The Thunder put on a brave front.
“We’ve been in this situation before,” said Brooks. “It’s one loss.”
Said Durant, “If they’d have won this game by one point, we still would have been down 0-2. We’ve been there before.”
Been there. Done that. But not done this. The Thunder has much ground to make up just to get competitive. Just to keep the Spurs out of the lane and off the rim. Just to get some decent shots itself.
“Offense wasn’t a problem tonight, man,” said Westbrook, who must have played the game with his eyes closed. “They just scored points. They made some good runs.”
Some good runs? How about one good run. The 18 minutes from midway through the second quarter, through the third period, when the Spurs outscored the Thunder 56-26. The Thunder hung around for awhile, then got blitzed like San Antonio is wont to do against the Milwaukees and Philadelphias of the league.
“We cannot take anything for granted,” said the Spurs’ Manu Ginobili. He, too, brought up 2012. “We had a great start and ended up losing the series. We are playing a team that is so talented and has so many ways of scoring … it is never over until you win the fourth game. We know that, and most of us were on that (2012) team.”
But this feels different. And not just because Ibaka is injured. Through two games of the 2012 West finals, the Thunder couldn’t quite seem to get over the hump. Through two games of these West finals, the Thunder can’t seem to get out from under the avalanche.
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