The Oklahoma City Thunder lost to the Houston Rockets on Sunday and look to extend their season in Game 5.
The Oklahoma City Thunder gave away another lead in the fourth quarter and lost Sunday against the Houston Rockets 113-109 in Game 4.
After getting blown out in Game 1, the Thunder have found ways to compete in the past three games, actually winning Game 3 at home.
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With Doug McDermott and Alex Abrines coming off the bench, they have found some shooting production and have used their advantage on defense to keep themselves in the game, but in Games 2 and 4 they were not able to get victories out of it.
Game 5 is not only an elimination game, but it is a game that the Thunder need so they don’t have to think about free agency and the draft, which will be big for the team.
The Thunder lost the rebound battle in Game 4, 45-40. If they want to win, they have win the rebounding battle, especially with the big bodies that they have. Every weakness the Rockets have must be exploited by the Thunder.
Steven Adams (seven rebounds) and Taj Gibson (two) combined did not have more rebounds than Westbrook’s 14 and that is a problem.
The point guard should not have more rebounds than the big men.
If the Thunder can fix their problems, they might not go home in five games, but it doesn’t seem likely.
The team has a superstar player that is taking them past their limits, but it seems that their time has run out.