“If he’s open, I want him to shoot it.”
The Spurs extended their lead to as many as 29 points in the third quarter. Before the frame was out, Thunder coach Scott Brooks took out his front-line guys, replaced them with a reserve lineup and waved the white flag.
Is the white flag being waved in this series?
The Thunder will play on homecourt for the first time in this series Sunday night. Game 3 will be at 7:30 at The Peake.
But it’s going to take more than a change of venue to turn this series. In two games, the Spurs have shown that they can score lots of points in the paint and from the perimeter. And they can defend pretty well, too.
The Thunder shot just 39.3 percent from the floor, including 2 of 20 from behind the 3-point line. The Spurs also turned 14 Thunder turnovers into 21 points.
“Obviously, we feel we’re much better than how we played tonight,” Brooks said. “We understand San Antonio is a very good basketball team, but we also understand that we’re a much better team than we showed tonight.”