Stat of the Night: Oklahoma City’s relentless offense

By Quixem Ramirez

Apr 9, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (left) is held back by forward Nick Collison (4) following a play during the first quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Stat of the night: Oklahoma City scored 59 points off cuts, isolations and spot-up possessions

The Thunder offense typically revolves around the individual brilliance of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Russell Westbrook. Naturally, these players facilitate the offense without much help from their teammates, meaning that Oklahoma City relies on an abnormally high number of isolations. But, as their 109.8 offensive rating suggests, they can get away with that unusual distribution.

In Game 4, however, Oklahoma City also relied on Nick Collison and Serge Ibaka to spread the floor, a facet of their offense that hasn’t been utilized too often. They also made a concerted effort to find passing angles to feed their superior athletes in space where they can take advantage of speed, size and the passiveness of the Spurs defense.

Possessions classified as cuts, isolations and spot-ups, per mySynergy Sports, totaled 42.8% of Oklahoma City’s possessions. They were highly efficient on these plays, scoring an average of 1.40 points per possession. 28 points, alone, came from cutting towards the basket. The majority of their spot-ups resulted from Collison and Ibaka who shot a collective 93.8% from the field.