Serge Ibaka makes dramatic return
Spurs guard Tony Parker said it all along, “Serge will be back.” Well Parker was right and with the return of Serge came a 97-106 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.
“I just knew he was going to play. I’m sure when they looked at the schedule they figured he had a chance to be back for Game 3. That’s why they didn’t bring him to San Antonio (for the first two games). I think it was planned from the beginning. And we’re going to have to be ready because we’re playing a very good team at home.”
The Spurs can get a bit closer to closing out the series with a victory tonight in Oklahoma City. Tickets for tonight’s game and Game 5 are available now! Get yours now!
The San Antonio Spurs did exactly what they were supposed to do and hold home court in game one of the 2014 Western Conference Finals, a 105-122 blowout. The Spurs exploited the absence of Serge Ibaka with 66 sizzling points in the paint.
“We always want to try to penetrate,” Parker said. “We always want our ball movement, that’s how we play — kick and pitch and stuff like that. You know, obviously it’s a little bit better with (Ibaka) not being in the paint, but we’re still going to try to penetrate and make stuff happen.”
For the Thunder, missing Ibaka is the least of their worries. Thunder Head Coach Scott Brooks is imploring that his team execute much better.
“We’re a no-excuse team,” Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. “Serge is out. He’s not coming back. We have to play better. We have to play better. If we expect to beat one of the best teams in basketball, and a very good offensive team, we have to play and we’re not going to make an excuse.”
Game two is scheduled for 8PM Wednesday night. Great seats and cheap tickets are still available so be sure to get yours now and support your Spurs on their Drive For Five.
If the call had come from the usual pundits, then not much stock would be put into those words but the fact that it came from 3 time NBA Champion Manu Ginobili about his own team, lends credence of the statement.
The Spurs are a worrying 1-7 against the elite teams of the NBA including the Trailblazers (twice), the Thunder, the Rockets and the Pacers. The only win came against the LA Clippers who were without the services of All Star point guard Chris Paul.
“When it happens the first three times, four times, five times,” Ginobili said, “then you say, ‘Okay, things happen. The schedule and…’ Now it’s eight (losses), so there has to be a tendency now.”
The Spurs have a chance to add a victory against a top tier team in Oklahoma City this Wednesday. Great tickets are still available!