Oklahoma City are on their heels. We can admit that. However, I’d like to think we’re that animal that’s backed into a corner and we’re ready to strike. After blowing a 13 point fourth quarter lead, they’ll have to play for 48 minutes.
The Thunder were outscored 23-10 in the 4th quarter. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined to go 3-17 in the 4th quarter and overtime.
“We let our guards down,” Perkins said.
With that said, we’ll have to be better prepared tonight.
I’m going to break down some keys that should help the Thunder come out victorious. As I do this, take it with a grain a salt. I’m no coach. I just have watched every game the Thunder have played. Just observations.
Finish: I shouldn’t have to break this down. However, I’ll just summarize it real quick. Be aggressive. Perkins admitted what we all probably realized. Do not take away with the Grizzlies did. They did what it took to get the win, and that’s why we’re in this position. However, up 16 points, you need to step on the throat and crush the windpipe of your opponent. Not going dwell on this any longer. 48 minutes. Finish.
B-E Agressive: Kevin Durant shot just one free throw in the entire game. ENTIRE GAME!! The entire team just was unable to get to the foul line and I do believe that was the demise as well. 44 free throws to Thunder’s 23 will not when you ball games. You need to get into the paint and get to the line. Where is your rip move KD? Use it?
What’s really sad is that the Grizzlies missed 14 free throws. They allowed us a chance. Just think of how close the game could have been throughout if they hit their free throws. Grizzlies had 4 free throws down the stretch and just went 2-4. If they hit all 4, could have been an entirely different story. We need to get to the damn charity stripe.
BLOCK THE FK OUT: Through 3 games the Grizzlies have a total of 50 offensive rebounds. Thunder outrebounded 138-129. 50 of those rebounds are on the offensive glass. Thunder need to block out. Did a good job in game 2. In game 3, they were horrible Randolph had the quietest 21-21 game ever. Why? He went 8-22, with 8 offensive rebounds. I wonder how many of those offensive rebounds were put back for points. I want to say 5. So, 10 of his 21 points came off second chance opportunites. Need to block out.
This is really simple. Do these things and the Thunder will split the trip to Memphis and have control of the series once again.
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