Just about everyone was ready to write off the Thunder after Games 1 & 2. The role players weren't playing well. Durant and Westbrook weren't even playing all that well, and Serge Ibaka wasn't walking through that door. Then, somehow or another, he did walk through that door, and gave a truly inspired performance. Maybe it actually was that simple all along, and having Ibaka back restored order. Here's how the entire Thunder team graded out, along with Ibaka himself.
Joining me today is Chris Hanneke.
||There's two parts to Hasheem Thabeet's grade. The 'C' is for his garbage time play and the 'A++' is the grade for this amazing vine. You're the king celebrator, Heem.|
||Yeah I don't even care about the garbage time minutes, Juan, that Vine is EVERYTHING.|
||It was a must-win situation for the Thunder and they responded really nicely. Serge Ibaka returned to the lineup, but everybody stepped up. Durant and Westbrook had off-shooting nights, but his teammates picked up some of the slack. Steven Adams and Reggie Jackson had great games, as did Ibaka and Jeremy Lamb. The Thunder are facing another must-win on Tuesday night and we could only hope they play as good, if not better than how they did on Sunday.|
||It's becoming the theme of this postseason that the more desperate the situation, the better the Thunder play. It's taking its toll on our fingernails, and probably our hair color, but they're getting it done when they need to. All this does is ensures a Game 5, because Game 4 is still just as much of a must-win as Game 3. But Serge is back, the Thunder looks like the Thunder again, and we've got a series on our hands.|
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