Oklahoma City Thunder was demoralised by the highly respected San Antonio Spurs in their first meeting for th Western Conference. Ending Game 1 in a disappointing 124-92, San Antonio Spurs has spent most of the game with a 40-43 point lead. This left OKC scrambling for defense but letting SAS hit 3-point shots left and right.
Aldridge opened up for the Spurs with 25 points in the first half while Durant had a hard time looking for an opening and Westbrook forced to create uncertain shots which resulted in missed ones.
Tagged as the No. 1 Defensive Team in the whole league, San Antonio Spurs are known for their unrivaled professionalism and consistency and displayed it accordingly in Game 1. With a set game strategy, Spurs lorded over the panicking OKC.
They came to face OKC with a 4-0 win against Memphis and their powerful roster of players. NBA lists their lineup as consisting of Kawhi Leonard named Defensive Player of the Year, power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, and the Big Trio of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker.
OKC, on the other hand, featured volatile players like Russell Westbrook and Steven Adams as well as power forward Kevin Durant. Even with the dismal ending for Game, OKC players certainly knew what they were up against.
“This game, this time of the year is about who’s smarter, who’s more disciplined and who takes more advantage of the other team’s mistakes,” Kevin Durant stated in a CBS Sports report.
However, OKC’s emotional side still remains to be the biggest roadblock to their win against the San Antonio Spurs. Critics have also called out OKC’s tendency to forget their defense which has resulted to losses.
With home court advantage, San Antonio Spurs may have just made it harder for the Oklahoma City Thunder to . Meanwhile, SAS goes back to the court against OKC on May 2, 9:30PM ET.