Well, at least Avery Johnson was still excited.
This was a beat down of the highest order. The only time I can honestly say that the Nets were playing on par with the Thunder was during the second half of the first quarter. The rest of the time was either the Thunder making a run or lots of standing pat.
The most interesting thing about this game is that when the Thunder lost their early first quarter lead, Scott Brooks pulled most of the starters and sent out a lineup of Ibaka, Collison, Sefolosha, Harden, and Maynor. And though you wouldn't believe it, they got the offense going, and by the time everyone else came in to enjoy the party, the Thunder were running away with the game. In the third, Krstic essentially sealed the game by scoring 10 points and only missing one shot. By the fourth, the game had sunk into garbage time madness, with Troy Murphy and Johan Petro playing most of the fourth for New Jersey.
Below: Future Analysis, Awards!
It's great to finally have a sweep of an inferior Eastern Conference team wrapped up, no matter how hard it was to achieve. Moving forward, we won't be seeing the Nets again until next year. They probably aren't a playoff threat (though they still could be), and figure to be a factor in the upcoming lottery. With Devin Harris, Brook Lopez, and whomever might be going high in the upcoming draft, they could figure to be a good team next year. Or people could jump ship and the Nets will fall flat on their face. Who knows? All I know is that I'm glad the Thunder are back on track, and that this win gets us one game closer to the division title.
Thunder Wonder: Kevin Durant, 27 Points, 2 Rebounds, 2 Assists, 1 Steal
Thunder Down Under: Nenad Krstic, 10 Points, 2 Rebounds, 1 Assist
Thunder Blunder: B.J. Mullens, 1 Point, 3 Rebounds, 1 Block. How many times can you miss the same shots over and over again....against Johan Petro, no less?
Thunder Plunderer: Travis Outlaw, 12 Points, 3 Rebounds, 1 Assist
Next Game: Versus the Atlanta Hawks, Friday, December 31st, 7 PM Central Standard Time.