The San Antonio Spurs vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder - 5/21/14 Game 2
Oklahoma City Thunder (59-23) at San Antonio Spurs (62-20)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 9:00 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The San Antonio Spurs look to make it 2-0 tonight when they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 2.
Game 1 could not have gone any better for the Spurs. With the Thunder's Serge Ibaka injured on the sidelines, the Spurs had an absolute field day attacking the basket which resulted in 66 points in the paint, compared to 32 from the Thunder. Tim Duncan turned back the clock with a team-high 27 points while Tony Parker had 14 points and 12 assists, but it was the play of the role players that put the Spurs over the top. Manu Ginobili made up for a quiet series against the Blazers in the second round with 18 points off the bench while Danny Green made four threes on his way to 16 points, but the icing on the cake has to be Kawhi Leonard who added 16 points while playing wreaking havoc on defense.
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As for the Thunder, Kevin Durant led the way with 28 points while Russell Westbrook scored 25, but even with a bonus 16 points from Derek Fisher, the Thunder just couldn't find enough scoring to hang with the Spurs. To their credit, they did manage to turn an early 15-point deficit into a one-point lead in the third quarter, but at the end of the day, their defense allowed the Spurs to shoot 57.6 percent from the field which really emphasises how important Ibaka is to their defense.
In ATS trends, the Thunder are 10-2-1 ATS in the last 13 meetings but the Home team is 7-2-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall.
All the NBA analysts were downplaying the loss of Ibaka because they have capable replacements in Kendrick Perkins and Steven Adams, but no one can make up for his ability to protect the rim and the Spurs showed that in Game 1. I don't want to write off this Thunder team so early in the series, but they've got a lot of work to do and I don't think they'll be able to grab a win till they get back home, so I'm sticking with the Spurs in Game 2.