(Thunder Lead Series 3-2)
Doesn’t it still feel odd to be saying that the Thunder are up in this series after the Spurs put together all those wins in impressive fashion? Now they’re looking like the older team that everyone expected to come this season. The Thunder have the chance to move on to the NBA Finals and start solidifying themselves as a great team for the next years. That’s right, years because have you seen the talent on this team? Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are only 23. James Harden is 22. This is a young squad that’s growing up quickly and learning how to win.
But can they actually pull off this tremendous feat of beating the Spurs four straight times? During the regular season, the Spurs never lost three straight, so it’s hard to imagine they’ll lose a fourth straight and get pushed out of the playoffs. But that could very well happen if Durant can continue his play of late. If James Harden can pull off another scoring binge like he did. If Serge Ibaka clogs up the middle like he’s known to do, the Thunder will win this game. Maybe not convincing, but at this point a win is enough to move on.
What can the Spurs do to stop this? I think Tony Parker needs to have a huge game. Scoring and making plays. Tim Duncan needs to dominate the post with rebounding and scoring. Manu Ginobili can continue to step up as he scored 34 in the starting role last game, and I would believe he’s in that same position this game.
But I think it’s just the Thunder’s momentum right now, and with the way that crowd is in Oklahoma City, it should pump up the team enough to do all those things that can win this game.