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Enes Kanter saw just eight minutes off the Thunder bench during Sunday's Game 4 loss, ending his evening with two points, two boards, one block and one turnover.

Over the past three games, Kanter has only seen the floor for 8.5 minutes a night, which obviously isn't enough time for him to make a meaningful impact on the box score. His awful defense is the reason why he's not playing, so don't expect his minutes to jump in Game 5.
Apr 23 - 7:56 PM

Steven Adams did a little bit of everything during Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Rockets, tallying 18 points, seven boards, two assists, one steal, three blocks and two turnovers in 37 minutes.

There was an awkward moment when Adams and Russell Westbrook appeared at the podium for their post-game news conference when a reporter asked Adams why the team struggled when Westbrook came off the floor, and Westbrook refused to let Adams answer the question, citing keeping the team together as his reasoning. The strange exchange can be viewed in the link below. As for Adams, this was arguably his best game of the series, and he'll need to bring a similar effort during Game 5 in Houston for OKC to have a chance of seeing a Game 6.
Apr 23 - 7:50 PM

Victor Oladipo scored 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting during Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Rockets, adding one 3-pointer, four boards, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 39 minutes.

After struggling through the first two games, Dipo has stepped it up over the past two, pumping out averages of 13.5 points, 5.0 boards, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals, 1.0 block and just 0.5 turnovers per game on 66.7 percent shooting. He'll need to keep the efficient trend going for the Thunder to have any chance of sending this series back to OKC for a Game 6.
Apr 23 - 7:42 PM

Andre Roberson racked up the defensive stats during Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Rockets, recording five blocks and two steals through 38 minutes of floor time.

Roberson also added 13 points, one triple, four boards and three turnovers to his stat line, and he did an excellent job of making life difficult for James Harden. Unfortunately, Billy Donovan refused to pull Roberson late when the Rockets started going with a hack-a-Roberson strategy, and Roberson proceeded to go just 2-of-8 from the charity stripe, which was a misstep that certainly factored into OKC blowing their fourth-quarter lead.
Apr 23 - 7:36 PM

Russell Westbrook notched his third straight triple-double during Sunday's Game 4 loss to Houston, racking up 35 points, 14 boards, 14 dimes, three triples, three steals, one block and five turnovers in 39 minutes.

Westbrook already had his triple-double by halftime, and he became the first player in NBA history to record three straight 30-plus-point triple-doubles during the postseason. He scored 18 of his 35 points during the fourth quarter while posting an unfathomable 61.5 usage rate, but he also forced up a ton of shots and finished the game with just 10 makes on his 28 attempts. He'll assuredly again be posting an insane stat line in Tuesday's Game 5, but it's looking like that might be the last game of this MVP-series.
Apr 23 - 7:25 PM

Russell Westbrook scored 32 points during a 115-113 win over the Rockets in Game 3 on Friday, adding 13 rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and five turnovers in 39 minutes.

After his abysmal fourth quarter in Game 2, Westbrook was a little better from the field with his 3-of-7 for nine points. However, he did make just 3-of-6 from the line in the fourth to give the Rockets several chances late in this game. In his post-game interview, Westbrook was also upset about missing those. Westbrook becomes the first player since Jason Kidd in 2002 to have a triple-double in back-to-back games in a series. In the regular season, Westbrook played 34.6 minutes per game with an NBA-record 40.8 usage rate, but in his three playoff games he's played 38.0 minutes per outing with a 47.7 usage rate. He's one of a kind.
Apr 22 - 12:52 AM

Victor Oladipo made 5-of-8 from the field for 12 points with six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Rockets on Friday.

That's a big improvement following his 1-of-13 from deep in his first two games of the postseason. Oladipo's usage was still way down in this game and it's been way down all year despite a mini-breakout year in 2015-16 with the Magic. He's a bit of an afterthought in this offense and really hasn't fit in all year.
Apr 22 - 12:38 AM

Steven Adams scored four points with six rebounds, two assists, one steal and no turnovers in 26 minutes against the Rockets on Friday.

He was able to play some important possessions late in the game, but coach Billy Donovan just isn't getting the same Adams as he got in the postseason last year. Maybe it's due to the matchup, maybe Serge Ibaka helped, or maybe he misses Kevin Durant's underrated defense next to him, but Adams isn't being trusted nearly as much. Donovan also went with a hot Taj Gibson over Adams at times in the fourth.
Apr 22 - 12:36 AM

Taj Gibson scored 20 points with two rebounds, one assist and five turnovers in 29 minutes against the Rockets on Friday.

He played center for a good chunk of the time down the stretch and was very good on both ends. According to ESPN, Gibson held Harden to 1-of-5 from the field when he matched up against him, and OKC seemed fairly comfortable with a big on him today -- a big on Harden was their undoing in Game 1 and 2. Gibson's playing time seems fairly safe, especially since Steven Adams hasn't quite lived up to expectations.
Apr 22 - 12:31 AM

The Thunder are hoping Victor Oladipo can break out of his shooting slump in Game 3 Friday night in OKC.

Oladipo has struggled mightily in the series' first two games. He is just 5-of-26 (19.2 percent) from the field, including 1-of-13 (6.5 percent) from 3-point territory, over Games 1 and 2 vs. Houston. Coach Billy Donovan stated that despite his offensive struggles, Oladipo has been solid overall. "Victor's not a one-dimensional player — he can do a lot of different things," Donovan said. Nonetheless, OKC will need more out of their second-leading scorer if they want to advance past the Rockets.
Source: USA Today
Apr 21 - 1:49 PM

Thunder coach Billy Donovan defended Russell Westbrook on Thursday.

Westbrook has taken some heat in the media after attempting 18 shots in the final quarter of Game 2's defeat. Donovan, as expected, stood up for his superstar. "I have an enormous amount of trust and confidence after being with Russell this season for 82 games and seeing the ways he's closed out games," Donovan said. "I trust him when he's got the ball in terms of making decisions." Don't expect Westbrook to be bashful merely because some reporters questioned his approach. Russ will come out firing in Game 3, stuffing the stat sheet in the process, playing the only way he knows hows to.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 21 - 1:04 PM

Russell Westbrook said he couldn't care less about his historic 51-point triple-double during Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Rockets because the end result was a loss.

"I don't give a f--- about the line," Westbrook said. "We lost. "We can't give away leads like that on the road, man. It's too difficult." Westbrook scored the most points ever in a playoff triple-double during the Game 2 loss, but he didn't get much help from his teammates, as OKC's second-leading scorer was Andre Roberson with 12 points and Victor Oladipo needed 14 shots to score his 11 points. For OKC to have any chance in this series, they'll need their role players to step it up.
Source: ESPN
Apr 20 - 11:14 AM

Enes Kanter played only eight minutes during Wednesday's loss in Houston, making 2-of-4 shots for four points with three blocks and one rebound.

Billy Donovan appeared to tell an assistant during Game 1, "Can't play Kanter," after his backup big man blew a defensive assignment. Kanter's role did indeed shrink tonight with OKC carefully choosing the moments they used him, which led to a bigger role for Jerami Grant (nine points, five rebounds, two blocks in 26 minutes). OKC had this game under control until the fourth quarter, so presumably Kanter will be limited again in Game 3.
Apr 19 - 10:57 PM

Russell Westbrook was phenomenal for most of Wednesday's tough Game 2 defeat, scoring a career playoff-high 51 points (17-of-43 FGs, 15-of-18 FTs) with 13 assists, 10 rebounds, four steals and one block.

Westbrook had his usual handful of uniquely dominant plays, including a block that he converted into a nifty layup at the other end (see the link below). He nearly triple-doubled in the first half alone, but fatigue might have been a factor during his rough fourth quarter, which included an 0-of-7 stretch from the field. He's an absolute force of nature, and needless to say his DFS owners were thrilled with the end result tonight.
Apr 19 - 10:56 PM

Victor Oladipo, who shot just 1-of-12 from the field in Game 1, finished Wednesday's 115-111 loss with 11 points on 4-of-14 shooting, nine rebounds, three assists and one steal in 41 minutes.

Oladipo had a disastrous playoff debut with the Thunder, and his team will need more from him to avoid a first-round loss to the No. 3 seed Rockets. He was 1-of-7 from deep tonight and OKC as a team went 7-of-30 beyond the arc (23.3 percent), which negated their advantage in rebounds (48-37).
Apr 19 - 10:55 PM


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