The San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder are preparing for what’s sure to be an epic game 4 showdown in Oklahoma City.
Mother’s Day is a time for celebrating the great moms in our lives, but competition unfortunately breeds both winners and losers.
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About half the moms out there with a vested interest in this game are going to conclude their special day with a moderate to severe dose of disappointment, depending on how deep their allegiance to their team lies.
The term “must-win game” has become cliched to the point that it is only reserved now for drive-time sports talk radio rhetoric bellowing from the mouth of an overly-caffeinated host or a bombastic analyst on television with a keen interest on keeping the ratings metrics high.
At the risk of turning into what I roll my eyes at, this looks like a must-win game for the Thunder.
Only a handful of teams have ever come back to win a series where they were down 3-1. The fact that the Thunder would not only be down by that margin, but against a San Antonio Spurs team that won 67 games in the regular season makes a comeback seem even more unlikely.
Considering that the Spurs went 40-1 in San Antonio during the regular season, they’d have to lose more games the rest of this series in San Antonio than they did all of last year if they can take a 3-1 lead with a win in game 4 tonight.
The Thunder have already beaten the Spurs once this series in San Antonio, which already seemed nearly impossible and dependent on a terrible shooting performance from a normally efficient Spurs team.
The outcome of this game tonight may play a big factor in where Kevin Durant suits up next season.
The Thunder simply can’t afford to lose this game, and the Spurs are well aware that they have their opponent right where they want them.
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