Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Young Guns Shoot Blanks

Blog by Mike McClendon

The Durantula
OKC tried to tie the Western Conference Finals match up with the Dallas Mavericks at 2 games a piece by playing balls to the wall for 4 quarters, just about. The Mavs fought hard in the last 5 minutes of the game to come back from a 15 point deficit in the 4th quarter to keep the game interesting and take it to overtime where they completely dominated the young pups of OKC. Dirk was Dirk and scored a BUNCH of points as usual and showed he is the most clutch German player that ever lived. Putting together a complete game now is a huge problem OKC, that is something they haven't done all series, even in their previous win in the series they were not able to put a full game together, they did just enough to get the W. In a pivotal game 4 the Thunder let their youthful attitude and abilities show-out in front of the home crowd. Thunder had more spring to their steps, they got to all loose balls and crashed the boards heavy. The Mavs look weak and slow, similar to what they made the Lakers look like in their previous series, but above all they couldn't find that three point rhythm they rely on heavily. When you live by the three you die by three. BUT, in the final 4 minutes of regualtion Dallas showed heart, gritt and determination and took the Thunder by storm, so to speak, no pun intended. KD and Westbrook showed their age in that 4th quarter and loss some clutch points by taking bad shots and committing bad turnovers. I think the true death of the Thunder is yet to come though, the Thunder winning in Dallas before gives the young and proven inexperience Thunder some confidence, if they can survive Game 4 loss. My recommendation to them is steal game 5 in Dallas and try to get to a game 7 in Dallas which is a tall task in itself. Just saying!
Dirk Diggler

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