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Thunder vs. Spurs Game 1 pregame primer

Oklahoman Modified: May 19, 2014 at 5:27 pm •  Published: May 19, 2014
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photo - How will the Thunder fare without rim protector Serge Ibaka in the Western Conference Finals? Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
How will the Thunder fare without rim protector Serge Ibaka in the Western Conference Finals? Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

 

*Per ESPN Stats and Information: The Thunder has not won Game 1 on the road in a playoff series since 1992 (clearly when OKC was known as the Seattle SuperSonics).

*The Thunder played well against the Spurs this season (4-0) even when Kevin Durant wasn't at his statistical best. Three of Kevin Durant’s eight lowest game scores of the season (14.7, 12.2 and 11.7) came against the Spurs. Not to be confused with points per game, game score was created to give a rough measure of a player’s productivity for a single game (check out the formula here, per basketball-reference.com).

*The Spurs are scoring 105.5 points per game in the playoffs, the most of any team remaining. That's impressive considering no player is scoring in the 20's for San Antonio.

 

 

Some pregame links:

*On Monday, Derek Fisher said that he's not worried about his future until after the playoffs are done. More rumors surfaced Monday morning that the Knicks were holding out to speak with Fisher about their coaching vacancy following the Thunder's postseason run.

*Mayberry writes on Russell Westbrook vs. Tony Parker, a critical matchup in the Western Conference Finals. He also breaks down the Thunder vs. Spurs, matchup by matchup.

*The Spurs slayer -- Reggie Jackson -- will be critical to the Thunder's success says Anthony Slater.

*One of the Thunder's biggest fans also happens to be a Spurs fan. Jenni Carlson tells his story.

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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