Thunder-Spurs: First-half observations from Game 1

by Erik Horne Modified: May 19, 2014 at 9:23 pm •  Published: May 19, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (0) takes the ball to the basket between San Antonio's Tiago Splitter (22) and Tony Parker (9) during Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals in the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Monday, May 19, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (0) takes the ball to the basket between San Antonio's Tiago Splitter (22) and Tony Parker (9) during Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals in the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Monday, May 19, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Minuses

Starting lineup: The Thunder started Nick Collison in place of Serge Ibaka, and it didn’t go well. The Spurs shot out to a quick 20-7 lead and scored in the paint at will in the first half.

Defense, defense, defense: Particularly effective were Tim Duncan (21 points) and Tony Parker (12). Ibaka was sorely missed as the Spurs shot better than 60 percent in the first half. Duncan didn’t even have a rebound in the first half, but you don’t get many chances when you’re making tons of shots and getting easy looks. Forty of the Spurs’ 67 first-half points came in the paint.

 

 

 

The thorn in the Thunder’s side all season, the Spurs hit 4-of-9 from 3-point range in the first half, including a killer Danny Green pull up in transition 3 to stretch the lead to 43-35 when it looked like the Thunder was gaining ground.


by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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