NBA Playoffs 2012: Spurs (10-1) vs. Thunder (9-3)

By Quixem Ramirez

May 31, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden (13) speaks to the referee during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs in game three of the Western Conference finals of the 2012 NBA playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Oklahoma City won 102-82. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE

– Time: 7:30 p.m.


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– Thunder injury report: None.

– Spurs injury report: None.

– Best Game 3 plus/minus: Russell Westbrook (10 points, seven rebounds and nine assists) posted a +29 in 33:37 minutes.

– Worst Game 3 plus/minus: Daequan Cook (two points) posted a -7 in 6:23 minutes.

– Oklahoma City outscores San Antonio by 9.1 points per 100 possessions with Thabo Sefolosha on the court this series.

– Sefolosha scored 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting, including four 3-pointers, in Game 3. His 19 points tied his career-high in points which was set on Jan. 16, 2012 against Boston.

– Sefolosha’s six steals was the highest total recorded against the Spurs in the last 11 years (playoffs only).

– Oklahoma City outscored the Spurs by 20 points in the paint.

– San Antonio shot 45.2% from inside nine feet.

– The Spurs did do a good job in preventing the Thunder from getting to the line, their 17 attempts tying their fourth lowest total of the season.

– James Anderson and DeJuan Blair were the only two Spurs who posted positive plus/minus numbers in Game 3.

– The Thunder outscore the Spurs by 6.8 points per 100 possessions with Serge Ibaka on the court. They are outscored by 4.6 points per 100 possessions without him on the floor.

– The Spurs turned the ball over 21 times in Game 3, leading to 20 points, their third highest turnover total of the entire year.

– San Antonio’s proficient pick-and-roll attack — ball handlers ranked eighth in points per possessions during regular season — was limited in Game 3. They ran the pick-and-roll 26.9% of the time but they only scored 0.43 PPP, a remarkably low number.

– The Thunder pick-and-roll coverage varied between switching (when Manu Ginobili handled the ball) and aggressive (when Tony Parker handled the ball) and they put San Antonio in a bind. They were largely unable to move the ball and thus struggled because they were trying to create on isolations which is not their offensive strength.

– The Spurs ran 574 isolations over the course of the 2011-12 season (7.2% of possessions) but that number rose to 13.5% in Game 3 largely because of the Thunder’s defensive adjustments.

– Oklahoma City also denied the Spurs’ down on the low block, where Tim Duncan typically dominates. On seven post-ups in Game 3, Duncan scored four points (0.57 PPP). Tiago Splitter was victimized by a horrendous call on his only post-up opportunity of the game.