Originally Posted by SNR
Maybe. We got Miami at the end of a home game stead where they were determined to not lose. In the fourth quarter the game got waaay out of hand in a hurry. It was ugly
Adelman has to find a way to communicate discipline to these players. It seems like there's a combo lineup on the floor that works brilliantly in the first half (usually it involves Pek-Kirilenko-Shved) and then when he gets away from that and rotates the bench out, that mojo is gone and it never comes back.
How well does OKC defend the boards and rebound? I haven't seen them play but once this year admittedly. Where we've stumbled has been when teams get it together on defense in the paint and then cause us to go completely cold on scoring for more than half of a quarter. That's when we get hurt and usually lose games.
Against OKC one of those cold stretches will be instant death like it was against Miami.
The interior defense has been pretty good overall. The rebounding kind of fluctuates. Some games Perk gets a little lazy and it becomes a problem.
Minnesota has always seemed to match up well against us though. We have a long winning streak, but they usually go down to the buzzer. The triple OT game last year in OKC had a few buzzer beaters by Love and Durant. Probably the best game I've ever been too.
Should be fun.