KD went 0/6 in a scoreless fourth quarter. On the surface, in this type of game, those numbers seem inexcusable. But he was tired, and understandably so, playing 45 of the game’s 48 minutes and shouldering an unhealthy burden of the offensive load, scoring or assisting on 53 of the Thunder’s 100 points. He’s on an island, but still playing incredible (23/39 shooting for 74 points the past two games). To move forward he needs far more help.
Stats of note
-Kevin Martin was 1/10 on Wednesday night and is now shooting 17/56 (30 percent) in the series. Struuuuuuuuggling.
-Francisco Garcia and Harden went a combined 12/21 from three. The Thunder went 8/33 as a team. Ballgame.
-Nick Collison went 3/3 in seven productive minutes, but didn’t get off the bench in the second half.
Probably the highlight of the night for Thunder fans. Russell Westbrook was introduced on the big screen to a rousing ovation and then, minutes later, Reggie Jackson defended his honor (in a strange way), pulling the same move Patrick Beverley did to hurt Westbrook back on Beverley. And it ended up getting a reactive Beverley a technical.
Game 6 is in Houston on Saturday night. Needless to say, it’s a big one.
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