The San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder both have a considerable amount to prove in game 2.
For the Thunder, they’re looking to show that they aren’t as unfocused as they appeared in their blowout game 1 loss.
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The Spurs are looking to prove that they’re the team to beat in the Western Conference. Another strong showing against a Thunder team that many considered to be an elite squad in the NBA heading into this series would go a long way in demonstrating supremacy in a competitive Western Conference.
The Golden State Warriors easily handled the Portland Trail Blazers in game 1 of their series, but their fate going forward is largely dependent on Stephen Curry’s knee and ankle.
If the Spurs take care of business against the Thunder in a similar fashion to game 1, it’d be hard to bet against them from here on out.
Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge played fantastically in game 1, and the Thunder looked absolutely helpless in trying to slow them down.
Leonard’s matchup with Kevin Durant was highlighted by many observers as a key battle to keep an eye on during the series, and game 1 was definitely a victory for Leonard, both in the team aspect as well as the individual matchup.
Leonard scored 25 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and handed out 5 assists. Durant was limited to just 16 points, although he did collect 8 rebounds and dish out 6 assists.
Aldridge was scorching for nearly the entire game. He finished 18-23 from the field for 38 points.
While the entire Spurs team as a collective unit thoroughly outplayed the Thunder, the differences in tenacity were most evident from the numbers produced by each team’s stars.
Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 30 points. Aldridge and Leonard combined for 63.
This was supposed to be a compelling series, and there’s still time for the Thunder to bounce back.
What makes their task difficult is that they have to improve their offensive efficiency against the league’s top ranked defense.
The Spurs look to take a commanding lead in the series before the games shift to Oklahoma City.
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