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Game 7 Results: Wins are Good. Wins are Very Good.

Thunder 109 , 76ers 103

Stat Leaders

Points: Westbrook, Durant with 31

Rebounds: Elton Brand with 9

Assists: Westbrook with 12

Post-Game Analysis

The Thunder came into last night’s game in search of some basic competencies.  Thus far they have been plagued by several serious struggles, including their offensive flow, their interior defense, and also an overarching sense of how to be a “good” team.

The biggest thing that stood out to me last night was that the Thunder played a much more evenly paced game, and I think that is a primary testament to Russell Westbrook’s game management.  Stat wise, Westbrook played on the extremes.  He had excellent offensive production, with 31 points on only 19 shots, and handed out 12 assists.  However these strong stats were offset by 7 turnovers, only one less than his poor offering in the loss to the Celtics.  So my praise on him is tempered somewhat.

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Game 7 Preview: Philadelphia 76ers at the Thunder

Tipoff Time: 8:00PM EST

Key Players:

Elton Brand: 18.6PPG, 8.1RPG
Kevin Durant: 27.7PPG
Sergei Ibaka:  8.2RPG
Jrue Holiday: 6.1 APG

Key Injuries:

Jeff Green
Andre Iguodala

The 76ers come into this evening’s game at an anemic 2-5, toiling against the mediocrity of the Eastern Conference.  The Thunder are arriving in Philadelphia looking for a bit of a team identity.  At 3-3, they have suffered 3 humiliating losses where they fell out of competition early and never really regained a foothold.  They lost badly to a Clippers team that may be on the same competitive level of the Sixers.  The question tonight is, will Philly see that as a sign of weakness and play above their heads, thriving on the home crowd? Or will the Thunder seek to snap out of their season’s funk and finally assert themselves collectively?

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