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NBA Finals: Thunder Report Card

Staff writer Berry Tramel gave the Oklahoma City defense an “F” grade for defense during Game 5.
by Berry Tramel Modified: June 22, 2012 at 12:05 am •  Published: June 22, 2012

3-point shooting: D. The Thunder's series-long slump continued. The Thunder made just four of 17 3-pointers before making seven of 11 in the fourth quarter, when they didn't matter. Meanwhile, the Heat stayed hot. Miami made 12 of 21 3-pointers. The biggest difference in this series was 3-point shooting. The Thunder made 32 of 105 (30.5 percent); the Heat made 42 of 98 (42.9 percent). OKC entered the Finals the better deep-shooting team.

Touch: D. In the second quarter, when the Thunder desperately tried to stay within striking distance, three times it put up shots that went in but not down. Harden's 3-point shot would have made it 36-35 but rattled out. Durant's 17-footer would have made it 41-36 but did the same. Then Westbrook's leaner, which drew a foul, went in and out with Miami up 55-40.

Exploiting foul trouble: D. The Heat took advantage when Durant encountered foul trouble in Game 3. The Thunder did not take advantage in Game 5 when Dwyane Wade had to sit. Wade's second foul sent him to the bench with 4:01 left in the first quarter and the Heat up 20-15. But the teams played to an 11-11 tie the rest of the period, sans Wade. Then Wade picked up foul No. 3 and sat out the final 5:35 of the second quarter, but the Thunder outscored Miami just 13-11 during that span. Perhaps most regrettable, the Thunder didn't attack Wade when he got his second foul — Wade played the next 2:37, guarding Harden, but Harden attacked Wade only once and missed a drive.

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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