Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC recovers 3-point stroke, and Russell Westbrook serves up the assists

In Games 6 and 7 — both blowout wins, capped by Saturday night’s 120-109 series-clincher — Westbrook stopped shooting threes, taking only four combined. And because of that, the Thunder started making more.
by Anthony Slater Published: May 3, 2014


photo - Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (0) passes over Memphis' Tony Allen (9) during Game 7 in the first round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, May 3, 2014. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (0) passes over Memphis' Tony Allen (9) during Game 7 in the first round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, May 3, 2014. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

“The games before we shot a lot of walk-up 3s, deep ones,” Durant admitted. “But I think Russell set everybody up tonight and I think all the threes I hit were wide open and he set me up with all of them (four of the five).”

But the stars weren’t alone. Reggie Jackson rediscovered his 3-point stroke, making six of eight the final two games. And Caron Butler and Derek Fisher chipped in three more makes on Saturday night.

“Once Reggie, myself, Fish started making shots, the floor just opens up,” Butler said.

And the Thunder just look like a better, nearly indefensible team.

“All series, we’ve been shooting — sorry for my vernacular — we’ve been (expletive)-poor,” Jackson said. “We’ve been terrible. We know we’re capable of making shots, but unfortunately we missed good looks.”

But not on Saturday night. And because of that, the Thunder move on.


by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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