Thunder vs Heat: Game 4 NBA Finals In Game Tweets & Post Game Chat

June 19, 2012

All The Pressure Is On OKC In Game 4


Heat vs Thunder Game 4 In Game Conversation

Coach Nick tweets his observations on the strategy and plays of Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

Storified by BBALLBREAKDOWN · Wed, Jun 20 2012 01:03:49

Speeding home… Keep me updated!BBALLBREAKDOWN
“@bballSource: Speeding home… Keep me updated!”Drive safeHiren Joshi
Your good, drive safe! RT @bballSource: Speeding home… Keep me updated!Chris Torrey
@bballSource don’t all big teams have a shrink? I mean why do you think he’s suddenly reading a book?mario mui
@bballSource westbrooks 3/3 fg 13-3 okc leadsAaron Elsser
@bballSource Derek fisher was the one talkin in the OKC huddle pre game, he sounded like a coach. Durant guarding chalmers to startN_Settles
@bballSource Thunder up 17 after Q1Travis Healey
@bballSource russ shooting with a ton of confidence. Nick Collison is doing everything. Wade non factor. Spoe no answerJames Englerth
Hey Westrook tried the catch and shoot, no dribble. (@bballsource)N_Settles
@bballSource wade just got smacked to the ground by ibaka that was definatly a foulW0LFGΔNGΔRIEL
So you’ve all heard me rant about helping/doubling one pass away, right? Good example w/ that Chamers 3BBALLBREAKDOWN
Wow, hard to believe OKC was up by so much in 1st the way this is going…BBALLBREAKDOWN
Miami has turned up their intensity on defense, big time…BBALLBREAKDOWN
Wow, Ibaka ain’t good at closing out, nor good at defending perimeterBBALLBREAKDOWN
@bballSource you were right about the pick and roll in your breakdown earlier! #NBAFinalsSeb Ingham
@bballSource: BS call on Ibaka and Durant OKC gets no calls once againTre Martin
Awful Perkins defense to chase LeBron out to perimeter…BBALLBREAKDOWN
No doubt Russell Westbrook’s shooting percentage goes up the more dribbles he takes.BBALLBREAKDOWN
@bballSource on that bosh layup…what the hell was okc doing? they let lebron get under the basket with doing anything..John Tale
@Googleman245 That was ICE – Perkins containing, but he let’s LBJ go baseline – then STAYS w/ him. UGHBBALLBREAKDOWN
RT @bballSource: No doubt Russell Westbrook’s shooting percentage goes up the more dribbles he takes.Rommel F. Rome
Our post game chat will have some guests tonight. Here’s one of them: http://youtu.be/jjIfrQqABl0BBALLBREAKDOWN
Sefolosha has not been able to guard LeBron at all… Not a good matchup for OKC. Gotta go w/ KDBBALLBREAKDOWN
Wow, LeBron just walking around out there as Russ comes FLYING IN for that tip slamBBALLBREAKDOWN
Jeff Van Gundy talking about "individual attacks" as poor offense by OKC, right as Wade hits on his own personal attack.BBALLBREAKDOWN
“@bballSource: Wow, LeBron just walking around out there as Russ comes FLYING IN for that tip slam” typical Bron Bron @candigirl5000Jeff Carr
@Jeff87GNX @candigirl5000 Hey, NOT typical LeBron – he’s been doing a number on KD this seriesBBALLBREAKDOWN
@bballSource @candigirl5000 standing around looking silly when it’s crunch time #typicalbronbronJeff Carr
@bballSource I think just saw the worst shot in NBA Finals history by ThaboRoy Baker
I missed a lot, but how the HECK did Russell Westbrook get 15 shots off?BBALLBREAKDOWN
@bballSource Lots of midrange jumpersKevin
@bballSource Thunder were pushing the ball up the floor, either 1 pass shot or just pulling up and hitting.Travis Healey
@bballSource the early fouls seemed to bother him last game, maybe wait till last with fouls in the bank for that matchupShane Mead
Is that a problem? RT @bballsource I missed a lot, but how the HECK did Russell Westbrook get 15 shots off?SebastianPruiti
No. RT @SebastianPruiti: Is that a problem? RT @bballsource I missed a lot, but how the HECK did Russell Westbrook get 15 shots off?Jared Dubin
@SebastianPruiti @bballSource it started with durant doing absolutely nothingChad Romney
RT @JADubin5: No. RT @SebastianPruiti: Is that a problem? RT @bballsource I missed a lot, but how the HECK did Russell Westbrook get 15 shots off?Matt Turner
@bballSource Yeah, 9/15 with only 1 turnover. Pretty bad, huh?H.Y.
This guy. HE’S ON FUCKING FIRE. RT @bballsource I missed a lot, but how the HECK did Russell Westbrook get 15 shots off?barronfitz
@SebastianPruiti @bballsource He started hot and kept on shooting, pretty standard stuffBart Lopez
@bballSource u don’t even watch the games? PatheticConnor Fitzmorris
RT @JADubin5: No. RT @SebastianPruiti: Is that a problem? RT @bballsource I missed a lot, but how the HECK did Russell Westbrook get 15 shots off?J.R.
@SebastianPruiti @bballsource have u seen thefolosha, perk, or ibaka attempt a shot? Useless on offense. RW needs to get shotsAndrew G
@bballSource wade doesn’t even know what side hurtshttp://assets.sbnation.com/assets/1195063/wadefaker.gifTy
@bballSource He was awesome. Going at 100mph at all times.Matt B
Don’t miss our post game chat – right after this game. http://bit.ly/LdaM1sBBALLBREAKDOWN
Grace, beauty, timing… wowBBALLBREAKDOWN
@bballSource Is it just me, or does Sefolosha always rotate incorrectly…?Travis Healey
Durant needs to attack LBJ from perimeter, putting it on the floor for pull ups. Stop wasting post up attemptsBBALLBREAKDOWN
Bosh is quietly (or not quietly) having a very nice night. 11 points, 8 boards with 9 mins left in 3rdBBALLBREAKDOWN
@johnschuhmann @BeckleyMason Even writing that sentence probably took a long timeBBALLBREAKDOWN
Is everyone saying how bad OKC’s transition defense is? I mean it’s NOT OK(c)BBALLBREAKDOWN
I see what you did there… RT @bballSource: Is everyone saying how bad OKC’s transition defense is? I mean it’s NOT OK(c)Thunder Obsessed
“@bballSource: Is everyone saying how bad OKC’s transition defense is? I mean it’s NOT OK(c)” TruthJeff Carr
OMG is this pathetic. By putting KD on Chalmers, they’ve just confused him. He had NO IDEA who he wanted to guard, Chalmers says thanksBBALLBREAKDOWN
@bballSource is it just me or has OKC’s coaching in the finals been kinda poor?M.
This is good RT "@bballSource: Is everyone saying how bad OKC’s transition defense is? I mean it’s NOT OK(c)"Never Settle
Dont’ miss a special post game chat tonight with special guests! You can also ask vid questions!! http://bit.ly/LdaM1sBBALLBREAKDOWN
@bballSource KD is not mentally in this game. Its like he doesn’t care. I can’t believe itAngel Santiago
I’m not sure why OKC is willing to let KD get involved with a post up against any of the Heat defenders.BBALLBREAKDOWN
That was the strangest way to signal that call by a ref… GIf that, someoneBBALLBREAKDOWN
Wow – KD just avoided another foul on that CHalmers shots.. narrowly…BBALLBREAKDOWN
That’s what i was thinking. lol “@bballSource: That was the strangest way to signal that call by a ref… GIf that, someone”Zack Duke
Ref waited for Harden’s layup to miss before calling the foul. HarumphBBALLBREAKDOWN
@bballSource where would okc be without westbrook?John Tale
RT @ByTimReynolds: What will happen first tonight, a LeBron FTA or a Durant rebound? Only 5:16 left in the 3rd.BBALLBREAKDOWN
Ahem, @jose3030… RT @bballSource: That was the strangest way to signal that call by a ref… GIf that, someone!Ricky J. Marc
@bballSource no he didnt because harden was fouled after the layup missed if u watch the replay he got hit in the face after the shot missedAaron Elsser
@AaronElsser Still was a very late call…BBALLBREAKDOWN
Even Battier can make that wide open of a 3 in this game…BBALLBREAKDOWN
KD is taking too long to attack, allowing Bosh to come over and shadow him.BBALLBREAKDOWN
Not a lot to critique in Bron’s game but @bballSource is right. He just stands there after swinging the ball. #cutbroJason Valenzuela
@bballSource Mario Chalmers has more points than LeBron. What world am I living in?Alex Adams
If OKC DOESNT win tonite it will be over in Miami ! @bballSourceMaX
@HPbasketball Was the push that significant?BBALLBREAKDOWN
Surprised Harden didn’t get called for sliding underneath LeBron on that post moveBBALLBREAKDOWN
by putting KD on LBJ, Van Gundy meant Putting Length on SizeBBALLBREAKDOWN
The refs…. have turned.BBALLBREAKDOWN
I wouldn’t be surprised if Scott Brooks takes a technical as a matter of principalBBALLBREAKDOWN
Gosh, that’s a makeup call on Battier. That’s as bad as the foul on HardenBBALLBREAKDOWN
@bballSource listen to breen, he was pushing perkins :-Pjeremy graham
I think when Westbrook goes flying thru the lane like that, refs won’t give him the call cuz he looks out of controlBBALLBREAKDOWN
It’s important to watch the Russ vs KD FGA numbersBBALLBREAKDOWN
OKC has defended the LeBron post ups like they’ve never practiced rotations before. SMHBBALLBREAKDOWN
RT @SebastianPruiti: Shouldn’t OKC try to front the post or something?BBALLBREAKDOWN
This has got to be the most post ups for LeBron in one game all seasonBBALLBREAKDOWN
and often is RT @bballSource "when Westbrook goes flying thru the lane like that, refs won’t give him the call cuz he looks out of control"Jeff Fogle
When LeBron can face up on KD and nail a 20 footer, Durant will have to smile and just congratulate himBBALLBREAKDOWN
@bballSource this is some of the worst officiating ive seen all seriesAaron Elsser
What the hell is James Jones doing? That is just stupidBBALLBREAKDOWN
That 3 pt play by KD/Russ and the two missed FTs by LeBron = BIGBBALLBREAKDOWN
Haven’t heard "Born To Run" with an NBA game in a whileBBALLBREAKDOWN
Great post game chat tonight – with an interview with OKC’s Biggest Fan: http://youtu.be/jjIfrQqABl0BBALLBREAKDOWN
RT @bballSource: I wouldn’t be surprised if Scott Brooks takes a technical as a matter of principal"Arturo Reyes
@AaronElsser I’ve always said that a makeup call is even worse than the original foul call…BBALLBREAKDOWN
OKC has to be ecstatic being down only 4 heading into the 4th. What’s a happier word than ecstatic??BBALLBREAKDOWN
@bballSource euphoric?Gehan
Sefolosha, at -13, is the biggst albatross around OKC’s neck (in terms of +/-)BBALLBREAKDOWN
@bballSource Euphoric Coach! ��CDP Drywall
@bballSource elatedMothaFucka Jones !!!
Will Norris Cole see any 4th quarter mins?BBALLBREAKDOWN
I swear to GOD that I thought "What the heck is James Jones doing in?" just before he threw it awayBBALLBREAKDOWN
Really bad help by Chalmers when his man is 1 pass away…BBALLBREAKDOWN
@bballSource the more dribbles you take, the more chances for TOs – def. coach dunlapmario mui
That’s not a foul on Collison… harumphBBALLBREAKDOWN
Chalmers played the weakside pretty poorly, lucky he got away w/ a Harden wide open missBBALLBREAKDOWN
Did I already ask why James Jones is playing? As he doesn’t get in position for that nice Russ driveBBALLBREAKDOWN
@JonesOnTheNBA Or is it Snickers?BBALLBREAKDOWN
@bballSource what does hyrumph mean?W0LFGΔNGΔRIEL
I think Chalmers HAS to cut thru to right side and give LBJ the whole side of floor to iso on Collison #NoRoomBBALLBREAKDOWN
This is pretty much what a young, inexperienced team looks like in a pressure packed NBA Finals game.BBALLBREAKDOWN
Don’t miss our post game chat! http://bit.ly/LdaM1sBBALLBREAKDOWN
@bballSource Coach Nick can you please replace Spo?Eric
@bballSource That was 100% foul on Wade on the fastbreak!Evan Swayzer
@W0LFGANGARIEL You’ve never seen Blazing Saddles? "Give that man a harumph!" it’s the general crowd talking noiseBBALLBREAKDOWN
@bballSource I guess the 90-91 Bulls were the exception, and not the rule…E. Mulu
A lot of walking around on defense by OKC – and Derek Fisher w/ the worst close out on that Chalmers floater I’ve seen him doBBALLBREAKDOWN
Holy crap, RussBBALLBREAKDOWN
@bballSource championship pg.Anthony Calabro
@bballSource o lol good to noW0LFGΔNGΔRIEL
@bballSource #Thunder should run that two-man game with Westbrook and Collison until #Heat can stop it.Javi Perez
@PlaymakerJavi Do it after they’ve swung ball onceBBALLBREAKDOWN
Both KD and LeBron teaching us "How Not To Isolate" by holding the ball for way too long before attackingBBALLBREAKDOWN
@bballSource I called it earlier coach!R A M O N
I suppose if you’re Spoelstra, you just keep playing it the way they’re doing it. There’s a hand up on those jumpers, and hope it missesBBALLBREAKDOWN
@bballSource You really think they care about the FGA numbers with the way Westbrook is carrying this team?redicheck
@bballSource People won’t realize that Westbrook is playing much smarter. This isn’t the same as the previous three games… right?Javi Perez
@redicheck Hard to argue with that, but we’ll see how this goes down the stretch… can he keep it up?BBALLBREAKDOWN
@PlaymakerJavi Oh, there have been PLENTY of boneheaded plays this game – did u forget already?BBALLBREAKDOWN
@bballSource Amazingly Russ has more FGM’s than Durant has FGA’s!ω¡ñ©€
@bballSource Should they take Harden out of the game and play Thabo? Harden is so bad offensively tonight, get a defender in thereShane Mead
@bballSource It was likely that russ would have at least 1 game like this. If they still lose they are doomed.Bernardo Lara E.
@Shaneoo88 This is an instance I’m glad I’m not Scott Brooks. I don’t know if he’s done this before, only to win gm on a shot at endBBALLBREAKDOWN
@bballSource westbrook is too rawJake Salinas
@bballSource Old joke is that a coach is upset at a shot until it goes in. Yeah, some boneheaded, but this is by far his best 4th quarter.Javi Perez
Does raw mean hot? RT @GHS_Salinas: @bballSource westbrook is too rawBBALLBREAKDOWN
What is the record for most FGAs in a finals game?BBALLBREAKDOWN
@bballSource I would make the switch, need stopsShane Mead
Silly attempt with the left hand there, Wade. Just shoot a bank shot off glassBBALLBREAKDOWN
@bballSource yes, and it means he is just too good, raw talent..Jake Salinas
Bosh has disappeared for most of 3rd and all of 4thBBALLBREAKDOWN
Uh oh… LeBron hurt.. a littleBBALLBREAKDOWN
@bballSource is it good a game like this from Russ? Next game he will keep shootingBernardo Lara E.
@bballSource that was a marvelous block… Damn…Jake Salinas
@bballSource He’s a cyborg. He’ll be fine.Kevin
I can now sleep at night seeing Derek Fisher go to the hoop and missing layup. Only thing I can count on.BBALLBREAKDOWN
I don’t know how Heat fans are feeling, but….BBALLBREAKDOWN
You can see how hard it was for him to bend his right leg – perhaps the whole quad cramped up on him. Tough to loosen upBBALLBREAKDOWN
@bballSource He’s gonna pull a Pierce. He’ll check back in in a minute and it’ll be like he was never hurt.Javi Perez
@bballSource bron bron is a baby back bitch, for real, grow a pair and play…. He wonders why he has critics..Jake Salinas
@bballSource everybody but westbrook should be ashmed of themselves for okcJohn Tale
@PlaymakerJavi Time Out! Pierce went down like he was shot from no contact… at least there’s a reason for LeBron’s painBBALLBREAKDOWN
@bballSource He’s indestructible. Greatest athlete on the planet, recovers 10 times faster than a normal human being. He’ll be ok!! (I hope)PD
With 9 mins to go in 3rd, Bosh had 11 points, 8 rebounds. He now has 11 points and 9 rebounds. almost 10 mins have passedBBALLBREAKDOWN
@bballSource Let’s be honest. Westbrook is the only one in OKC that understands the urgency to win this game. Tonight Westbrook > KD.Angel Santiago
Whoops – on that last tweet, more like 16 minsBBALLBREAKDOWN
Take good notes! RT @bballSource: Both KD and LeBron teaching us "How Not To Isolate" by holding the ball for way too long before attackingArt Rondeau
You think there’s a diference between LeBron and Battier guarding KD?BBALLBREAKDOWN
RT @ArtRondeau: Take good notes! RT @bballSource: Both KD and LeBron teaching us "How Not To Isolate" by holding the ball for way too long before attackingCurtis
@bballSource yes, most deffinatlyAaron Elsser
Remember in our breakdown how vital it is to hit the roll man? Wade to Bosh, layupBBALLBREAKDOWN
Westbrook could’ve gotten the ball to KD on the high post vs. Wade, but didn’t pass it. SMHBBALLBREAKDOWN
OHHHHHHHH LEBRONBBALLBREAKDOWN
Harden had NO idea where the ball was when Wade drove – it was his help. He’s not bringing it today…BBALLBREAKDOWN
@bballSource and who ever gets to the line shooting a hook shot? You’d have to *kill* him to hear a whistle.Ignarus
@thegreatIgnarus You talking about KD’s shot in lane? no call?BBALLBREAKDOWN
OMG WADEBBALLBREAKDOWN
This is what is called Rising To The OccasionBBALLBREAKDOWN
Bosh blowing layup, Russ getting one. Big swingBBALLBREAKDOWN
Again – hitting the roll man is crucial for a great shot. Wade has been amazingly great for 2 games at itBBALLBREAKDOWN
@bballSource Did you see the Heat zone around Durant on the pin down play in the corner??? Left harden wide openTravis Healey
That last OKC possession? Durant to Ibaka to Sefo? That’s not what Brooks would’ve wanted them to doBBALLBREAKDOWN
This is where Brooks is going to have to improve – late game offensive decisions AND offensive sets to begin withBBALLBREAKDOWN
I don’t think Wade got a piece of that shot -sorry Sefo, you just shot a dying quailBBALLBREAKDOWN
@bballSource bs wade got that for sureConnor Fitzmorris
@bballSource Al Jefferson taught the league that all year longDallan Forsyth
@bballSource still haven’t seen Sef make a 3Falcon Lorenzo
Wait – I missed that – LeBRon was on the bench for that??BBALLBREAKDOWN
@bballSource looked like thabo just shot that brutallyjeremy graham
Great move by Chalmers, not such a great close out by Westbrook. Love the two footed finish gliding to the right by RioBBALLBREAKDOWN
So cool seeing how Ibaka can just hang in the air, waiting to almost block that Chalmers layupBBALLBREAKDOWN
@bballSource No, Wade’s hook shot. I replied to you.Ignarus
Whining RT @bballSource: Wait – I missed that – LeBRon was on the bench for that??Colleen Burns
If Haslem would’ve just let it go!BBALLBREAKDOWN
Hard to do that, but Harden should’ve let the ball goBBALLBREAKDOWN
OH. MY. GOD……..BBALLBREAKDOWN
I’m in shock at that Russ foul… I’m not sure even sure I was aware of the clock rule on that, but he should’ve beenBBALLBREAKDOWN
RT @MikePradaSBN: That’s also on Scott Brooks for not telling his team the situationBBALLBREAKDOWN
@bballSource that was almost a chris webber time out move. :(Andrew J Rivers
POst game chat coming up in a few: http://bit.ly/LdaM1sBBALLBREAKDOWN
@bballSource honestly after tonight, Russell is the team leader.N_Settles
Did u see Wade save the ball to Chalmers, then hop back in bounds to give him an outlet pass option? SavvyBBALLBREAKDOWN
@NicholasExalted Not sure you can say that with that foulBBALLBREAKDOWN
@bballSource They’re both young and immature, but Russell’s more valuable at the moment.N_Settles
@bballSource Coach, what do you think about playing Ibaka and Perkin, seems to work the first quarter, not much drives.pt376
@bballSource OKC woulda won if Sefo had spent half the time screening to free KD as he did rotating to the corner for 3s that he never makesJeff Gelman
Guess @bballSource was right… A point guard like Russell Westbrook will never win a ring!Andrew Perucho
Get in on this chat! WAY COOL stuff! http://bit.ly/LdaM1sBBALLBREAKDOWN
Just asked a video question at the @bballSource chat. This is the best postgame coverage you could ask for. You in? http://bit.ly/LdaM1sJavi Perez
Awesome chat! Get in here!! http://bit.ly/LdaM1sBBALLBREAKDOWN
@bballSource The odds Boston can add enough depth through draft, cap space, healthy could challenge in 12/13 season?Shane Mead
@bballSource Love the Vokle chat!!!Travis Healey
@travishealey Awesome -I thought it was waaaay cool – we’ll get the bugs out and have a great one on ThursdayBBALLBREAKDOWN
We just did an amazing postgame chat – we had video questions, guests, graphics. Thanks for being IN the conversation!BBALLBREAKDOWN
@PlaymakerJavi So cool that you can tweet from Vokle tooBBALLBREAKDOWN
@bballSource More informative and analytical than any postgame show on TV. BTW, gave you a shoutout in my DSS today: http://bit.ly/LzB6j1Javi Perez
@bballSource Loving the analysis you provide but I had trouble finding where to send questions during this postgame chatShane Mead
@bballSource could it be argued that wesbrooks high FGA’s were equally disruptive as helpful 2 night?Tim……..
@cfitzakagoose You sure? I gotta go watch the replayBBALLBREAKDOWN
@pt376 I think Brooks’ next move is to put Ibaka on LeBron and take away his post gameBBALLBREAKDOWN

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  1. Slav Zen says:

     What was Fisher thinking?!?!?! I know you were laughing at that drive into the teeth of the defense. Total momentum killer and totally depressing to watch as a 30th year veteran in such a pivotal moment.

  2. sadOKCfans says:

    Was there any young and inexperienced team win the title b4?

  3. Salivatingelk says:

    What was the key to the Thunder’s 33 pt first quarter?

  4. Salivatingelk says:

    Why is Durant having trouble getting into the paint and finishing?

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