Last night should’ve been all about Russell Westbrook and the OKC Thunder winning game 4 of the 2012 NBA Finals but instead it ended up being about the Heat taking the 3-1 lead and Lebron James’ leg cramps.
Westbrook had one of those historical nights but like Rajon Rondo in game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals it was all for not…
Russell Westbrook’s performance last night was of historical proportions, scoring 43 points while shooting 62.5% from the field. The OKC guard is now a member of a very exclusive group, only Shaquille O’Neal and Michael Jordan had more in a Finals game in the last 25 seasons while shooting at least 60%.
My only concern regarding Westbrook isn’t really his fault but that of the refs; Westbrook attempted 16 shots in the paint but only had three free throw attempts.
I guess the refs don’t have any love for Russ…
I’ve got to give credit to Coach Scott Brooks who made several key adjustments coming into game 4 however the reigning NBA sixth man of the year was missing in action.
James Harden continues to struggle in the finals, shooting 2 for 10 for the second straight game. In 11 minutes with James Harden on the bench in Game 4, the Thunder shot 57 percent and did not commit a turnover; however in the 37 minutes that he was on the floor, the Thunder shot 46 percent and committed 11 turnovers.
That’s not a recipe for success…
Then there’s LeBron James who scored 26 points and dished 12 assists in Game 4 and much like Westbrook he joins a hand full of players to create more than 55 points in an NBA Finals. Since 1996 only Allen Iverson, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan have accomplished that feat.
So now the Thunder find themselves with their backs against the wall knowing that no team in the history of the NBA has coming back from a 3-1 deficit and on the flipside the Heat are now one win away from winning their 2nd championship in franchise history, which will be the very first for LeBron James.
Rob Calloway co-hosts Sports Kings Radio Saturday & Sunday 12-4p on 1380 WAOK, he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @robcalloway3
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