Kevin Durant on an Island against Memphis

On 5/7/2013 Memphis kicks butt in second game of the second round against the Thunder. What a close game end to end. Fisher played great with toughness and grit. Fisher scoring 19 is not a formula for victory. Where did Kevin Martin go tonight? The last game he had 25, tonight 6.  This game typified the importance of Russel Westbrook. Russel takes the pressure off of Durant and visa-versa and in turn makes it easier for their team mates.  Now, without Westbrook (and foolishly not signing Harden) you really see the quality of the team mates.

The game reminded me of the Spurs in the playoffs against Lebron in the 2007 finals. Every time Lebron got the ball he was double teamed. Cavaliers hoovered in 4 games. Durant at game end dealt with the same challenge. Memphis made the adjustment from the last game that if the Thunder will beat us in game 2 then it will have to be someone else other than Durant. So with a couple minutes left Durant got the double team with his team mates standing around, not filling passing lanes, not setting screens for Durant to get the ball easy, not helping. Durant was left ineffective.

Memphis in six

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