OKC Thunder: Thunder has something to prove during road trip

Oklahoma City is only 3-3 on the road this season — and all three wins came against mediocre competition.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: December 2, 2013
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The upcoming road stretch doesn't offer the most challenging schedule. Only two of the next five road teams — Atlanta and Memphis — made the playoffs last year. But the Thunder will be tested by playing three games in the next four nights, a test that will include a potentially brutal pit stop in Portland for a showdown with the red-hot Blazers on the second night of a back-to-back Wednesday.

Oklahoma City also has other issues to iron out before worrying about the strength of the road schedule, like squeezing solid and consistent contributions out of its role players when away from home.

For as good as the Thunder's bench has been this season, it's role players have yet to put it together on the road. Reggie Jackson, Jeremy Lamb and Derek Fisher all are shooting considerably lower percentages in opposing arenas. Jackson's field goal percentage is 10 percent lower on the road, Lamb's falls by slightly more than 18 percent and Fisher has seen a 25 percent drop off.

So while the upcoming opponents might not be marquee matchups on paper, the Thunder understands it has plenty to play for over the next nine days.

And by the time this stretch is over, we should know much more about just how dominant this year's team currently is and how dominant it can be down the line.


by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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