Joining me to grade Game 3 is Sarah Rogers.
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||If Westbrook made his second free throw and cut it to 98-96, there's zero doubt that PJ3 would have tipped in the subsequent miss to tie it and force 2nd OT. WHAT A COACHING MOVE BY SCOTT BROOKS!|
|SARAH||[grade image]||Wow, according to the box score, Perry Jones couldn't even manage a club trillion.|
||The team deserves a ton of credit for that fourth quarter run. Obviously, they won't be THAT effective at all times, but there's no reason they can't at least play at 90 percent of that effort for an entire game. It was much like the first half in Game 1, where the defense was just active and didn't let the Grizzlies get too comfortable in the halfcourt. That led to a more freeflowing offense for the Thunder, with occasional plays like the pass to an open Perkins, that result in natural points. Again, it comes down to more than just making shots, no matter how much Brooks may insist it doesn't. The Thunder has the talent, they just need to play with that desperate mentality from here on out.|
||Westbrook and Durant both finished with 30 points, Westbrook did send the game into OT and they erased a 17-point deficit, but this team is talented and experienced enough to not have to claw their way back from a 17-point deficit. Overall, the team lacked insight and attempting shots, which you've proven over and over and over again throughout the night showed that your ego was more important than the game itself.|
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