The Oklahoma City Thunder are now down 2-0 in their best of seven series with the San Antonio Spurs. Although they are the “underdog” in this series and the two games thus far have been on the road, many expected to see a better effort put forward. The series is now shifted to Oklahoma City as they look to get back on track Sunday night.
The problem with them is that they haven’t been only the team that has not showed up to so far, but head coach Scott Brooks has also seemed to not be making the best of decisions. Before the series started, the Thunder lost big man and defensive anchor Serge Ibaka and Brooks has not been able to find the right combination to help fill the void.
The Thunder have the MVP of this season on their team in Kevin Durant, however, you wouldn’t know it by the box score as it seems that Russell Westbrook runs the team. Tonight, Westbrook shot 24 times and only hit seven of them. As impressive of a talent as he is, he needs to play the role of point guard more and be able to distribute the ball more to his teammates. If not, why not move him to the shooting guard and start Reggie Jackson at the point? Something needs to change in that area one way or the other.
You still have to credit the Spurs as well, though, as they have showed up to play and taken full advantage of the struggles of the Thunder. They have been called old over and over, yet they always seem to be on their game — as it seems to be somebody different every night that is carrying their team.
Game 3 is on Sunday night and if OKC can’t get things together, this series is going to be over fast. History is on their side, however, as just two postseasons ago they dropped the first two games of the Western Conference Finals in San Antonio and then proceeded to win the next four games. That seems unlikely this time around, but in the NBA, you just never know.