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Oklahoma City Thunder: 2011 Playoff Preview



With the 2011 NBA regular season winding down, the playoffs seem to be setting up well for the Oklahoma City Thunder. They are currently the Western Conference’s 4th-seeded team. With only 4 games to play in the regular season, there is not a lot of time for teams to make up ground in the standings. As of right now, and barring a meltdown from either team, it appears that the Thunder will be matched up against the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. The Thunder would also have home-court advantage in the series, scheduled to host four of the potential seven games.

To many people’s surprise, the Denver Nuggets have been a much better team since Carmelo Anthony was traded away to the New York Knicks on February 21st. Since the trade, the Nuggets have posted a 15-5 record. The Nuggets have not been one of the most talked about teams, but considering the way they’ve played in the last 20 games, they could be very dangerous match-up in a seven game series. Also, being that it’s the playoffs, it is relatively unimportant what happened in the regular season. Every team gets to start off with a clean slate. The bottom line is, the first team to win 16 games is the NBA’s Champion. That being said, the Thunder will have their hands full, but they have been playing very good basketball lately as well. The Thunder won 14 out of 16 games in the month of March, and by now have won more games than they did in the 2010 regular season. The Thunder are a team on the rise, and with the addition of defensive strength in Kendrick Perkins in the center of the paint, they could be a force to reckon with.

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In three regular season match-ups with the Nuggets, the Thunder have won twice, with both wins occurring in Denver. In those three games Oklahoma City has averaged 107.3 points per game, while Denver has averaged 104 points per game.

On Friday night, the Thunder will host the Denver Nuggets in Oklahoma City Arena at 8:00PM ET. Having played three times already this season, and once already this week, this game could give us a nice preview of what is to come in the first round of the playoffs.



By: Landen Crouch
ProBasketball-fans.com Staff Writer

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