"Big, small, we're not guarding anyone."
- Thunder coach Scott Brooks in Game 1 first half.
It was another slow start for the Thunder in Game 1. Some positives and negatives from the first half of Thunder-Spurs.
Bench scoring: Derek Fisher turned back the clock for 11 points and three 3s, Reggie Jackson was right there with him with seven points (2-for-2 from 3), and the Thunder bench outscored San Antonio’s 29-11.
Kevin Durant: The MVP was on in the first half, scoring 16 points on just seven shots.
Rebounding: Despite missing Ibaka and Steve Adams playing just 10 minutes, the Thunder went toe-to-toe with the Spurs in the rebound department with 20 boards to the Spurs' 20.
And this …
Why I'm still hesitant to assume a Spurs win even without Ibaka. Played 'A' offense, yet only up 8. Still no proof they can ever stop OKC.— Brian Mahoney (@briancmahoney) May 20, 2014
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.
Duncan scored 21 points on 9/12 shooting in that 1st half. 16 of those points came in the paint (OKC had 18) pic.twitter.com/NGD5XTGx8M— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) May 20, 2014
The @Spurs averaged 45.9 Points in the Paint per game this season. They had 40 paint points in that 1st half v. OKC (Thunder w/ just 18)— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) May 20, 2014
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.