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Kevin Durant, coming off a great 40 point effort said

“I didn’t play a great game, because we didn’t win.”

Big words coming from a leader.

Overshadowed by Dirk Nowitzki’s 48 point appearance in Game 1. Durant will try to help lead the Thunder to even the series at 1 game a piece.

Nate Robinson’s defense on JJ Barea was deplorable to say the least. However, I do think we won’t see Nate Robinson again unless the game is a blow out. Nate looked slow and very confused at times while on the court. He was 0-3, a very BAD 0-3.

Bench Production: Pretty Simple, Dallas dominated this. Jason Terry and JJ Barea combined for 45 points.  James Harden did decent with 12 points off the bench. The rest of the Thunder defense will have to step up and help limit the bench scoring for the Mavs. If you take half the points from Berea that Robinson gave up, Thunder win.

Russell Westbrook: The Honey Badger went 3-15 from the field. Westbrook cannot do this to win ball games. Westbrook was in control and limited his turnovers. Russell only had four turnovers. A lot of the shots that Westbrook took weren’t bad shots. They just weren’t falling. You can say the zone that Dallas threw at the Thunder got to him a bit, but I doubt it. He got to the rim, shots just weren’t falling. It happens. Russell is still coming out of a slump.

Three Point Shooting: Thunder were great on the perimeter defense in the first half, forcing the Mavs to go 0-7 early. Dallas however, got hot down the stretch, hit 9-16. On the other end, OKC did the opposite. Hit 6 of their first 10 attempts, while finishing 1-6. Must be more consistent. I don’t know why Daequan Cook didn’t get more attempts. He was feeeling it. Coox was 2-3 in the first half. Did not play in the second half.

I’m not going to sit here and say defending Dirk Nowitzki is a key to the game. That would be silly. Dirk is going to get his points. You can’t guard him. I don’t think he’ll get to the line 24 times again.  It’ll be a different officiating crew.  I also don’t see both teams going over 11o points again, either.

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