Thunder report card: Ball security, defensive rebounding get a D

BY BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writer, btramel@opubco.com Published: May 1, 2011
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Ball security: D. The Thunder had 18 turnovers, leading to 23 Memphis points. The Grizzlies had eight turnovers. That's your ballgame. The Thunder has to value the ball more.

Finishing: D. The Thunder shot less than 50 percent (19 of 43) from the paint, including 19 of 37 from the restricted area around the basket. Russell Westbrook was 4-of-14 from the restricted area.

Post defense: B. I know, it looks bad when Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol combine for 54 points on 21-of-33 shooting. But 13 of Randolph's and Gasol's baskets came on jumpers outside the paint or on tip-ins. The Thunder didn't get bulled on the block, it got bullied on the boards.

Defensive rebounding: D. The Grizzlies got six tip-in or putback baskets, which accounted for 12 of their 22 second-chance points. Memphis rebounded 17 of its 43 missed shots or foul shots.

Offensive rebounding: B. Lost in the rout was the Thunder's attack of the boards. OKC rebounded 16 of its 44 missed shots or foul shots, leading to 18 second-chance points.

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