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NBA Finals: Thunder report card

Staff writer Berry Tramel grades the Thunder's Game 1 performance against the Miami Heat
By Berry Tramel Published: June 12, 2012

Foul shooting: C. The Thunder kept missing foul shots early — one in the first quarter, three in the second quarter, three more in the third quarter. The Heat had a better 3-point percentage than the Thunder's foul shooting percentage until late in the third quarter. OKC's only salvation was going 6-of-6 in the fourth quarter, to finish 20 of 27.

Defending 3-pointers: B. When Shane Battier was draining treys — three in the first 6:07 of the game — and the Heat as a team was 5-of-6 in the first quarter, the Thunder seemed to be lax on the arch. But far better to let the Heat launch than to let LeBron or Wade drive to the hoop, where they are magicians.

Ball distribution: A. The Thunder is getting the knack of this assist thing. OKC had 22 on 40 shots, led by Westbrook's 11. The Thunder has averaged 22.4 during its five-game winning streak.

Small ball: A. Brooks used his small lineup for 22 minutes, 24 seconds. It outscored the Heat 54-40. With the big lineup, the Thunder was outscored 51-54. Interestingly, same with the Heat — Miami's small lineup outscored the Thunder 69-68 in 311/2 minutes, but the Heat's big lineup was outscored 25-37. Look for both teams to use the small lineups more.


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