2013 NBA Playoffs: Oklahoma City Thunder Need Improved Kevin Martin

By Jared Porter
Kevin Martin Needs to Improve
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Thunder nation may now commence panic mode.

No team has ever come back from an 0-3 deficit in the playoffs to win a series, but the Houston Rockets are two wins away from conquering that feat after beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 107-100 in Game 5.

The difference in Wednesday night’s game was three-point shooting. The Thunder were 8-33 from beyond the arc, good for 24.2 percent. The Rockets were 14-35 from three, good for 40 percent.

The Thunder could not find an answer to the Rocket’s impressive offensive performance. Every time the Thunder looked like they were about to start a run, the Rockets would answer back with a run of their own.

Thunder All-Star, Kevin Durant, led the team in scoring with 36 points, carrying most of the offensive load on his back. Other than Durant, no other Thunder player was able to make a difference in the game. The Thunder will need to find one or two players outside of Durant to contribute on a nightly basis moving forward.

Thunder guard, Kevin Martin, struggled mightily in Game 5. He was a dismal 1-10 from the field with just three points against his former team. He also had four rebounds and one assist.

Martin has struggled in the series, failing to play well for two halves of every game. He has shown this year that he has the ability to score the basketball with high efficiency, but he has yet to do so thus far in the playoffs. His play has killed the Thunder since he is relied on heavily for offensive production with the absence of Thunder’s All-Star point guard, Russell Westbrook.

The Thunder will continue to struggle if they can not get Durant some help. Games can not be won solely by a single player — even if that player is one of the best in the NBA. The Thunder seem stagnant and complacent on offense with the absence of Westbrook. There are many kinks in their offense that need fixed, and quickly.

The Thunder just need one more win to advance to the Western Conference semi-finals. It seems the Rockets will give them a run for their money. Pessimism is certainly encompassing Thunder nation. Their only hope is that Martin and company can help out Durant offensively.

Jared Porter is an Oklahoma City Thunder writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @JaredRyanPorter, or add him on Facebook

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