The mini-road trip for the Oklahoma City Thunder (11-7) began with a thud as the Thunder dropped a 106-100 game to the Atlanta Hawks (12-8) Monday night. The road trip continues tomorrow tonight with a game against the Miami Heat in American Airlines Arena.
Expect the Thunder to continue with the small lineup of Durant, Ibaka, Anthony Morrow, Dion Waiters and Russell Westbrook that has proven more successful thus far this season.
You can welcome the Thunder back home as they return home to take on the Sacramento Kings this Sunday. Get your tickets today and help cheer on your Oklahoma City Thunder!
The Detroit Pistons are a team in turmoil. Losing their last 11 games, their last win was against the Oklahoma Thunder. It almost happened again as Josh Smith launched a game winner, 3-point shot with 1.1 seconds to play.
“Obviously, I was going for the win, or I wouldn’t have shot a 3,” Smith said. “I had a great look, but it just didn’t go down.”
Serge Ibaka was huge for the Thunder scoring 13 points and adding 13 rebounds to boot.
“I thought Serge was tremendous,” Durant said. “He was chasing down all of those rebounds and scoring when we were kicking them out to him. We had possessions where we had three great shots and three offensive rebounds. We’re doing a good job of rebounding the ball.”
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Ibaka held to six points on 3-10 shooting and two rebounds
The Oklahoma City Thunder knew that the task at hand would not be an easy one and, they had proven over the course of the regular season that the Spurs were beatable. Even in the Western Conference Finals, the Thunder were able to absorb the Spurs Home Court Advantage and even the series at home.
In a game of adjustments, Thunder Head Coach Scott Brooks knew the Spurs would have one waiting at the AT&T Center.
“Their adjustment [was] they played a much better game,” Brooks said. “That is a good team that scores in bunches and they close out quarters, and they get you running after the ball. You have to be able to contain that basketball. … We gave them everything they wanted. They got the dribble drive, they got the three-point line, and they got to the free-throw line.”
The Thunder have the opportunity to make their adjustments as they meet the Spurs in Game six of the Western Conference Finals tomorrow at 7:30. Great seats and cheap tickets still remain! Be sure to get yours now!
The San Antonio Spurs were secretly hoping that the talk of the return of PF Serge Ibaka was just that…talk. But talk turned into action Sunday evening as Serge made his triumphant return scoring the first five buckets for the Thunder.
“I love what he did,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “I love the determination that he played with. That’s something that he’s done all along. That was a great, great game by him. He impacted the game both ends of the floor.”
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Scott Brooks looking to calm his team in Game 2
The Oklahoma City Thunder are looking to rebound against the San Antonio Spurs tonight after relinquishing game one at the AT&T center Saturday night where they led most of the evening.
While most pundits are pointing at Brooks’ move to take Serge Ibaka out of the game in the 4th as the turning point, I think more important was the fact that the Spurs defense tightened up allowing the Spurs to go an 18-3 run.
“The charges we took really helped change the game,” Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich said of his team’s fourth quarter performance. “Made stops in the fourth quarter and the charges were a big part of that. I thought Stephen Jackson did a really good job for us down the stretch guarding Kevin Durant, which is like an impossible task basically.”
If the Thunder hope to get back on track, they will have to not only repeat their effort from game 1 (at least 3/4’s of it), show poise and maturity and let the Spurs know that they deserve to be there but also be able to stop the Spurs Pick and Roll.
The Thunder also know they cannot dwell on game 1.
“How it happened is irrelevant,” Thunder guard Derek Fisher said of letting a lead slip away. “Whether we lose by 20 or lose by one, we lost.”