"We didn’t a very good job keeping them off the offensive glass,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks
said of Denver’s 14 offensive boards. "Their bigs created a lot of energy for them. Andersen is a guy who does that and does it well.”
Denver didn’t need an Anthony buzzer-beater Monday night, but his two game-winners in the Ford Center last season are a reminder just how much the Thunder’s roster has changed in one year.
Only five players from last year’s mid-December rotation are still on the roster. And Kyle Weaver
is out four months with a shoulder injury.
The young trio (Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook
and Jeff Green
), plus Nick Collison
essentially are the only players still around who played significant roles last season. Nenad Krstic
and (January) and Thabo Sefolosha
(mid-February) were added after the holidays.
After coaching as an assistant three seasons in Denver, Brooks said the Mile High City’s altitude can be a factor. The key is pre-game warmups.
"As soon as you get your second wind, everyone is fine,” Brooks said.
Monday's box score