Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC isn't the only team that remembers that 2012 Western Conference Finals

The Spurs aren’t talking like a team up 2-0 in this series. There’s no happiness. There’s no contentedness. If anything, they seem to be drudging up disgust from how they ended up playing two years ago.
by Jenni Carlson Modified: May 24, 2014 at 4:19 pm •  Published: May 24, 2014

The refrain has been sung by many a Thunder during these past few days.

“We’ve been here before.”

Remember the Alamo?

Nah, remember the 2012 Western Conference Finals.

As the Thunder heads into Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, it is clearly mindful of the fact that it faced the exact same situation two years ago. Down 0-2. Playing the Spurs. The Thunder rallied, of course, winning four straight and going to the NBA Finals.

One problem — the Spurs remember that series, too.

While the Thunder is looking at 2012 as a source of hope, the Spurs see it as motivation. Fire. Fuel. Even with the news that the Thunder may have Serge Ibaka’s services again soon, the Spurs are dead set on not letting the Thunder come back this time.

“We were in that position in 2012,” Spurs point guard Tony Parker said. “We were up 2-0, and so ... ”

He never finished that sentence, but the implication was clear.

“We know that they’re very capable of a comeback,” he said. “We’re just very focused, and nobody is satisfied.”

Parker said those words soon after the Spurs’ 35-point win in Game 2. Theirs was a performance so complete in its domination that it amounted to one of the Thunder’s worst defeats since arriving in Oklahoma City.

Starters were pulled in the third quarter.

And yet, the Spurs aren’t talking like a team up 2-0 in this series. There’s no happiness. There’s no contentedness.

If anything, they seem to be drudging up disgust from how they ended up playing two years ago.

“We know how dangerous they are, what they’re capable of,” Spurs sharpshooter Danny Green said of a Thunder team that posed very little threat in the first two games of the series, “so Game 3 has got to be even more intense and more focused than these past two games.”

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by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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