Pregame: What OKC has to do to snap losing streak to Denver
By: Addam Francisco, Senior Writer
With the challenging month of March glaring at the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Denver Nuggets, who have beaten the Thunder four straight times, welcome them to their home court where the implications are a little bigger this time around.
The Thunder currently sit three games behind the (41-18) Nuggets for second place in the Western Conference and have a direct opportunity to shave a game off of that lead tonight.
“We need all of these. We have a tough schedule to close out,” said All-Star forward Paul George. “Every game is going to come into effect.”
The Nuggets are (2-0) against the Thunder this season, which shines even more light on the importance of tonight's game. With a win tonight, the team's matchup in late March will be even more important because OKC will have an opportunity to even the series.
The way Billy Donovan plans to attack this Nuggets team is by taking away what they do well. Denver is an elite and efficient offensive team that works well together. It's important that the Thunder push catches out further on the court, break up cuts and be a nuisance in the passing lanes, which would disrupt what the Nuggets like to do.
“That team is all about timing. As much as we can make things a little different from what they’re used to (the better),” said George. “They’re a scripted team, so as much as we can throw some wrinkles in there, it’ll benefit us.”
Denver's key scorers are Jamal Murray and Gary Harris who dominate the backcourt but the biggest scoring threat is in their lethal frontcourt of Nikola Jokic and Paul Milsap.
With that being said, expect to see a positive step from new Thunder, Markieff Morris, who may provide the quickness, toughness and outright athleticism to slow down the nuggets along with Steven Adams and Jerami Grant.