The Spurs look like a machine. The Thunder look overwhelmed.
Next, the network guys are going to tell us, yeah, but this happened back in 2012. The Spurs won 100 straight games, well actually 20 but it seemed like 100, only to then lose four straight after taking a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.
That Thunder team had Serge Ibaka. That Thunder team had James Harden.
I just don’t see it happening. I’ve been wrong before in these playoffs and may be wrong again but it looks like this series is over either in four or five.
The Spurs had trouble with the Mavs in Round 1, getting outscored for the first six games of the series overall. They could have been 1 and done if they hadn’t figured out a way to pull out Game 4 of the first round.
They’ve looked like a machine since, winning seven of eight. To be fair, six of the wins are at home starting with the Game 7 blowout of Dallas and capped by the silencing of the Thunder Wednesday.
OKC probably needs to start Reggie Jackson and Russell Westbrook together in the backcourt. They have to be able to attack the Spurs from more different places on the floor.
The Mavs had success with Devin Harris and Jose Calderon playing together or Monta Ellis and Harris both being able to attack. VInce Carter was playing a big part, too.
When you play three guys the defense doesn’t need to bother to guard you’re helping Gregg Popovich stop Kevin Durant and Westbrook.
Pop doesn’t really need the help.
The Thunder do need a lot of help. It’s hard to picture where it comes from. A huge Durant/Westbrook game should be able to win once in OKC.
But I’ll be shocked if they head back to Texas tied 2-2 this time.