IT went out with 5 fouls with the team down by 11, the score 70-59 and 6 minutes left in the 3rd quarter. With 1 minute 30 seconds left in the 3rd quarter, the score was 86-61. A 25 point collapse. In 4.5 minutes the Thunder expanded their lead by 14 points. They never looked back. If IT is that bad and Tyreke (his replacement) is that great, wouldn't you expect just the opposite? Wouldn't you expect for the Thunder's margin to decrease rather than increase?
Look, I've got nothing against IT. But sometimes a player just doesn't play well, whether it be the matchup, or he just got up on the wrong side of the bed. For IT, last night was one of those games.
Its hard to have a battle of wits with an unarmed person.
Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn't work hard.