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Lineup, errant shooting hurts Thunder

Updated: May 22, 2011, 9:36 AM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

OKLAHOMA CITY -- On the night defense made an unexpected appearance in the Western Conference finals, the Thunder didn't play enough of it at the start. A 23-point deficit proved too much to overcome in Oklahoma City's 93-87 Game 3 loss to Dallas, for which we can blame in equal measure bad shooting and bad lineups.

More on that in a minute, but let's spend a brief moment pondering the positives. This was a huge missed opportunity for the Thunder, because two things that hadn't gone ...

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