I don't know if the Thunder is going to be able to stop the Spurs. Certainly doesn't seem so if the last five quarters are any indication. San Antonio has scored 39, 28, 27, 37 and 28 points. The Spurs have made 59 of 98 shots, 60.2 percent, over those 60 minutes.
To win a game, much less the series, the Thunder is going to have to stay up with the Spurs. And that means you, Serge Ibaka. Don't look now, but Ibaka played awful offensively in Game 2 Tuesday night. He was 3-of-11 from the field. Worse, he was weak with the ball. Serge got the ball under the basket several times and failed to get it through the hoop. He'd lose it going up or he'd bounce it off the rim or he'd fumble it into Spur hands.
I know the Spurs are tough. I know Tim Duncan is a Hall of Famer, and Tiago Splitter is a big ol' Brazilian, and Boris Diaw is solid, and Stephen Jackson is a street fighter. But still. They're not Andrew Bynum or Pau Gasol. Ibaka is strong and can jump through the roof. Stick the ball in the hoop.
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The Oklahoman | May 31