OKC ThunderDome

Beyond…Waaaay Beyond…

Game 17 Results: Missed Opportunity

Final Score: Rockets 99, Thunder 98

Record: 11-6

Stat Leaders:

Points: Westbrook with 23, Kevin Martin with 23

Rebounds: Ibaka with 8, Green with 7

Assists: Westbrook with 10

Behind schedule all weekend, so I haven’t had much time to reconsider last night’s game, especially in light of tonight’s biggie.

Bullet point thoughts:

  • Were the Thunder looking past the Rockets?  It sure seemed that way with the way they sleepwalked through most of the first half.
  • Ibaka once again played a strong game in limited minutes.
  • Westbrook’s jam…tasty.
  • They didn’t do the little things – lost the rebounding battle, and strangly missed a lot of FT’s.
  • Durant – tired.

The biggest difference between Westbrook and Durant right now is that Westbrook has fresh legs and Durant doesn’t.  Unfortunately, this places Westbrook in the best position to be the offensive focus, and not Durant.  This arrangement can carry them at times, but ultimately it is not a long term solution.  Durant needs more rest during games, and I wonder if inserting Maynor into the PG spot and playing Westbrook at the 2, with Green and Harden at the forward spots might help.

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