Tougher defenses come to the forefront during the NBA postseason, which is why offensive numbers slip a bit for every team. How much they slip is the key to success.
The Denver Nuggets are shooting far worse and scoring considerably less than they did during in the regular season, yet contrary to what reserve guard J.R. Smith said last Thursday, his team still has a pulse.
The Nuggets avoided elimination Monday night by winning 104-101 in Game 4 at the Pepsi Center and will attempt to remain alive in Game 5 on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. inside Oklahoma City Arena.
During the regular season, the Nuggets led the league in scoring (107.5), were third in field-goal percentage (.476), third in 3-point percentage (.388), but 16th in free-throw percentage (.765).
Here are the Nugget's numbers so far against the Thunder — scoring (97.5), field-goal percentage (.414), 3-point percentage (.360) and free-throw percentage (.692).
The Thunder's offensive numbers also have slipped, but not nearly as significantly. OKC actually has a better 3-point shooting percentage in the series (.347 to .360).
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