2013 NBA Playoffs: Thunder vs Grizzlies, OKC player grades for game 2

J.A. Sherman

Thunder stumble late in Game 2, falling 99-93. Here are WTLC's individual grades for the game.

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.

Game 2's graders are Craig and Dara.

KEVIN DURANT

36 points on 11-21 shooting, 3-9 from 3-point range, 11 rebounds, 9 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 5 turnovers


Grade Comments
Craig Grade_aplus_medium
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.
Dara Grade_aminus_medium
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.

SERGE IBAKA

11 points on 5-12 shooting, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks


Grade Comments
Craig Grade_d_medium
Offensively he did not have the utterly disastrous game like he had in game one. But this game came down to defense and Ibaka wasn’t able to be an impact in that aspect of the game. He is supposed to be one of the defensive anchors on this team and he did not provide that in game two.
Dara Grade_cplus_medium

Ibaka had a decent game, but the Thunder need him to play better. He averaged around 17 points a game versus the Rockets and had he been able to get that tonight, it would've been a tie game. His help defense was lackluster and in part played a role in Mike Conley's big game.

REGGIE JACKSON

10 points on 3-8 shooting, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 turnovers


Grade Comments
Craig Grade_c_medium
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.
Dara Grade_c_medium

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.

THABO SEFOLOSHA

7 points on 2-4 shooting, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 turnovers


Grade Comments
Craig Grade_c_medium Had a very Thabo type game. 1-3 from three and only took 4 shots. He does need to start shooting more because Russell Westbrook isn’t walking through that door. The Thunder needs all of the help on offense they can get.
Dara Grade_bminus_medium

Thabo did a pretty good job of holding Tony Allen to 4-13 shooting, and went 2-4 shooting for 7 points. It wasn't Thabo that killed the Thunder, but the extra possessions for the Grizzlies.

KENDRICK PERKINS

4 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block, 3 turnovers


Grade Comments
Craig Grade_f_medium
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.
Dara Grade_f_medium

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.

DEREK FISHER

19 points on 6-9 shooting, 4-5 from 3-point range, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 turnover


Grade Comments
Craig Grade_b_medium
He was the second best offensive player for the Thunder tonight. Yeah…I really just typed that. Props to D-Fish on getting the garbage three at the end of the game to make his line look that much better.
Dara Grade_bplus_medium

The last two seasons I've spent a considerable amount of time explaining why the Thunder don't need Derek Fisher, and how he's hurting the team. Then comes the playoffs and he proves me completely wrong. Unbelievable game for the 38 year old.

KEVIN MARTIN

6 points on 2-11 shooting, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 turnover


Grade Comments
Craig Grade_f_medium Oh….K-Mart. We meet again. Martin in game 2 was the antithesis of what he was in game 1. Missed opens threes and didn’t crash the boards like he did in game one. His final stat line is void crooked numbers.
Dara Grade_f_medium

Martin is suppose to be the team's second best scorer right now and just hasn't been able to get it going. 2-11 shooting, and virtual no impact on both sides of the floor.

NICK COLLISON

0 points, 1 assist, 4 turnovers in 15 minutes


Grade Comments
Craig Grade_d_medium
No rebounds and no points for Collison. Worst part was fouling out with a little over 3 minutes left. That opened the door to the Perk Show to come back out onto the floor to entertain us.
Dara Grade_f_medium

Collison played yesterday? Really just had no impact on the game, fouled out in just 15 minutes of play. The Thunder needed his defense and it's no coincidence that his lack of playing time coincided with a Thunder loss.

HASHEEM THABEET

0 points, 3 rebounds


Grade Comments
Craig Grade_f_medium Complete non-factor. But he did have a sweet goal-tending block.
Dara Grade_f_medium

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.

SCOTT BROOKS


Grade Comments
Craig Grade_f_medium 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.
Dara Grade_dplus_medium

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.
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