As for his reception, I’d say the ovation he got was polite cheering. Nothing robust, nothing too noticeable. Though Collison may have stolen his thunder a bit checking in with him as the crowd roared for Nick then barely seemed to notice Green.
Not sure how I feel about Jeff Green’s hair. I’m glad he’s in Boston so I don’t really have to worry too much about it.
Jeff Green’s performance yesterday (2-11 FG) was as tepid as the crowd’s reaction to him entering the game.
I don’t get the dig on Green’s hair.
As for actual basketball analysis:
Where the Thunder dug in most was on Kevin Garnett, who struggled to a 5-19 finish for just 10 points. Kendrick Perkins, Nick Collison and Serge Ibaka all pressed him hard, contested him in the mid-range and kept him off the offensive glass. Perk, who obviously has a pretty unique history with Garnett, took the matchup personally.
“Perk took on the challenge,” Durant said. “That’s his mentor, his guy who he looked up to, guy who he learned a lot from. And he took the challenge, making him take a lot of tough shots.”
Avery Bradley is an outstanding ball pressure defender. One of the few guys I’ve ever seen actually be able to cut off a Westbrook drive.
I was distracted with selling raffle tickets and drinking beer at the Red’s Army party to really follow the Thunder’s defense on Garnett.
Nice to see recognition of AB’s defense on Westbrook. Darnell Mayberry of NewsOK reminds everyone that Westbrook played on a sprained ankle.