See here’s the thing: The Spurs are really good. That’s the first thing to recognize about this game. The San Antonio Spurs are absolutely as good as anyone in the league. There’s no doubt about it.
However, and this is an excuse I realize, but Oklahoma City was playing just 24 hours after a hard fought, up and down affair against the Hawks against a well rested San Antonio team that happens to have the best record in the NBA, and is undefeated at home since the start of December. Winning was going to be a challenge. Possibly even a miracle.
But that doesn’t excuse the total egg laid by the Thunder. From the opening tip it was obvious that the Spurs were ready and OKC wasn’t. The Thunder started the game just 4-22 and had seven turnovers in the first 15 minutes. At one point, OKC trailed by 18 in the first half. Even with the excuses of heavy legs and on the road, the Thunder’s just too good of a team with too much talent to let that happen.
Really the only player that appeared excited to play in the first half was Serge Ibaka who had 11 points, nine rebounds and was fighting his butt off on the inside against Tim Duncan and DeJuan Blair. Everyone else seemed to be coasting a bit. You can get away with those types of things against lesser teams on the second night of a back-to-back but against the league’s best, you better be ready. Keep Reading…