Reggie Jackson summarized things simply in his postgame radio interview.
“We gave the ball to the baddest man on the planet,” he said. “He took care of the rest.”
That literally, precisely, exactly is what the Thunder did on their final possession. Tie game with 22.5 seconds left, shot clock off, Jackson stood near halfcourt dribbling casually, letting the seconds drain. Fifteen seconds, 12 seconds, 10 seconds. Fans started to grumble and mumble.
Then Kevin Durant snapped into action, shed his man and came and took the ball 40 feet from the basket with eight seconds left. Everyone knew where the ball was going before the play started, but Durant knew where it was going to end up when it finished. The Hawks were prepared, sending an immediate double to help DeMarre Carroll. Durant sensed it, and quickly darted to his right with his dribble. The Hawks sent a third man, a fourth man, and eventually just threw the whole damn team at Durant.
Because they knew what was coming.
But there wasn’t a single thing in the world they could do to stop. The Reaper takes what the Reaper wants. Keep Reading…