OKC Thunder: Denver to provide needed road test for OKC

The Nuggets have been stingy at home, where the Thunder visit Tuesday night with a chance to win its first road game over a team with a current winning record.
by Anthony Slater Published: December 16, 2013

Despite a presumed drop-off in talent and expectations this season, the Denver Nuggets are playing some great basketball.

Winners of 10 of their past 13, the Nuggets enter Tuesday at 14-9, good for sixth in the crowded Western Conference.

And they've been particularly stingy at home, where the Thunder visit Tuesday night with a chance to win its first road game over a team with a current winning record.

“It's tough,” Kevin Durant said of playing in the Denver altitude. “But we got guys who have been playing there for so long, so we can't use that as an excuse.

The Nuggets are 7-3 at home this season and 45-6 the past two years.

WESTBROOK A BIT MORE FRUGAL IN SHOT SELECTION

This season, Russell Westbrook is taking a career-high 4.8 3-pointers per game.

On the surface, that might seem like a bad thing, with his conversion percentage still at a relatively low 30 percent. But in reality, it might be a positive, considering he's taking fewer long 2-pointers (between 16-24 feet) than last year — dropping from 3.9 per game to 3.2.

“There's no need to take long twos,” Westbrook said. “If you're going to take a two, then you might as well take one step back and shoot a three.”

The logic has to do with efficiency, with the extra point making a 33 percent 3-point shooter the equivalent of a 50 percent shooter from inside the arc.

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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