NBA Predictions: Will the Thunder even the series with the Rockets? 4/23/17

25 April, 2017, 04:16 | Author: Douglas Reid
  • Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder drives around James Harden of the Houston Rockets during Game 3 of the NBA Playoffs in Oklahoma City Friday. — AFP

(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots over Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley (2) in the first quarter of Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 23, 2017. Despite taking a late third quarter lead and having multiple chances to take the lead late in the fourth, the rough start resulted in a Rockets loss.

The reporter was trying to ask Steven Adams a question about the team's performance when their star guard wasn't on the court, but Westbrook took over the microphone and defended his teammates.

Adams finished with 18 points and seven rebounds as the Thunder went down, while Russell Westbrook had another triple double, completed by halftime, to finish with 35 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists in the defeat. If you can't necessarily match a team's talent, then one way to keep up with them is to launch a ton of 3s and hope that majority go in.

I don't want nobody to try to split us up. "It's been proven. It's a team effort, and we'll just try to make it as tough as possible for him". Try and make it against Russell and the rest of the guys.

The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets duke in Game 5 at the Toyota Center on Tuesday. We all a team. we in this together. After all, the question "why does the team struggle without Westbrook on the floor?" is pretty easily answered with "because Westbrook is our best player". "That's all that matters".

"Next question, please", Westbrook said.

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Westbrook had another poor shooting second half, making only five-of-17 from the floor in the final two quarters.

Stone Cold had his best game of the series, with 18 points and seven rebounds, on 8-of-10 shooting. "I asked Steven a question and he hasn't said anything". The Thunder are struggling hugely without Westbrook on the floor against a deeper Houston side, and this loss highlighted that. Westbrook's reaction to the question might be based more on the person asking it than its quality, but that doesn't mean it's inappropriate. Don't say when Russell goes out the team don't play well. Once again Russell had a triple double, tallying 32 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists.

It's safe to say the Rockets' bench enjoyed watching Andre Roberson miss free throw attempts on Sunday.

As a result, the Thunder now trail 3-1 in the series as they go back to Houston.

"We've got to be ready from the go and just basically carry over the energy and the focus level that we had to finish this game off into Game 5", Harden said.

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