INTEGRIS Game Day Report: Thunder at Denver Nuggets – Feb. 9, 2015 – NBA.com (blog)
DENVER – With leaders and continuity in place, the Thunder has faced adversity head on this season, tackling each new challenge with togetherness.
As Head Coach Scott Brooks’ team quickly turns the page from a dominating home victory over the Los Angeles Clippers to take on the Denver Nuggets on the road on Monday, the team will have a new set of circumstances to deal with as a unit. Center Steven Adams underwent surgery for a broken hand and will be re-evaluated in three weeks, meaning the Thunder will have a change in the starting lineup and potentially a slightly different dynamic in the second unit as well.
Backup center Kendrick Perkins has been a starter for most of his career, including every season he’s been with the Thunder up until the 2014-15 campaign. The Thunder also has other options for minutes at the five-spot, from Nick Collison to Serge Ibaka, who can slide over in that position to make room for Kevin Durant or Perry Jones to play the power forward role. Another potential option is Mitch McGary, the rookie who had only played in two regular season games before bursting onto the scene on Sunday against the Clippers, when he registered 19 points and 10 rebounds. It remains to be seen what his role will be or how much he’ll play, but McGary is certainly an option.
“He’s worked hard to be in this position,” Brooks explained. “He’s worked hard to be back in conditioning. He’s worked hard to get the rhythm of the game down.”
“He’s going to get opportunities,” Brooks continued. “He was ready and he’s going to have to be ready throughout the rest of the season,” Brooks said.
With regards to the Thunder’s matchup against the Nuggets tonight, the Thunder knows it will have to get back in transition, protect the defensive glass and prevent Denver from getting easy baskets at the rim. On the offensive end, the Thunder wants to keep playing with tempo in the halfcourt, generating layups in the pick-and-roll or on backdoor cuts, while also … – Click Here To Visit Article Source