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Oklahoma City Thunder report card: OKC defense gets a 'D' for second half of Game 4

The Thunder offense has worsened in the second half of every game this series. And Game 4 was no different.
by Berry Tramel Modified: May 14, 2013 at 12:18 am •  Published: May 14, 2013

The Thunder played great early but shaky late in a 103-97 overtime loss in Game 4. The grades reflect it.

SECOND-HALF OFFENSE: D. The Thunder offense has worsened in the second half of every game this series. And Game 4 was no different. After scoring 56 first-half points and making 53.8 percent of it shots, the Thunder scored just 38 second-half points and made just 12 of its 32 shots. Then overtime was a disaster, with the only OKC points coming on Derek Fisher's only basket of the game, a 3-pointer with 1:55 left.

TEMPO: A. The Thunder made a concerted effort to play faster, and it paid off. The Thunder outscored Memphis 12-0 in fast-break points. Reggie Jackson particularly was good in transition. The fast pace cost the Thunder some turnovers; OKC had eight in the first 16 minutes and finished with 15, but it was well worth it.

REBOUNDING: D. Second-chance points plagued the Thunder again. After limiting Memphis to three second-chance points in Game 3, the Grizzlies got 21 Monday night. It was a game-long problem, but the worst came in the final two minutes of regulation. The Grizzlies used 53 seconds on a possession by getting two offensive rebounds, leading to Zach Randolph foul shots (he made one to give Memphis a 93-92 lead). Then the Grizzlies used 31 seconds on a possession by getting one offensive rebound, leading to Marc Gasol foul shots (he made to give Memphis a 94-92 lead). Randolph's sixth offensive rebound of the game produced an overtime layup that gave Memphis a 98-94 lead.

DURANT CLUTCH: C. Kevin Durant hit another clutch shot — a driving finger-roll that fell through with 6.4 seconds left in regulation to tie the game. But Durant's fourth quarter and overtime were horrid. The Grizzlies put a defensive hedge on Durant, who after the third quarter made just two of 13 shots. He finished with 27 points but had 22 through three quarters.

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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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