The San Antonio Spurs haven’t won a game in Oklahoma City all year, but perhaps with extra confidence and momentum on their side, they could finally re-reach the NBA Finals and play the Miami Heat, again.
LeBron James averaged 33.5 points per game against the Thunder, compared to only 18.5 points per game against the Spurs this season
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 31, 2014
Thunder guard Derek Fisher has played more playoff games than anyone in history.
He says the Western Conference finals between the Thunder and San Antonio Spurs, filled with major strategy shifts and home blowouts, has produced one of the wildest series he’s been involved in. San Antonio leads 3-2 and can close out it out Saturday in Oklahoma City.
“There’s no script for this,” Fisher said. “You can try to set expectations, and everybody can sit around and try and predict what’s going to happen and which team is going to come out on top, and it’s just impossible. That’s what makes sports sports, and why people are so excited about either being there or watching it, because you never know what’s going to happen.”
If Oklahoma City wins at home, which they should, so be it.
— Basketball Reference (@bball_ref) May 30, 2014
Ethan Cohen gives us three keys for the Spurs to win Game 6:
1. Let Boris Diaw do his thing
2. Continue to matchup Leonard on Westbrook and Green on Durant
3. Limit transition opportunities
If the Spurs hope to win in the hostile confines of the Chesapeake Arena then they are going to have to make a concerted effort to get back on defense after missed shots and contest the Thunder in transition. If not, then the Spurs will most likely be staring in the face of another Game 7.
Much of the Spurs success in limiting transition opportunities for the Thunder in Game 5 was due to them simply knocking down shots.
The Spurs didn’t shoot above 40 percent in either games in Oklahoma City, but hopefully their offensive success in Game 5 will translate over into Game 6. If this is the case, then SA will be able to limit the Thunder’s damage in transition. San Antonio must play their brand of basketball and be assertive in their play instead of letting OKC do their thing and use the passion of their fans to fuel their momentum.
Tip off starts at 8:30 ET on TNT. #GoSpursGo!