The Denver Nuggets put together a sensational performance on Sunday night at home, topping the star-studded Oklahoma City Thunder 121-118 in overtime. The win is a huge one for Denver as this young, inexperienced team is still finding its groove. However, as positive as the win may be, the Nuggets need to learn how to win games like this on the road if they hope to be halfway competitive in the 2013 NBA playoffs.
At 25-18, the Nuggets are currently eight games behind the Thunder in the Western Conference’s Northwest division. However, 16 of those wins have come at home while only nine have been recorded on the road. Frankly, Denver’s 9-15 road record this season is bad, especially for a team that’s looking for a top-four seed in the Western Conference playoffs this year.
Of course, that would mean home court advantage in the first round of postseason play, but then Denver would have to play primarily on the road to play the No. 1-seeded team in the second round. As it stands right now, the Nuggets would probably lose that series in six games or less, which means they have a lot of work to do in the second half of the season.
You can talk all you want about how it’s easy for Denver to win at home because of the high altitude and all that other horse radish, but the Nuggets are a dynamite team that just needs one more piece to its title-contending puzzle. Until then, the few “stars” Denver has (i.e. Andre Iguodala) must learn to lead on the road until the cavalry arrives.