Now that’s more like it. I mean, that’s more like what we’ve gotten used to this season.
A game that was very competitive for four quarters with some leads here and there but eventually winding up as a loss. And after the last two, I’ll take it. Especially against a team the caliber of the Spurs.
This was the type of game that was tight throughout, but a poor fourth quarter stretch did Oklahoma City in. And I hate to second guess, but the damage was done with the odd lineup of Kyle Weaver, Shaun Livingston, Jeff Green, D.J. White and Nick Collison. In other words, no offense. The Thunder scored two points over that three minute stretch while San Antonio scored 10. Kind of sort of the difference in the game right there. It’s really no biggie because more than anything you’re trying different combinations and different lineups to see what works and what doesn’t.
You look at the box score and it’s actually kind of difficult to figure out what went wrong. The Spurs shot 47 percent and OKC 45. Both teams made 15 free throws. Both teams made six threes. The Spurs outrebounded OKC by one and only had two more offensive rebounds. The turnover margin was only two in the Spurs favor as the Thunder only turned it 11 times but yet it was a 10 point loss. While they seem small, all those little things added up to seven more Spur shot attempts which gave them five more made baskets. So let’s see, 10 points, two points a basket… five more baskets… two times five equals… 10. There it is. It’s amazing how those tiny things add up to the difference in a game. It really shows how small the margin is between winning and losing at this level. Keep Reading…