The Thunder have shown high quality in these past two games, fighting back from an 0-2 deficit to even the series at 2-2. Now we find out whether they are ready to sieze the opportunity that is before them and push the Spurs to the brink.
Young writes that the Spurs, winners of 20 games prior, now find themselves on a 2 game losing streak. We are about to find out tonight if they can push back and regain the momentum.
The Thunder have gone from a top-heavy offense to a post-driven offense. We've often written that the OKC bigs have to be an offensive threat, as limited as they sometimes may seem. Even Kevin Durant has begun to play out of the post more, and the result is that the Spurs are finding themselves in a mismatch.
Kevin Durant is growing up. Gone is the backpack. Now Durant is about delivering the team in the 4th and wearing hipster suits.
Kevin Durant stepped up and delivered his team in the 4th quarter of Game 4. The Spurs cannot contend with his unique mix of skill and size. The Thunder must continue however to put him in a position where he can take advantage of those traits. When Gregg Popovich was asked if it seemed like Durant took over the game, he answered:
"It didn't seem like that. That was a fact. I was there. I saw it."
This post was written before Game 4, but the truth in it remains. Russell Westbrook has changed the focus of his offensive and defensive game midstream, and he's done it in a way that his biggest detractors have said that he could not.
Rajon Rondo probably had the quote of the playoffs during this impromptu half-time interview. This series is turning feisty, and I love it. To the East's great credit, they have turned what many who thought the series would be an ugly mess into something quite compelling.
Scottie Pippen has never been far off the radar, looking for an opportunity to get re-associated with the NBA game. This post is a great perspective on the memories his name stirs.
Thank goodness there is someone out there who can do this kind of analysis, because most of the time I'm at a loss for words. I will say this though, Westbrook wears these odd clothes a lot better than the professional models who are trying to sell them.
I bet he's giggling so much because of the suit Sager is wearing.