The Oklahoma City Thunder have far more pressure riding on them to win game 4 than the San Antonio Spurs.
With their win in game 3, the Spurs took back home court advantage in the series, and are in firm command of the battle as of now.
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The Thunder have to play 2 more games in San Antonio from here on out. If they lose game 4 of this series and go down 3-1, there’s very little chance that they’d be able to win 3 straight games against such a talented Spurs team.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are going to need to have a big game 4 in order to get the Thunder back in this series. Both had high point totals in their game 3 loss, but Durant was much more efficient than Westbrook.
In game 3, Durant had 26 points on 10-18 shooting. Westbrook scored more points than Durant, but had to take far more shots to get there. Westbrook finished with 31 points on 10-31 shooting.
Westbrook has the tendency to be a high volume shooter, and if those shots don’t fall, he can end up forcing the issue and in turn stagnate the Thunder’s offense.
The Spurs have forced Westbrook into taking a lot of shots to get his scoring output. Although Westbrook has averaged about 25 points per game this series, he’s shot about 35% in the process.
Westbrook himself has accounted for about 30% of the Thunder’s shot attempts in the series. That’s a huge chunk from just one player, and the fact that he’s shot that gigantic portion so erratically bodes well for the Spurs going forward.
LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard will look to continue their strong play in game 4. In this series Aldridge has averaged about 34 points per game. Leonard has provided solid support with about 23 points per game.
The Spurs hope to win game 4 and bring a 3-1 series lead back to their home crowd in game 5.