Man that one hurt. The Thunder lost a nail biter 105-103 to the Rockets last night to extend this series to a game 5 and depriving the Thunder of a sweep. The Thunder had a chance to tie or win on the last possession but Reggie Jackson missed a tough shot and then Ibaka missed an easy layup at the buzzer.
Kevin Durant- 42 minutes, 38 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists- A+
What another amazing performance by the man they call KD. He was absolutely incredible last night. Once again he was the Thunder’s main offensive weapon throughout the game, and once again he nearly carried them to a victory. KD didn’t play as much point as he did in game 3, but he was just as effective. (38 points on 12-16 shooting, take that Melo)
Serge Ibaka- 34 minutes, 8 points, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks- C-
Ibaka had one of the worst games of his playoff career last night. He wasn’t very effective on the defensive end of the floor, and on offense he seemed to be invisible until he missed a wide open layup to win the game. If the Ibaka of game 3 had shown up last night, the Thunder would have won this game by 15 points. Ibaka has to consistently play well on the offensive end, particularly on the offensive boards if the Thunder want to make a deep playoff run.
Kevin Martin- 33 minutes, 16 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists- B
Martin played much better in this game than he did in game 3. He was aggressive on offense, and he showed glimpses of that top ten scorer that he used to be. He really helped out KD in the first half with the scoring load and I hope he continues to do that for OKC.
Reggie Jackson- 36 minutes, 18 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists- B+
Jackson did his best Russell Westbrook imitation last night, and I really loved seeing that out of him. Jackson was very aggressive in taking the ball to the basket, and he even knocked down a couple of big three’s. When KD couldn’t get the ball or he was double teamed, Jackson bailed the Thunder out numerous times much like Russ usually does.
Derek Fisher- 29 minutes, 12 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist- B+
It sure is great to have an old guy like Fisher on this team right now. He continues to play great in Westbrook’s absence, and he did it again last night by hitting 4 out of 5 three’s and all of them seemed to come at big moments. It is nice to see that a guy not named Durant can hit clutch shots on the Thunder.
Thabo Sefolosha- 30 minutes, 5 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals- B+
Thabo had another lackluster offensive performance, but he more than made up for it on the defensive end. He was great on James Harden all night and he really disrupted the Rocket’s offensive flow because Harden was struggling. Holding the great James Harden to 15 points on 4-12 shooting is a great achievement, and hopefully Thabo can do that again on Wednesday in OKC.
Nick Collison- 14 minutes, 3 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks- C
Collison again had a very sub-par performance last night. It is weird not seeing the usual effective Collison out there for OKC and it will be interesting to see how he performs in game 5.
DeAndre Liggins- 14 minutes, 3 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal- B
It has been nice to see Liggins get some playing time in Russell’s absence and I have liked what I have seen from this kid. He hit a nice three in the first quarter last night, and he brought a lot of energy to the table for OKC.
Kendrick Perkins- 9 minutes, 0 points, 1 rebound, 4 turnovers- C
As usual Perk did not get much playing time in this game, because this series is all about the small guys. Perk just doesn’t match up well with the Rockets, and because of that he will spend the majority of the game on the bench.