The nation is coming around to the fact that the Spurs might be pretty good, as most of the attention has gone to other teams while they just quietly and ruthlessly do their thing. No more, after a twenty game winning streak that has now extended to Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. The Thunder return home and must win tonight to have any chance to make this a series.
A couple of the big questions for tonight:
–Will Kevin Durant get the ball and make an impact in the fourth quarter? It’s a good thing his last name is not James or he would be causing a meltdown. Durant has only attempted 4 shots in the last two fourth quarters, both games where the outcome was in doubt entering the frame. His only made shot was on a layup (he did make 8 free throws). While 10 points over two quarters is good for a mere mortal, it isn’t what you expect from the scoring leader with the game in the balance.
–Will Scotty Brooks adjust? I don’t care if he usually takes Ibaka out for large stretches of the fourth quarter. He is by far the best interior defender and the Spurs diverse offense brutalized the Thunder inside when they lack a shot blocking presence. Also, Derek Fisher? Really? Less minutes, not more, Scotty.
–The Post-Game Outfits. Russell Westbrook is hopefully ready to step up his game again. Isn’t that why we watch?
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