Choose for yourself: Dirty or not?
“It was a cheap play. (Westbrook) should have knocked the hell out of that kid.” -Charles Barkley, at halftime on TNT, talking about the above play.
Stats of note
-Serge Ibaka had six blocks tonight. Houston has three in the series.
-Since moving to OKC, the Thunder is 25-19 in playoff games.
-Kevin Martin missed his first four threes, but made his last three.
-The teams shot a combined 21/70 from three (30 percent). Not shy of jacking them, not consistent at making them.
Underrated coaching move
Late in the first quarter, with Russell Westbrook already saddled with two fouls, backup point guard Reggie Jackson picked up two quick whistles. But instead of panicking and yanking Jackson, Brooks stuck with his young playmaker, knowing that it’s not too big of a risk to play your back-ups through foul trouble. Jackson rewarded the trust, drilling two threes in the next couple minutes. A subtle coaching move, that won’t be talked about much, but a good one.
Game 3 is in Houston on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
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