Oklahoma City Thunder: Obsevations and shocking numbers from Game 2

by Berry Tramel Modified: May 22, 2014 at 11:27 am •  Published: May 22, 2014

The following section is for mature audiences only. These plus/minus numbers are not for the faint of heart.

Westbrook has played 55:20 in this series. He’s minus-47 – the Thunder has been outscored by 47 points with Westbrook on the court.

Durant has played 69:19 in this series. He’s minus-43.

Collison has played 27:30 in this series. He’s minus-22.

Perkins has played 38:13 in this series. He’s minus-30.

Thabo has played 25:51 in this series. He’s minus-16.

Reggie Jackson has played 49:07 in this series, not counting the ridiculous fourth quarter of Game 2. In those 49 minutes, Jackson is -19.

Butler has played 44:28 in this series. He’s -17.

Adams has played 38:18 in this series, not counting that fourth quarter of Game 2. In those 38-plus minutes, Adams is minus-16.

Fisher has played 35:30 in this series, not counting that fourth quarter of Game 2. In those 351/2 minutes, Fisher is minus-17. Which, by the way, leads us to the most remarkable stat of the season. Through three quarters of Game 2, Fisher had played 9:50 in a game the Spurs led 91-62, and Fish was plus-one.

After not playing at all in Game 1, Perry Jones in Game 2 played the entire second quarter and the entire fourth quarter. The fourth quarter doesn’t count. In the second quarter, Jones minus-16.

What can we learn from this? Jackson and Butler have been the most effective Boomers. That seems intuitive, doesn’t it? Jackson is going to have to play more, not that Brooks has idled him much. And if Thabo isn’t going to guard any better than he has, might as well have Butler on the court.

 

GREEN, GREEN, IT’S GREEN THEY SAY

Danny Green in the first two games of the NBA Finals last June: 4-of-9 3-point shooting in Game 1, 6-of-6 3-point shooting in Game 2.

Danny Green in the first two games of this Western Conference Finals: 4-of-5 3-point shooting in Game 1, 7-of-10 3-point shooting in Game 2.

Here’s the bad news for the Thunder. Green didn’t cool off in Game 3 against Miami – 9-of-15. Then he went 3-of-8 in Game 4 and 8-of-15 in Game 5. So through five games, Green made 30 of 53 3-point shots.

Here’s the good news for the Thunder. Green cooled off in the Game 6 and Game 7 defeats against the Heat – 1-of-7, 1-of-12.

But just exactly how does the Thunder get to a Game 6?

 

MORE GREEN

Green has played 55:29 in this series. His plus/minus is plus-54.

“I think that sometimes defenses forget about him and leave him open,” said Ginobili on Wednesday night. “Tonight that is exactly what they did, and they had to pay for it. He was a threat the entire game, and it showed.”

 

BENCH BONUS

Think how badly the Thunder would be getting drilled if its bench wasn’t holding its own.

Manu Ginobili was great in Game 1 for the Spurs but not real factor in Game 2. Marco Belinelli and Patty Mills combined to make just three of 14 shots in Game 2. Meanwhile, Jackson has been mostly good for the Thunder offensively, Butler has been OK, Adams has been the series’ lone bright spot and Fisher shot the lights out in Game 1.

But those starters. Ouch.

 

POINT GUARD DUEL

The Thunder has to win the point guard duel to beat the Spurs. But Westbrook is not getting the best of Tony Parker. Not by a longshot. Through two games:

Parker: 36 points, 17 assists, five turnovers, 16-of-29 shooting.

Westbrook: 40 points, 12 assists, seven turnovers, 16-of-45 shooting.


by Berry Tramel
Columnist
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...
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