SIGHTS AND SOUNDS FROM GAME 2
The Thunder Bandwagon has hit its first big rut of the playoffs. A 120-11 loss in Game 2 marks back-to-back losses for the first time in these playoffs. That and plenty of other things had people buzzing.
SEEN AND HEARD
*Pop's pep talk has taken on a life of its own. When San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich huddled his players while trailing in the fourth quarter Sunday night and told them “I want some nasty”, who knew it would create a phenomenon?
Tons of fans were spotted at the AT&T Center wearing the phrase on T-shirts.
Funny thing is, Pop's not exactly known as a quote machine.
*Another popular incarnation of Pop's pep talk: Lots of signs that read “DYNASTY”.
*Biggest cheer of the night might've been for Tiago Splitter. In an effort to turn the momentum, the Thunder employed a hack-a-Splitter philosophy late in the third quarter, and the Spurs big man shot free throws on five consecutive possessions. He made only 5 of 10.
When the Spurs finally got Tim Duncan subbed in for him, Splitter got a big hand.
At least, we think it was for him — and not for the fact that he was finally on the bench.
TWEET IT UP
What the Twittersphere had to say during Game 2:
@jadande: Spurs haven't lost a game since the last time I checked my Google+ page.
@AmyLawrenceESPN: Janet Jackson's “Nasty” getting more play in the last 48 hours than it has in the last 10 years. Thanks, Gregg Popovich.
@marekalaine: I've decided Ibaka and Parker talk to each other solely in French.
@NotBillWalton: Tim Duncan & Derek Fisher just collided. I was afraid they would both break a hip. Either that or miss “Matlock” reruns.
@ChrisMannixSI: Oklahoma City built this team to beat the Lakers. They did not count on San Antonio still being this good.
Highlights from the live chat at NewsOK.com during Game 2:
7:56 p.m.: Aries: When there are storms in OKC, the Thunder usually wins.
8:10 p.m.: The Other KD: Does Durant realize he is the All-Star of our team? He has got to get open.
8:12 p.m.: OK_OIF_VET: There is a reason the Spurs are 19-0 and 29 out of their last 31. TEAM WORK!!!
8:29 p.m.: Earl, NYC: They show glimpses of what could be, but the Thunder aren't playing team ball nor are they being consistent.
8:46 p.m.: E: We need to learn from them. Their ball movement is getting them wide-open shots.
9:03 p.m.: ThunderSonics: What happened to all of these films they were gonna watch yesterday? Same old crap.
9:29 p.m.: RumbleThunder: Dear Mr. Brooks, can we at least try Thabo on Parker? What would it hurt at this point?
9:38 p.m.: Vicki: Gettin' ugly. Very, very ugly.
9:40 p.m.: BB in San Diego: I'm still thinking seven-game series but only if you win Game 3.
10:43 p.m.: salamander: This is not cool.