Thunder has faced playoff adversity before now

Oklahoma City wins Thursday at home, and it's a new series.
BY MIKE SHERMAN Published: May 30, 2012

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.

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