Westbrook scores 54 in losing effort
The Oklahoma City Thunder are now on the verge of missing the 2015 NBA Playoffs after a heartbreaking 116-104 loss to the Indiana Pacers and the Houston Rockets win over the New Orleans Pelicans. The loss puts the Thunder in a precarious position and they must now rely on other teams to get them into that final 8th seed. A Portland loss tonight and a win by the Pelicans over the Timberwolves would effectively shut out the Thunder from the playoffs.
The league leader in double-doubles, Russell Westbrook did score the bulk of the Thunder points with 53 but it took 43 shots to get them. He also collected nine rebounds and eight assists.
“You can look at the shots, and he probably took a handful too many,” Head Coach Scott Brooks said. “A lot of them were attacks and layups and at the very end, we were making comebacks. Twice we made comebacks because of his aggressive play. Russell leaves everything on the floor. He’s not a perfect player, nor is anybody in this league, but he plays with perfect energy every night, and that’s what we look at.”
The Thunder need to win against the Portland Trailblazers tonight so be sure to get out and support your team and help cheer them on into the playoffs. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are now on the precipice of missing the 2015 NBA Playoffs entirely and with only five games left, the New Orleans Pelicans are on their heels, only 1/2 game away the 8th and final spot.
The Thunder faced off against Western Conference foes the Houston Rockets and had opportunities to take them out, but OKC could not overcome James Hardin’s 41 points in a 115-112 loss.
“A tough loss,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “We’re making mental mistakes that we have to do a better job of understanding the situation. We talked about those things in the timeouts, and we have to be able to execute those. It’s a problem the last few games, and we have to do a better job with that. But we will keep teaching and keep figuring out ways to get better. But we have to be able to execute those situations.”
The Thunder have little time to dwell on the loss as they prepare to face the Defending NBA Champions (who are playing at that exact level again) San Antonio Spurs tomorrow night.
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Ibaka held to six points on 3-10 shooting and two rebounds
The Oklahoma City Thunder knew that the task at hand would not be an easy one and, they had proven over the course of the regular season that the Spurs were beatable. Even in the Western Conference Finals, the Thunder were able to absorb the Spurs Home Court Advantage and even the series at home.
In a game of adjustments, Thunder Head Coach Scott Brooks knew the Spurs would have one waiting at the AT&T Center.
“Their adjustment [was] they played a much better game,” Brooks said. “That is a good team that scores in bunches and they close out quarters, and they get you running after the ball. You have to be able to contain that basketball. … We gave them everything they wanted. They got the dribble drive, they got the three-point line, and they got to the free-throw line.”
The Thunder have the opportunity to make their adjustments as they meet the Spurs in Game six of the Western Conference Finals tomorrow at 7:30. Great seats and cheap tickets still remain! Be sure to get yours now!
The San Antonio Spurs were secretly hoping that the talk of the return of PF Serge Ibaka was just that…talk. But talk turned into action Sunday evening as Serge made his triumphant return scoring the first five buckets for the Thunder.
“I love what he did,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “I love the determination that he played with. That’s something that he’s done all along. That was a great, great game by him. He impacted the game both ends of the floor.”
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Los Angeles Clippers Point Guard Chris Paul shrugged off any nagging/lingering injuries and put together one of the most complete games of his career. In under seven minutes, Paul had connected on five three pointers tying his career high en route to a 32 points, 10 assists, three rebounds and a steal. He was 8-9 from the three-point line and 12-14 from the field.
“C.P. really set the tone for us to start the game,” Head Coach Doc Rivers said. “His being aggressive at the start really helped us. Tonight he just looked great and we just had one of those nights when everything was going in.”
The Thunder were led by Russel Westrbrook who had 29 points on 9-14 shooting from the field but just 2-5 from the three-point line.
“We have to play better on defense,” Thunder head coach Scott Brooks said after the game. “They were making shots, getting to the line and making 3s. Chris had an unbelievable night. We have to do a better job guarding the 3-point line.”
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The Memphis Grizzlies went into Chesapeake Energy Arena confident that they can hang with Kevin Durant and his Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. Thus far in the series, which was tied at two games apiece, three of the four games went into overtime. Game 5 was no different. Setting an NBA record for consecutive overtime games, the Grizzles were led by Mike Conley who scored a team high 21 points sending the Thunder home in overtime 100-99 and only one game from a long summer vacation.
The Thunder, led by Russell Westbrook who had 30 points and 13 assists, now have to regroup and see if they can answer the Grizzlies back.
“We knew it was going to be tough, they’re a great team, now we have to put all our energy and focus into the next game,” Head Coach Scott Brooks said after the game. “We have to pick ourselves up and get ready and we have 48 hours to do that.”
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With the series tied at two games apiece, the Oklahoma Thunder are hoping that they will be able to survive another game to take a three games to two lead. This series has been anything but predictable.
It can be said that poor free throw shooting doomed the Grizzlies in game four, leaving 10 points on the table shooting 13 of 23 from the line. The Thunder shot 18 of 20 from the line.
The Thunder were led by journeyman Reggie Jackson who finished 11-16 from the field and 8-8 at the line but his head coach says Jackson has been doing this all season.
“Reggie Jackson played an outstanding basketball game and he was able to attack and finish around the rim like he’s done all year,” Head Coach Scott Brooks said. “I knew he would bounce back. That’s what he’s done for us when he started and he’s done a great job of coming in and giving us that lift offensively when we’ve needed him as a sixth man.”
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The Memphis Grizzlies/Oklahoma Thunder series has proven to be a dream match up for the NBA as both teams, now tied at two games apiece, are well matched against each other. In game four, the Thunder overcame terrible shooting nights from both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and instead rode the young shoulders Reggie Jackson.
“Another leave-it-on-the-floor game, another overtime,” Head Coach Scott Brooks said. “Reggie played an outstanding basketball game and was able to attack the rim like he’s done all year.”
The Grizzlies were led by Marc Gasol, who turned in a 23 point, 11 rebound performance in the loss.
“When we can look back you think about a lot of plays that could have gone either way,” Gasol said.
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The Oklahoma City Thunder came back a 14 point third quarter deficit concluding in a thrilling 115-113 win over the Denver Nuggets.
“We knew they’d be tough. We’ve got to do a better job of being a defensive team,” Thunder Head Coach Scott Brooks said. “We have to play better defense. But in the fourth quarter we really locked in and played inspired basketball.”
The loss dropped the Nuggets to 4-6 with Kevin Durant dropping 38 points in the loss. Durant, though, conceded that his team has to come out of the gate with more urgency.
“We can’t start the game off giving them 39 points in the first quarter that just opens the flood gates for them,” Durant said after the game. “We have to be better. But we fought hard and made the plays down the stretch.”
The LA Clippers come calling on the 7-3 Thunder Thursday night. Great Seats and Tickets are still available.
The Oklahoma City Thunder marked their biggest comeback in the OKC era, overcoming a 10-point deficit in the final four minutes to beat the Washington Wizards 106-105.
That never-quit mentality we’ve always had,” Head Coach Scott Brooks said after the game. “That’s what got the win for us tonight. We just played inspired basketball when we were down 10.”
The Thunder take on the LA Clippers tonight in Los Angeles. Great seats and tickets are still available.