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Oklahoma City Thunder allow Clipper bench to run rampant

Now I understand that the Clippers are a team you can’t just fall asleep on. Not only were they the regular season’s #1 offense, but they know a thing or two about erasing large deficits in playoff games. As a matter of fact, the Clippers now have two of the last three 20-point comebacks in the NBA playoffs.

Although this an issue that the Thunder have been guilty of all season. They build a big lead of 15 to 20 points or more, only to squander it, and subsequently lose the game. I watched them do this numerous times over the regular season, even dropping games to teams which usually aren’t even good enough to share the same court. It’s almost as if the Thunder get themselves wound up during a game, take a big lead, relax a little, then forget how they built their lead, so they proceed to blow it instead.

Despite Kevin Durant‘s 40 points, and Russell Westbrook‘s 27, only Reggie Jackson managed double-digits for the Thunder with 10 points. The reason I say that bench scoring will help the Thunder win the series is because they almost took yesterday’s game, despite a total of 18 bench points scored. Jackson scores 13 to 15, and we’d most likely be here taking about the Clippers having their backs against a wall coming to OKC at a 3-1 disadvantage.

As a matter of fact Jamal Crawford was the recipient of this year’s Kia Sixth Man Award, an honor that anyone who has seen him play this season knows full well that he earned.

In contrast, look at the numbers for the Clippers. Chris Paul scored 23, Blake Griffin finished with 25, and DeAndre Jordan pulled down 14 rebounds. But two bench players in particular really did the damage, as Jamal Crawford and Darren Collison scored 18 points apiece.

A pivotal Game 5 will tip off at The Peake Tuesday night at 8:30 CST. The winning team in this one will have the losers on the ropes, one game away from elimination. Although I did predict a 7-game series for this one as well. These two teams are just far too evenly matched for me to believe that the series would end early. Stay tuned, because you won’t want to miss this action.

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