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Silent Thunder: San Antonio Spurs humiliate Oklahoma City

Image courtesy of Keith Allison/Flickr.

Image courtesy of Keith Allison/Flickr.

There was a point late in the second quarter, as Oklahoma City Thunder stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook exchanged words on the court after Durant fatuously left San Antonio Spurs’ Danny Green wide open in order to pacify a Tony Parker drive, where you could figuratively see OKC’s world crumble. The words were warranted – the Thunder were assisting in shading the dark shadow that loomed over their heads since a disparaging Game 1, so belittling sentences were tossed about and tempers flared.

Fans could smell the Thunder beginning to rot midway through the first quarter since the top-seeded Spurs had a 14-0 points-in-the-paint advantage over OKC and led 18-13, regardless of strong starts by both Durant and Steven Adams. The Thunder managed to lead 26-24 going into the second, a lead that diminished after Green (who outscored both Durant and Westbrook at this time with 12 points over the duo’s combined 11) and Parker lit up the court late in the quarter and the Spurs went on a two-minute 11-0 run. Spurs would head into the locker room, leading 58-44, while OKC wore expressions that were akin to children who were in the midst of witnessing a slew of puppies being drop kicked of a bridge.

The senior citizen Spurs went wild in the third and pushed their steady lead to 76-50 with 5:41 left, which led Twitter to erupt in jokes at OKC’s expense:


All seem legit considering the final score of 122-77. Thunder just made 2-of-20 three-point attempts as opposed to Green’s 7-of-10 threes for the Spurs alone.

It has become apparent that the Thunder have absolutely no answer for the dominate Spurs, and even IF OKC had the injured Serge Ibaka working defense for his team, it wouldn’t have done much – the Spurs would still be up 2-0 in the Western Conference Finals.

Perhaps the Thunder can get some pointers from the eighth-seeded Dallas Mavericks (since they were the only ones who managed to hold up against the San Antonio Spurs until the very end) in order to steal Game 3 on Sunday night in Oklahoma.

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