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.