BOSTON — It’s two games.
Two really, really good games.
But two games.
Here’s something that really stood out to me in this one: The Thunder went up 20 early in the third, and then Durant airmailed a 3. Westbrook forced a drive. Then Westbrook missed an unbalanced transition 3 with no rebounders. In the meantime, the Celtics went on a 7-0 run to cut it to 13. It felt like the Thunder were starting the implode again.
Because that’s what they’ve often done in those games. They go for the kill in the third quarter, trying to hit the dagger instead of playing on. They lose their identity and just start firing away, swinging wildly for the haymaker. After that Westbrook 3 and the Celtics scored, Donovan called timeout, and guess what: The Thunder responded by outscoring Boston 31-17 over the final seven minutes of third. Keep Reading…