SAN ANTONIO — “I have another level I have to go to in order for us to get this thing done.”
Kevin Durant said that Tuesday after the Thunder’s two-hour practice session, and in context, it was an answer to a question about what he can do more defensively.
But in broader strokes, it’s applicable to everything about this Thunder-Spurs series. Responsibility is falling to Durant and Russell Westbrook to just figure it out. Play better defense, execute better offense, make more plays, make more shots — do it all. With the starting five the Thunder rolled out in Game 1, it’s pretty clear that for extended stretches to begin the first and third quarters, it’s on those two.
The beginning of the game was bad as the Spurs diced OKC up as the Thunder missed some decent looks. The third quarter though was much better, as the Thunder overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to take a lead at two different points. Keep Reading…