A limited number of single-game tickets for Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference Finals will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. and will be available online only at thunder.nba.com.
Tickets are also available now at the Thunder TicketExchange, the only Thunder-authorized source for fan-to-fan ticket sales. Thunder season-ticket members can print their tickets online or post them on Thunder TicketExchange.
The Thunder's best-of-seven series against the San Antonio Spurs begins Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the AT&T Center. Game 2 will be Tuesday at 8 p.m., also in San Antonio.
The series shifts to Chesapeake Energy Arena for Games 3 (May 31) and 4 (June 2) and, if necessary, Game 6 (June 6).
Game 1: Sunday, Thunder at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.
Game 2: Tuesday, Thunder at San Antonio, 8 p.m.
Game 3: May 31, San Antonio at Thunder, 8 p.m.
Game 4: June 2, San Antonio at Thunder, 7:30 p.m.
Game 5: June 4, Thunder at San Antonio, 8 p.m. *
Game 6: June 6, San Antonio at Thunder, 8 p.m. *
Game 7: June 8, Thunder at San Antonio, 8 p.m. *
* — if necessary
Thunder players had an off day Tuesday and were not made available to media. The team returns to practice Wednesday and will depart for San Antonio on Saturday afternoon. … Kevin Durant's “Face-to-Face with Hannah Storm” special will air Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. … In its 106-90 victory over the Lakers in Game 5, the Thunder had more fast-break points (30-6), second-chance points (13-6) and points in the paint (50-46). The game had 16 lead changes and eight ties.
NO TIME TO REST
Durant and Russell Westbrook usually rest the first four minutes of the fourth quarter as part of coach Scott Brooks' substitution rotation. In Games 4 and 5 against the Lakers, however, both players started the final period.
“I felt with the days off between games and the long timeouts, they can handle the extra four to five minutes they would normally get a break during that time,” Brooks said. “Usually I do it with Kevin and not Russell, because the point guard takes so much physical effort to play both ends of the floor and the mental part of the game. So I usually give him (Westbrook) a break.”
WE SHALL RETURN
The Lakers, who have won 16 NBA titles, have been eliminated in the second round the last two seasons.
“Come hell or high water, we're going to be there again,” Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said in the early morning hours Tuesday after his 42 points weren't enough to conquer the Thunder in Game 5. “It's kind of unfamiliar territory. I'm really not used to it. It's pretty odd for me. I'm not the most patient of people and the organization's not extremely patient either. We want to win and win now. I'm sure we'll figure it out. We always have and I'm sure we will again.”
What do the Lakers need to catch up to the Thunder?
“I don't know,” Bryant said. “It's tough to really process exactly what we need with improvements and what area we need to improve on. But that's something that we'll definitely think through and we've really been great at as an organization. Mitch (Kupchak, Lakers general manager) has really done a phenomenal job this past decade in building title teams pretty quickly. We just have to do it again.”
Bryant on what lies ahead for the aging Lakers: “I'm not fading into the shadows, if that's what you're asking. I'm not going anywhere. We're not going anywhere. It's not one of those things where the Bulls beat the Pistons and the Pistons disappeared forever. I'm not going for that (stuff).”