Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Denver Nuggets: Breaking Down the Game

April 5th, 2011 by Ricky Frech Leave a reply »
Tonight's game seemed like déjà vu of the Thunder's last few games in which they came out of halftime flat and almost ended up giving away a game that they were leading early. Granted, the Nuggets did a lot of damage in the second quarter also, but it was the third quarter where it started to feel like the same story, different game. Fortunately (if you're a Thunder fan), OKC was able to turn it around and put together a strong performance to close the game out.

Usually the first part of the article would focus on the big names like Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, but I felt that Eric Maynor arguably played the biggest role in this win. With the Thunder facing some big foul troubles late in the third, Maynor came in and calmed the team down. Then he went and dropped ten points and kept the game close until the starters could come in and lock it up. It's his complete understanding of the offense that allows him to be so efficient even though he doesn't have near the skills of Westbrook. You would be hard pressed to find a better back up point guard from that stand point.

That's not to say the star players didn't impress, Durant had 32 points ...

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