Because Nowitzki had such a historic performance, it’s easier for the Thunder to find some positives in Game 1, starting with them keeping things close to the end.
Although Dallas went up by 16 early in the fourth quarter, Oklahoma City rallied to get within five. The Thunder also scored 112 points, 15 more than the Mavericks had allowed all postseason.
Plus, they did all that with Russell Westbrook pulling an anti-Nowitzki, missing 12 of 15 shots.
So Oklahoma City fans have to be thinking that if Nowitzki misses a few more, and Westbrook makes a few more, the Thunder can still go back across the Red River with a split. It’s also worth noting they’ve yet to lose consecutive games this postseason.
“That’s one thing about this team, we’re resilient, we bounce back,” Thunder star Kevin Durant said. “Hopefully it’s another case of that in Game 2.”
Durant scored 40 points in the opener, but was overshadowed by Nowitzki and was held back by Westbrook’s woes. Late in the third quarter, the misfiring point guard had attempted more shots than the NBA’s scoring leader the last two seasons.
Last edited by insidehoops : 05-19-2011 at 09:18 PM.
Re: May 19 Playoffs: WCF Thunder at Mavericks Game 2
You can always tell when Westbrook is going to shoot...dribble...dribble some more...hoist up shot. I think that is the main problem the Thunder have sometimes...their offense can become very predictable.