Apparently the third quarter of doom extends beyond the first round for OKC. Blame it on the struggling starting lineup, blame it on the absence of Russell Westbrook (he’s usually a monster at the start of each half) or blame it all on Kendrick Perkins if you want to (there’s a large group of fans who would love to). But whatever it is, the Thunder needs to fix it. They were outplayed mightily at the start of the third quarter again on Sunday, eventually losing the period 27-17. It could have been a crucial blow, had it not been for KD’s heroics, but now should be viewed as a necessary correction moving forward, with all lineup options on the table.
Stats of note
-Of the players who have shot 20 or more threes in this postseason, Derek Fisher is the only one shooting above 50 percent. He’s shooting 58 percent (15/26)
-Kevin Martin has scored 50 points combined the past two games, tying his highest back-to-back point total since joining the Thunder.
-Kevin Durant’s playoff averages: 32.9 points, 8.9 rebounds, 6.0 assists.
Looking back, in such a close game, this could have been killer. But I guess Pondexter gave it back with those missed free throws.
Game 2 is Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m in OKC.
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