May 26, 2016, 9:13 pm
Kevin Durant scored 40 points on 12-of-31 shooting (3-of-11 3PTs, 13-of-13 FTs) with seven rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block over 45 minutes in Thursday’s Game 5 loss to the Warriors.
Durant made a tremendous amount of plays tonight but he was also a part of the Thunder’s overall lack of execution on the offensive end. Russell Westbrook scored 31 points on 11-of-28 shooting with seven rebounds, eight assists and five steals, but the seven turnovers will be a point of emphasis when the Thunder look at the tape. Westbrook also appeared fatigued toward the end of the game but in general the Thunder just appeared to have less focus than they did on the offensive end in earlier games.
Serge Ibaka hit key buckets on offense with 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting (including three treys) to go with three boards, and Steven Adams went for eight and 10 with a block in 31 minutes. Andre Roberson was solid with six points, six boards, three assists, two steals and two threes, but even he had some defensive lapses that were sub-optimal. The Thunder also changed some of their defensive coverage and switched a whole lot less. They open as 1.5 point favorites at home for Saturday’s Game 6.