Oklahoma City Thunder: Offense scoring at historic levels
The Thunder offense is playing well in the playoffs. Check that. The Thunder offense is playing historically-well in the playoffs.
The Thunder scored 105 points against Miami in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. In the San Antonio series, the Thunder scored 98, 111, 102, 109, 108 and 107. Against the Lakers, it was 119, 77, 96, 103 and 106. Against Dallas, 99, 102, 95 and 103.
That’s averages of 99.8 against Dallas, 1002. vs. the Lakers, 105.8 against San Antonio and now 105.0 vs. Miami.
Of course, raw scoring totals aren’t a great gauge of offenses. But according to nba-point-forward on si.com, the Thunder is averaging 113 points per 100 possessions in the playoffs, which is 9.7 points better than the league average. In the 33 seasons of the 3-point shot era, only one team has scored in the playoffs at a rate more above the league average – the 2005 Suns, who scored 118.2 points per 100 possessions, more than 10 points a game better than the league playoff average.
Interestingly, almost every question to Scotty Brooks during the press conference Wednesday was about the Thunder defense.
But it’s the Thunder offense that is playing at an amazingly efficient level. Kevin Durant scored 17 fourth-quarter points and Russell Westbrook had 12 third-quarter points.
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