The Thunder dropped Game 1, and it is perhaps small consolation that nobody really played that well, yet they took a lead into the 4th quarter. The Thunder's defense did its job, but the offense came up short. Even a great defense cannot hold down the Spurs forever, so Game 2 is going to turn on getting these letter grades all up a notch. especially on the offensive end.
27 points on 8-19 shooting, 10 REB, 4 AST, 2 STL, 2 BL 2 TO
17 points on 7-21 shooting, 5 REB, 5 AST, 2 BL, 4 TO
||I know Westbrook might have had a good game on the defensive end, but his offensive performance was atrocious. 4 Turnovers? 33% shooting with one trip to the line? That's not very Westbrook-like. His assists and defense save him from too low of a grade.|
||Russell Westbrook was a gamer on defense in Game 1. He did a tremendous job in keeping Tony Parker from getting a clear path to the rim, and I really liked the way Westbrook battled all night on the defensive end. Unfortunately he was a little too amped on the offensive end and had a number of over-aggressive forays into the lane that led to bad shot attempts. After spending five games attacking the Lakers' defense at the rim, Westbrook needs to pull back and look for the free throw jumper again to soften up the Spurs defense.|
19 points on 7-17 shooting, 6 REB, 1 AST, 2 STL, 4 TO
More grades after the jump.
5 points on only 1-3 shooting, 7 rebounds, 1 STL, 2 BL, only 22 minutes of play
||I kinda wanna give Ibaka an incomplete for this one, but I'll throw him a bone and give him a B. He was a huge part of the great interior defense in the first half, and there's absolutely no reason reason he shouldn't have been playing in the fourth quarter.|
|The best way to sum up Serge Ibaka's play is by noticing that he had zero impact in the 4th quarter when the Spurs turned into a layup line, and that was because he wasn't even on the floor. Coach Scott Brooks is going to have to figure out a way to get his All-Defense 1st Teamer on the court when the game matters. Otherwise, the Spurs will continue to attack the rim and get lay-ups while the Thunder settle for long jumpers.|
13 points on 6-8 shooting, 2 AST, 1 ST, 1 TO
5 points, 2 REB, 1 AST, 1 BL, 1 TO, 5 fouls
7 points, 5 REB, 2 AST, 4 ST, 1 BL
5 points, 7 REB (3 offensive), 2 AST, 1 ST, 1 TO
0 points in only 8 minutes of play