The mild mannered Kevin Durant needs to listen to his momma if he wants to have the advantage in the Finals when OKC flies home after their trip to Miami. KD has to be more aggressive if wants to win this series. This assertiveness is really not needed on the court as much as in the locker room. Durant has to take on more of a lead off the hardwood so he can get more shots on it. The fifth year pro is staring greatness in the face but his partner in crime, not the trio of Heat stars, may ultimately be his downfall.
Russell Westbrook is arguably the most athletic and versatile player in the Association let alone at just his position. The match up problems he presents are endless. Do you contest at the goal or give him the jumper? Do you crowd his right in hopes of a turnover or do you crowd his left in hopes he’ll take a bad jumper? Do you double him? The fourth year firecracker is the second offensive option for OKC and he presents more defensive problems than most team’s first.
Yet, he makes all those questions null and void when, he shoots less than 50% from the field, especially when the Beard and Durantchula are smoking. Against lesser competition its ok for Westbrook to shoot 40 percent because most teams don’t have the talented bigs to stop the Thunder’s bigs from cleaning up after misses. Also taking into account with Durant, Harden and Westbrook sometimes its hard for their teammates to get shots. At times its easier to miss a shot and get a good look for Perkins or Ibaka than passing it directly to them.
Do get me wrong, The Thunder need Westbrook to score but if KD and Harden are on a roll Westbrook needs to shoot 50 or better. He has the capabilities of getting to the hoop which can get you freebies. He can hit the long ball but 1 out of every 2 shots from him should come within 7 feet of the rim. At any point he misses three in a row, he should pass to Harden or Durant until he scores a lay up.
Post Written By: Steve Dooley IV