The Difference: Oklahoma City Thunder 99, Dallas Mavericks 95

Posted by Rob Mahoney on January 7, 2011 under Recaps | 3 Comments to Read

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TeamPaceOff. Eff.eFG%FT/FGORB%TOR
Oklahoma City113.849.920.531.411.5

You know the drill. The Difference is a reflection on the game that was, with one bullet for every point in the final margin.

  • The healthier team won, even if they were able to skate by having only played a quarter and a half of solid defense. Dallas is trying. They really are. They’re just outmanned and handicapped offensively, so much so that a win against a competent team should come off as a pleasant surprise. The Thunder are certainly competent, so this is the kind of outcome we can come to expect for the time being. Slice and dice it for moral victories if you’d like, but the Mavs couldn’t win this one, even if they played hard enough for a W. I wish there were more delicate analysis required, but the outcome of this game was rather blunt.
  • I’m not sure you can bottle up this kind of Shawn Marion (25 points, 12-17 FG, three rebounds) performance for repeat consumption, but it’s always to see Marion cutting and driving to a huge night. I don’t know whether the Thunder have a particular problem with Marion’s style or if it’s just a coincidence that his runners happen to fall to spite Jeff Green, but this seems to be a kind of strange situation trend for Marion. Regardless, a nice scoring effort on a night when it was needed, but all for naught.
  • Tyson Chandler (14 points, 3-5 FG, 18 rebounds) is a monster. This was a nice encore performance by Chandler on the offensive glass, where he generated six extra offensive possessions while his team struggled a bit in their half-court sets. Plus, Chandler was able to milk free throw attempts out of some of those rebounds, converting an effort play directly into a point-scoring opportunity. No one could accuse Chandler of not doing his part in Dirk’s absence; he’s been superb in all facets of the game.
  • DeShawn Stevenson (14 points, 5-12 FG, 4-8 3FG, ) cannot guard Kevin Durant. He does his best to stay in front of him, but Stevenson is in that strange defensive place where he can neither effectively halt Durant’s drives nor successfully alter his shot. Stevenson’s a nice defensive asset on most nights, but Durant — a tough match-up for any defender in the league — is a particularly poor fit for Stevenson’s defensive abilities.
  • Phil

    With Butler and Dirk out, the Mavs have trouble defensively when Marion is playing at the 4. For now, they clearly can't match up with the better small forwards of the league since switching Marion would result in a mismatch at Power Forward. Question is, will they be willing to play even more zone defense to compensate their lack of height at the 4? Could the Mavs try to play the agile 7ft Mahimi at the 4 for some minutes since Brian Cardinal seems a little to old to play 20+ minutes?!

    We'll see


  • finzent

    It's a shame to have a great defender for Durant and still being forced to waste him against Green (by the way, that was some really weak post defense by Shawn against him).

  • Bgalella

    Shawn Marion has definitely taken a huge step back defensively.