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  1. Video: Popovich, Westbrook, Durant talk Thunder Game 5 win

    Jun 7, 2012, 10:25 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant raises the western conference championship trophy after his team defeated the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    There wasn’t much for Gregg Popovich to say after Game 5 other than to admit that the better team won. Kevin Durant just continues to be his humble self. Russell Westbrook just continues to make interesting fashion choices.

  2. Kevin Durant: Preordained

    Jun 7, 2012, 2:48 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Six

    It was always going to be like this. Build your skill set in the comfort of a rebuilding team with low expectations. Take the next step as an exciting bad team in a new environment with a surprisingly rabid crowd. Make the jump to the playoffs and put a shock on the champs, showing that…

  3. Video: Durant gets assist on dagger, then hugs his mother

    Jun 7, 2012, 1:56 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Wanda Pratt

    You can argue that Derek Fisher‘s three or some other particular shot was the dagger, but the one shot that forever put this game out of reach for the Thunder was Kendrick Perkins dunk when he rolled to the basket, nobody noticed or cared and Kevin Durant hit him with the pass. Then first thing…

  4. Thunder-Spurs Game 6: Oklahoma City proves it’s ready, advances to finals

    Jun 7, 2012, 12:16 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant drives to the basket against San Antonio Spurs' Ginobili and Parker during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    Since the 1999 season, only three teams have represented the Western Conference in the NBA finals — the Dallas Mavericks, the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs. In the first round of the 2012 playoffs, the Thunder crushed Dallas. In the second round they showed they were well ahead of the Lakers. And…

  5. Thunder-Spurs Game 6: Spurs know what to do, but it may not matter

    Jun 6, 2012, 4:52 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Five

    It’s not that the Spurs don’t know what they have to do to win — this is a smart, veteran team with the best coach in the land. Intellectually, they know what they need to do. But there comes a point where athleticism trumps that plan, and for three games in a row now the…

  6. Kevin Durant has his Thunder one win from the Finals

    Jun 5, 2012, 1:26 AM EDT

    durant-game-5-spurs

    In the press conference following the Thunder’s huge Game 5 win over the Spurs in San Antonio, one that now has Oklahoma City just a single home victory away from advancing to the NBA Finals, Kevin Durant was asked a question that seemed silly on the surface. It referenced the fact that teams seemingly needed…

  7. Thunder-Spurs Game 5: Oklahoma City won like battle-tested veterans

    Jun 5, 2012, 12:41 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, James Harden

    The conventional wisdom coming into this series was that the younger, less experienced Thunder might well not stand up to the level of play the battle tested Spurs were at. But the Thunder have plenty of experience, too. We thought all season they were the team to beat in the West, that didn’t change until…

  8. Video: Russell Westbrook’s rim-rattling alley-oop finish

    Jun 5, 2012, 12:21 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    Russell Westbrook knows how to finish. Monday night, so did the Oklahoma City Thunder. San Antonio came out to start the second half Monday night on a tear, playing like they were fighting for their playoff lives. Which they essentially were. The Thunder withstood the storm and made their own comeback to take the lead…

  9. Thunder-Spurs Game 5: San Antonio needs to find its offense

    Jun 4, 2012, 2:27 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Four

    San Antonio needs to find its offense to win Game 5 tonight, or this series will be over in a couple days. It falls to the Spurs’ big three — Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili need to get free and penetrate the lane to break down the Thunder defense, Tim Duncan just has to play…

  10. Quote of the Day: Pop was there, he saw it.

    Jun 3, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Thunder, Spurs, Tim Dunan

    Reporter: “It seemed like [Durant] took over.” Popovich: “It didn’t ‘seem’ like that. That was a fact. I was there. I saw it. He was great.” — Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 3, 2012 And that’s why Pop’s the best. Durant’s performance in Game 4 was not the first dominant performance Popovich has seen in the…

  11. Thunder even Western Conference finals with Game 4 win over Spurs

    Jun 2, 2012, 11:59 PM EDT

    ibaka-game-4

    The reason that home-court advantage makes a difference in the NBA postseason is because of the fact that the role-players, bench guys, or simply lesser-known producers tend to play above their average capabilities with the home crowd behind them. That was certainly the case in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals in Oklahoma City, where the…

  12. Thunder-Spurs Game 4: Let’s get serious

    Jun 2, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Kendrick Perkins

    Seriously, this is the most serious of seriousness. This is the business. This game is monstrous. All those games before that were big? No, this one is big. BIG. Like, those commercials big. Thunder-Spurs Game 4 is going to have dramatic ramifications either way. If the Spurs win, the Thunder’s Game 3 win is meaningless…

  13. Video: Reaction to Thunder blowout from Popovich, Durant

    Jun 1, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    It was a blowout Thunder win in Game 3, sparked by their defense. Here are the reactions from Gregg Popovich — who said more than seven words in this press conference, a bit of a surprise to me — and scott Brooks, as well as players like Kevin Durant. Game 4 is going to be…

  14. Thunder-Spurs Game 3: The best defense is… well, a good defense for OKC

    Jun 1, 2012, 2:03 AM EDT

    Thunder power forward Nick Collison strips the ball away from San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan

    You have to fight the Spurs with defense. OK, I get that sounds remarkably stupid in its obviousness. Please try and hear me out. In Games 1 and 2, Scott Brooks, for reason beyond understanding, chose to go with offensive lineups. Particularly in the fourth quarter of both losses, he went with lineups featuring Russell…

  15. Thunder remind Spurs, everyone they are contenders with rout

    Jun 1, 2012, 12:22 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Thunder, Spurs, Tim Dunan

    The Oklahoma City Thunder would like to remind you that they are a very, very good basketball team. For days now the buzz had been about the Spurs’ 20-game win streak, how they played like the old man at the YMCA that schools the more athletic kids with the extra pass and smart positioning. But…

  16. Thunder need to get defensive Thursday or this series is over

    May 31, 2012, 2:54 PM EDT

    Spurs point guard Tony Parker celebrates his three-point basket against the Oklahoma City Thunder

    Scott Brooks doesn’t seem to have any answers. Neither did Vinny Del Negro or Ty Corbin. Nobody has for 20 games now. The San Antonio offense over the last month is as efficient a machine as the NBA has ever seen and unless the Thunder can find a way to slow Tony Parker and the…

  17. Thunder find some answers, still have many more questions

    May 30, 2012, 2:16 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    If you were looking for them, there were glimmers of hope for the Oklahoma Thunder in this series from Game 2. Their “big three” showed up — Kevin Durant had 31, James Harden 30 and Russell Westbrook 27. There was a run, early in the fourth quarter, when the Thunder were able to clog the…

  18. NBA Playoffs: Thunder play well, but Spurs win while still seeming unstoppable

    May 30, 2012, 12:10 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    The San Antonio Spurs have now played an even ten games in the NBA Playoffs and, amazingly, have won every one of them. The wins haven’t all been dominant — Tuesday night’s 120-111 victory ended up being one of their more difficult challenges this season — but it’s been astounding to watch the old, formerly…

  19. Thunder/Spurs Game 2: The rise of Westbrook, Harden

    May 29, 2012, 1:41 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    I said going into this series Russell Westbrook was the key to Oklahoma City’s chances against the Spurs — he needs to attack off the pick-and-roll, get into the lane and finish. Or kick it out. But he needs to disrupt the Spurs defense and put a lot of points on the board in the…

  20. Thunder-Spurs: The life and times of Kevin Durant in Game 1

    May 28, 2012, 2:05 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    Momma said there’d be days like this. Kevin Durant had a pretty bizarre Game 1 vs. San Antonio. He couldn’t get it going in the first half, shook loose in the third quarter, and then was bottled up by San Antonio in the fourth. He hit free throws, a result of the Spurs’ defensive approach…

  21. Popovich reaches into toolbox, makes adjustments, Spurs win Game 1

    May 28, 2012, 12:18 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs Tim Duncan celebrates in the final seconds of Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder in San Antonio

    There’s a reason the Spurs haven’t lost a game since before you sent your taxes in (19 in a row now) — they can adapt and take what you give them. Gregg Popovich is the master of adjustments and this roster is a huge toolbox of options for him to choose from. He and the…

  22. Report: Magic ‘targeting’ Thunder, Spurs executives

    May 27, 2012, 11:24 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Now this is more like it. No more Shaq nonsense. No more ridiculousness. The Magic are reportedly in pursuit of interviews for three members from the Spurs-Thunder tree for their open GM position. From Yahoo! Sports: Thunder vice president and assistant general manager Troy Weaver and Spurs assistant GM Dennis Lindsey have been targeted, and…

  23. Video: Larry Bird and Magic Johnson remind you what everyone’s playing for

    May 26, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Larry Bird Magic Johnson

    ESPN’s rafters commercials have been really good. The Kevin Durant one held the promise of future, the Paul Pierce one held the reminder of glory for a franchise that hasn’t seen a title since 2008. The new “A Champion Will Rise” commercials speak to the league’s history, and feature two of the greatest to ever…

  24. Playoff Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

    May 25, 2012, 2:54 AM EDT

    duncan-parker

    SEASON RECORDS San Antonio 50-16 (1 seed) Oklahoma City 47-19 (2 seed) SEASON SERIES San Antonio took the season series 2-1, however Manu Ginobili missed all of them (which might worry Thunder fans), the games were in March and earlier, bottom line these teams are different now. OFFENSE/DEFENSE RANKINGS (points per 100 possession)
 San Antonio:…

  25. Thursday And-1 links: Dirk Nowitzki thinks Popovich is the best

    May 24, 2012, 7:19 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Tradition says you say your coach is the best in the league, but…

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