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Thunder-Spurs seems like a whole new series

Remember when this series seemed all but lost, OKC fans? The Thunder returns to San Antonio with the series tied at 2.
by Jenni Carlson Modified: June 2, 2012 at 11:39 pm •  Published: June 2, 2012

“He scores points with his screens,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said of how Perk usually contributes offensively.

There's no doubt Brooks is absolutely right about that. Perk is a master at setting a pick outside the paint and giving shooters like Durant or Westbrook the whisker of space that they need to get an open look.

But Perk did more than get hockey assists on baskets Saturday night.

He got baskets.

“He was rolling hard,” Brooks said. “We were finding they were jumping out on Kevin, putting two guys on the ball, and Kevin was doing a great job finding him.”

For the first two games of this series, it was the Spurs having those kind of unexpected offensive contributions. Game 1, it was Gary Neal. Game 2, it was Kawhi Leonard.

All the while, the Thunder was depending completely on Durant, Westbrook and James Harden. And they couldn't beat the Spurs by themselves.

These last two games, they didn't have to do that. Game 3, they got help from Sefolosha. Game 4, the assistance came from Ibaka and Perk.

Worked out pretty well for the Thunder, don't you think?

“We know this is only one step closer,” Durant said of tying the series. “We did what we were supposed to do by winning at home, so we've just got to go down there in the mindset that we're going to play hard every possession.

“We've just got to keep believing, man. We'll be fine.”

Sure seems like the Thunder could be better than fine. Is it impossible to think the boys in blue could win Monday night in San Antonio? Is it crazy to believe the Thunder Bandwagon could roll back into Oklahoma City on Wednesday night with a chance for the Thunder to close out this series?

Not anymore.

Not at all.

by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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