Thunder Beat The Cavs: Takeaways

By Eli Friedman

“It’s about dam time”

Even though I hate to quote LeBron James, it was needy as that was the perfect line to sum up last night’s win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, 106-91 to improve to 5-2 on the season.

It’s about time the Oklahoma City Thunder played usual Thunder basketball for most of the game. It’s about time the Thunder got out in transition for easy buckets. It’s about time the Thunder’s bench looked strong. Its about time the Thunder were….the Thunder.

The stat of the night had to be that the Thunder had thirty-one fast break points, which was  a season-high. Russell Westbrook was outstanding with 27 points, and 10 assists to lead Oklahoma City. Kevin Durant also had 26 points tonight with eight rebounds.

I must say a few things about this Cavs team: Dion Waiters is the real deal. Kyrie Irving and Waiters will be hard to guard in the future as they are going to be a great backcourt. Cleveland’s bench is awful. I was a little upset with Tyler Zeller, I thought he would be a decent NBA player. But, it’s still too early to judge.

The Thunder will play tonight against the Detroit Pistons in Detroit. This is the fourth game in five days.

Extra Notes:

-In the first quarter, KD just threw the ball up and because he is KD, it fell.

-The bench goes nuts when Serge throws up a three. I miss you, Daequan Cook.

Kevin Martin’s buzzer beater to end the first was silky smooth. Brian Davis’ call for it was even better:
“Oh my, he had Daniel Gibson up his jock strap”

-How to stop the Cavs: Make their bench come in the game.

-Westbrook’s buzzer beater at the end of the first quarter changed the momentum.

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