By Sekou Smith, NBA.com
HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – The Spurs Way is real.
It’s a quantifiable force and can be seen on the tread marks all over the Oklahoma City Thunder after the first two games of these Western Conference finals.
From Danny Green making it rain from deep to the 3,000 points in the paint the Spurs have piled up in Serge Ibaka‘s absence, oh yes, the Spurs Way is live and in living color.
Whatever adjustments the Thunder made after watching the Game 1 slasher flick/film (they did watch it, right?) didn’t provide any insight on what could be done differently to fix all that has gone wrong for Scott Brooks and his team.
And before anyone reminds me that these two teams were in this same situation two years ago, when the Thunder stormed back from a 2-0 deficit to win four straight and advance to The Finals, remember that neither Ibaka nor James Harden (who was huge in that series two years ago) are walking through the door for Game 3 in Oklahoma City on Sunday.
So it’s your move Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
How do you respond to the worst playoff loss in Thunder franchise history?
Serge still believes!
There is no greater testament to the Spurs’ greatness in this series than their ability to make sure everyone, even folks out around these parts, gets a decent night’s sleep!
The Spurs are so good that a Western Conference playoff game ended at 11:27pm ET.—
Pablo S. Torre (@PabloTorre) May 22, 2014
The truly Beautiful Game!
How soon, you wonder, is too soon to start planning ahead?
Not too early to consider: If Spurs close out Thunder on May 27th, they would have 8 full days off prior to NBA Finals.—
Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) May 22, 2014
How in the world do you allow a man who has already dropped six bombs from beyond the 3-point line to get free for yet another uncontested look from distance?
Since no one in Oklahoma City will want to watch the film from Games 1 and 2 anyway, why not handle some business during the days off between games …
No sense in wasting a good Game of Thrones reference with this game already well out of hand. But not even a Prince of Dorne could stop this bloodbath. #THRONES!
It’s so pretty when they get the #spursway flowing … even the Admiral thinks so!
Standing 8-count for the Thunder right now, somebody get the towel …
Stop the fight. TKO. See you on Sunday.—
Paul Flannery (@Pflanns) May 22, 2014
A wise man (@SteveKerrTNT) once said, and I’m paraphrasing here, “absence accentuates a player’s value in a way that his presence on the floor does not.” Same way for RussWest last year when he wasn’t available, Serge Ibaka looks better and better with each Spurs layup and wide-open shot.
Should be fairly clear by now that Serge Ibaka is OKC's MVP…—
Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) May 22, 2014
The blame game is a complete waste of time for the Thunder. Getting taken to pieces by a better team right now.
When one team is outmanned or not as good as another team we always try to blame someone. We knew where this was headed without Ibaka—
Nate Jones (@JonesOnTheNBA) May 22, 2014
Teamwork vs. Talent … we all know how this fight ends!
Spurs vs. Thunder is like watching a dude with a black belt beat up a street fighter.—
Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) May 22, 2014
Durant and Westbrook are 9-for-26, Russ 5-for-15 … and in mini-meltdown mode at the half. Not a good look for the MVP or the #ForceOfNature, who needs to calm down and point those fingers at his own chest …
We wonder every night which Russ will show up. One minute it’s good Russ. Next minute it’s bad Russ.
Westbrook take the bitter with the sweet!—
Kenny Anderson (@chibbs_1) May 22, 2014
Oh Manu! Playing like it’s 2002 out here.
Tas Melas (@TasMelas) May 22, 2014
Dancin’ Danny Green droppin’ those 3s again. Here we go …
Danny Green on that NBA Finals ish.—
SB Nation NBA (@SBNationNBA) May 22, 2014
I said a Danny, Danny Green y’all …
First Lance with the 0.1 tip and now you, Nick Collison?
0.1 tip-ins are the new 4-point plays.—
Zach Harper (@talkhoops) May 22, 2014
Reserve game recognize reserve game!
Reggie Jackson 👀—
Jordan Crawford (@jcraw55) May 22, 2014
You had to know MC Serch was a hoops fan. And he’s got KD and Westbrook getting loose for 60 and Caron Butler steppin’ into the A.M. tonight for the Thunder!
Thunder have figured something out in the paint. They gave up the rim early again, just like in Game 1. But they stopped the bleeding late.
After 1: Thunder 26, Spurs 24. Good job by OKC to slow Spurs' fast start in the paint. Only 2 pts in paint in final 4 min of qtr.—
Jeff Caplan (@Caplan_NBA) May 22, 2014
If you’re going to pick on the opposing team’s stars, at least be on point!
Words that don't ring true coming from Spurs stands behind me:"Westbrook, you wimp!" Not an accusation you'll often hear. OKC up 22-21.—
Sam Amick (@sam_amick) May 22, 2014
That paint party the Spurs threw the other night … is still going on.
First eight points for the Spurs have all come in the paint.—
Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) May 22, 2014
You could push the Buffalo Wild Wings button and the Spurs would still win.—
Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) May 22, 2014