The Oklahoma City Thunder don’t like the Spurs. The Spurs don’t like OKC and wanted to go for the most slept-on 20-game winning streak in NBA history. Kendrick Perkins thinks Tim Duncan is a mark. Duncan probably doesn’t know what a mark is and laughs away. Kevin Durant evidently doesn’t believe in BasedGod. Matt Bonner looks awkward on the court and in street clothes.
These are all things I noticed as OKC hosted San Antonio Thursday night. The teams also played a good game of ball for three quarters and change so let’s recap.
The first half saw the Spurs get out to an early 10 point gap. Then OKC and San Antonio got caught in a nearly dead heat as the Spurs held on to a small lead after two.
Kevin Durant’s 4-13 first half struggles triggered MVP mode with 12 points in the third quarter. His turnaround made Word need some new pants. Too much information? Yup. Then again as a armchair basketball writer I have to document the truth, sorry.
The Spurs stubbornly fought back into single digits at one point in the fourth. Then, when OKC’s lead went back up to 10, Russell punked poor Tony Parker into a turnover, ran down court, rose up and said “DON’T MIND ME Y’ALL, THE KNEE IS FINE!” Russwald’s stupid reverse yam pretty much killed whatever momentum San Antonio had left. OKC eventually toppled San Antonio 106-94 with Westbrook dropping 27 and 6 while Durant racked up 28 points and maintained his 25+ point run at 39 games.
OKC’s second half defense on top of Durant’s and Westbrook’s scoring caught The Spurs slipping. They had no answer for the duo last night and as the Thunder’s win came with a few realizations.
The first is the most obvious: San Antonio came off that 19-game dub run. OKC also swept San Antonio on the year at 4-0. One win came in spite of a bad shooting night from Westbrook and another with him out with his knee injury. Kevin’s even had a sub par game despite OKC’s handiwork over Team PopDunker.
The Western Conferences’ match ups don’t have these teams locked to meet one another in the playoffs. One should wonder how Greg Popovich can scheme his way out of his squad’s troubles with the Thunder anyway.
Finally, the Spurs have six remaining games to OKC’s eight yet play five teams at or above .500. Three of those games are against the playoff hungry Mavericks, Grizzlies and Suns. A four game cushion would’ve served well given their remaining schedule. OKC’s last stretch isn’t easy either with away games against The Rockets, Suns, Clippers and Pacers.
The one seed’s still San Antonio’s to lose. Nevertheless, it’s crazy to think a Spurs team with a 59-17 record on top of 11 and 19-game winning streaks in one season might end up in second place. I guess basketball’s just weird like that.
Dat Westbrook dunk tho?!?! That was slammin’! Press play on this clip over and over and over.