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3 Hot Takes From Spurs' Blowout Win Over OKC Thunder

Josh Giddey, Keldon Johnson
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The San Antonio Spurs shellacked the Oklahoma City Thunder in the AT&T Center on Wednesday night 118-96.

The Thunder never really stood a chance as the Spurs played stellar defense and shot 49% from the floor compared to the Thunder’s 39% effort. The Spurs’ 49% field goal percentage, 13 blocks, and 15 three-pointers made were all better than the league leaders’ averages so far this season. It was one of the Spurs’ best games so far. 

The 22-point win was the Spurs’ fifth-largest margin of victory in the 2021-22 season, and it was one of the most complete efforts by the team. The Spurs did not look like the 12th seed, and if they can turn a corner and play like this for the remainder of the season, they could be a sleeper come playoff time.

In a game that was only full of positives, there were three major takeaways that could affect the rest of the season moving forward. 

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San Antonio Spurs Bryn Forbes / Tim Nwachukwu/GettyImages

1. It Doesn't Look Like Bryn Forbes Will Be Missed

Bryn, if you read Air Alamo please know I’ve written about you twice and both were glowing reviews full of praise. You’re a great shooter and I was worried that the Spurs would struggle to replace the sharpshooting that was brought to the floor, but it looks like that has already been solved based on one game. 

After one game in the post-Forbes era, the Spurs are shooting 37.5% from behind the arc, which puts them at second in the entire league. A small sample size, I know, but it shows good things to come. Doug McDermott, Keldon Johnson, and Devin Vassell combined for an insane 13/19 from deep, and they weren’t total liabilities on defense.

It’s safe to say the Spurs have decent shooters -- some of the best in the league when things are going the right way.

On defense, the Spurs posted nine steals and 13 blocks. Murray had three steals, Poeltl had four blocks, and Vassell had two of each. I mean, we knew Dejounte Murray should be an All-Star but perhaps he should be the runaway Defensive Player of the Year as well. He is leading the league in steals and it looks like he has that locked up for the rest of the season. 

Forbes brought shooting but lacked defense, although there was no lack of effort usually. The post-Forbes Spurs don’t lack effort at all, and even more importantly, they don’t lack defensive talent, either.

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