Small forward Kevin Durant was so on fire in the first quarter last night that the lights literally went out.
I swear I wasn’t trying to do a Rob Lowe Parks and Recreation voice there, but it might have slipped into my head just a little bit.
They even played the last 30 seconds or so of the first half while most of the stadium was dark. It should come as no surprise that all the shots were missed, and if you think that did not have something to do with the lights then you are absolutely crazy. NBA players are REALLY, good, but they are also not accustomed to shooting jumpers in the dark.
Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers was not very pleased with his team’s defensive effort, and it was resulted in a loss for the Donald Sterling owned team.
“I didn’t like how they scored,” Rivers said. “It was too easy. I just thought we had way too many mental defensive breakdowns.”
Durant’s squad was able to come away with the win thanks to his brilliant first quarter in addition to point guard Russell Westbrook’s timely yet somewhat cryptic triple-double. You get the sense that the Thunder got this win off of the emotional intensity of Durant’s speech and ceremony, but they still could be doomed to lose this series in six or seven games. I just think the Clippers have better ball movement and defense, which is what usually makes the difference over the course of a long series.
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