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Thunder-Spurs: Another blowout puts OKC on another brink of elimination
The Oklahoman ^ | 5/30/14 | Darnell Mayberry

Posted on 05/30/2014 7:55:10 AM PDT by laotzu

The last time the Thunder walked out of San Antonio the team left with a series deficit that at the time seemed insurmountable.

But in the back of everyone’s mind was history. It was the one thing the Thunder and its fans had to cling to when searching for a reason to believe this team could march back to the NBA Finals.

Then Serge Ibaka came back. And then the Thunder won twice in Oklahoma City to tie the Western Conference Finals at two games apiece.

Before we knew it, a repeat of 2012 looked not just possible but likely.

But when the Thunder walked out of AT&T Center on Thursday night, history was no longer on its side.

The Spurs sent the Thunder to the brink of elimination with a thorough 117-89 thumping in Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead and end the possibility of losing four straight to the Thunder as they did in the 2012 Western Conference Finals after taking the first two games.

San Antonio led by as many as 33 points and cruised after halftime to put all the pressure on the Thunder, which is now staring at a must-win situation Saturday night inside Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The San Antonio Spurs have an astonishing 62 wins this year to lead the Western Conference, followed closely by the Thunderous 59 wins of Oklahoma. The Phoenix Suns, long ago finished for the year, had a dismal 48 wins, placing them 9th out of 15 in the West.


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: nba; ok; tx
Great game.

I disrespected the Thunder, and they scared the pelosi out of me in games 2 & 3. Go Spurs!

1 posted on 05/30/2014 7:55:10 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: Reagan√úberAlles
Good morning. Great news!!


2 posted on 05/30/2014 7:59:08 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: laotzu

I just want the team to win that has the best chance of beating the Miami Trayvons.


3 posted on 05/30/2014 8:00:51 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: laotzu

Thunder lost their shot blocking Center prior to this series and that put them at a big disadvantage of an already difficult task.


4 posted on 05/30/2014 8:06:36 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: laotzu

I read last year The Thunder are “the most republican team” in the NBA. Last night was a huge blow to my Thunder. If we don’t win it this year, I don’t think we can keep all the pieces in place. Westbrook, Ibaka, and Durant are locked up for a while, but I think time is running out. We can still do it, and we should, because we’re better in every way than the Spurs. Thunder Up!


5 posted on 05/30/2014 8:10:27 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: laotzu

I am not a fan of professional sports. I think the athletes are overpaid, pampered and spoiled.

That being said the Spurs do it right. A small $ market team that has loyal players who generally stay out of trouble, a coach with a great system and they win.

If there were more teams like this in professional sports I might pay more attention.

In conclusion I have to say GO SPURS GO!


6 posted on 05/30/2014 8:12:19 AM PDT by Gamecock (#BringTheAdultsBackToDC)
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To: Gamecock

You could take all your points and they would be much more applicable to the Thunder.


7 posted on 05/30/2014 8:16:25 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: demshateGod

Agreed. Both of these teams seem to do it right and largely have good guys on the team. I root for the Thunder, unless they play the Spurs. I’d love to see Duncan get another ring to ensure his place in NBA history. Won’t lose any sleep if Durant has a chance to get his first!

Their series two years ago was the most enjoyable NBA basketball I’ve seen. This series is wild with the home court blowouts in all five games.


8 posted on 05/30/2014 8:23:12 AM PDT by ilgipper
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To: laotzu

Sounds like you’ve had doubts.


9 posted on 05/30/2014 8:25:52 AM PDT by Reagan‹berAlles (Remember, you can't spell "progressive" without "SS".)
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To: laotzu
The last time the Thunder walked out of San Antonio the team left with a series deficit that at the time seemed insurmountable.

This is SERIES!!!!

FMCDH(BITS)

10 posted on 05/30/2014 8:31:56 AM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: dfwgator
the Miami Trayvons

Har!! I love it!

11 posted on 05/30/2014 8:35:34 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: demshateGod
Call em when the Thunder reach the consistent level the Spurch have reached and I will give them a tip of the hat.

From Wiki:

In their 38 NBA seasons since 1976–1977, the Spurs have captured 20 division titles. They have made the playoffs in 24 of the last 25 seasons (since 1989–1990) and have not missed the playoffs in the 17 seasons since Tim Duncan was drafted by the Spurs in 1997. With their 50th win in the 2013–2014 season, the Spurs extended their record for most consecutive 50+ win seasons to 15 (the 1998/1999 season was shortened to 50 games because of a lockout and based on their win percentage of .740, would have easily surpassed 50 wins in an 82-game season, and thus extend the record by 2 more seasons).

They are the only team in the NBA with a tied or better head-to-head regular season record against every active team.


12 posted on 05/30/2014 8:37:07 AM PDT by Gamecock (#BringTheAdultsBackToDC)
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To: Gamecock

That is an amazing stat. And they’ve done it without buying players.


13 posted on 05/30/2014 8:39:23 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Reagan√úberAlles
Sounds like you’ve had doubts.

And why not? I have watched the Spurs lose to the Thunder this very week. It's not like were talking about the Pelicans, Smithville Jr High, or the Suns here. Oklahoma has a damn fine ball club.

14 posted on 05/30/2014 8:43:08 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: dfwgator

Exactly.

It’s all in the system.

I listened to a national sports program this week in which they said a lot of teams draft athletes. The Spurs draft basketball players.

Now like I said upstream I really don’t follow pro sports, but makes perfect sense. If it’s true or not I don’t know...


15 posted on 05/30/2014 8:48:17 AM PDT by Gamecock (#BringTheAdultsBackToDC)
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To: Gamecock

That’s very impressive. Fitting that the Thunder will dethrone them in dramatic fashion on their home court.


16 posted on 05/30/2014 8:49:29 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: demshateGod; Gamecock
Fitting that the Thunder will dethrone them..

It will take a great deal more than eliminating the Spurs this year to "dethrone" them from the accomplishments detailed in post #12.

17 posted on 05/30/2014 8:55:57 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: laotzu

Not really. You dethrone a king, then you rule their kingdom. That’s what the Thunder will do. They have to take the throne first.


18 posted on 05/30/2014 9:03:11 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: demshateGod
You aren't better in every way, because the Spurs have excellent players and they're a better team in the best sense of the word. Plus, Popovich easily outclasses Brooks as a coach.

But the future does belong to OKC. The Spurs are getting old, and OKC's best players are very young. And Adams will be one the league's best centers. So just hang on for a few years.

19 posted on 05/30/2014 9:03:16 AM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: driftless2

You really think Adams will be that good? That’s hopeful.


20 posted on 05/30/2014 9:04:06 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Gamecock

The Spurs are one of the few teams in the league who avidly seek foreign talent. Half or more of their players are non-Americans. Non-American players have teamwork drilled into them which fits Popovich’s no stars style. Of course, it helps that Duncan, Parker, and Ginobili were/are great players, but Popovich expects every player to forgo individual glory and play for the team. Contrast that with many of the super egoes on other NBA teams.


21 posted on 05/30/2014 9:08:05 AM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: driftless2

Cohesion overcomes better talent.


22 posted on 05/30/2014 9:09:57 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: demshateGod
I think he can be a top five center. He's got the youth, size, strength, athletic ability, and very important the right attitude. I should add I'm a nutty bb fan, and I follow college and pro ball avidly. I remember two years ago when Adams was talked about as being a possible great college player before his freshman season at Pitt. I watched him then and thought after a few years of college ball, he'd be a very good pro prospect.

Even though he made great progress during his freshman year at Pitt, I thought he made a mistake turning pro after the season. He proved me wrong. And I'm not the only fan predicting good things for Adams. Many other people are doing the same.

23 posted on 05/30/2014 9:14:24 AM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: dfwgator
" Cohesion overcomes better talent."

We found that out with our "Dream Teams" in 2002 and 2004.

24 posted on 05/30/2014 9:25:30 AM PDT by uncommonsense (Liberals see what they believe; Conservatives believe what they see.)
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To: demshateGod
..then you rule their kingdom

No doubt to it; the Thunder is a strong team. But eliminating the Spurs will not suddenly give them 20 division titles, or mean they made the playoffs in 24 of the last 25 seasons.

Win or lose, the Spurs will remain the most successful team of all time.

25 posted on 05/30/2014 9:28:59 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: laotzu
It'll have to next year. I hope the Spurs humiliate the Treyvons.
26 posted on 05/31/2014 8:34:50 PM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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