OKC Thunder: Spurs' Danny Green dominates shooting guard matchup with Thabo Sefolosha

Through two games and two brutal double-digit Thunder losses – the latest a 112-77 dismantling by the Spurs on Wednesday night – OKC has lost nearly every matchup on the floor. But nowhere has it been more apparent than the starting shooting guard position.
by Anthony Slater Published: May 22, 2014

SAN ANTONIO — Often in a high-level NBA playoff series, with stars equalizing each other all over the floor, the deciding factor can come in those fringe matchups.

The showdown between sixth men. The battle of the backup bigs. The cumulative effect of the role players.

Through two games and two brutal double-digit Thunder losses – the latest a 112-77 dismantling by the Spurs on Wednesday night – OKC has lost nearly every matchup on the floor.

But nowhere has it been more apparent than the starting shooting guard position.

Much like he did in the NBA Finals last season, Danny Green is thriving on the big stage. Viewed as a secondary piece – the fifth-best player on this loaded Spurs team – Green has played a starring role through two games against the Thunder.

He has 37 points on 13-of-19 shooting. He’s made 11 of his 15 threes. On Wednesday night, Green exploded for 21 points – six more than any player on the Thunder – going 7-of-10 from deep on a night OKC went 2-of-20.

Meanwhile, Green’s counterpart has been invisible. Through two games, Thabo Sefolosha is scoreless on 0-of-9 shooting.

In the final year of his contract with the Thunder, Sefolosha has struggled like never before. And as the playoff pressure has amped up, his scuffle has only worsened.

“I like the shots I’m getting,” Sefolosha said postgame, following an 0-of-5 night. “It’s just about finding a rhythm.”

Long known for his defense, Sefolosha was at least a capable offensive threat last season. He made 108 threes on 42 percent shooting. But this season, those numbers have fallen off a cliff.

Continue reading this story on the...

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...
+ show more


Trending Now


AROUND THE WEB

  1. 1
    Dog rescued after being stuck in hot tar
  2. 2
    AC/DC's Malcolm Young has dementia, family says
  3. 3
    'Big Brother' star reveals he is HIV positive
  4. 4
    Texas girl missing for 12 years is recovered in Mexico
  5. 5
    PHOTO: Dez Bryant poses for pictures at Texas high school homecoming
+ show more