Round 1 is in the books and either the Los Angeles Lakers or the Denver Nuggets are on the horizon, but we are still afforded a few days to reflect on the series that just transpired. Here are our respective grades for each of the individual Thunder players as well as the coach.
26.5 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 3.8 APG, 1.8 BPG, 1.0 SPG, 3.8 TPG
||You've gotta grade guys based on their expectations, and I think Kevin Durant fell a little bit below those expectations in this series. He went through a few cold streaks, and he let Shawn Marion get the best of him a couple of times. Also, he never really had any late game heroics that propelled the Thunder above where they should have been. Most of his work came during times that you wouldn't notice it. It's not necessarily a bad thing, but we need to see a bit more of KD in the fourth. Lastly, I will say that his defense on Shawn Marion wasn't very good in the first two games.|
||Kevin Durant came into the series with a huge bulls-eye on his back because he is the Thunder's best player and the Mavericks knew they had to keep him in check. While Durant struggled in Game 1, he did hit a memorable game winner. Overall his play was uneven, but unlike in years' past he did not force his game, but let the opportunities come to him so that he was a net asset in the end. As an added benefit, Durant was the team's leading rebounder in the series.|
22.3 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 4.3 APG, 2.3 SPG, 2.5 TPG
18.3 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 4.3 APG, 2.5 SPG, 2.3 TPG
More grades after the jump.
11.0 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 0.5 APG, 3.3 BPG, 0.5 SPG, 0.8 TPG
8.3 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 0.3 BPG, 0.8 SPG, 0.8 TPG
3.8 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 0.8 BPG, 0.3 SPG, 1.0 TPG
3.5 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.0 TPG
3.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.5 APG, 0.5 BPG, 0.5 SPG, 0.0 TPG
2.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.8 APG, 0.5 BPG, 0.3 SPG, 1.0 TPG
2.0 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 BPG, 0.0 SPG, 0.0 TPG