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Thunder-Spurs: TV voice Bill Land says Spurs must limit turnovers to win Game 6

Land says Game 5 victory in San Antonio shows Thunder is capable of winning an NBA title
by Mel Bracht Published: June 5, 2012
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Bill Land, sports broadcaster

Rather than talking about age, Tony Parker has played average or below average the last three games. He of their Big Three, because the ball's in his hand the most of the time, is the one guy they can least afford to have an off night. Whether it's the deal of (Thabo) Sefolosha being the primary guy that has guarded him, or if he has tried too hard or been a little out of control, I don't think that has to do with age.

What in particular do the Spurs need to do to win Game 6?

They must limit their turnovers. They have survived a lot of things, but they don't survive when they have 21 turnovers like they did Monday night that caused 28 points, particularly the transition turnovers when you're giving up dunks on the other end. And that focuses on Parker and (Manu) Ginobili because they are the ballhandlers. They have to either make better decisions because Oklahoma City is a tremendous defensive team. The other thing is they are going to need someone else to step up other than their veteran players. Stephen Jackson has given them a lift off their bench; other than that. no one has done anything.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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