The Thunder fell apart in game six of the Western Conference Finals. There is no other way to put it. The Thunder should have won the game, won the series, but something came over them and they could not do the job. OKC blew a fourth quarter lead like they were so well known for doing in the regular season. When the going got rough in this one, OKC went back to their old ways.
The old ways causing problems for the Thunder stems from two players. Those two players just so happen to be their best players. When the Thunder needed Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant the most the two of them fell apart and started making terrible decisions. Take a look at the possessions killed OKC in this one.
Westbrook turned it over multiple times and Durant missed a three-pointer. Not only was that a miss by Durant but it was a forced up shot early on in the shot clock when Durant had been struggling to find his shot all game long. Westbrook had the same problems, all of his turnovers were when he was trying to force his will and there was nothing there. The killer was really on a play when Westbrook ran to the rim, slipped, tried to get up a shot anyway, and was stolen by Iggy.
Notice anything else about those possessions? On the offensive side of the ball none of the other Thunder players are even thought about. Ibaka was on the court, why not try to get something going for him? He had hit 50% of his shots in the game. Roberson may not be known for his offense but he was on the court and he had made every shot he took in the game. For the Thunder to win game seven they will have to do one thing, get the other players involved.
It should not be hard for Durant and Westbrook to do so. The two players are shot creators, offensive juggernauts, but they cannot be that if they are doing it on their own. The Thunder have the pieces that they have always wanted to win the Finals. They have surrounding players that are filling their roles perfectly and they have a coach that is coaching out of his mind right now. The next key is for Kevin Durant and Rusell Westbrook to use what they have correctly.
The Thunder have to learn to win when their superstars are struggling. That is what the Warriors do and it makes them so so special. Durant and Westbrook going a combined 20-of-58 hurts but it should not be the end to the Thunder. The way they can get over it is by getting others involved. The talent of Durant and Westbrook is not the only weapon the Thunder have to use. The potential is there for the rest of the team. Time to give them a chance to use it. Time to move onto the Finals.