Round 1 Game 3 Recap: Nuggets vs Thunder

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It’s beginning to look like the brooms are getting ready in this series.  With the Thunder running away from the Nuggets with a 3-0 lead in the best of 7 game series after their 97-94 victory last night in Denver.

Behind the scoring duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, it was Serge Ibaka, The Thunder’s defensive stud who lit up Denver with a career high 22 points and 16 rebounds.  It’s become apparent that this season’s version of The Thunder aren’t just a 2 man team.  In each of the first 3 playoff games, another Thunder hero has emerged from this deep team to help push The Thunders scoring attack. 

With the series at 3-0, The Nuggets backs are against the wall.  On Monday night in Denver, The Nuggets will try to salvage some respectability as they look to avenge this tough loss and avoid the sweep.

League leading scorer Kevin Durant led The Thunder once again with 26 points on a weak 7-22 shooting, while Westbrook followed the typical Thunder scoring pattern with 23 points.  The Thunder shot 36% from the field as a team, and really had no reason being in this game.  The Nuggets 12 turnovers helped OKC in overcoming their poor shooting as well as Denver’s poor Free Throw shooting performance of 30-45.

Too many missed opportunities are what’s killing the Nuggets this series.  The Nuggets traded away Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups to The Knicks and received a package that made Denver a deeper team.  During the final stretch of the Regular Season, this depth looked like it would help Denver come Playoff time, but they will look back at this series and see there is a glaring hole on their roster.  Not to say that Carmelo Anthony would have made more of a difference, but a prolific scorer would definitely have helped Denver keep pace.

Denver had 5 players score in double digits, but none over 20 points.  They are exhibiting an even scoring attack; however a true marksman is missing.

Considering the 3-0 series lead, and the likely sweep on Monday, Nuggets GM Massai Ujiri should take note to what has transpired and how to better fill his roster come the off-season.

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