At the most important time of the season, the Thunder has gone cold from deep.
Through its first three playoff games, OKC is 18-of-74 from three, an abysmal 24 percent. This season, the Thunder shot 36 percent from beyond the arc, 14th best in the NBA. No team shot worse than 31 percent.
“We got to make some shots,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said after a 98-95 overtime loss at Memphis in Game 3 of a first-round playoff series. “I don’t know if they were all good shots. I’ll find out tonight after I watch the film.”
The biggest culprits during these recent struggles have been the Thunder stars. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have fired up a combined 52 threes in the three games and only made 13.
Durant went 0-of-8 on Thursday. The Thunder went 5-of-28.
“A lot of them came when we needed them,” Westbrook said. “Down three points, you gotta shoot them...I took some bad ones, gotta do a better job of attacking.”
Durant said, “Personally, I think I got some good looks.”
WESTBROOK’S BROTHER TAKES TWITTER SHOT AT BROOKS
As the Grizzlies piled on the points early in the second half, a frustrated Thunder fan base spewed knee jerk reactions all over the Internet.
That included Ray Westbrook, the brother of Russell Westbrook, who took a not so subtle shot at Brooks.
“We need a new coach ASAP like rocky!!!!” he tweeted, before later deleting it.
“Why take him out!!!!” Ray also tweeted earlier in the game, likely referring to his brother.
Down the stretch, Russell Westbrook keyed a wild Thunder comeback, which fell short in overtime.
RUSS ON THE GRINDHOUSE
In an interview session with the media, Westbrook refused to acknowledge the Grizzlies' FedEx Forum by its menacing nickname “the Grindhouse.”
Memphis area TV sports anchor Jarvis Greer asked Westbrook a question about the Thunder road record, saying, “Your road record is one of the best in the NBA but talk a little bit specifically about playing here in the Grindhouse against this team.”
Westbrook's reply: “You said the FedExForum? That's the name of the arena, right?” Westbrook then went on to call it FedEx forum again — the arena's proper name.
PERKINS TAKES A SEAT
During a scramble in the second quarter, Mike Miller and Kendrick Perkins were battling for a loose ball, which eventually led to Perkins on top of Miller.
As Miller lay on the floor, Perkins stumbled into a seated position on Miller. And for a couple seconds, Perkins didn’t get up.
It provided maybe the strangest moment of a wild game.
KD WITH A FAN FROM ISRAEL
There weren’t many Thunder allies in FedEx Forum on Thursday night.
But among the minority was a dedicated Durant fan.
“K.D. We came from Israel to see you,” a sign read.
Game 4 is on Saturday night in Memphis. Tip is at 8:30 Oklahoma time on ESPN.