Thunder report card: As and Bs all around for OKC

By Berry Tramel, Staff Writer, btramel@opubco.com Published: April 20, 2011
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Passing: A. Thunder players were most proud of their passing. Three Boomers had at least five assists — Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Eric Maynor. Durant said the Thunder had a bunch of “hockey assists,” passes that lead to passes that lead to baskets.

Kendrick Perkins: B. After a rough night in Game 1, Perk was back in the saddle. Patrolling the paint and dominating the boards. Nugget big men Nene and Kenyon Martin made just four of 14 shots, and a bunch of hard fouls on Nene set a tone. Perkins had 11 rebounds and would have had 17 if Serge Ibaka hadn't kept outjumping for balls. But Perk missed an uncontested layup on a ball he should have dunked.

Aggression response: A. Early in the game, Perkins popped Nene for what was called a flagrant foul and Martin leveled Serge Ibaka with a blindside shoulder shove that drew a technical foul. Nene never found his rhythm of Game 1. Meanwhile, Ibaka shined, with 12 rebounds and 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting in just 23 minutes.

Celebrity sightings: B. Wes Welker, Desmond Mason, Ekpe Udoh and Roy Williams (OU safety, not the Texas flanker or Ty Lawson's college coach) were in attendance. Now, if we can get our country music stars in the building, OKC will be set.



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