NBA Playoffs 2011: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Denver Nuggets Game 2 Live Blog

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Aaron MContributor IIIApril 21, 2011

Welcome all, to Game 2 between the fourth-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder and the fifth-seeded Denver Nuggets.

Game 1 between these two teams ended with a hard-fought, 107-103 victory for the Thunder. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant contributed a stunning 72 points.

The Denver Nuggets matched up well and played tough throughout the game, but shot an atrocious four-of-16 from beyond the arc.

If the Denver Nuggets intend to split the first two games of the series on the road, they will need to find a way to limit the contributions of both Westbrook and Durant. The Nuggets will also need to shoot better from the three-point line, and improving their 63.6 percent free-throw shooting from Game 1 would be a step in the right direction, as well.

Playing at home, the Thunder will do everything they can to take a 2-0 lead in this series. They will look to shoot over 50 percent from the floor—they shot just under that mark during Game 1—and they will hope to get more of the same from Westbrook and Durant, who shot a combined 25-of-45 (55.5 percent) in Game 1.

Finally, expect the Thunder to attack the paint. They were outscored, 46-28, in the paint Sunday, and will look to develop a presence down low.

My name is Aaron, and I'll be your live blogger for this game. Sit back and enjoy what promises to be a very good game.

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