Recap and review: Spurs vs Thunder game 5
In what could possible be Tim Duncan’s last game ever at At&t Center the Spurs yet again find themselves thunderstruck in the 4th quarter in round 2 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Lamarcus Aldridge finished with 20 points, but on 6-of-21 from the floor. Tony Parker dropped 9 points and was 4-for-12 from the field, but missed some crucial shots in the final quarter as well that could’ve helped put the Thunder away. Tim Duncan finished with 5 points, but was just 1-for-6 and as great and humble as he’s been to the organization, he’s finally starting to look his age. Danny Green was sensational as the At&t Center erupted each time he hit a three, making 6-for-9 from beyond the arc and finished with 20 points. But that was still not enough to seal the deal. Within the closing minutes Kawhi Leonard had a crucial steal and dunk which seemed like they were about to put the game away, but the Thunder stormed right back and tied the game. OKC definitely got the Spurs out of their comfort zone late down the stretch, but offensively both teams had a hard time getting shots going in at times. On the defensive side both teams played well.
The Spurs just couldn’t seem to get into a rhythm to close out the 4th. They weren’t really moving the ball to the way we’re accustomed. Lamarcus Aldridge started to look gassed as the Spurs depended heavily on him the previous four games. But let’s not take nothing away from the Thunder. They did what any team should do and that’s capitalize on those opportunities when they are presented. All you heard before the series was the talk of the how Thunder’s big 2 was not enough to take down the Spurs alone, and we have seen Thunder coach Billy Donovan make some changes switching out Adams for Ibaka and watching Kanter come along has worked out tremendously in their favor.
As I watch each game the calls keep getting worse and worse, particularly the Dion Waiters foul on Ginobili, but they can’t all be called. It’s not just in this series either. It’s in every series, and has been happening all season long. I think now each call and non-call becomes more crucial especially as the game gets more physical in this time of the year. Yes Kawhi should’ve basically pulled out his inner JJ Watt to get the foul he wanted, but the Spurs should’ve never been in that position to begin with. The momentum is definitely on OKC’s side going into Thursday’s game 6. They won two games in San Antonio in the post season which seemed impossible considering how the Spurs dominated at home all season. Now it seems like OKC is finally figuring out how to close games as that was one of their biggest concerns as the regular season came to an end.
After game 5 Kawhi Leonard told reporters that regardless of the loss the expectation was to play until June. While Aldridge told the media something similar by saying “We have to go out there and play like our lives are on the line.” If anything can help the Spurs steal game 6, they hope to make it back to San Antonio for a possible game 7 they’re going to need all the help they can get from the guys who brought them to dance all these past years, and that’s help from the big 3.