Thunder report card: Kevin Durant gets an A; offensive execution a D

BY BERRY TRAMEL Staff Writer btramel@opubco.com Published: April 27, 2011
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Kevin Durant: A. Sort of self-explanatory, but for the record, Durant made 14 shots. His teammates combined for 16.

Tempo control: D. This game was played at the Nuggets' pace. It had the quickest tempo of the five games. The Thunder can play well at this quick pace, but the Nuggets can play it better.

Kendrick Perkins: A. And no. Not because he had 11 points and was the game's second-leading scorer well into the third quarter. Perkins' return to the lineup midway through the fourth quarter plugged the middle that Raymond Felton and Ty Lawson had been exploiting.

Color change: C. The crowd was given dark blue T-shirts, which it dutifully wore. Trouble was, Denver came out in its dark blue jerseys, not the baby blues, so the game had an identity crisis. Nothing wrong with the royal blues.

Offensive execution: D. Denver's defense won this battle. Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Serge Ibaka combined to make just five of 26 shots, and it wasn't like the Thunder took a bunch of bad shots. The Nuggets just wouldn't give the Thunder any breathing room. Outside of Durant, the Thunder shot just 29.1 percent.

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