The Oklahoma City Thunder and Denver Nuggets face off on an ESPN double-header tonight. The crowd tonight should be fired up for the following reasons:

1.) Russell Westbrook blocked not one, but two of Super Mascot Rocky’s behind the back, halfcourt shots — denying the good people of Colorado the chance to free chips and queso from Qdoba. Maybe Westbrook is a health freak and wants people to eat right?

2.) It's a late Friday night game — folks will be off work and looking to relax. Expect plenty of fans to be in the building letting the beer flow like wine … or the wine to flow like beer? The Tuaca Chill Zone will be a popular spot this evening.

3.) The Nuggets are 18-12 vs. current playoff teams and the Thunder are 16-11 on the road. Both teams have won three games in a row – something has to give tonight.

4.) A certain blogger is trying to make excuses for OKC before the game has even begun. Win or lose, I am here saying the Nuggets need this one and it’s a big game. George Karl even called it a big game for his team and he wants to see his guys play with intensity.

5.) ESPN. Finally the Nuggets and their opponent come into a nationally televised game with rest. Both teams will be at full force – no excuses tonight.

Have fun tonight folks and Go Nuggets!

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