AM The Buzz Tulsa)
Time: 8:00 PM CST
Team Comparisons (per NBA.com/Stats)
- Offensive Rating: Thunder – 109.4 (2nd), Nuggets – 101.3 (22nd)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 100.2 (8th), Nuggets – 106.0 (26th)
The Oklahoma City Thunder got their second half of the season off to a dominant start, beating the Miami Heat 99-74. The manner in which they played was indicative of the style of basketball head coach Billy Donovan would like them to play. It has taken nearly three and a half months, but Donovan’s imprint on this team is starting to take form. In the month of January, the Thunder are averaging 22.6 assists per game, nearly one more assist more than at any other point in the season. The 3-point attempts, makes, and percentage in the month of January are at the highest they have been all season.
Defensively, the Thunder have been holding opponents to their lowest FG and 3-point FG percentage of the season in January. In addition, opponent’s assist numbers are at the lowest point they have been all season this month. In their last game, the Thunder held the Heat to just 12 assists the entire game. In that same game, Russell Westbrook had 15 assists by himself. Keep Reading…