Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Avoiding foul trouble a must for the Thunder bigs in Spurs series

No longer can Steven Adams and Nick Collison throw their bodies around with little consequence. With one likely to start and both likely to get increased playing time and responsibility, the duo must be more cognizant of foul trouble.
by Anthony Slater Published: May 17, 2014
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Spurs hoping to avoid turnovers

The Thunder has had an issue forcing turnovers in the playoffs, causing only 10.9 per game from opponents, 14th fewest of the 16 competing teams.

But traditionally, with its frantic defensive style, the Thunder has been one of the league’s best at forcing them. And it’s something the Spurs remained worried about.

“It's a very big key for us,” Danny Green said. “We look at the games we lost against them, especially in the playoffs in 2012, it was turnovers.”

“We give ourselves a better chance if we don't turn the ball over,” Green continued. “They had so many points off turnovers and transition leads to fast breaks for them. If we take care of the ball it helps us a ton so that's a big emphasis for us: Don't turn the ball over and rebounding.”

Rabbi blessing

Hours before Game 6 against the Clippers, with the Thunder practicing at a Jewish Education community center in Beverley Hills, Kevin Durant received a “Triple Rabbi Blessing,” according to TMZ Sports.

“I really prayed and I made a spiritual contact with my heart to Kevin,” one of the rabbis told the site.

The rabbi asked for a Thunder win, which wasn’t looking great at one point.

“When I heard that they were losing by 16 points, I was a little disappointed,” he told TMZ. “I said, ‘Hey God, don't embarrass me today.’”

The Thunder came back and won.

Quotable

Perkins on the Spurs: “You just got to watch out for their trick plays, their back cuts. Like I said, we gotta play for 24 seconds, the play is never over. The same play that they run 10 minutes ago in the second quarter is the same one they’ll run to end the game. It’s all about trickery with them, take away their easy baskets.”

Stat of the day

The Thunder is 4-2 on the road this postseason and 4-3 at home. Against San Antonio, OKC doesn’t have homecourt advantage for the first and only time in these playoffs.


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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