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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

BROOKS ROTATIONS: B. Scotty Brooks again punched a bunch of right buttons. But he stuck with Derek Fisher too long. Fish obviously was off this night, but down the stretch, Brooks went with Fisher over Martin. Except for the final play of regulation, on which the Thunder scored, Martin sat from the 6:33 mark of the fourth quarter until 2:10 remained in overtime. That's more than nine minutes of an ineffective Fisher.

BENCH: B. Nick Collison returned from several lackluster games and played strong, 10 points and three rebounds, before fouling out with 3:42 left. Kevin Martin was a huge help offensively, scoring 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting. But Fisher, who has been so stout these playoffs, reverted back to his March ways, going 1-of-5 from the field and frankly not coming close on most of his misses.

RIB GAME: A. The Grizzlies staged a cool timeout act. Rendezvous Barbeque sponsored a promotion in which three guys in rib costumes played 3-on-2 against two 20-somethings. The ribs couldn't even grab the ball, but they stood about seven feet tall in their costume. The game ended in a scoreless tie — the ribs are unbeaten in the playoffs.

SMALL LINEUP: B. The Thunder held its own again by going small. The lineup with Durant playing forward outscored Memphis 39-35. But when both Gasol and Randolph were on the floor, that lineup gave the Thunder all kinds of trouble on the boards.

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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