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OKC Thunder: Report card for Game 2

The Thunder's defensive effort against Dirk Nowitzki earns a B grade.
by Berry Tramel Published: April 30, 2012

Fan comfort: D. The T-shirts waiting on every seat create a great scene, a whiteout or a blueout. But put an extra piece of clothing over what you're already wearing, and it gets a little stuffy. Fans alternated clapping and fanning. Hey, Mayor Mick, turn on the air-conditioning.

Aggression: B. The Thunder offense in the second half consisted mostly of attacking the basket, which is always good. But part of good aggression is not when to not be aggressive. The Thunder committed way too many fouls (28 total), including six in the first 3:45 of the third quarter, putting the Mavs in the bonus ridiculously early.

National anthem: A. The Thunder pulled out a heavy hitter, Philip Bailey, a 40-year member of the classic rock band Earth, Wind & Fire. He sang a unique, high-pitched version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” that had the crowd cheering.

Fixing bugaboos: C. Dallas exploited the Thunder's weaknesses — ball security and rebounding opponents' shots. The Thunder committed 16 turnovers, leading to 16 Dallas points. And the Mavs had 12 offensive rebounds, outscoring OKC 17-6 on second-chance points.

by Berry Tramel
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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