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Oklahoma City Thunder Game 2 report card: OKC's defensive rebounding numbers were ugly

The Thunder won, but not without some rough sailing.
by Berry Tramel Published: April 24, 2013

OFFENSIVE PHILOSOPHY: D. The Thunder ended up with a decent game offensively — 105 points on 96 possessions, which was close to its season average of 1.1 points per possession. But the Thunder made it hard on itself by not going inside. The Thunder had just 30 paint points. Ibaka made five of six shots but only once was tossed the ball while near the basket. The Thunder took 35 3-pointers, which was a season high by SIX. The Thunder has a big size advantage on the Rockets. OKC needs to take advantage.

SIDEKICK 3-POINT SHOOTING: B. Kevin Durant and Westbrook combined to make just three of 16 3-pointers. But the Thunder was saved by Kevin Martin and Thabo Sefolosha (each 3-of-7) and Reggie Jackson (2-of-4).

HALFCOURT DEFENSE: B. The Thunder's defense actually was solid most of the night. The Thunder hounded Harden and Chandler Parsons into a combined 16 of 47 shots. The Rockets shot below 40 percent (39.6) as a team, and on Houston's first shot of a possession, the Rockets made just 26 of 75. Alas, the Rockets lived off second-chance points.

TRANSITION DEFENSE: A. The Rockets had just 14 fast-break points. They had 20 in Game 1. Houston loves to run, but the Thunder is getting back on defense. One downside is that means the Thunder can't crash the offensive boards, despite a major size advantage. The Thunder had just 11 offensive rebounds and only 15 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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