Sunday, December 7, 2008

Blew It!

For me, yesterday's game was a major disappointment. Going into Miami my hope was for the Thunder to keep it close. As the first half played out, I began to have some serious confidence that we would pull out the win by containing Dwayne Wade better in the second half. Wade burned OKC for 25 points in the first but wasn't getting a lot of help from his supporting cast. Regardless, the Heat took a five point lead into the locker room at halftime.

In the second half, the Thunder did a better job of containing Wade, allowing him only half as many points (13). But offensively, the wheels just fell off of our bus in the 3rd quarter, and we found ourselves down by 15 with just one quarter to go.

Oklahoma City came out to start the forth quarter on fire scoring the first 8 points and eventually tying the game at 90 with 6:03 to go. Unfortunately that's when the spark went out, and the Heat easily cruised from there to a 105-99 victory.

As a team, the Thunder didn't shoot very well only hitting 43.2% of their shots. Russell Westbrook was by far the star scoring 30 points on 10 of 18 shooting from the field. This is the second game in a row Westbrook has been our #1 scorer and he's truly appearing to be worthy of being the starting point guard. Jeff Green contributed 21 hitting half of his shots from the field. Kevin Durant had a rough night only making 6 of 17 buckets but still put 18 points on the board.

The Thunder corrected their problem from the free throw line hitting 80% and scoring 6 more points from the line than the Heat. Otherwise there's not too much to sing about. The Heat out-rebounded the Thunder by 11. That, plus hitting a higher percentage of shots, pretty much put this one in the Miami's favor.

Johan Petro was not able to replicate his play from Friday night hitting just 1 of 5 and therefore only getting to play 8 minutes. Nick Collison did step up, however, and put 14 points on the board. One of these two guys needs to get consistent as Damien Wilkins is killing us as starting forward. If Petro or Collison would play well enough to deserve to be starting center, we could get Wilkins out of the starting lineup. I'm not sure who of Chris Wilcox, Green, or Durant would move to guard (Durant makes the most sense but is playing much better as forward than guard), but it'd have to be an improvement over Wilkins.

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