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Thunder weekly grades: Westbrook keeps charging, Morrow keeps firing, Adams keeps hulking, Thunder stay in playoff hunt

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The Thunder finished the last week with a 2-2 record. How did each player perform?

The Oklahoma City Thunder finished the week at 2-2, which included two devastating losses to the Spurs and Jazz. How did each player do during this rocky week?

Game 1: Thunder coast way to win over Lakers, 127-117

Game 2: Thunder suffer loss to Spurs so bad I'm not even going to write the score

Game 3: Thunder lose frustrating game to Jazz, 94-89

Game 4: Thunder earn comeback win over Suns, 109-97

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KEVIN DURANT Games Played MIN PPG REB AST BL ST TO +/-
(Average Stats) 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
SHERMAN
grade_C
This grade has more to do with Kevin Durant's medical staff. Do I give them an A for recognizing the situation and being proactive before KD pre-maturely ends his career? Or do I give them an F for not getting it right the first time?
JOEY
grade_C
*sheds tear*

RUSSELL WESTBROOK Games Played MIN PPG REB AST BL ST TO +/-
(Average Stats) 4 33.5 28.3 5.8 7.8 0.5 1.8 4.8 -2.5
SHERMAN
grade_Aminus
You can see Russell Westbrook wearing down. His shooting percentages are dropping and he's not setting up the offense with the same vigor. It's unfair, really, to hold him to such an unrealistic standard, even though he could still pop off for a 40-14-10 Wednesday night (although that would be nice).
JOEY
grade_A
You know you're good when a 28-8-6 week is "okay"
SERGE IBAKA Games Played MIN PPG REB AST BL ST TO +/-
(Average Stats) 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
SHERMAN
grade_C
With Durant's sad news, we haven't heard anything about Serge Ibaka's recovery in a while. Is he on schedule? Ahead of schedule?
JOEY
grade_C
Once again, Serge's documentary was great.

ANDRE ROBERSON Games Played MIN PPG REB AST BL ST TO +/-
(Average Stats) 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
SHERMAN
grade_C
Are we missing Andre Roberson? Maybe a little bit? He might have helped against Trey Burke the other night.
JOEY
grade_C
He didn't break any faces, or air ball any threes this week.
STEVEN ADAMS Games Played MIN PPG REB AST BL ST TO +/-
(Average Stats) 4 29.3 9.5 11.0 3.5 0.0 0.8 1.3 +1.5
SHERMAN
grade_A
Steven Adams is playing remarkably well, and the only thing holding him back from an A+ despite averaging a double-double is his FT shooting has been way off, and contributed to the Thunder's loss against Utah. Other than that, I have to keep reminding myself that Adams is only in his 3rd year of competitive basketball.
JOEY
grade_A
While Steve is carrying the team defensively, his offense has been really impressive. I feel like the addition of Kanter is pushing Adams to be better on that end.

ENES KANTER Games Played MIN PPG REB AST BL ST TO +/-
(Average Stats) 4 28.5 17.5 11.5 1.3 0.8 0.3 3.0 -3.3
SHERMAN
grade_Cplus
Unlike Joey, I wasn't a fan of Enes Kanter's pre-game smack about the Jazz, even though it wasn't nearly as bad as was made out to be. More than anything, it definitely didn't help the Thunder's cause, and they have so little margin for error right now that they can't lose focus on something so silly. The only morality in sport is whether you do right by your own team.
JOEY
grade_Bplus
He gets a grade raise because he talked trash about the Jazz. Love it.
DION WAITERS Games Played MIN PPG REB AST BL ST TO +/-
(Average Stats) 4 29.8 14.5 3.0 2.0 0.0 0.3 1.5 -0.3
SHERMAN
grade_Bplus
Complimentary Dion is a nice player who understands how to get to the rim and find the open man. Hero-ball Dion can't even hit FT's. That said, I hope his MRI goes well.
JOEY
grade_B
Everyone needs more Dion. Everyone.

DJ AGUSTIN Games Played MIN PPG REB AST BL ST TO +/-
(Average Stats) 4 27.8 9.5 1.8 3.5 0.0 0.8 1.0 +1.0
SHERMAN
grade_Aminus
The offense against the Suns was nice, but what really impressed me about D.J. Augustin's play was his defensive intensity. He was making a concerted effort to not get screened, and it made a big difference in how the OKC defense slowed down Phoenix in the 2nd half.
JOEY
grade_Bplus
That dagger running skyhook yesterday was so great. Those 4 threes were cool too.

NICK COLLISON Games Played MIN PPG REB AST BL ST TO +/-
(Average Stats) 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
SHERMAN
grade_C
We could really use some of Nick Collison's veteran wisdom right about now as OKC heads into a brutal stretch of games.
JOEY
grade_C
Nice hair.

ANTHONY MORROW Games Played MIN PPG REB AST BL ST TO +/-
(Average Stats) 4 25.8 10.3 1.8 0.5 0.5 0.3 1.3 -3.3
SHERMAN
grade_Aplusplus
In Atlanta, they build their motion offense around Kyle Korver, a guy who takes about 8 shots a game. Chicago did the same thing when Korver played in the windy city. Why? Because having a guy out there who knows how to move and find open spaces and make 3's at a historic rate breaks defenses. All this to say, Morrow really needs to be getting more shots.
JOEY
grade_Aplusplus
The only person that gets more excited when Anthony Morrow hits a three, than Anthony Morrow is me. Oh, and he's shooting like 62% on threes. That's just stupid.

MITCH MCGARY Games Played MIN PPG REB AST BL ST TO +/-
(Average Stats) 4 18.3 5.8 5.3 0.3 0.3 0.8 1.8 -4.8
SHERMAN
grade_C
Mitch McGary still enduring the ups and downs of his rookie season, but it doesn't seem like Westbrook and Augustin are working as hard to set him up, either. Give him a chance, guys!
JOEY
grade_B
Mitch gon' Mitch.

KYLE SINGLER Games Played MIN PPG REB AST BL ST TO +/-
(Average Stats) 4 24.8 3.8 3.3 1.5 0.3 1.0 1.0 0.0
SHERMAN
grade_Cplus
Kyle Singler may not possess the refined skillset that we all wish he had, but at least he tries on defense and understands what is going on. Sometimes that makes a difference, because as they say, in the land of blind men, the one-eyed man is king.
JOEY
grade_B
Singler's game yesterday was so great. Hopefully he can keep it up.

PERRY JONES III Games Played MIN PPG REB AST BL ST TO +/-
(Average Stats) 2 17.5 3.0 2.5 1.0 0.0 1.5 1.0 -7.5
SHERMAN
Grade_F
His game against the Spurs is a great example of how not to play when you've been given a huge opportunity against a good team.
JOEY
grade_Cminus
Get him in there to make sure he's still breathing, Scotty.

JEREMY LAMB Games Played MIN PPG REB AST BL ST TO +/-
(Average Stats) 2 11.5 4.5 1.5 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 -9.5
SHERMAN
grade_Cminus
So what we're saying is that even Novak plays better defense than Jeremy Lamb?
JOEY
grade_Cminus
Get him in there to see if you can trade him for something, Scotty.

STEVE NOVAK Games Played MIN PPG REB AST BL ST TO +/-
(Average Stats) 3 11.0 1.7 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -10.0
SHERMAN
grade_Cplus
Like McGary, Steve Novak at least deserves a shot each game to see if he's got his 3-point stroke working. If not, sit him down again, no great harm done.
JOEY
grade_Cminus
I need more "DISCOUNT DOUBLECHECKS" than I'm getting.

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TEAM GRADE Record OffRtg DefRtg AstRatio REB% TS% PACE +/-
(Advanced Stats) 2-2 104.3 111.7 14.5 53.4% 55.2% 98.9 -5.5
SHERMAN
grade_Bplus
On the whole, the week was still a .500 performance and they didn't really lose much ground, although Dallas is still sitting there waiting to fall. Forget the Spurs game; we could see that coming a mile away. Instead, focus on how OKC corrected itself against Phoenix in a much more dire game for the Suns. Play defense like that, and they have a shot this week against all 3 teams they face.
JOEY
grade_Bminus
Relatively bad week considering how ugh we lost by to SA, and we should've beat Utah. Regardless, it's make or break time. In my opinion, either get up to the 7 seed or drop out of the playoffs. The Warriors are a basketball buzz saw.

SCOTT BROOKS Coaching Grade
SHERMAN
grade_Bminus
There is only so much coaching that Scott Brooks can provide when his best players allow themselves to get screened, don't box out, and defend the PnR horribly. It's kind of remarkable to me that Brooks woke them up in Phoenix before that one turned into something awful.
JOEY
grade_Bminus
Not much you can do with 4 out of your best 5 defenders out.

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