Thunder report card: Russell Westbrook's decision making off

From Staff Reports Modified: April 26, 2011 at 12:56 am •  Published: April 26, 2011
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Resiliency: A. The Thunder played poorly most of the game, let the Nuggets dictate tempo and trailed by 10 points with 2:33 left in the game. Yet Russell Westbrook missed a good-look 3-pointer with 30 seconds left that would have given OKC the lead, a not-as-good 3-pointer with eight seconds left that would have tied it and a running 3-point prayer at the buzzer that also would have tied it.

Russell Westbrook: C. Westbrook had a monster game — 30 points, six rebounds, five assists — but it took him 30 shots. Not all of Westbrook's decision-making was off; twice his hot hand brought the Thunder back from a slump. But the Thunder offense often stagnated when Westbrook dominated the ball.

James Harden: D. Harden was passive most of the game. He rarely drove to the basket, which is when he's at his best. Harden finished with just five shots, two foul shots and seven points. The Thunder needs about twice that production from Harden.

Defensive rebounding: D. The Nuggets made a living off tipping out their missed shots, extending possessions. With Denver's Nene and Kenyon Martin on the bench with four fouls, the Nuggets went on an 11-0 run to take command. Seven of the 11 points came off offensive rebounds.

Defending ex-Knicks: C. In the first half, the four Nuggets who came over in the Carmelo Anthony trade made just two of 15 shots. Danilo Gallinari was 0-for-1. But Gallinari scored 18 points in the second half and outplayed Kevin Durant.

Scott Brooks: C. Brooks' rotation didn't pass muster. Brooks left Daequan Cook in the game too long in the fourth quarter, when it was obvious Cook wasn't going to get his 3-point game going and his defense was a liability. And Brooks seemed to forget about Nick Collison, who played a too-few 15 minutes.



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