Thunder role players ready to do their part

By John Rohde, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: April 19, 2011

The biggest scoring voids came from Harden and starting forward Serge Ibaka, who both did well in other areas.

Harden had four open looks from 3-point range, missed them all, and finished 1 for 5 from the field. However, he did have four assists, three rebounds, two blocked shots and a steal.

Ibaka ranked eighth in the league in field-goal percentage during the season (.543), but shot 1 for 8 from the field with his lone conversion coming on a 12-footer. However, he did have five rebounds and four blocked shots.

With two days between games, Thunder players have seen more footage of Game 1 than they probably cared to watch.

“We made some mistakes defensively,” Collison said. “We didn't really follow the game plan we wanted to defensively. I'm not really sure exactly why that happened, but we were able to tighten up and do things a lot better later in the game.”

Thunder role players realize Durant and Westbrook will get their fair share of points, which is precisely the point, actually.

“We need to do a better job sometimes of giving those two guys outlets on a couple of plays when they didn't have any opportunities to score,” Collison said. “Our spacing needs to be a little better so they can make the easy play and we can attack on the other side.”

Some good was done by those not named Durant, Westbrook or Maynor.

“I thought we were solid,” Collison said. “A lot of things we do aren't in terms of scoring points. We try to set those guys up. We defend. We did that. I thought we did a decent job. I think we will have to play better to win this series. It wasn't a perfect game by any means. We can play much better.”

Sefolosha agreed and added, “We got the win and that's all that matters. KD and Russell really carried us throughout the whole game and they did a good job. We know what we have to do.”



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