May 22, 2016, 8:33 pm
Kevin Durant scored 33 points on 10-of-15 shooting (1-of-3 3PTs, 12-of-12 FTs) with eight rebounds and three blocks in the Thunder’s 133-105 stomping of the Warriors in Sunday’s Game 3.
Russell Westbrook was right there with him at 30 points on 10-of-19 shooting, eight rebounds, 12 assists and two steals. The Thunder are finally playing smart basketball and it helps that Billy Donovan has about 5-6 games worth of solid adjustments after a questionable Mavs series and an iffy start to the Spurs series.
But it is equally important that Westbrook and Durant have shown the ability to overcome their blind spots in these wins — which for Westbrook is becoming a precision player and for Durant it means using his physical tools to greater advantage.
Having been underdeveloped for years under Scott Brooks, it sure seems like we’ve seen the light switch flip to the ‘on’ position and folks should know that it will be something we’ve never seen so all of the rules change. Should OKC stay in control of themselves — they have key advantages in athleticism and the talent edge between the teams is unclear. It could be possible that the Warriors and their 73-9 record are the underdogs here.
— G Musa (@gwestbr00k) May 23, 2016