VIDEO: Thunder vs. Mavericks: By the Numbers
HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — When the Oklahoma City Thunder made The Finals in 2012 with their four best players all under the age of 24, we thought they’d return every year.
But the Thunder have yet to make it back and failed to make the playoffs entirely last year. And now, with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook hitting free agency in the next two summers, Oklahoma City may be running out of time.
Both Durant and Westbrook are healthy this year, but the Thunder have been somewhat of an afterthought with two historically great teams ahead of them in the Western Conference standings. Of course, the postseason is an opportunity for the Thunder to prove that they can compete with the Spurs and Warriors.
Before they can do that, though, they’ll need to get through the Dallas Mavericks, a veteran squad that made a late-season push to get into the playoffs an earn the 6 seed in the West.
Here are some statistical notes to get you ready for the 3-6 series in the West, with links to let you dive in and explore more.
Oklahoma City Thunder (55-27)
Pace: 99.4 (9)
OffRtg: 109.9 (2)
DefRtg: 103.0 (12)
NetRtg: +6.9 (3)
- Led the league in offensive rebounding percentage, grabbing 31.1 percent of available offensive rebounds, and second chance points per game (15.8).
- Shot 0-for-13 from 3-point range in overtime, but went 3-2 in overtime games.
- Russell Westbrook led the league with 18 triple-doubles and the Thunder were 18-0 in those games.
- Westbrook recorded assists on 17.8 percent of his passes, the highest rate in the league. And he led all guards in rebounding percentage, grabbing 12.3 percent of available boards while he was on the floor.
- Kevin Durant shot 49.5 percent from mid-range (between the paint and the 3-point line), the best mark among 86 players who attempted at least 200 shots there.
- Were outscored by 10.3 points per 100 possessions in the fourth quarter after the All-Star break, the second worst mark in the league. Went 3-12 (only the Sixers were worse) in games that were within five points in the last five minutes after the break.
Dallas Mavericks (42-40)
Pace: 96.4 (23)
OffRtg: 104.8 (10)
DefRtg: 104.3 (16)
NetRtg: +0.6 (14)
- Averaged 1.0 fewer possessions per 48 minutes fewer than they did last season. That was the biggest drop-off in the league and they were one of only four teams that saw a decrease in pace.
- One of two playoff teams (Memphis was the other) that was outscored this season.
- Allowed 16.0 fast break points per game, the fourth most in the league and the most most among playoff teams.
- Played a league-high 12 overtime games and shot 25-for-44 (57 percent) from 3-point range in overtime.
- Deron Williams was the only player who shot at least 50 percent on at least 20 clutch 3-point attempts.
- Dirk Nowitzki shot 96.2 percent (25-for-26) on clutch free throws, the best mark among players who attempted at least 25. Williams was one of eight other players who shot better than 90 percent.
- Durant missed the first meeting for OKC, while Dallas rested its five starters (at the time) in the second meeting.
- Westbrook was ejected (after getting into it with J.J. Barea) in the second quarter of the second meeting, one of two games in his career in which he failed to score.
- The Thunder made 44 3-pointers, the most they made against any opponent this season.
- The Thunder grabbed 33.5 percent of available offensive rebounds, the highest offensive rebounding percentage of any Dallas opponent.
- The Mavs outscored the Thunder by 11 points in 105 minutes with Williams on the floor, but were outscored by 49 points in 87 minutes with Williams on the bench.