The Oklahoma City Thunder dropped Game Four to the Houston Rockets, 113-109. The loss digs a deep hole for the Thunder, as they now trail 3-1 in the series with Game-Five looming Tuesday. While it was a collective loss for OKC, some players stood out more than others. We will dig into each player’s performance and rank them appropriately.
Stats: 39 min, 35 pts, 14 reb, 14 ast, 10-28 FG, 3-8 3PT, 12-13 FT, 5 TO
Russell Westbrook showed up big, whats new? In every game this series, Westbrook has performed well for the Thunder; however, his supporting cast has struggled with consistency. This afternoon, the 6’3 guard was not very efficient with his shooting, but managed to put together a triple-double before halftime. He also committed five turnovers on the night. Though, he did manage to produce a team-best +/- of +14.
Stats: 39 min, 15 pts, 4 reb, 2 ast, 7-10 FG, 1-3 3PT, 2 stl, 2 blk
For the second-consecutive game, Victor Oladipo showed up for OKC. Oladipo played well on both sides of the ball, and the loss should not be attributed to his performance. Generally when Oladipo fares well, so do the Thunder. Unfortunately, that was not the case in pivotal game 4.
Stats: 37 min, 18 pts, 7 reb, 2 ast, 8-10 FG, 2-5 FT, 1 stl, 3 blk
Steven Adams was another strong performer for the Thunder on Sunday afternoon. He poured in 18 points, while shooting an efficient 8-10 from the field. He had a +5 +/- as well. Though, the downfall of his outing was his defense —mainly allowing Nene to score a career-playoff high 28 points.
Stats: 38 min, 13 pts, 4 reb, 5-9 FG,1-2 3PT, 2-12 FG, 2 stl, 5 blk
Andre Roberson was the main reason the Thunder fell in Game Four. He missed 10-of-12 free throws. Down the stretch, the Rockets enacted the “hack-a-Shaq” on Roberson and he failed to punish them for it. Roberson probably deserves an F, but I will give him a passing grade simply because the rest of his game was valuable, especially on the defensive end.
Stats: 22 min, 6 pts, 2 reb, 1 ast, 2-5 FG, 2-2 FT, 1 stl
Taj Gibson played well during a 22-minute stint, while gaining a positive +/- . However, though, he floundered defensively, as again, X-Factor Nene abused the OKC front-line with 28 points on a perfect 12-12 shooting.
Stats: 65 min, 22 pts, 10 reb, 1 ast, 11-23 FG
The bench failed to help the Thunder in Game Four. Every player that played in Game Four off of the Thunder’s bench had a negative +/-. The faltering reserves combined for only one assist on the night. While Roberson’s missed free-throws will stand out as a key reason the Thunder lost, the bench didn't provide many favors on this crucial afternoon.