Oklahoma City is really going ahead without much of its core from last season as Kevin Martin is gone and Jeremy Lamb steps in. The Thunder aren’t making much moves, but without the due of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, they are expected to make much more impact with their basketball play as time goes on. Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins and Thabo Sefolosha are expected to carry on the duties as role players as they help OKC continue their run for their first NBA championship. New younger players step in as the forefront of the Thunder’s future. Players like Steven Adams and Perry Jones III and Nick Collison will strengthen the Thunder bench, but how long will it keep OKC from suffering another devastating loss in the playoffs? They have made lots of moves in the past offseason and in previous years, but the Thunder have failed to attain a goal of obtaining an NBA title.
I’m watching a live game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies. This is how you beat the Memphis Grizzlies. You neutralize Zach Randolph, the Grizzlies’ best post threat with athletic and lanky defenders like Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Durant. You make him jump for the basketball when Ibaka and Perkins go for it. I know I haven’t been writing basketball strategies and tactics like this for a long time. Maybe I’ll get more views for this. Ibaka and Perkins and Nick Collison have kept Randolph from scoring and getting rebounds on both ends of the court. I believe this is the reason why OKC is leading Memphis 86-71.
Exciting and great game! Way to go, OKC! Oops. I wasn’t trying to be subjective. As a basketball writer, you have to be objective and neutral when you see top games, teams, and athletes. Haaaa! There I go again! Gooo, OKC! I missed almost the entire game, but I saw the third quarter. Hahahaha! I’m not doing my job, because I’m emotional about it. OKC really broke into the Spurs. This is an exciting time for the Oklahoma City Thunder, because they are one win away and I mean one win away from beating the San Antonio Spurs and entering the NBA Finals. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant and James Harden are growing up nicely now and Derek Fisher and Kendrick Perkins are helping the trio with their combined experience and wisdom of winning playoff games. If the Thunder can keep it up like they won Game 5 109-103, they won’t miss a beat as they become a cinderalla team in winning the NBA title.
Finally. The Oklahoma City Thunder arrived in the series and won Game 4, 109-103 to tie the series at 2-2. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook had big games and so did Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins. I expect Game 5 to be a rugged affair in San Antonio. Both San Antonio and OKC should be prepared to bring out the best in each other. OKC controlled the tempo and denied Tony Parker’s dribble penetrations and Manu Ginobli’s aggressive drives to the hoop. They also neutralized Tim Duncan’s post play. In tonight’s game, OKC showed their youth and energy. San Antonio left their game back at the hotel. It was there apparently in the first quarter, but showed down throughout the second, third, and fourth quarters. Now, OKC can steal Game 5 in San Antonio if they can. We’ll see what happens.
I was reading an article on Yahoo! sports about how the Thunder may have to make things ugly against the San Antonio Spurs. They don’t have to. Defend Tim Duncan with what you got with Serge Ibaka, Kendrick Perkins, Nazr Mohammed, and Nick Collison. Then make Duncan, Manu Ginobli, and Tony Parker willing passers and make Gary Neal, Stephen Jackson, Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, and Tiago Splitter scorers. No matter what you will do Duncan will get his points. Make Duncan earn them. You’ve got six fouls apiece with Ibaka, Perkins, Mohammed, and Collison to use up. Duncan is the greatest big man of his era ever to use the backboard and has the utilities and tools at his advantage to win in the game of basketball.
Exciting basketball games! What fun to watch! The Boston Celtics took care of their semifinals series by taking a 3 games to 2 lead over the Philadelphia Sixers. They won 101-85. Brandon Bass was the leading Celtic scorer with 27 points, followed by Kevin Garnett with 20, Paul Pierce with 16, and Rajon Rondo with a double-double 13 points and 14 assists. Like I said in my earlier posts, the Sixers might steal the series. Overall, Boston has more experience playing in more playoff games than the Philadelphia Sixers have and the Big Boston Three of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen have experienced playoff games running up and down their veins. The double-header I saw after Boston/Philadelphia was the L.A. Lakers/Oklahoma City game. OKC ran and ran and I think they outran the Lakers as they won 106-90 and eliminated Kobe Bryant’s team. No match for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook as usual. Ramon Sessions and Steve Blake couldn’t keep Westbrook in front of them. Metta World Peace a.k.a. Ron Artest couldn’t keep the lighter and quicker Russell Westbrook in front of him either. You can’t stop Kevin Durant from scoring, you can only hope to contain Durant and make him miss from his favorite spots. Now, that the Lakers have been ousted from the playoffs, here comes the bigger challenge: the San Antonio Spurs. Now, OKC, you’ve been able to hit jumpshots against the Dallas Mavericks and the L.A. Lakers. The San Antonio Spurs might not be so lucky to make jump shots against. They’ll contest you all game and all night long with perimeter shots and the Spurs’ defense will clog up the lanes to the basket as Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter, two Spurs over 6 feet, 9 inches tall are waiting there. I’d like to see the Spurs neutralize the Thunder offense, which has been unstoppable and also fun to watch. James Harden, Durant, and Westbrook are the Thunder offense and are able to make jumpshots consistently. The trick is finding out how to contain the three terrific jumpshooters. You have to make life difficult for Harden, Durant, and Westbrook. Make them uncomfortable looking for their shots. Make Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins and Thabo Sefolosha and Daequan Cook and Derek Fisher scoring options. Make Harden, Durant, and Westbrook consistent passers and make their Thunder teammates try and score with the basketball. That’s how you stop the Oklahoma City Thunder offense.