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Oklahoma City Thunder: What would Abe Lemons do?

Greg Davis is a retired Army colonel who grew up in Oklahoma City, living next door to loquacious Oklahoma City University coach Abe Lemons. Greg became a big OU fan, now lives in Florida and also has adopted the Thunder as a team for his passion.
by Berry Tramel Modified: May 20, 2014 at 9:18 am •  Published: May 20, 2014


photo - If former Oklahoma City University coach Abe Lemons was coaching the Thunder, his message after Game 1 would be to get good rest. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
If former Oklahoma City University coach Abe Lemons was coaching the Thunder, his message after Game 1 would be to get good rest. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

“And perhaps pray there is a set of NBA officials who can see and have the guts to call traveling. Duncan cannot score at all without shuffling his feet and walking. Ginobili, almost as bad. As for Ginobili, someone needs to put him about three rows up in the seats. Sick of his smirking.”

Thanks, Greg. First of all, let me say I denounce that stuff at the end. I love Ginobili. He’s one of my favorite players in the NBA. He was an old man who got off his basketball death bed TWO YEARS AGO in the West finals. Monday night Ginobili had zero points in the first half and 18 points in the second half. As for Duncan walking, maybe, who knows? They’re reffing Duncan the same as they did in the previous century. Can’t go asking to change things that never will change.

Lineup change for cosmetic reasons? I don’t know. I’m ambivalent. Scotty Brooks didn’t even play Perry Jones in Game 1 until the final three minutes, when hope was lost. Jeremy Lamb played some minutes (and was lost on defense), but not Perry Jones. Maybe it would work. Couldn’t hurt, I don’t suppose.

But the attitude? I sort of like the attitude. Shrug it off. Forget about it. Go to the Riverwalk, eat a Mexican dinner, make the rookies wear a sombrero. Do whatever is necessary to relax and forget your troubles.

The run-run-run concept? I like that, too. The Thunder was at its best in Game 1 when Russell Westbrook went into full attack mode, in the third quarter. This series is not lost. It looks dire, but it’s not lost. The Thunder wore down the Grizzlies. The Thunder wore down the Clippers. The Thunder must wear down the ancient Spurs.

The Thunder lost to the Clippers 122-105 in Game 1 and came back and won four of the next five. The Spurs are better than the Clippers, but still. Abe Lemons was right. The solution to most series problems is win a game.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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