The Oklahoma City Thunder have received high-praise from all across the sports world thus far. The only knock against their success has been their play on the road, especially against elite teams. Tonight, the Thunder have a chance to silence some of that doubt as they go on the road to face off against a Denver Nuggets team that has been playing extremely well as of late. The Nuggets are coming into this game 14-9 overall with a 7-3 home record. The Thunder are 7-4 on the road, so you figure this is a pretty even matchup on paper.
In reality, the Thunder are playing out of this world basketball behind the success of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and a talented core of role-players. The OKC bench is almost as good as a few starting units around the NBA. Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb alone combine for more than 21 points per game. Their outstanding play has given this team a whole new dimension to their game.
Even though the Thunder have let some important road games slip through their fingers, I think they’re a lot better away from home than most people are giving them credit for. Two of their four road losses came early in the year — one against the Los Angeles Clippers in a game where Serge Ibaka was ejected in the third quarter. The other game was on the road against the Golden State Warriors who went on to win after a buzzer beater from Andre Iguodala. I wouldn’t be too worried about this team’s road success. Doubters will have something to talk about if they do lose, but it still won’t mean much to those of us who know just how good this Thunder team is.