Week 18 Tune-In Tidbits: TNT Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018
Get ready for Tuesday’s TNT doubleheader with five stats to watch for in each matchup. The action tips off in Oklahoma City, where the Thunder (32-25) hosts the new look Cavaliers (33-22) at 8:00 ET. That is followed by the Nuggets (30-26) hosting the Spurs (35-23) in the third meeting between these teams over the last month. San Antonio won the first two meetings, including one in Denver, where the Nuggets are tough to beat (22-7 on the season).
Cleveland Cavaliers at Oklahoma City Thunder, 8:00 ET, TNT
- In their first game with the Cavaliers, George Hill, Jordan Clarkson, Rodney Hood and Larry Nance, Jr. combined for 49 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals and a block and shot 51.4% from the field and 53.3% from beyond the arc.
- The Cavaliers have the league’s best point differential in clutch situations (plus-49), while the Thunder rank 28th (minus-48).
- Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook are both questionable to play on Tuesday. If both are unable to play, the OK3 will become the Paul George show. In 352 minutes with George on court while Anthony and Westbrook are off court, OKC has been outscored by 106 points and shot just 39.0% from the field.
- OKC’s hustle plays help fuel their sixth-ranked defense (103.5 points allowed per 100 possessions). The Thunder lead the NBA in both deflections (17.6) and loose balls recovered (9.2), with Paul George and Russell Westbrook being the individual leader in each respective category.
- Russell Westbrook (16) and LeBron James (10) are the only two players in the NBA with more than five triple-doubles this season. They lead all active players in career triple-doubles (Westbrook 95, 4th all-time; James 65; 6th all-time).
San Antonio Spurs at Denver Nuggets, 10:30 ET, TNT
- Nikola Jokic is the only active player in the NBA to average at least 15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists this season. DeMarcus Cousins is the only other player to post those averages this season before being lost for the season with an Achilles injury.
- Russell Westbrook (2016-17) is the only other player to post those averages in the last 12 seasons. Kevin Garnett was the last player other than Westbrook to do it back in 2004-05.
- The Nuggets allow opponents to shoot 1.8% better than their average FG%, tied for the highest mark in the league. The Spurs are tied for the 10th-best mark in the league, as they force opponents to shoot 0.7% worse than their average.
- The Spurs rank second in defensive efficiency (101.6 points allowed per 100 possessions) on the season, but in the month of February their rating has jumped to 107.3, which ranks 17th in the league.
- The Spurs rank third in point differential in clutch situations (plus-42) and a 15-9 in games that feature clutch time. The Nuggets are 11-13 in clutch games, playing their opponents even with a point differential of zero.