Trending upward – Derek Fisher’s contributions
Don’t look now, but Derek Fisher is hot, really hot, from three and giving the Thunder great minutes. Overall, he’s 8-of-13 from deep in the series and was one of the main reasons (besides Durant) that OKC even had a chance in this one.
Trending downward – Perkins fit
Similar to when they play the Heat, Kendrick Perkins just doesn’t matchup well with the Rockets. Houston goes small and OKC’s big man is deemed useless or, even worse, a liability. Take a look at his final line on Monday: 0 points, 1 rebound, 4 fouls, 4 turnovers and a plus/minus of -17 in nine minutes.
Stats of note
-Kevin Durant has scored 20+ points in 30 consecutive playoff games.
-Despite the loss, OKC is 11-2 in first round games the past three seasons.
-The Rockets shot 12/27 from three (44 percent), their best shooting performance in the series.
Oh my. Delfino on Durant. I wasn’t sure this was physically possible.
Durant with a little bit of payback. Scratch that, a lot of payback.
Photo of the game
Russell Westbrook, watching from home
Game 5 in OKC on Wednesday. Tip at 8:30 p.m. on TNT.