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NBA Finals: Thunder report card for Game 4

Staff writer Berry Tramel gave Oklahoma City a D grade in late-game execution.
by Berry Tramel Published: June 19, 2012

Role players: C. In a series in which Shane Battier starred for the Heat in Oklahoma City and Mario Chalmers had 25 points on 15 shots in Game 4, the Thunder is waiting for someone to shine besides Kevin Durant and Westbrook. Nick Collison had an excellent first quarter (six points, three rebounds) but had just one rebound and no points in 10 minutes after that. Serge Ibaka was OK, with four points and seven rebounds in 27 minutes. Derek Fisher was nothing more than a floor-spreader, with nothing to show for 22 minutes other than one steal and one missed shot.

Rotations: B. Scotty Brooks' decision to move Durant over to Chalmers and let Sefolosha cover LeBron James paid off. Chalmers had some early success darting around Durant, but Westbrook did a good job defending Wade, and most importantly, Durant didn't get in foul trouble. A little more Collison (17-plus minutes) would have been nice, but Kendrick Perkins was as productive as Collison, in the same amount of time.

Pace: A. The Thunder won the transition game, outscoring the Heat 17-9 on fast breaks. The Heat got loose for some quick baskets, but for the most part, the Thunder was the aggressor in transition.

Kevin Durant: B. It's a high standard Durant has set, but his 28 points on 9-of-19 shooting was a little shy of what we've come to expect from KD in this series. Durant's two rebounds, three assists and three turnovers were just so-so. Durant's defense on LeBron in the fourth quarter was good, though.

by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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