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Oklahoma City Thunder Regular Season Wrap Up



It took overtime, but eventually the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 110-106 in the regular season finale on Wednesday night. The Thunder, however, were playing key players sparingly in this one. Every single Thunder player played in the loss, with the most playing time being Nazr Mohammed, who played 32 minutes. Also, every Thunder player got involved in the scoring in the game, with Russell Westbrook leading the way with 20 points.

With the loss, Oklahoma City finishes the season with a record of 55-27, winning five more games than last year. Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough to move up in the standings at all. The Thunder have clinched the fourth seed in the NBA’s Western Conference. Just days ago, Oklahoma City had an outside shot of gaining the second overall seed in the playoffs, but with the Lakers win on Tuesday night, the Mavericks late four game winning streak, and the Thunder loss on Wednesday, those hopes vanished. Certainly, though, being the fourth seed is nothing to frown about. The Thunder were the eighth seed in last year’s playoffs, and gave the eventual champion Lakers quite the fight in the first round. This year is a little different, though, as the Thunder are not playing the role of underdogs. In fact, they are the favorites in the first round, where they will play fifth-seeded Denver Nuggets.

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Oklahoma City has had good success against the Nuggets this season, winning three out of the four match-ups between the two teams. The one time that the Nuggets beat the Thunder they got 35 points from Carmelo Anthony, who won’t be suiting up for them in the playoffs, as he was traded to the New York Knicks on February 21st. Plus, with the Thunder adding Kendrick Perkins just before the trade deadline, one has to believe that they won’t have many problems putting away the Nuggets in the series, in which they will hold home-court advantage. It also doesn’t hurt that Oklahoma City posted a 30-11 record at home in the regular season. It should be an interesting series to watch with the young guys of Oklahoma City looking to make some noise in the 2011 NBA Playoffs.

Game 1 between the Nuggets and Thunder in Oklahoma City has yet to be scheduled.



By: Landen Crouch
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