So far in this years finals he appears to be in a different mind set then he was last year. He appears more relaxed and focused. He has really made it a focal point in his game to stay aggressive and attack the basket every chance he gets. OKC knows this and he's still getting to the line.
Where an I going with this? In the last 3 games he is 4-29 outside the paint. He is at least an average mid range shooter and if he can hit the occasional jump shot they it could open the lane even more. It should be noted that 2 of those 4 makes were a 30 foot 3 pointer against the C's which helped them pull away in game 7, and that bank shot in game 2 when the Thunder had closed to within 3.
Thabeet: OKC’s X Factor?
Just like Shaquille O’Neal, right?
“No. They’re different,” Bryant said. “Shaq was a goofball. But Shaq was a big a-hole. I was a little a-hole. It worked well.
“Dwight has a lot of that in him. He just needs to bring it out and make guys pay every single day.”
“Andre is a great kid. Obviously very athletic, very good feet, great size and we think he has a very bright future. Obviously, we didn’t draft him at nine and not think he didn’t have a very bright future.”
One of the biggest clichés in sports is “I’m not complaining,” but when a player loses an opportunity because of an injury — or in this case, a medical condition — he should have every right to complain. Some opportunities won’t come around twice.