Oklahoma City Thunder: Westbrook's epic and more Game 4 observations

by Berry Tramel Modified: May 28, 2014 at 2:37 pm •  Published: May 28, 2014


photo - Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) steals the ball from San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (4) in the first half of Game 4 of the Western Conference finals NBA basketball playoff series in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 27, 2014.  (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) steals the ball from San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (4) in the first half of Game 4 of the Western Conference finals NBA basketball playoff series in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)

San Antonio in two games with Ibaka sidelined: 117 points a game, 53.8 percent shooting, 66.7 shooting in the paint, 27 fast-break points total.

San Antonio in two games with Ibaka in the rotation: 94.5 points a game, 39.7 percent shooting, 46.3 shooting in the paint, three fast-break points total.

“They’re up in the passing lanes, they have starters and they have Serge in there, and their big guys back there who are protecting the rim, so they’re gambling a little more,” Duncan said. “They’ve turned that gambling into turnovers and took some fast-break points. I think they’re more comfortable with Serge and the rest of those big guys back there.”

Said Manu Ginobili, “I think they are pretty good. What should I say? They have been one of the best teams in the league. I don’t see that as a crazy thing. We have got to be way smarter and sharper. If we let them push us around and we are not strong with the ball, that is when they get us on our heels and we stop attacking. We know we have got to play games close to perfection.”

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 Oklahoman,...
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