After dominating the first two rounds of the NBA playoffs against the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers, the San Antonio Spurs might be on the verge of a third consecutive sweep with a 2-0 lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals.
Coming into Game 2, the Thunder knew that adjustments have to be made if they were going to be able to take down the Spurs at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. There’s no question that the Thunder are younger and arguably more talented team of the two, but the Spurs are by far the better coached team that was never more apparent than in Game 2.
Greg Popovich was nothing short of a genius during the NBA regular season with his ability to figure out how this team could beat the best of the best in the league without young superstars. The second game of the West Finals was an indication of just how good the Spurs are moving forward as they were able to embarrass the Thunder with nine-point victory on Tuesday night, 120-111.
Even though a nine-point win doesn’t appear to be a dominant victory, the final score didn’t dictate just how impressive the Spurs were in Game 2. NBA MVP finalist Tony Parker was the difference maker in this contest by scoring a game-high 34 points and dishing out eight assists. The Thunder simply had no answer for the All-Star floor general and as a result was outplayed from the go word.
Kevin Durant (31 team-high), Russell Westbrook (27) and James Harden (30) combined for 88 points in Game 2, but it was nowhere near enough to hold off the impressive team performance by the Spurs.
If this trend continues, the Spurs will easily sweep the Thunder and advance to the NBA Finals.
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