NBA: 2013-2014 Season - DONE Spurs Win

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  1. Blitz24

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    To be honest it's not the worst thing in the world to have a team tank. It happens in the NBA anyways.
     
  2. McLaren

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    I never said it didn't, but it's something the league frowns upon. People aren't happy the Cavs got another first round pick, but it's not like it'd be drastically different from adopting another sport's rules; Teams like the Spurs would always be at the bottom & we'd constantly see the Bucks or Hornets getting 1st dibs.


    As for the game tonight, the Spurs came to play. :lol:
     
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    The Thunder are practicing their golf swings.
     
  4. McLaren

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    Westbrook+Durant 13/40 fg 1/9 3pt, 30 pts. Spurs did nothing more than expose just how inefficient this team is relying on 2 players 24/7. Chuckbrook flopping & getting pissed at no calls only emphasizes just how much these 2 rely on ref whistles to get into rhythm. And of course, made this game even more entertaining. I think this is the first Thunder game I've seen where someone else on the team actually had just as many points as the duo with Lamb at 13.

    Makes me die laughing at Westbrook as a Top 10 player or his sidekick as the league MVP. Even better watching Thunder fans placing all the blame on Brooks for their shoddy performance or jumping ship to other teams now. :lol:
     
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    Spurs came to battle, not play. :cool:

    And though losing Ibaka was big, I honestly do not think he was going to add that much of a difference seeing OKC lost the last two games by a combined 50 points now?
     
  6. Brett

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    Serge Ibaka has a huge impact on the Thunder defensive scheme. He covers so much ground, so quickly and masks any shortcomings of the perimeter players. Driving into the lane is not a great idea with Serge in the game.

    Further, Ibaka has a larger impact than Collison, Adams, or Perkins on the offensive end. There is little to no reason to respect any of those three on offense. Ibaka's jump shot has to at least be somewhat respected.

    One place Scott Brooks has failed as a head coach is not playing younger players more. There is absolutely no reason that Perry Jones, Jeremy Lamb, and Steven Adams should not have been playing more during the regular season. All three of them need NBA minutes. Had Perry Jones gotten more minutes during the regular season, then maybe he could have come in and done a reasonable Serge Ibaka impersonation. Jones has shown he can be a very good defender in short stretches. However, I doubt it would have had a large impact on this series, but it would not have hurt matters.

    EDIT: Some stats: In the regular season against the Spurs, with Ibaka on the floor, the Spurs scored 93.0 points per 100 possessions and shot 46.6% inside five feet. With him off the floor, the Spurs scored 120.8 points per 100 possessions and shot 63.6% inside five feet.

    And just for reference, the Clippers had the highest points per 100 possession in the regular season at 109.4. The worst was the lowly Sixers at 96.8.
     
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    I found out today Australian forward Cameron Bairstow is also attempting to be drafted, best of luck to him I hope he finds an NBA home (expecially if that home is the Raptors who have two 2nd round picks :sly:).

    Edit: I dare someone to count how many time he says "Umm" in this interview.:lol:


    Edit 2: He actually has more game than I thought, here's a draft workout of his.
     
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    As Kevin Harlan might say, Paul George will be "all dressed up and ready to go" for the next game of the Eastern Conference Finals Saturday night in Miami after being cleared for concussion testing. Serge Ibaka may reportedly return to the OKC lineup after being listed as out indefinitely. Glimmer of hope for OKC fans as the SA/OKC series shifts to Oklahoma City.
     
  9. sumbrownkid

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    I still think Ibaka is not going to make that much of a difference against the Spurs. Spurs are just playing much better basketball and showing OKC that they are just a two man show.
     
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    Hilarious if you can understand cuban
     
  11. McLaren

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    LMAO at this RefKC love fest. Patty Mills shoots an open 3 with the ball in the air long before the defender comes. Defender touches Patty on his follow-through = offensive foul. Points should still count, no basket. :lol:

    How anyone can like this POS team outside OKC...smh.

    Edit* Wow. Adams lands on Duncan, incidental contact, yet they call the Clips for the same fouls against Paul running into Adams.
     
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  12. Stavingo

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    Spurs shot no FT's in the 3rd, OKC almost got 20FTA's :lol:
     
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    Wow, down by 15? I hope San Anton recover & win at least one on the road. :crazy:
     
  14. Stavingo

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    I just hope this isn't 2012 all over again
     
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    Why. Would you. Say that.

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  16. McLaren

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    Tony Brothers keeps officiating OKC games, bet on it.
     
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  17. Stavingo

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    I can see this going to 7 games easily if the refs keep going like this.
     
  18. McLaren

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    OKC hasn't lost a game in 2 years when Brothers officiates. Then you have reports of Durant's mother talking with Brothers and hugging him. :odd:
     
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    No wonder why she's the real MVP :p
     
  20. McLaren

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    :lol:

    The funny thing is the league's golden child has been playing nothing like an MVP. If this game was within' 10 points, 5 minutes to go, he'd be passing up shots to Westbrook in the last 2.
     
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    Considering OKC only won by 9, I think Spurs may take game 4 if the officiating goes all well, Spurs shot terrible tonight.
     
  22. McLaren

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    That's true. Parker was off his game as well. Interesting to see how Pop changes up the gameplay.
     
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    No one noticed when Danny green got called for a foul for patting Steven Adams on the back after helping him up? Apparently it was "reaching for the ball"
     
  24. Stavingo

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    I noticed a lot of ticky tack fouls like that, like @McLaren said before Mill's 3 should've counted but it was an offensive foul, pretty phantom call if you ask me.
     
  25. sumbrownkid

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    He's not gonna change much. If anything they'll just go over game tape and just go over what went wrong and right. The officiating has been suspect, but alas, officiating as a whole has been turrible. Not terrible, turrible.

    And Brett you can chuckle at me for this game, but you can't laugh at me until OKC pulls this even.:cool:
     
  26. Brett

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    The refs were consistently inconsistent. The first half was a Spurs love fest with a bunch of ticky tack calls going in their favor and nothing of the sort called on the other end. Perkins had two moving screen foul calls that were much less egregious than two super moving screens by Boris Diaw. Manu Ginobli is already a very good player and the addition of at least two very obvious moving screens only made him even more difficult to defend, especially since he was not missing anything he threw up in the first half.

    The calls in the third quarter went the Thunder's way. However it should be said that they were playing very aggressively and looking to get to the rim at every opportunity. It did not matter which San Antonio player was guarding on the perimeter, as all of the Thunder perimeter guys were looking to and able to get to the rim. The Spurs failed to do that throughout the game, but especially so in the third quarter.

    I probably would not have even thought about it had you not said something. The Thunder have a long way to go before this is a series. Serge Ibaka will have to continue being able to play while hurt. He is a huge difference maker against how the Spurs play on offense. It also helps that he is a viable offensive player. Without him, the Thunder are not very likely to compete against the Spurs.

    And since there is no one in this thread giving the Thunder any credit in this game, I guess I will be the one to do so. After a poor shooting start, Russell Westbrook finished the first half very well and ended up having a pretty good game on the offensive end. In combination with Serge Ibaka, Westbrook's defense against Tony Parker was very good and Parker was a non-factor in this game.

    The Thunder's team defense was also good. Much of that was due to Serge Ibaka patrolling the paint and causing any Spur that dared wade into the paint to second guess their shot selection. Ibaka is a difference maker against the Spurs offense and it showed tonight.

    Steven Adams also played well in extended minutes after Kendrick Perkins picked up three quick fouls in the first quarter. Those quick fouls may have been a bit of a blessing because it meant that Steven Adams would likely get more minutes, so long as he was able to stay out of foul trouble. Adams made the most of those extra minutes with nine rebounds, four blocks, and the annoyance of everyone that is not a Thunder player or fan. :lol: Steven Adams is going to continue to be an awesome addition to the team. He does all of the nitty gritty stuff that is needed out of a role player.

    The change of not starting the very ineffective--for a player whose calling card is defense, he has been especially ineffective on the defensive end--Thabo Sefolosha and going with Reggie Jackson instead was a good one. The Thunder cannot afford to dig themselves into a hole at the start of the game with two players who cannot contribute on offense.

    There was also a welcome Jeremy Lamb sighting in tonight's game. While Lamb's minutes were limited, he was effective enough and contributed more than Sefolosha would have.

    The Thunder also dominated the boards and the paint with blocked shots. OKC outrebounded the Spurs 52 to 36. The Thunder also out blocked the Spurs 10 to 2 and caused many a Spur to think twice when coming into the lane.

    However, it is just one game and one game in which the Thunder outplayed San Antonio. The Thunder will have to continue playing at or above this level if they want to get back into this series. Serge Ibaka's calf is also going to have to stay in good enough shape for OKC to have a chance. But compared to the first two games, this was better and much more indicative of what games between these two teams should be like.
     
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  27. McLaren

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    It should have counted regardless if there was an actual foul or not; the foul was called long after the shot was made.
     
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    Heat played pretty well today, Lebron was unstoppable.
     
  29. Stavingo

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    'Born ready' having a coming out party of 9 points after his magnificent trash talking to LBJ :lol:
     
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    I always get the impression that anyone who trash talks Lebron publicly immediately regrets it the next time they play him.:lol:

    Edit: Side note to Aussies, we have some exhibition games against China being aired on ABC-2 this week starting on Thursday night I think. None of our good players are in it of course, but it may be an opportunity to see young up and comers.
     
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