Game 2 of the series between the Thunder and Grizzlies came down to the final minute, as most of them seem to do. Unfortunately for OKC, this time out the Thunder defense fell apart and Kevin Durant could not generate quite enough offense to solidify the win. Here are how each individual player performed.
36 points on 11-21 shooting, 3-9 from 3-point range, 11 rebounds, 9 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 5 turnovers
||It is almost getting to a point where you run out of adjectives to describe his phenomenal play this post season. Since Russell Westbrook went out with his knee injury Durant’s play has reminded me of LeBron James circa 2007 when he dragged a turd team to the finals. This OKC team is more talented than that Cavs team but much like LeBron that year Durant is imposing his will at every moment in every game. Unfortunately for KD and the Thunder this great performance was wasted in a loss.|
||Durant had a phenomenal game. 1 assist short of a triple double, and did just about everything possible to try to get the Thunder the victory.This game would've been a lock for a A+ but Durant disappeared in the end. Scoring 0 points in the final three minutes. The Thunder can't have their best player disappear in the final moments of the game.
11 points on 5-12 shooting, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks
10 points on 3-8 shooting, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 turnovers
||Decent game for Jackson but when your counter part (Mike Conley) absolutely destroys your team in the second half it falls on you. He did have a few nice plays here and there but when the Thunder needed a three and Durant passed it to him he missed the shot.|
||I'll echo Craig's view and just say that Mike Conley absolutely ate up the Thunder. The Thunder need better play from Jackson, and about 10 more points if they want to come away from Memphis with a win.
7 points on 2-4 shooting, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 turnovers
4 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block, 3 turnovers
||Look, I understand that Marc Gasol is one of the toughest covers in the NBA. At times Perkins did a halfway decent job on him to start the second half. Perkins inability to have any defensive impact on the pick and roll is extremely problematic. He started when Omer Asik worked him over in Game 5 of the opening round and it has continued this series. Not only is the defense a big problem for Perkins but also he seems to have issues with the smallest things like actually grabbing and securing a rebound.|
||It can't get much worse than it did last night. Perkins was embarrassed and by the end of the night he was a punchline. Memphis embarrassed OKC in rebounding, allowing the Grizzlies to get numerous second and third chance opportunities. Worst off Perkins had some just unexplainable turnovers. Some of his turnovers were so bad we would've just been better off if he threw the ball into the stands every time he touched it. At least then we'd be able to get back on defense.
19 points on 6-9 shooting, 4-5 from 3-point range, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 turnover
6 points on 2-11 shooting, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 turnover
0 points, 1 assist, 4 turnovers in 15 minutes
0 points, 3 rebounds
|Craig||Complete non-factor. But he did have a sweet goal-tending block.|
||Only played of a necessity to Collison's foul trouble and Perkin's poor play. In part to blame for the poor rebounding effort for the Thunder.
|Craig||For a team that claims defense is the backbone of their team they sure are getting worked in this post season. Why Brooks continues to play Perkins as much as he does is beyond me. Add that to the fact that there were no adjustments made in the forth quarter when the Grizzlies scored 30…yes…30 POINTS in the quarter. Mike Conley was below average in the first half when Thabo checked him to start. Why Thabo wasn’t on him the whole time is beyond me. DeAndre Liggins is someone else the Thunder could have thrown out there to give a different look to Conley. But Liggins was glued to the bench for some odd reason. Brooks needs to find a way to fix this defense and fix it fast. Things could look really ugly a week from now.|
||Outside of Durant and Fisher, the Thunder didn't have the play it needed from the team. Brooks is just as much to blame for the lack of play from Perkins as Perkins is. While Brooks could get away with only playing him 4 minutes against the Rockets, the Thunder don't really have any other good options to go against Gasol and Randolph. Maybe he could try putting Ibaka and Collison out there at the same time but I don't know how effective that would be.