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OKC Thunder Report Card: Kevin Durant gets a 'C' for OKC's final game

The Thunder played uphill the last three quarters, lost 88-84 to Memphis, and the grades reflect it.
by Berry Tramel Published: May 15, 2013

SCOTTY BROOKS ROTATIONS: C. Not much went right for Brooks. He didn't react quickly enough to the growing dismal play in the second quarter. With Nick Collison in foul trouble, Brooks needed to get Kendrick Perkins back in the game. Perk's offensive ineptness would make any coach wince at the thought, but Memphis had just two second-chance points during Perkins' 11 minutes on the court in the first half and seven second-chance points in the 13 minutes with no Perkins. And Thabo Sefolosha sat the final 18 minutes of the first half; the Thunder was outscored 41-27 with Thabo on the bench. Then when Thabo's energy keyed the third-quarter rally, he sat the final 10:43 of the game.

3-POINT SHOOTING: D. The Thunder made just six of 25, and one of the makes came courtesy of Tony Allen, who from the bench threw a towel onto the court during a Fisher 3-pointer, which bounced off but was ruled good with the technical foul. Fisher was 3-of-11 with that gift, Durant was 0-of-4 and Reggie Jackson was 0-of-2.

REBOUNDING: B. The Thunder got popped on the boards early but stiffened in the second half and gave as good as it got. The Thunder ended up with more second-chance points, 16-11. Serge Ibaka particularly was good, with five offensive rebounds.

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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