Rooting For Schadenfreude

Good signs if you’re not a fan of the Thunder:

Westbrook went 4-20 in the final game, and there’s an ongoing question as to how good a fit he is with Durant. An ESPN column that I read today suggested that the Thunder may try Westbrook at shooting guard. That would make him a short (6′-3″) shooting guard, and negate some of the physical advantage that he enjoys against the little guys. But if he can’t or won’t prioritize Durant then a change may need to be made.

Allen Iverson Playoff Statistics:  29.7 ppg, 6.0 apg, 3.8 rpg, 3.1 TOpg

Russell Westbrook Playoff Statistics:  23.0 ppg, 6.1 apg, 5.5 rpg, 3.2 TOpg

I’m just sayin’… of course, Iverson wasn’t expected to share the rock.

Harden and Ibaka have contracts coming up, and the Thunder can likely only keep one of them. Ideally Harden would have gone gangbusters and gotten really expensive, but it didn’t happen. He may wind up being expensive anyway. My feeling about Harden coming out of college was that he lacked the athleticism to create his own shot in the NBA.. even in college he relied upon “old guy moves” to score. He couldn’t get away with the old guy moves against the Heat, and that’s why he was largely a nonfactor. Still, some team may still think he’s an answer and overpay, it only takes one smitten GM to make him an offer he can’t refuse.

Perkins only played 20 minutes a game and groused about playing time. Unless the Thunder are playing against a true center Perkins is a liability at times on the court — he can’t guard a quick pick and roll. That’s why he sat this series. He also has shaky knees, which isn’t good for his long term mobility.

The Heat are as likely as any team to get back to the finals next year. Durant has shown that he can’t physically hang with big bangers like LeBron — the Thunder stuck Harden on LeBron a lot of the time, and it was no contest. Unless Durant gains a bunch of muscle he’s always going to struggle against LeBron, both on offense and defense. The Thunder (and basically everybody else) really don’t have an answer for LeBron.

So there’s that.

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