2012 NBA Finals: Thunder (13-6) vs. Heat (15-7)

By Quixem Ramirez

Jun 20, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (5) talks to small forward Kevin Durant (35) during practice for game five of the 2012 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

– Time: 8:00 p.m.


– Heat injury report: None.

– Thunder injury report: None.

– Best Game 4 plus/minus: Norris Cole (eight points and two 3-pointers) posted a +12 in 7:53 minutes.

– Worst Game 4 plus/minus: Thabo Sefolosha (five points and two rebounds) posted a -19 in 27:14 minutes.

– Russell Westbrook was absolutely masterful in Game 4. He totaled 43 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Westbrook registered his highest points per possession efficiency since Game 4 of the second round against the Lakers.

– Westbrook converted on 70% of his 23 shots at the rim and from 16-23 feet.

– Indicative of Westbrook’s singular dominance, he benefited from an assist a mere two times on his 20 made shots. His 20 shots represented exactly half of the Oklahoma City total.

– LeBron James (26 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds) was dominant as well.

– Remarkably James’ PPP (0.96) during Game 4 was his lowest mark of the entire season.

– On seven post-ups on Tuesday, James scored six points, a rate of 0.86 PPP. Keep in mind that doesn’t include the passes he made out of the post that lead to easy baskets for Miami shooters.

– Miami has converted of 85-of-103 free throws (85%) this series, besting Oklahoma City’s regular season mark (81%).

– Miami turns the ball over on 14.8% of their possessions with Nick Collison the floor. They are outscored by 1.3 points per 100 possessions as well.

– With Perkins on the floor, Oklahoma City allows the Heat to grab 30.6% of available offensive rebounds. They force a turnover a mere 7.8% of the time. The Heat outscore the Thunder by four points per 100 possessions.

– Turns out the Thunder rotation is broke. Perkins’ “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” line suddenly doesn’t make any sense.