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Roy Hibbert's week has been ... well, not bad, exactly. Not great either. Strange? Eventful? He's already in the news for not being put in the game to guard LeBron James in the final seconds of Game 1, a decision which SportNation found to be pretty questionable. On Thursday night, Hibber took to his Twitter account to call out the Heat's Shane Battier for his alleged dirty play earlier in the game:
U can knee or kick me every time u drive 2the rim. Ill be there 2protect the rim. That wasn't inadvertent. Battier knew what he was doing— Roy Hibbert (@Hoya2aPacer) May 23, 2013
Battier himself has not responded, although his own Twitter account has been dark since early April. Maybe if Hibbert had used "@ShaneBattier" in his message, we'd have a real Twitter fight on our hands; for now, it's disappointingly one-sided.
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The list of teams that have come back to win their series after going down 3-1 in the NBA finals is short. Actually, it's nonexistent. That's probably not what the Thunder want to be thinking about after losing Game 4, especially considering the awkward fashion in which they fumbled the game away. Russell Westbrook had a costly and bizarre foul after an otherwise stellar performance, James Harden was a non-factor, and Kevin Durant started looking an awful lot like a guy who can only score. There's a first time for everything, but history is against the Thunder as they gear up for Game 5.
Russell Westbrook was unstoppable for most of the game, but seemed to think that the shot-clock had reset when he fouled Mario Chalmers with only seconds remaining.
Harden a factor?
James Harden was supposed to be the Thunder's secret weapon in these playoffs, but last night, he managed a mere eight points in 37 minutes.
LeBron James seemed to be hurting after a hard fall late in the fourth quarter, but the Heat may have just been careful with their superstar.
Thunder fans will no doubt not be happy if their team loses, especially in this fashion, but we know another fanbase that does not want to see LeBron James win a title.
Kevin Durant really needs to avoid foul trouble in these Finals -- he's been drastically restrained in the closing quarters of the past two games due to setting off the referees' whistles one too many times. LeBron James hasn't quite had that issue, especially in last night's 91-85 win in Miami. The Thunder have looked like a team that could run roughshod over the Heat, but they've fallen apart since their stellar performance in Game 1. Is it an issue with Durant and his teammates, or is there a problem on the bench?
Who's to blame?
There's enough blame to go around for the Thunder -- from Durant's foul trouble to James Harden's inability to score.
Scott Brooks sat Kevin Durant due to his star picking up his fourth foul, but the Heat went on a 16-7 run with Durant on the bench.
Harden or Battier?
These Finals were supposed to be a showcase for James Harden's offensive talents, but he's been outscored by an unlikely candidate.
The Thunder have proved themselves prone to falling into big holes in these Finals, but they've also shown that they can climb right back out -- if the calls are going their way. Kevin Durant's game-tying attempt late in the fourth quarter fell short, with many feeling that LeBron James committed a foul that was never called. Regardless, the Finals are tied 1-1, and the Thunder may want to take this as a lesson that going down 18-2 in the first quarter is not a winning strategy.
Was it a foul?
LeBron James might have gotten away with a non-call in the closing seconds, but it wasn't clear-cut.
Is LeBron clutch?
It's beginning to look as if LeBron James will be thought of as clutch only if he wins Game 7 on a last-second full-court heave that somehow deflects an asteroid headed for Earth.
Shane Battier has been deadly from beyond the arc in these playoffs, while Chris Bosh was a defensive stalwart in Game 2.