You smell that son? There's a rain comin'. You see, first you smell the rain in the air. Then you hear the thunder. Then the sky opens up and it pours down on you.
Get ready son, there's a rain comin'
First, it smells like rain
Kawhi Leonard was a late scratch so Pop and the Spurs had to scramble to come up with a game plan to contain Kevin Durant. They were relatively successful in slowing Durant, holding him to 4 points early and finishing the 1st knotted at 21. But the smell of rain was in the air. Marco Belinelli scored 11 of the Spurs 21, including a three pointer that I swear he made from the stands, but you knew it was coming. Unless Marco could score 60 against OKC, you knew it was coming.
Then the thunder rolls
The Spurs put on an impressive display on the offensive end during the 2nd quarter. They scored 29 points, shooting 52.9% from the floor. The only problem was the Thunder shot 70% from the floor (ok, ok, 69.6% but still) and scored 40 to take an 11 point lead into the half. Reggie Jackson led all scorers in the 2nd with 10 points and 3 assists.
Then it pours
The Thunder held the Spurs at bay during the 2nd half and it just never felt like the good guys could get over the hump. It was raining buckets, and the Spurs only had some Dixie cups that Danny Green brought to the Christmas party to bail water. It didn't work and the Thunder left San Antonio with a 113-100 win.
Standard Pop quote
I got no clue. I haven't even thought about it. I don't want to think about it. It scares me. -Coach Pop on who would replace Kawhi in the line-up.
Spur of the moment
I just knew early on that Marco would walk away with this, but after his fast start, he faded.
Tony was Tony, with 23 points and 8 assists, but I'm going to give this to Boris Diaw.
He had 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and he made a couple of buckets early in the 4th that really got the crowd back into the game and closed the deficit to within 3. Plus I just like the way he sits on the scorer's table rubbing lotion on his hands.
By the numbers
11: Points from Marco Belinelli in the 1st quarter.
6: Points from Belinelli in the final 3 quarters.
$175: Amount won by the guy in the HEB beach ball drop in the most inept effort I've ever seen. No offense if you're a PTR reader, but that was anemic. CATCH THE BEACH BALLS, BRO.
17: Points from Kevin Durant. The Spurs did a great job of keeping him in check considering most were expecting him to set the NBA scoring record tonight since Kawhi was out with a tooth.
0: Minutes from Jeff Ayres. I don't know why he didn't play. He was there in the pre-game shoot around, doing his monster dunks and signing autographs.
26*: Times Spurs Assistant Coach Jim Boylen said "Billy" during his post game interview with Bill Schoening.
*estimate because I was driving
59%: Russell Westbrook's shooting percentage in the game, his best effort ever against the Spurs.
Odds and ends
- Tiago Splitter was called for a moving screen with about 8 minutes left in the 4th on Derek Fisher. The replay showed a pretty good acting job by Fisher to initiate the contact and draw the foul. On a related note, San Antonio is known as a pretty good little town for people to retire to when their careers are over. However, I would strongly advise against Derek Fisher deciding to spend his golden years in the Alamo City. #Puro.
- Tonight the theme in the AT&T Center was "Summer Wonderland." This follows "Spurstoberfest" which was held in November. If you know someone in the Spurs marketing department, please have them give me a call. I'm not sure how many Spurs fans in attendance have fond Summer Wonderland memories recently, particularly, I don't know, say HOW ABOUT IN JUNE OF 2013
- OKC pre-game warm-ups are different than most. They bring out exercise equipment and resistance bands and have all kinds of things going on in addition to the normal shooting drills. I think I saw a guy blasting cannon balls into Kendrick Perkins belly but I'm not 100% sure.
- There was a guy sitting below us that kept yelling "pass the ball Parker" and "get back on D Ginobili" and "why is Ginobili even in the game" so it's obvious that the Spurs have a succession plan in place just in case Pop decides to hang it up. The next coach of the Spurs was sitting a few rows down from me, sharpening his technique.
- Danny Green. Man oh man, Danny Green. I love the guy, but man. He tried to tip a rebound out to Manu in the first and it went five rows into the stands. Then in the 2nd he had a weird fall trying to get to a loose ball, that most would've gotten. Then in the 3rd he had this:
Tweets of the night
Spurs recaps in the blogosphere might read like Rick Reilly columns— Michael Erler (@MichaelErlerSBN) December 22, 2013
Durant scored 17 points, his second lowest point total this season, and the fewest since Nov. 1.— Quixem Ramirez (@quixem) December 22, 2013
Pop on Reggie Jackson, who is averaging 22 in two games vs. Spurs: "He has been a real problem for us."— Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) December 22, 2013
Who wants to make $20 taxiing me and my drunk friends to and from the spurs game Monday... But seriously— Haley Scribner (@HaleyScribner) December 22, 2013