NBA results - The San Antonio Spurs took a commanding 2-0 series lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals last night.
The 112-77 win was not only a lesson in team basketball execution from the Spurs, it also inflicted the Thunder with their worst playoff loss in their history, including their time as the Seattle Supersonics. After the game, Oklahoma head coach Scott Brooks was in no mood to make excuses for the blowout loss.
“It definitely doesn’t feel good, and it shouldn’t. I hope our entire locker room doesn’t feel good. You shouldn’t feel good. We got our butts kicked.”
Not even the superhuman efforts of recently crowned MVP Kevin Durant and his partner in crime Russell Westbrook could stop this one from turning ugly. In fact, the Thunder led 36-33 midway through the second quarter, before a 58-24 run from the Spurs more than killed the opposition off.
Tony Parker had twenty-two points for the Spurs, while Danny Green had twenty-one, connecting on seven three pointers. After two games in San Antonio, the series now switches to Oklahoma for the next two games, where the Thunder will look to regain a foothold in this series.
They only need look at themselves for inspiration. In the 2012 Conference Finals, OKC found themselves down 2-0 against this same Spurs team. They won four games straight, advancing to the NBA Finals where they lost to LeBron James and the Miami Heat in five games.
Oklahoma are feeling the loss of injured forward Serge Ibaka. The shot altering, defensive minded big man is out of the series with a thigh injury. In the four regular season games these two played, the Thunder won them all, thanks in large part to Ibaka. The Spurs had no answer for his defence and ability to stretch the floor for his teammates with his midrange game.
Game three is Monday at 1:30AM Irish time.