5 takeaways from OKC Thunder historic 25 point comeback victory

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - APRIL 25: Russell Westbrook
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Abrines shines:

If I told you at the start of the series Alex Abrines would be a key defensive factor it probably would have resulted in gales of laughter.  However, this is precisely what happened in Game 5. Abrines improvements on defense have been well documented on TI, particularly from my cohort who has always noted the Spaniard’s overall talent.

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As Jeremy Lambert pointed out in his postgame grades Abrines block on Donovan Mitchell followed by a corner three were key to the win. Getting Gobert to foul him under the basket to pick up his fifth foul was equally huge. As was his defense on Mitchell to force him to pass late in the third which resulted in a shot-clock violation.

Adjustments will be made:

OKC Thunder fans are still reveling in what we just saw (and for you lucky ducks who got to witness this in person – I’m looking at you Alex Mcewen) this is the thing legends are made of.

That said, let’s not forget the Thunder still trail in this series and must win out to move forward. Doing this on the enemy’s court on Friday is the next objective.

If OKC can do that the momentum should be enough for the Thunder to come back home and close it out. Ahh, therein lies the rub, OKC has to win in Utah for that opportunity to stay alive.

Each of the key points will play a role in Game 6 with Gobert being the biggest factor and making sure the effort OKC finished Game 5 with is how they start Game 6.

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For now, fueled by this incredulous comeback victory let’s all just remember never say never — especially when Russell Westbrook is your leader!