With 2:51 remaining in Thursday's win over Orlando, Thunder forward Jeff Green nailed a game-changing 3-pointer at the shot clock buzzer that pushed the team's lead to seven. It was the latest in a long line of crunchtime plays Green has made in a Thunder uniform.
This season alone, Green has delivered a driving game-winning layup at Detroit, a huge last-minute hustle play at Portland when he saved the ball from going out of bounds, three straight free throws with 4.8 seconds left to extend a game against New Jersey to triple overtime and a key stretch of smothering defense on Indiana center Roy Hibbert late in a win over the Pacers.
“I'm always confident in myself no matter how I'm shooting,” Green said of his knack for providing key plays. “If I'm 0-for-11 when the time comes or if I'm 7-for-7, I'm going to shoot the ball if it's in my hands and I have an opportunity to make a play.”
THUNDER PERFORMING WELL IN PRIME TIME
Monday's game will mark the fourth and final time the Thunder is scheduled to appear on TNT this season. The Thunder is 3-0 on TNT and 7-0 in games on either TNT or ESPN.
“Everybody gets up for playing on TV. It's always fun,” said forward Kevin Durant. “We only had two or three last year so to have as many as we have now is a blessing and we just try to have a good showing.”
Said Nenad Krstic: “It's just a different kind of game when you know you're on national TV. You want to bring everything you have.”
IBAKA BEING TESTED
Serge Ibaka's recent string of opponents should only help his defensive development.