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NBA Finals: Thunder report card from Game 3 loss at Miami

Unless OKC is way ahead, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant on the bench at the same time is not a winning formula.
By Berry Tramel Published: June 17, 2012

Transition defense: C. The Thunder let the Heat get free on repeated fast breaks in the first half. Miami had 10 fast-break points in the second quarter alone. For the game, Miami didn't miss a shot (7-for-7) in transition. But the Thunder at least slowed down Miami late in the game; the Heat had just three fast-break points in the fourth quarter.

Kendrick Perkins: A. Another day, a different Thunder big man stepping up. Perkins outscored James Harden (10-9) and outrebounded Chris Bosh (12-11). Perk also had no turnovers and was part of the Thunder's solid halfcourt defense.

3-point shooting: D. The Thunder made just four of 18 3-pointers. Worse yet, the Thunder went 0-for-8 after Derek Fisher's four-point play with 4:33 left in the third quarter. Hard to build much momentum without 3-pointers.

Rebounding: B. The Thunder allowed Miami 11 offensive rebounds in the first half but only three in the second half. LeBron had five offensive boards total, but Perkins had six. When a team misses 48 shots, as the Heat did, it's going to get some second chances. Rebounding did not cost the Thunder this game.

 


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