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OKC Thunder: Lopsided swings provide strange backdrop to Thunder-Spurs series

The average margin of victory has been 20.4 points, with mop-up duty reigning in the fourth quarter of each game. The Thunder’s nine-point win in Game 3, which was 20 at one point but shrunk in a meaningless fourth, was the smallest. The others: 13, 17, 28 and 35.
by Anthony Slater Published: May 29, 2014

No longer on any restriction, Westbrook entered Thursday averaging 26.6 points, 8.1 assists and 7.5 rebounds in 38.9 minutes per night. In his masterful 40-point, 10-rebound, five-steal Game 4, Westbrook played 45 minutes.

“He has another gear,” Brooks said. “He may have another engine.”

QUOTABLE II

Because of Westbrook’s postseason success, Brooks was asked, jokingly, if he’d consider getting a couple knee surgeries: “I’m getting a scope this summer...really,” Brooks said, revealing that he actually has been having some knee issues and plans to get the minor operation.

PJ3 BEST ATHLETE?

On a team full of athletes, Kevin Durant is near the top.

But, according to Durant, there’s an unlikely candidate reigning supreme.

“I think Perry Jones is the most athletic player in the league,” Durant said at shootaround when put on the spot.

Reggie Jackson, an incredible athlete in his own right, was posed the same question without knowledge of Durant’s answer: “Who’s the best athlete on the Thunder?”

“Perry Jones. No comparison,” Jackson said. “He’s 6-10, 6-11, can do everything guards do. Jumps out of the gym. Lateral ability is ridiculous. It’s not even close.”

Jackson then added, “I’d be surprised if anybody’s surprised by that.”

Jones has made it a layup line ritual this season of wowing the crowd, flashing a variety of acrobatic slams that would score well in the Dunk Contest.

STAT OF THE NIGHT

One game after outscoring the Spurs 21-0 in fastbreak points, the Thunder was outscored 14-4 by San Antonio in that category on Thursday. Four fastbreak points marked a postseason-low for OKC.

UP NEXT

Game 6 is on Saturday in Oklahoma City. Tip is at 7:30 p.m. on TNT.

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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