“We didn’t play good basketball, and it starts with me,” Parker said. “I need to play better.”
The Thunder attempted 22 free throws in the fourth quarter. The Spurs had none.
“We have to be more aggressive and penetrate better,” Parker said. “We have to do everything harder.”
PARKER BRUSHES OFF 2012 COMPARISON
The Spurs have now lost eight consecutive games in Oklahoma City dating back to the 2012 Western Conference Finals.
In that series, San Antonio won the first two games at home before the Thunder won four consecutive games to advance to the NBA Finals.
Parker was in no mood for comparisons after Sunday’s game.
“Each year’s different and this year is different so we can’t think like that,” Parker said. “All we can control right now is Game 4 and play better.”
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he was disappointed his team didn’t play with a “foot-on-the-neck sort of attitude.”
“You know what, you can talk about whatever you want to,” Duncan said. “They beat us. They beat us tonight. We’re going to play another game, and we’re going to be ready for that one. However you want to twist it or turn it or give credit to whoever, they beat us and we’re moving on.”
For the second time in these playoffs, veteran guard Thabo Sefolosha was yanked from the Thunder’s starting lineup.
And just like back in the Memphis series, that meant no Sefolosha at all on Sunday night against the Spurs. He didn’t play a minute after playing more than 25 minutes combined in the first two games.
With the starting lineup expected to stay the same moving forward, there’s now a decent possibility that the long-time OKC forward has played his final minutes in Thunder blue.
He’s a free agent in the offseason, and signs indicate he’s not likely to be back.
Also missing from the floor Sunday was Nick Collison.
Collison had played more than 28 minutes over the first two games.
Adams when told of the updated status of Ibaka by the media: “When was this?...You guys probably know more than me, I’m just a rookie.”
Game 4 is on Tuesday night in Oklahoma City. Tip is at 8 Oklahoma time on TNT.