Near the end of his news conference, Scott Brooks gave what for him amounts to a rally cry.
Remember the Lakers series.
Of course, he didn't exactly say that. But close.
Remember it? Remember the Thunder's maiden postseason voyage to Los Angeles, when they came home down 0-2 to a championship-caliber team following one game they let get away from them in the end and another they played from behind all the way?
Sounds familiar, doesn't it.
The Thunder's coach thinks so. He even evoked memories of the 2010 Thunder-Lakers series here Tuesday night following Oklahoma City's 120-111 loss to the Spurs.
“We've been in this situation before with this group once before,” Brooks said. “We've had some history with this.”
A quick refresher: That Thunder team got overpowered inside in Game 1, trailing by as much as 17 points before falling 87-79. In Game 2 the Thunder made Kobe Bryant and Co. sweat out a 95-92.
Then it came home to give Oklahoma City two of the wildest nights of basketball its ever seen and even the series at 2-2. Deep in even the biggest Thunder fans' heart, the outcome of that series was sealed by those two losses in Los Angeles. But the Thunder made it a series, and came without a missed box out and Pau Gasol's tip-in of forcing a Game 7 in Los Angeles.
Fast forward to late Tuesday night, and this are the same and different.
Same because the pattern holds in this series. Game 1 was a nail-bitter the Spurs had to pull out late. Game 2 was theirs from start to finish, but not without some anxious moments.
Different because these Spurs are being compared with the great Spurs of all-time, and that's saying a lot for a franchise that's produced four NBA champions.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is fielding, and even answering, questions on that topic.
Asked if the Spurs offense as its performing now is as good as it's been in San Antonio, Pop said, essentially, yes.
“We've had good ball movement with other teams that we've had here, but I think that the combination of penetrate and pitch and post-up with Timmy (Duncan) is probably the best we've had.”
If you're following along at home, that's one of the most understated coaches in NBA history saying his offense has likely never performed better and saying it right after his team tied a league record with its 20th straight victory spanning the regular and postseason.
The Spurs go for a record 21st consecutive victory Thursday night at the Peake.
If the Spurs win that one, and the series is all over but the shouting. (There's plenty of sentiment that it already is.) Oklahoma City will have to live with its fate of completing another postseason master's-level course taught by a champion.
But win Game 3, and there's a series. And an answer to what passes for a Scott Brooks rallying cry.