Here is a little video stimulation for you. Two things should stand out:
- The interior defense, led by Serge Ibaka, was a frequent source of fast breaks going the other way.
- Russell Westbrook can be a great perimeter defensive player if he commits to it. He has always excelled at defending the passing lanes; it is his on the ball defense that has often left much to be desired. I do wonder though how much of his (and essentially all) perimeter defenders' statistics are either helped or hindered by whether or not a stout front line sits behind them, ready to repel those who would dare enter the lane.
What stood out the most last night?
Serge Ibaka's blocks (16 votes)
James Harden's aggressiveness (20 votes)
Passing out of the point guard position (1 vote)
Nate Robinson air-balling his first attempt as a member of the Thunder (7 votes)
44 total votes