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Oklahoma City Thunder Game 3 report card: Grades reflect offensive struggles

The Thunder's defense was solid, but its offense struggled through most of an 87-81 Game 3 loss to Memphis, and the grades reflect it.
by Berry Tramel Published: May 11, 2013

BEAR WRESTLING: A. The Thunder did a solid job guarding Gasol and Zach Randolph. The Memphis strong men combined to make just 10 of 24 shots, score 28 points and corral just two offensive rebounds. Randolph was 4-of-12 from the field and didn't even get a foul shot. Gasol hurt OKC at the foul line, eight of nine, but Brooks played Kendrick Perkins only 17 minutes, and sometimes Perk guarded Randolph. Serge Ibaka, Nick Collison and even Kevin Durant took turns on Gasol. Durant had Gasol down the stretch and did an adequate job.

REBOUNDING: A. A game after getting hammered on the boards, the Thunder was astoundingly good in Game 3. The Grizzlies had only three second-chance points and four offensive rebounds. Somehow, in a game in which the Thunder shot 33.3 percent from the field, it still outrebounded Memphis 51-44.

TOWEL EFFECT: C. Instead of T-shirts resting on each seat, fans were greeted with a yellow “We Don't Bluff” towel, referencing Randolph's “I don't bluff” response to his conflict with Perkins in November. Nice change of pace from the usual playoff fare of all the fans in the same color. Alas, the towels weren't put to much use. A couple of solid towel-waving moments, but Three Rivers Stadium this wasn't.

PAINT SHOOTING: D. The Thunder made just 11 of 27 shots in the paint. Ibaka missed two dunks, virtually uncontested. Most of the other Thunder misses were amid the Gasol International Forest. But still. The Thunder has got to be more productive on shots close to the basket.

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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