HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Throw that scouting report in the trash bin. Throw it away.
There is no explanation for what we’ve seen from the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder.
Five games. Five cakewalks for the home teams. And a bunch of us trying to figure out how two teams could look so unbelievably good at home and then get their respective doors blown off away from home.
It’s not just us either. It’s the same on the inside. The mighty Tim Duncan, a man whose been doing this for nearly two decades, admitted he’s never seen anything like this series.
“This is the craziest series I’ve been involved in,” he said.
Spurs coach and reigning NBA Coach of the Year Gregg Popovich made his move for Game 5. He made his adjustment (Matt Bonner into the starting lineup for Tiago Splitter) and the lineup change did exactly what it was designed to do (specifics will not be shared by Pop), since the Spurs won the game.
Manu Ginobili, Danny Green, Boris Diaw, Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard, Patty Mills and the mighty Duncan all did their part to help the Spurs return to the same style and tempo they played in Games 1 and 2.
The average margin of victory in this series is a staggering 20.4 points.
Game 6 awaits in Oklahoma City Saturday night. Can the Thunder get more out of Serge Ibaka, the hero from Games 3 and, but an relative non-factor in Game 5.
Good luck figuring this series out by then …
The Spurs revert back to form and get everyone involved, and things turned in their favor … and the night was, for most the part, antics free.
Six Spurs in double figures. Zero ears blown—
Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) May 30, 2014
Manu and the Spurs are one win away from a back-to-back trip to The Finals, a first in the Duncan-Pop-Manu-Parker era.
Take a quick moment to bow down to Timmy #NobodyHasDoneItBetter
Tim Duncan with his 98th playoff game with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. The next closest active player is Dirk Nowitzki (64)—
ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 30, 2014
“Momentum” has not made it through TSA in either San Antonio or Oklahoma City in this series. #airportsecurity
This should kill all talk of momentum from here on out. Stop being stupid. Each game is its separate entity.—
Jason Goff (@Jason1Goff) May 30, 2014
An appropriate name/number change for the man of the hour.
Dancin’ Danny Green‘s 3-point tally is climbing and the Spurs are running
Danny "Gimme the" Green-Light!—
Kevin Cottrell Jr. (@SportsVentz) May 30, 2014
Perhaps the most dramatic plot twist in the Clippers’ saga yet …
Espn has learned that experts had declared Donald Sterling mentally incapacitated, leaving Shelly as sole trustee & power to sell the team—
Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) May 30, 2014
Ugh! Manu deserves better than this. Much, much better!
Manu with the sweet pass-fake on the break and rips the net on another 3. Manu’s been so good in this series, win or lose.
Manu just post-hypnotic suggestion faked Lamb—
(@netw3rk) May 30, 2014
That’s affectionately known as “gas money” in the land of Ballmer!
In a make or miss league, when you make ‘em like this you lead by 16!
Spurs: 59.2 FG%, 50.0 3PT%, 91.7 FT%.—
KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) May 30, 2014
This is the Kawhi Leonard the Spurs needed in Oklahoma City. Not that he’d have had Ibaka-type impact or anything, but the Spurs play at another level when he’s on top of his game.
Kawhi Leonard is playing like a Game 4 Cory Joseph tonight. In a good way. Fearless.—
Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) May 30, 2014
Pop had options and chose one but wasn’t shy about recognizing that yet another tweak was needed. #ByAnyMeansNecessary
When I heard Spurs were taking Tiago out of the starting line-up tonight I thought they were putting in Diaw. Better late than never.—
Rachel Lauren (@Rachel92Lauren) May 30, 2014
The Big Croissant gets the job done!
That sequence by Diaw – "athleticism" isn't everything.—
David Steele (@David_C_Steele) May 30, 2014
Great question. The list is long and starts with The Big Fundamental and ends, for now, with RelentlessRussWest …
How many future HOFs on the floor tonight …KD—Westbrook..Manu-Parker-Duncan….—
chuck swirsky (@swirsk054) May 30, 2014
It’s better than blowing in Tony Parker’s ear …
1 thing that doesn't change in this series, home or road: Westbrook holstering the guns after a 3.—
J.A. Adande (@jadande) May 30, 2014
Watch out! Clear the lane if you don;t want to be on this poster!
Eat your heart out Eastern Conference finals!
What a start to Game 5! We are knotted up at 32 on TNT. Reggie Jackson wreaking havoc w/ 11pts while Tim Duncan stepping up w/ 7-6.—
(@NBA) May 30, 2014
I wonder if MJ ever gets tired of people measuring the best players of every generation to his standard … nah!
Relentless RussWest is already in that zone tonight. Locked and loaded from the start!
Y'all gon stop coming for Russell Westbrook. Can't say many have played better this postseason—
Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) May 30, 2014
Reggie! Reggie! Reggie!
Bones B. A poet if ever there was one …
Spurs buckets like grazing jabs and OKC hoops like solid shots to the body, but 6 point game means both fighters still standing—
Brent Barry (@Barryathree) May 30, 2014
Good luck making these choices!
Steve Kerr says that in a big game, there aren’t many guys he’d rather have on his team than Manu. I bet two or three are on OKC right now.—
Dan Devine (@YourManDevine) May 30, 2014
The Super Bowl game of this series is right here, right now. And the Thunder’sReggie Jackson knows it!
Reggie Jackson is out here like, "I must kill the queen."—
Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) May 30, 2014
Red Rocket with the start tonight. #ByAnyMeansNecessary award goes to Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, win or lose. But my game changer for the Spurs is this man …
Before we get started, David Aldridge with an update on the Los Angeles Clippers