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Playoff Round 3 Game 2 Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs

San Antonio Spurs vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Game 2 - AT&T Center
May 29, 2012, 8:00 PM Spurs Time

That was a thrilling ride on Sunday. Nice to see this team has its own Memorial Day Miracle. There are so many things that you can say about last game, and so many things we shouldn't say about it. I've been rolling the entire game over in my mind and I keep flip flopping like Stephen A. Smith about whether or not this game should bode well for the Spurs or not. The very least we can say is, we protected HCA so far. Without further ado, here's some random thoughts.

On the one hand, the Thunder forced 16 turnovers and scored 19 points off those turnovers.
On the other hand, if the Spurs don't turn the ball over that much, this game is most likely a win by 20.

On the one hand, the Thunder should've won 3 out of the 4 quarters. It took a super human effort by Manu to have the Spurs up 6 at the end of the first. The Thunder then outscored the Spurs by 15 in the next two quarters.
On the other hand, the Spurs only needed 1 good quarter to beat the Thunder by what should've been 7 (without some garbage 3's). And the reason they lost the third quarter was because the Thunder made shots while the Spurs didn't. If you take a look at the shot chart, we took 8 shots in the paint, and hit 3. We had 4 wide open corner 3's and made 1. The Thunder had 5 shots within 5 feet and made 3, while hitting 2 of their 5 three pointers. Not to mention hitting a good % on their midrange shots. It reminded me of game 3 against LA where we couldn't hit the broad side of the barn.

On the one hand, Derek Fisher channeled 0.4 again and decided to show Matt Bonner up for voting him off the NBA players union going 6-6 at one point.
On the other hand, Neal still outplayed him and it's highly unlikely Fisher ever does that again.

On the one hand, Westbrook and Harden are going to have much better games the rest of this series.
On the other, so will Tony Parker and Danny Green (I'm leaving off Duncan because I think that will be a familiar statline for him this entire series).

On the one hand, Ibaka only played 22 minutes and ended with a +9. He sat out the entire 4th quarter.
On the other, Boris Diaw only played 22 minutes, ended with an 8-4-4 statline. If Ibaka plays more at the 4, expect to see Boris continuing to slice up the Thunder defense.

On the one hand, Kevin Durant is like a 7 foot tall Gary Neal.
On the other:


via h/t Play Splitter


PG: Tony Parker
SG: Danny Green
SF: Kawhi Leonard
PF: Tim Duncan
C: Boris Diaw

Key Bench Players
Gary Neal
Tiago Splitter
Stephen Jackson
Manu Ginobili


PG: Russell Westbrook
SG: Thabo Sefolosha
SF: Kevin Durant
PF: Serge Ibaka
C: Kendrick Perkins

Key Bench Players
Nick Collison
James Harden
Derek Fisher

NBA Stats Cube Lineup Comparison Here. Thunder perspective can be found at Welcome to Loud City

What does this all mean?
A comfortable win for the Spurs, and by comfortable I mean 14 point win with Duncan showing off against a weak onball defender in Serge Ibaka. Think 20pts, 13 rebs, and 4 assists. This includes a huge dose of nasty from Jax, Green and Manu.

As always Tony must dominate Fisher, and NBA league pass is recommended for those who are willing to pony up the cash. Almost every Spurs game will be broadcast there, which is especially helpful for those of us who aren't in the San Antonio area. Please don't post links to illegal game feeds in the game thread. Links to illegal feeds are not permitted on SBNation, but you can probably find them out there on the internets if you're resourceful and desperate.