“When you win, you’re experienced. But if you lose, you are old and unathletic,” Gregg Popovich
The San Antonio Spurs have jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals against a much younger “more athletic” team that radio personalities had no problem telling their listeners the Spurs were.
Tony Parker has led a blitzing, fast pace that Spurs squad showed what crisp, team possessions look like. Pass, pass, shoot was the mantra of the game and Parker even found time to add 34 points en route to dishing out eight assists and collecting three rebounds.
“It was one of those nights. I felt in a good rhythm early on. I was making my outside shots and just trying to be aggressive. The first game (game 1) I was a little too much in a hurry. Tonight I took my time, especially on the pick-and-rolls when they doubled me.” Spurs PG Tony Parker
Rookie guard Kwahi Leonard was sensational and finished the game with a double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds) while Manu Ginobili was, well, Manu Ginobili ( 20 points, four assists) and Duncan was his veteran self producing 11 points, 12 rebounds and dishing out six assists.
“They were making shots. I mean, they were spraying them all over the floor and knocking them in. I thought (Kawhi) Leonard was making the shots. Ginobili made a lot of tough shots tonight. Parker was on fire … I like the guys’ mental toughness.” Thunder Head Coach Scott Brooks
If the Thunder plan on making a series out of this they will have to win game 3. If they cannot take Thursday’s game, the Thunder will be on vacation by weeks end.