Hack keys to victory below. Please share your thoughts and your own keys.
#1. Stop trying to hurry the pace early.
Move the ball around instead of forcing the issue. Evidently, Pop told the players to speed the game up for game 5. While the Spurs offense is very effective in a high possession contest (This was broken down in a Hollinger article) it's not going to work if they are committing 21 turnovers. They can be just as effective by slowing it down with a couple of passes. The Spurs should concentrate on running only when they cause turnovers.
#2. Get others involved early.
This is the single biggest key to victory in this series. The Spurs have simply stopped passing the ball around. Parker is the key here, he needs to quit driving into multiple defenders and take his midrange shot. For whatever reason, he isn't getting the calls. The Spurs regular season MVP's play is one of the top two reasons the Spurs are in this predicament. He should mix up his drives with the midrange shot and get others involved, he can put the onus on the officials later in the game with more penetration. Duncan needs to get going early, and hit some shots out of the paint, where he has been well guarded by Kendrick Perkins. Duncan's post play seemed to be more effective late in the game against Perkins.
#3. Diaw and Duncan must stay out of foul trouble.
Diaw presents the biggest mismatch for OKC, he is quick enough to drive past their bigs (he can even score on them occasionally) and strong enough to post their guards. It is key for him to play at least 24 minutes in order to continue making great passes and carving up the OKC defense with his drives and open 3 point shots.
#4 Danny Green, Danny Green, DANNY GREEN.
Green must be given a chance to redeem himself, him and Kawhi Leonard must hit their 3 points shots. Green has been getting wide open looks, and its just a matter of time before his shot starts falling.(But will it be in time?)
#5. Manu should once again start the game.
Placing Manu back in the starting lineup was effective, unfortunately, the overall Spurs tentative play and unforced turnovers negated this adjustment.(See key #1)