Apr 27, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder shooting guard Kevin Martin (23) reacts after a play during the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets in game three of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at the Toyota Center. The Thunder defeated the Rockets 104-101. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs 2013: OKC Thunder vs. Houston Rockets Game 4 Preview

The Oklahoma City Thunder will get a chance to go for the sweep tonight on the road against the Houston Rockets in Game 4.

Game 3 was the first game in Thunder franchise history without Russell Westbrook.

Kevin Durant dominated playing 47 minutes and scoring 41 points to go with 14 rebounds and four assists. Durant also hit a huge three-pointer with 41 seconds left to seal the deal for the Thunder.

The Thunder got out to a 26-point lead in the game but the Rockets were able to come all the way back and take the lead at one point late in the fourth quarter.

Despite getting the tough, road, playoff win, there is a lot to worry about with the Thunder going forward.

It felt like they willed themselves to win Game 3 in honor of Westbrook. That should be less of a factor tonight and if we see more of what went on in the second half of that game, the Thunder won’t be in good shape.

Durant essentially played point guard the entire game. The Thunder need to find a way to feature players like Reggie Jackson, Serge Ibaka and Kevin Martin more.

Durant probably won’t play the entire game again but don’t be surprised if his minutes are still up around 45. It’s not just resting him on the bench that is important but resting him on the floor and not asking him to do absolutely everything.

Jackson played well starting in place of Westbrook and it feels like his confidence will only grow with the more experience he gets.

Ibaka got seven offensive rebounds which is key in this matchup vs. the Rockets. He needs to keep that up and find more touches within the offense as well.

Martin has had three bad games in this series and is basically due to wake up. The Thunder desperately need to be able to run their offense through him some with Westbrook out.

The Rockets will continue to go small in this series and don’t be surprised if they pull out the win tonight. This doesn’t feel like a team that should be swept, even by the Thunder.

The game will tip tonight at 8:30 p.m. CST.

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