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Thunder report card: 'A' for start, 'F' for finish

BY BERRY TRAMEL, Columnist, btramel@opubco.com Published: May 24, 2011
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Stars in crunchtime: D. Durant and Westbrook had awful numbers the final 10 minutes. Durant was 0-of-6 shooting with two rebounds, one assist and two turnovers. Westbrook was 1-of-5 with two rebounds, one assist, two turnovers. And it's not like anyone in Thunder white was making defensive stops.

Serge Ibaka/Nick Collison combination: B. Brooks found a winning combo by playing these guys together. Collison on Nowitzki allowed Ibaka to roam free, and he responded with five blocked shots and a very good offensive game (18 points). Collison was his usual effective self (12 points, seven rebounds). But they were on the court together during the late meltdown.

Ball security: F. Twenty-five turnovers is ridiculous; 24 came in regulation. Durant had nine, Westbrook six and Harden four.

Bench: C. Outside of Collison, the Thunder backups didn't assert themselves. Harden had just seven points in 23 minutes. Eric Maynor was largely ineffective. Daequan Cook didn't get a shot off in his 51/2 minutes. But maybe Harden's value was abstract; when he fouled out with 4:34 left, the Thunder led 99-87.


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