OKC Thunder notebook: Kendrick Perkins' quick fouls lead to early playing time for Steven Adams

Oklahoma City’s already altered lineup took an even different look eight minutes into Sunday’s Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.
by Ryan Aber and Anthony Slater Published: May 25, 2014

The Spurs turned the ball over 16 times after turning it over 21 times combined in the first two games.

“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.”

SEFOLOSHA SITS

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.

QUOTABLE

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.”

UP NEXT

Game 4 is on Tuesday night in Oklahoma City. Tip is at 8 Oklahoma time on TNT.

by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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