HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – Time travel is real.
Don’t believe it? Just look at how much damage Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka and the Oklahoma City Thunder did to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. They partied like it was … Game 4 of the 2012 Western Conference finals.
What looked to be a whitewash a few days ago is suddenly a series. The Spurs were up 2-0 and in complete control with Ibaka supposedly done for the postseason with that calf strain. Two games later and the momentum has shifted in an entirely different direction with Ibaka, the ultimate rim protector, back in the mix.
Now we have to wait 48 hours to see the next twist and turn in this series. The Thunder reeled off four straight in 2012 to advance to The Finals and face the Miami Heat.
Could we be headed for a repeat performance?
If these two have anything to say about it …
… you never know!
#RelentlessRussWest joins Michael Jordan in that elite playoff category … the 40-10-5 club!
The two true #forcesofnature in these playoffs …
Typical stat line from LeBron tonight; an efficient 40 points on 24 shots with only 3 turnovers. Oh wait, that was Russell Westbrook?!—
Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) May 28, 2014
Corey Joseph with the sneaky boom on Serge. #DunkOfTheNight
No one would suggest that the Thunder be used as a teaching model, but few teams have two talents as mercurial as KD and Westbrook … #ThunderUp
Thunder are much better than people give them credit for. They may not do things the Spurs way, but that's a damn good team.—
Nate Jones (@JonesOnTheNBA) May 28, 2014
You had to know the Spurs wouldn’t go quietly, whether it was the starters or cats on the end of the bench. #SpursWay
A comeback engineered by Matt Bonner and Cory Joseph is as Spurs as it gets—
Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) May 28, 2014
The price for rim protectors should go up this summer.
Funny how that happens against the Thunder and not the Trail Blazers and others …
The Spurs look Old—
Brandon King (@BrandonKing4787) May 28, 2014
Now would be a good time to re-try that case, because the verdict has certainly changed for many …
Serge Ibaka is more valuable to the Thunder than James Harden ever was.—
Mike Wise (@MikeWiseguy) May 28, 2014
The Serge Effect in FULL EFFECT!
Splitter again freaked out by Ibaka. Spurs discombobulated when they get the ball near the rim.—
Mike Prada (@MikePradaSBN) May 28, 2014
Don’t go there fella, unless you want to be Public Enemy in 29 NBA cities.
If Kevin and Lebron ever found a way to play together the nba would have to forfeit all rings.—
Jason Goff (@Jason1Goff) May 28, 2014
It’s stunning how quickly the Spurs go from dictating the tempo in a series to reacting and playing on their heels …
I’m usually an advocate of team basketball. But sometimes you have to let your stars be stars …
Russell Westbrook = Menthos in a bottle of Coke
Kevin Durant = A nice hot cup of herbal tea—
Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) May 28, 2014
And yes, this is what we call a Time Machine Game ….
So this has basically become the 2012 Western Conference Finals, with Marco Belinelli in the Stephen Jackson role.—
Kevin Pelton (@kpelton) May 28, 2014
Pop Face anyone?
The quality of your celebrity fans says a lot about you. Well done Thunder!
Takes one to know one!
Love him or hate him, you cannot deny him. Westbrook is truly a #forceofnature when he’s on his game.
Hey, that Russell Westbrook is a pretty good point guard! Taken the most shots (and free throws) for OKC thus far, but managing game great.—
Tas Melas (@TasMelas) May 28, 2014
KD in the lane is problems for the Spurs. He can contort that 6-10 (closer to 6-12 if you ask me) frame in all sorts of ways to get shots off in traffic. I think he settles for jumpers far too often. He can do just as much damage inside and collect those precious trips to the free throw line in the process.
When Durant gets into the paint, it's really not fair.—
Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) May 28, 2014
The Thunder comes quickly and out of nowhere sometimes in Thunder country …
Relentless RussWest is in the building tonight early and it shows. Thunder storm back from that early 8-0 deficit to finish the quarter on a 13-2 tear …
That block was Russell Westbrook's exclamation point on that 1Q. When he's in control and making the right decisions, he's a PROBLEM.—
Camron Smith (@camronsmith) May 28, 2014
No Serge Protector on the floor = free for all for Parker in the lane.
Never jump the pick on Parker. Also don't get caught behind it. Also don't play tony Parker in the pick and roll. You'll die. He's The Ring.—
Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) May 28, 2014
A 7-0 OKC run with Lamb in the lineup in place of Jackson. The Thunder are taking “next man up” to the next level in this series. Bravo Scotty Brooks …
Brooks goes with Lamb over Fisher to replace Jackson, which looks like another right adjustment.—
Dan Devine (@YourManDevine) May 28, 2014
Thunder cannot catch a break. Now Reggie Jackson heads to the locker room after rolling his right ankle all the way over. OKC medical staff are miracle workers, though, so he should be back by halftime.
Hellacious rollover of Reggie Jackson's right ankle, stepping on Green's foot as he went up on a drive. Heads to the locker room.—
Jeff Caplan (@Caplan_NBA) May 28, 2014
There is wrong, plain wrong and just dead wrong. This is DEAD wrong!
Kendrick Perkins is the Internet Explorer of NBA players. Everyone knows about him but he is still completely useless.—
Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) May 28, 2014
He can’t settle. If he does, this series goes back to San Antonio tied at 2-2 and it’s literally anyone’s series then …
Stretch it out TP, because you’re on deck tonight!