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Mavericks Steal Game 4, Take Commanding Series Lead

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Durant Held Scoreless Over Last 10 Minutes as Mavs Look to Close Series

Mavericks Steal Game 4, Take Commanding Series Lead

With Shawn Marion on the free throw line with a chance to cut their lead to a point with less than 40 seconds to play it appeared as if the Oklahoma City Thunder needed to score to finish out a victory against the Dallas Mavericks in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals. Marion missed and Thunder coach Scott Brooks called a timeout.

Admittedly, I hated the decision at the moment, so you can call this a first guess. When you struggled to score in giving up a 15-point lead with 5 minutes to play, you can't allow the Mavericks to set up their defense in the half court. You're an offensive team that thrives in transition and getting to the basket, so why take time to run a half court set when everyone knows who you're giving the ball to?

The result? The Mavericks got a stop, which led to a tying pair of free throws by Dirk Nowitzki, who was incredible again scoring 40 points, leading to an overtime session.

Truth be told, Brooks has been over-matched this series. Combine that with Russell Westbrook's obvious chemistry issues with Kevin Durant and you have a series on the brink of being over pretty quick. Westbrook reminds you of the quarterback who's thrown too many  interceptions and has resorted to questioning his own instincts. In 4th quarter and during the Thunder collapse, Westbrook missed four mid range shots, two free throws and turned the ball over twice. Plus, his lack of sync with Durant resulted in the Thunder's main man to go scoreless for the last 10 minutes of the game.  If your best two players aren't clicking, you're not going to win this time of y

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And what can you say about Nowitzki? It's become comical at this point. He was getting pushed, bumped and grabbed all night and still managed to score 14 points down the stretch and in overtime and totaled a 12 field goals and 14 free throws.

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    March 18th, 2011 @16:21


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