Shoutout: The Clippers came back from a 16-point deficit to win a must-win Game 4 win over the Thunder. They led for all of 67 seconds on the afternoon, which is OK considering they shot 64 percent in the fourth quarter, while being sure to lead during the very last second of the game. High five to Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Darren Collison, since they’re the Clippers who basically won this must-win.
Not so much: Conversely, Kevin Durant spent the entire fourth being guarded by Chris Paul, who you may realize is a foot shorter than the league’s MVP. Durant went for 10 points in the quarter, but also had three turnovers and often couldn’t get a touch because Chris Paul can be super annoying. Afterwards, Durant thanked Chris Paul’s mom for teaching him to always try hard on defense.
Tallness: Hey, here’s a good dunk.
You’ll see some good blocks in a few paragraphs, but for now, you have to admit that was a good dunk.
Floor generawful: Following yesterday’s six points on 1-2 shooting with zero assists in the fourth quarter, John Wall has now scored 32 points on 5-22 shooting with 10 assists in 66 minutes of fourth quarter action across nine playoff games. Poor shooting like that matters in the postseason, which is why Washington now finds themselves down 3-1 heading back to Indiana.
Of course: You are not going to believe this, but there was another momentous four-point play in this year’s playoffs.
Coming in to this postseason, protecting the shooter was a point of emphasis. Well, guess what? That’s gone too far, since at this point, you can basically rely on getting a four-point play if you really need one. It’s like when there were whistles for delay of game all the time at the beginning of this season, only this actually matters and has an actual effect on games. Everyone should start complaining, because this is ridiculous.
Follow-through: Remember those blocks I hinted at? They’re here.
Told you that you’d see some blocks — two on one play, even.
Tidbits: Kevin Durant got totally psyched out … GET OUT OF THE WAY, MOP GIRL … If you were looking for more evidence of the Wizards struggling in crunch time, take a peep at their last turnover … Haven’t checked the stats lately, but it seems Andre Miller might still be the best oop-thrower in the game … Oh, it should also be noted that Kevin Durant went for 40 (boring for him) and Paul George had 39 (a career-high for him) in their games, so shoutout to staying slender