Oklahoma City Thunder: Who's to Blame for Collapse vs. LA Clippers?

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May 9, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks talks to guard Russell Westbrook (0) during the second half of game three of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The Oklahoma City Thunder had Game 4 of their series against the Los Angeles Clippers in their grasp. A 3-1 lead would have been nearly insurmountable and the early 22-point lead that the Thunder held looked like it was going to get them there. The Thunder then held a 12-point lead heading to the fourth quarter, which was still a comfortable position. As you know, the Thunder lost the game 101-99. Who’s to blame for the collapse?

Kevin Durant scored 40 points on 12-for-24 from the field and 15-for-18 from the foul line with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks. Russell Westbrook scored 27 on 10-for-22 with six rebounds, eight assists and three steals. Generally when those two combine for those kinds of numbers, it’s curtains for the opposition.

As a team, the Thunder outshot the Clippers from the field (44.0 to 41.9 percent), from the 3-point line (29.2 to 14.3 percent) and from the foul line (76.5 to 69.0 percent). You’d think the game would have been a solid 10-point win for Oklahoma City, but turnovers and offensive rebounds really hurt them. With all that said, who’s to blame?


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