Thunder beat Nuggets (4-1): A Seires in Review

With a defensive Serge and a Durantula bite the Thunder clinched a spot in the Western Conference semi-finals.

In Game 5 Serge Ibaka exploded on the defensive end putting up 8 rebounds (4 defensive), 9 blocks, and even 2 steals. Serge Ibaka has never been an offensive powerhouse, in fact he only put up 1 point in the entire game, however, during the game the Nuggets were stifled if they tried to drive the ball into the paint.

Also, Kevin “The Durantula” Durant exploded in the fourth quarter finishing with 41 points (also did that in Game 1), 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, and shot 92 percent from the free throw line. Kevin Durant rose to the occasion in the fourth quarter after TNT’s announcers were denouncing Durant saying he was having an off game, but then the Durantula poison set in and he took a Thunderous responsibility on his shoulders and powered through.

Durant averaged 32.75 PPG and had a  +/- of +8.5 over the 4 wins. Westbrook averaged 22 PPG and had a +/- of +8.75.

The Thunder showed why they have a serious chance to take the West even though they are a 4 seed. The next match up will be either the Spurs or Grizzlies and it seems likely the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies have a horrible road record and do not match up well at all against the Thunder. If the Spurs manage to win the series through some peculiar providence those old legs will be tired going up against a young Thunder team. A grueling 7 game series does not look good for a Spurs team that is already showing their age.

The Thunder look to have a promising series ahead of them and might be the favorite right now to make it to the finals out of the West.


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