The San Antonio Spurs had hoped to steal a game from the Oklahoma City Thunder but, Serge Ibaka aside, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook had other ideas for the night. The duo combined for 71 points and Westbrook set a career playoff five steals.
“I don’t know if it’s the best game we’ve ever played together, we ‘ve played so many games now but I think we have another level we can get to.”
Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich pulled the plug on his starters early on in the rout but the bench pulled within 12 points in the fourth quarter but Pop refused to put the starters back in, in an effort to preserve his aging trio of Duncan, Ginobili and Parker.
“Pop did a great job all season keeping us fresh,” Parker said. “I understand his decision (to keep the starters on the bench), I trust his judgment and now I just have to be ready for Game 5.”
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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.