As a follow-up to Friday's piece, and by way of alleviating the frustration of last night's loss, here's Welcome to Loud City's J.A. Sherman with his take on the Spurs' win over the Thunder. You can find my attempt at playing the encouraging "big brother" here. Know this: we'll see them again. Take it away, Sherm...
After a game like the one we had on Friday night, I feel like we're watching the original Matrix movie. Morpheus has just laid the smack down on Neo in the sparring program, looks at him panting on the floor, and simply asks, "How did I beat you?" It is not a question of condescension or malice or even arrogance. It felt like, as I posed in today's question, a big brother asking his more talented but defeated younger brother, "Do you understand what just happened there?" as if big brother wants little brother to learn, but the lesson learned cannot be short-cut.
- With the Spurs leading 94-90, All-Star MVP misses a wide open 3-pointer. The Spurs come back on the other end and Danny Green hits a 3-pointer.
- The Thunder cut the deficit to two at 98-96, only to completely lose Danny Green again, giving up the open 3-pointer to push the lead back to five.
- Down three at 101-98, the Thunder get three shots to either tie or pull to within one. Royal Ivey misses a three, Durant misses a three, and Westbrook misses a layup. Parker comes down on the other end, waits for the screen, and buries the jumper to push the lead back to five.
- Down four with under a minute to play, Harden throws in a lazy in-bounds pass, and Danny Green steals it and ends up with the slam. Game over.