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Russell Westbrook    G  Thunder

 

 

Russell Westbrook scored 32 points during a 115-113 win over the Rockets in Game 3 on Friday, adding 13 rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and five turnovers in 39 minutes. After his abysmal fourth quarter in Game 2, Westbrook was a little better from the field with his 3-of-7 for nine points. However, he did make just 3-of-6 from the line in the fourth to give the Rockets several chances late in this game. In his post-game interview, Westbrook was also upset about missing those. Westbrook becomes the first player since Jason Kidd in 2002 to have a triple-double in back-to-back games in a series. In the regular season, Westbrook played 34.6 minutes per game with an NBA-record 40.8 usage rate, but in his three playoff games he's played 38.0 minutes per outing with a 47.7 usage rate. He's one of a kind.

Apr 22 - 12:52 AM

Victor Oladipo    G  Thunder

 

 

Victor Oladipo made 5-of-8 from the field for 12 points with six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Rockets on Friday. That's a big improvement following his 1-of-13 from deep in his first two games of the postseason. Oladipo's usage was still way down in this game and it's been way down all year despite a mini-breakout year in 2015-16 with the Magic. He's a bit of an afterthought in this offense and really hasn't fit in all year.

Apr 22 - 12:38 AM

Steven Adams    C  Thunder

 

 

Steven Adams scored four points with six rebounds, two assists, one steal and no turnovers in 26 minutes against the Rockets on Friday. He was able to play some important possessions late in the game, but coach Billy Donovan just isn't getting the same Adams as he got in the postseason last year. Maybe it's due to the matchup, maybe Serge Ibaka helped, or maybe he misses Kevin Durant's underrated defense next to him, but Adams isn't being trusted nearly as much. Donovan also went with a hot Taj Gibson over Adams at times in the fourth.

Apr 22 - 12:36 AM

Taj Gibson    F  Thunder

 

 

Taj Gibson scored 20 points with two rebounds, one assist and five turnovers in 29 minutes against the Rockets on Friday. He played center for a good chunk of the time down the stretch and was very good on both ends. According to ESPN, Gibson held Harden to 1-of-5 from the field when he matched up against him, and OKC seemed fairly comfortable with a big on him today -- a big on Harden was their undoing in Game 1 and 2. Gibson's playing time seems fairly safe, especially since Steven Adams hasn't quite lived up to expectations.

Apr 22 - 12:31 AM

Semaj Christon    G  Thunder

 

 

Christon will be inactive for Friday's Game 3 against the Rockets for an undiclosed reason, Royce Young of ESPN.com reports.

RotoWire

Apr 21 - 9:47 PM

Victor Oladipo    G  Thunder

 

 

The Thunder are hoping Victor Oladipo can break out of his shooting slump in Game 3 Friday night in OKC. Oladipo has struggled mightily in the series' first two games. He is just 5-of-26 (19.2 percent) from the field, including 1-of-13 (6.5 percent) from 3-point territory, over Games 1 and 2 vs. Houston. Coach Billy Donovan stated that despite his offensive struggles, Oladipo has been solid overall. "Victor's not a one-dimensional player — he can do a lot of different things," Donovan said. Nonetheless, OKC will need more out of their second-leading scorer if they want to advance past the Rockets.

USA Today

Apr 21 - 1:49 PM

Russell Westbrook    G  Thunder

 

 

Thunder coach Billy Donovan defended Russell Westbrook on Thursday. Westbrook has taken some heat in the media after attempting 18 shots in the final quarter of Game 2's defeat. Donovan, as expected, stood up for his superstar. "I have an enormous amount of trust and confidence after being with Russell this season for 82 games and seeing the ways he's closed out games," Donovan said. "I trust him when he's got the ball in terms of making decisions." Don't expect Westbrook to be bashful merely because some reporters questioned his approach. Russ will come out firing in Game 3, stuffing the stat sheet in the process, playing the only way he knows hows to.

ESPN.com

Apr 21 - 1:04 PM

Russell Westbrook    G  Thunder

 

 

Westbrook totaled 32 points (11-24 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 10-14 FT), 13 rebounds, 11 assists and three steals across 39 minutes during a 115-113 win over the Rockets on Friday.

RotoWire

Apr 21 - 2:06 AM

Taj Gibson    F  Thunder

 

 

Gibson contributed 20 points (10-13 FG), two rebounds and one assist across 29 minutes during a 115-113 win over the Rockets on Friday.

RotoWire

Apr 21 - 2:06 AM

Russell Westbrook    G  Thunder

 

 

Russell Westbrook said he couldn't care less about his historic 51-point triple-double during Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Rockets because the end result was a loss. "I don't give a f--- about the line," Westbrook said. "We lost. "We can't give away leads like that on the road, man. It's too difficult." Westbrook scored the most points ever in a playoff triple-double during the Game 2 loss, but he didn't get much help from his teammates, as OKC's second-leading scorer was Andre Roberson with 12 points and Victor Oladipo needed 14 shots to score his 11 points. For OKC to have any chance in this series, they'll need their role players to step it up.

ESPN

Apr 20 - 11:14 AM

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Pos Name
C Tibor Pleiss    
C Robert Swift    
C Steven Adams    
C Kaleb Tarczewski    
C Dakari Johnson    
C Hasheem Thabeet    
C Billy Donovan    
F Perry Jones    
F Talib Zanna    
F Kevin Durant    
F Lance Thomas    
F Richard Solomon    
F Michael Cobbins    
F Perry Jones III    
F Josh Huestis    
F Andre Roberson    
F Grant Jerrett    
F/C Serge Ibaka    
F/C Nick Collison    
F/C Mitch McGary    
G Daniel Hamilton    
G Anthony Morrow    
G Mustapha Farrakhan    
G Jeremy Lamb    
G Kevin Ollie    
G Alex Abrines    
G Semaj Christon    
G Mustafa Shakur    
G Dion Waiters    
G Scott Brooks    
G Sebastian Telfair    
G Russell Westbrook    
G Tre Kelley    
G Alex Caruso    
G/F Reggie Williams    
G/F Kyle Singler    
G/F Anthony Morrow