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Can Thunder Bounce Back and Beat the Spurs?

Sports 2012/05/30 17:00:00
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The Oklahoma City Thunder played alright in Game 1 and they played a heck of a lot better in Game 2 against the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. Unfortunately for the Thunder and OKC Nation, both games have resulted in losses and an 0-2 hole for the NBA's most promising young team. While the Spurs have an aged core of players in Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobli, and Tony Parker, that trio has shown no signs of slowing down and have even helped step up the game of their younger teammates.

Thunder team leader Kevin Durant couldn't get going in the fourth quarter of Game 1, but showed improvement in Game 2. In fact, the Thunder's Big Three in Durant, All-Star guard Russell Westbrook, and 2012 NBA Sixth Man of The Year James Harden came up big in Game 2, all scoring in double figures and nearly coming back to win after being down 22 points in the second half.

Unfortunately as mentioned before, the Thunder's Game 2 efforts and lack of help from outside of the Big Three still ended in a loss. To put it bluntly, Game 3 is a must-win for the Thunder. No team has been able to come back and win a series when down 0-3 -- at least not in the NBA -- and it doesn't look likely against the Spurs who have won 20 straight (and not lost a game in nearly 50 days.) The Thunder have a very special connection with their OKC fan base and they'll need all the support they can get at home for Games 3 and 4.

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  • BoardinOK 2012/05/30 21:34:49
    Yes
    BoardinOK
    +5
    Can they, yes anything is possible. Will they...Probably not.

    Before the Thunder came to OKC, I was a Spurs fan; so it's really win win for me. But, I would really like for the young Thunder team to at least put up a good fight. The Spurs are well coached, play intelligent ball, and are very relaxed playing with each other.

    Westbrook has gone on "cold" spells in each of the series so far, and it's killing us. And even when he doesn't shoot he'll hold the ball until there's only five seconds on the shot clock and then pass it have someone else take a bad shot.....He really hurt the Thunder in the first game. I only watched the 2nd half last night (at my sons baseball game), the Thunder did some good things, but every shot the Spurs threw up was falling...that's hard to beat.

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  • Tre 2012/06/03 16:05:59
    Yes
    Tre
    They can bounce back but they won't beat the Spurs in the series.
  • Dave 007 2012/06/02 12:04:50
    No
    Dave 007
    The series could go six, but the Spurs will win it. And PLEASE Spurs, Beat the Heat.
  • Bob DiN 2012/06/02 11:38:19
    No
    Bob DiN
    +1
    Not likely.
  • bella 2012/06/01 23:12:21
    Yes
    bella
    I already knew that this playoff series would be very tough but I'm going to stay with OKC there going all the way!
  • EmoMcParland 2012/06/01 20:17:28
    Yes
    EmoMcParland
    +1
    Yes I hope so OKC; I like underdogs. The Spurs are an awesome team & much more experienced. I just want to see championship basketball ; )
  • El Prez 2012/06/01 17:37:12
    Yes
    El Prez
    Already have and they are on their way to number two. This is really the series for the championship. It will go seven. Miami or Boston will fall to the winner of this one.
  • Old Hippie Dude 2012/06/01 05:24:39
    Yes
    Old Hippie Dude
    OKC beat down the Spurs 102-82, convincingly and with relative ease.
  • ricknroll Old Hip... 2012/06/01 16:26:19
    ricknroll
    Spurs respond big when they lose like that, be aware!
  • Dave 007 Old Hip... 2012/06/02 12:05:40
    Dave 007
    +1
    The Spurs needed this wakeup call.
  • Lucy Pannell 2012/06/01 02:57:46
    Yes
    Lucy Pannell
    +1
    of course they can... Losing builds character and respect for your opponent. But it aint over 'til it's over. A dog fight for the title always makes for a great series, and win or lose you know that the team who wins EARNED it and deserves to be crowned CHAMPION.
  • Apache 2012/06/01 02:07:05 (edited)
  • Larre 2012/05/31 23:42:11
    Yes
    Larre
    Indeed it can be done.. but the coach may have to step out of the way :-)
  • DOriginalDonald 2012/05/31 23:32:02
    No
    DOriginalDonald
    +2
    Know that five, six, seven rings LeBRAT promised he'd win? I give Timmy a better shot at that.
  • Arielle 2012/05/31 21:45:25
    No
    Arielle
    +1
    Actually I'm even watching the western conference finals. I'm watching the eastern conference finals and the Heat are taking home the win! Boston's I. A 0-2 hole and they're not getting out of it.
  • rosebud 2012/05/31 20:19:09
    Yes
    rosebud
    +1
    They are a great team. Just because they have not been so in the past does not mean they can't do so now.
  • fooley177 2012/05/31 19:00:17
    No
    fooley177
    +2
    San Antonio is much too deep a team to lose at this point. They have many weapons, and they can hurt you in many ways. O.K.C. is very good but not good enough. James Harden, especially, is good but not good enough. Perkins is strong on defense but weak on offense. O.K.C. has too much going against them at this point to recover.
  • Old Hip... fooley177 2012/06/01 05:14:21
    Old Hippie Dude
    Wrong. Thunder 102-Spurs 82
  • ricknroll Old Hip... 2012/06/01 16:28:55
    ricknroll
    Spurs usually respond big after a loss like that, be aware!
  • Old Hip... fooley177 2013/02/03 05:22:38
    Old Hippie Dude
    Harden? He sold out and made his way down to Houston. Hated to lose him. : /
  • HarleyCharley 2012/05/31 18:50:56
    Yes
    HarleyCharley
    +2
    but it will take all they have got...
  • morgannelson 2012/05/31 17:22:46
    Yes
    morgannelson
    OKC is younger and faster - the reason they are losing? They are being out-Coached. There is a common saying in Basketball - "The players win the first half, the Coach wins the second half." OKC can out play the Spurs, out Coaching "Pop" will be the challenge.
  • Old Hip... morgann... 2012/06/01 05:15:25
    Old Hippie Dude
    And well they did! OKC 102, SA 82
  • dylo 2012/05/31 17:12:46
    Yes
    dylo
    +2
    Definitely YES. If the refs will call as many fouls on the Spurs as they do the Thunder, then - YES, they can and will beat the Spurs. The Thunder is ready for the next level, bring on the Heat!
  • Ruben 2012/05/31 17:05:18
  • jacktown kid 2012/05/31 15:18:17
    No
    jacktown kid
    +1
    The Spurs are too much this year
  • swimmingswan 2012/05/31 14:09:36
    Yes
    swimmingswan
    +2
    love basketball
  • Vanessa... swimmin... 2012/05/31 18:43:12
    Vanessa Farrow
    +1
    Me too
  • RowlandRicardo64554857 2012/05/31 13:42:37
  • ricknroll 2012/05/31 10:26:06 (edited)
    No
    ricknroll
    I'm not trying to disrespect them, I think Thunder is a good team, but when you're going up against a team that has won 20 straight with a big 3 that has been in this position before and knows how to make it to the Finals, it'll be very challenging not just to respond to beat the Spurs in Game 3, but to even try to beat the Spurs 4 times. I predict the Thunder probably will win Game 3 at their home, but if they don't, well I won't say Spurs will sweep but I see them advancing for sure. (but my prediction is Spurs in 6 anyways) Go Spurs Go
  • Old Hip... ricknroll 2012/06/01 05:16:34
    Old Hippie Dude
    Not to be. OKC 102, Spurs 82
  • ricknroll Old Hip... 2012/06/01 16:26:44 (edited)
    ricknroll
    Spurs respond big when they lose like that, be aware! That's ONLY one game.
  • beach bum 2012/05/31 05:47:52
    Yes
    beach bum
  • Empress 2012/05/31 00:31:57
    Yes
    Empress
    +2
    I hope so! I'm not a fan of the Spurs at all. I'm rooting for the Thunder :)
  • Zak Smith 2012/05/31 00:22:15
    Yes
    Zak Smith
    +3
    I wish they were this good when they were the Sonics.
  • Thatdude 2012/05/30 23:15:22
    No
    Thatdude
    +3
    Spurs are the best team in pro sports right now
  • Old Hip... Thatdude 2012/06/01 05:17:16
    Old Hippie Dude
    Nope.
  • Thatdude Old Hip... 2012/06/01 21:10:22
    Thatdude
    dnt even say LA kings
  • robbt1 2012/05/30 22:52:50
    Yes
    robbt1
    +4
    If any team COULD do it, then it's the Thunder.
  • Empress robbt1 2012/05/31 00:28:51
    Empress
    +2
    Agreed!
  • robbt1 Empress 2012/05/31 00:57:26
    robbt1
    +4
    Thank you. I mean, the Thunder sent the LAKERS home. That says a lot about their skill level..

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