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Kevin Durant said that he needs to "do a better job of making the extra pass."

"When I drive to the rim, they're bringing extra guys at me," he said. No matter what KD states, expect him to carry the load in a do-or-die Game 7 vs. Golden State on Monday in which he'll be taking plenty of shots regardless of how the Warriors defend him.
Source: NBA.com
May 30 - 9:52 AM

Kevin Durant downplayed his recent shooting struggles, saying, "I tend to figure things out on the offensive end."

"On the offensive end, you don't have to worry about me because I'm a professional scorer," Durant said after Sunday's practice. "And I know how I've been doing this for so long. I'm not saying I'm going to have a great game every night or I'm going to shoot well every night, but I tend to figure things out on the offensive end." Durant has connected on just 34.9 percent of his shot attempts over the past three, and that just won't cut it for OKC if they hope to earn a Game 7 win on Monday.
Source: ESPN
May 29 - 5:05 PM

Russell Westbrook scored 28 points during a 108-101 Game 6 loss to the Warriors on Saturday, adding nine rebounds, 11 assists, four steals and five turnovers in 44 minutes.

The Thunder will live and die by Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, but it was the latter late in this game. Westbrook was stripped a couple times late and turned the ball over four times in the fourth. His 44 minutes tonight are the most he's played in these playoffs while posting a 32.9 usage rate in that time. If he cut down on the turnovers, the Thunder might be headed to Cleveland. Instead, they're off to Oakland for Game 7 at Oracle Arena.
May 29 - 12:22 AM

Kevin Durant made 10-of-31 from the field for 29 points with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 45 minutes in a Game 6 loss to the Warriors on Saturday.

He was trying to do a little too much and had a really bad fourth quarter. In his 11 fourth-quarter minutes, Durant made 1-of-7 from the field and turned the ball over twice. He joins LeBron James as the only player this decade with back-to-back games with at least 30 field goal attempts in a playoff game. On the other side of the ball, Durant's defense was great once again and has been one of the most unheralded stories in these playoffs. He'll need to be more careful with the ball on Monday.
May 29 - 12:15 AM

Enes Kanter scored eight points with three rebounds and one block in 11 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

He had a really tough two-minute stretch to start the game and might not have come back in if not for Steven Adams getting into foul trouble. However, Kanter really got it together on both ends to give the Thunder big minutes. Even with the productive outing, he might not play double-digit minutes on Monday.
May 29 - 12:00 AM

Steven Adams scored nine points with nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and two turnovers in 28 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

He was a monster on the offensive glass with six on that end. Adams did make a few mistakes during this game and went underneath a couple screens on defense late in the loss as the Warriors hit plenty of clutch threes. Adams got into a bit of foul trouble in this game, but Enes Kanter stepped up while he was on the bench. Adams has a huge responsibility on Monday.
May 28 - 11:53 PM

Kevin Durant's 40 points were not enough during a 120-111 Game 5 loss to the Warriors on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 45 minutes.

It's the most points he's scored in this series and his second most of this postseason (41 vs. Spurs). While Durant was 12-of-31 from the field, he went 13-of-13 from the line gave him a respectable 54.4 true shooting percentage. The Thunder didn't go small nearly as much, so not exerting more energy on the defensive low block may have helped Durant's offensive usage. Based on the adjustment from the Warriors, we should be looking at a lot of scoring chances from Durant in Game 6.
May 26 - 11:54 PM

Russell Westbrook scored 31 points during a loss to the Warriors on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, eight assists, five steals, seven turnovers and three 3-pointers in 41 minutes.

It was a very Westbrook game with lots of highs and lows. He had a couple bad stretches with careless turnovers while he hit a number of impressive off-the-dribble jumpers. The Thunder will live and die by Westbrook with the All-NBA First Team guard playing some of his best ball of his career. In this series, he's averaging 28.0 points, 6.6 boards, 11.0 assists, 4.0 steals and 2.2 treys. His numbers are better at home, so we have high expectations for his stat output in Game 6.
May 26 - 11:52 PM

Serge Ibaka scored 13 points with eight rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday.

The Ibaka at the five lineups were not nearly as successful tonight as they were in Game 3 and 4. Ibaka still was outstanding on both ends with a couple clutch treys in the fourth to keep the Thunder in the game. Thanks to his ability to defend the perimeter, he's all set for big minutes in Game 6 regardless of how coach Billy Donovan tweaks his rotation.
May 26 - 11:42 PM

Dion Waiters did not score on Thursday with four rebounds, four assists and one turnover in 27 minutes.

Up until tonight, the Thunder were effective when he was on the court during this series, including a plus-56 in plus-minus during his 66 minutes in the last two games. Tonight was a different story with Waiters posting a team-low minus-18. Coach Billy Donovan used Waiters as a ball-handler once again during this game, but he couldn't get free too often for scoring. He will be as risky as ever for Game 6.
May 26 - 11:39 PM

Andre Roberson fouled out in 33 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday with six points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

He's coming off the best career of his game because the Warriors left him alone in most offensive sets on Tuesday. However, it was a little different this time with his teammates missing him on some open looks. Roberson's minutes should be safe, but the Thunder may not go small as much now that the Warriors made an adjustment to go bigger. Still, Roberson's DFS owners have to be satisfied with this and can dial him up again in Game 6.
May 26 - 11:37 PM

Billy Donovan praised Andre Roberson's play following Tuesday's Game 4 win over the Warriors.

"It's funny," Donovan said. "After Game 2 people are saying to me: ‘Is this guy going to even play anymore?' Andre's a good basketball player and I think sometimes the things that go missing with him is he makes winning plays." Roberson, typically viewed as a defensive specialist, has suddenly emerged as an offensive option for the Thunder posting averages of 15.0 points, 9.0 boards, 2.0 assists, 2.0 triples, 3.0 steals and 1.0 block on 57.1 percent shooting over his past two outings. The Dubs have been completely ignoring him on defense, and Roberson has made them pay.
Source: News OK
May 25 - 10:15 AM

Serge Ibaka scored 17 points in Tuesday's win over the Warriors, shooting 7-of-11 from the field.

Steven Adams was playing through a tweaked ankle and Enes Kanter wasn't producing, so Ibaka had to step up tonight and he didn't disappoint. This was his second strong performance in a row and he added seven rebounds, two blocks and one 3-pointer, outplaying all of Golden State's bigs in the process. After losing minutes to Kanter in the series against San Antonio, Ibaka has played 30 or more minutes in all four games in the Western Conference Finals.
May 25 - 12:10 AM

Andre Roberson scored 17 points with 12 rebounds, three assists, five steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes in Tuesday's Game 4 win over the Warriors.

The Warriors hacked him several times and he hit just 2-of-8 free throws, but this was arguably the best game of his career. The points were a career high and he shot 7-of-12 from the field, and you have to love the minutes. This big game obviously puts him firmly on the DFS radar due to his low price, though he was averaging just 4.4 points in the postseason prior to Tuesday.
May 25 - 12:05 AM

Steven Adams tweaked his right ankle in Game 4, finishing with 11 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 25 minutes.

He's had some tough luck with injuries in this series, so give him credit for playing through the pain. While he was hobbling quite a bit, Adams simply had his ankle re-taped and this shouldn't impact his status for Game 5. He's been a monster in the postseason and the Warriors have no answer for him.
May 24 - 11:57 PM


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