What a day to be Randy Foye.
Not only will the former Nuggets guard make his return to Denver on Tuesday night, but he'll do it while basking in the glory of his alma mater, Villanova, winning one of the most dramatic NCAA title games in history. The Wildcats stunned North Carolina on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from forward Kris Jenkins late Monday night to win the program's first title since 1985.
The 10th-year guard spent much of three seasons with the Nuggets before Oklahoma City acquired his rights earlier this season. Foye had one of the best years of his career there in 2013-14 when he averaged 13.2 points while shooting 41 percent from the floor and 38 percent from deep. But the Nuggets (32-46) are now abysmal and the Thunder (53-24) are in tune-up mode with just five games remaining. Foye got out while the getting was good.
Oklahoma City is coming off of another disappointing fourth-quarter loss, this time in Houston on Sunday. With only a handful of games remaining and the No. 3 seed virtually locked up, OKC really has nothing to play for. Some might say to find a rhythm. Others would suggest resting guys. We'll see how coach Billy Donovan handles these decisions, starting Tuesday night.
If the Thunder does win this one, the No. 3 spot will be officially locked up. Regardless of how Donovan handles things, you can bet that he'll want to sit some guys in the fourth quarter if at all possible. Look for a Thunder role player to step up in this one. We'll see if Foye can keep riding high in the Mile High City.