In Game 2 of WCF, Tony Parker scores 34 to offset Durant, Harden and Westbrook 120-111 (with TNT notes)

I think they made him angry last night…(what’s your caption?)

OKC tried the hack-a-Splitter after the Spurs rocked out like efficient robots and shot up by twenty. San Antonio’s rhythm was affected but not enough and the Spurs now have a 2-0 lead in the best of seven Western Conference Finals. It seemed that shots weren’t contested. Is it simply San Antonio is a better team or is it that the Thunder lack the true defensive intensity it takes to win late in the playoffs? Tony Parker went off and scored 34 on 16-21 shooting. Duncan stole time and put Serge Ibaka up on some kid’s laughing wall the kid won’t take down until he leaves for college. OKC got 88 combined points from Durant, Harden and Westbrook and still lost in a game the score very much could have been a lot worse. When the Spurs put up 120, pack it in and get ready for the next run because you just became their 20th straight victim in a span of 48 days. Ginobli had 20, Leonard had 18 and the old man Duncan after the jump had 11 points, 12 boards, 6 assists and 4 blocks.

I can’t give the Spurs the title because many games are left to be played but damn they looked good last night.

TNT’s exclusive coverage of the NBA Western Conference Finals continues Thursday, May 31, at 9 p.m. ET when the Oklahoma City Thunder host the San Antonio Spurs (Game 3).

The Spurs’ role players have outscored the Thunders’ role players and are key to San Antonio being up two games to none.

 

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TNT NBA Tip-off presented by AutoTrader.com

 

Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith

 

 

 

Smith on what Oklahoma City needed to do to win Game 2: “Shot selection has to be different against the San Antonio Spurs because they don’t give you multiple possessions. Shot selection and decisions are everything.”

Barkley on San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili in Game 2: “I don’t think he can explode like that two games in a row.”

Barkley on the Boston Celtics chances in the Eastern Conference Finals against Miami: “I picked the Heat in five [games]. I may have to change that to Heat in four [games]. Boston has got no chance of beating those guys [Miami].”

 

 

 

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Oklahoma City Thunder (111) @ San Antonio Spurs (120) – San Antonio leads the series 2-0

 

Announcers: Marv Albert (play-by-play), Steve Kerr (analyst) and Reggie Miller (analyst) with Craig Sager (reporter)

 

 

 

Miller on Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook and San Antonio guard Tony Parker: “Parker and Westbrook almost cancel each other out with their speed.”

Kerr on San Antonio’s defensive game plan: “Chase them [OKC] off the three-point line but corral the lane and challenge every paint shot, make it a difficult look.”

 

Miller on the San Antonio Spurs first half of play: “This has been a clinic by the Spurs in dribble penetration, shot fakes and passing the basketball.”

 

Kerr on San Antonio’s unselfish play: “This is just something to behold – the passing of this team [Spurs], the floor spacing, the unselfishness of this team, no agenda – just get it to the open guy.”

 

Kerr on Oklahoma City finding a potential recipe for success in the series: “The Thunder have found something they can hang their hat on…they need to turn this more into a street fight.”

 

 

 

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Sprint Halftime Report

 

Johnson, Barkley, O’Neal and Smith

 

Smith on the Spurs’ decision making: “The difference between good players and great players are decisions – not ability, not how many hours you put in the gym, not how many weights you lift. It’s your decisions when you’re on the floor.”

 

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Miller on the Spurs in Game 2: “This is a surgical clinic by [Spurs head coach] Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs.”

Kerr on the amount of energy Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook expends fighting to defend against San Antonio: “In this series…Russell Westbrook is going to sleep well after every game.”

 

 

 

TNT’s Craig Sager interviewed Spurs guard Tony Parker after his 34-point Game 2 performance:

Parker on the Thunder’s strategy of intentionally fouling Spurs forward Tiago Splitter: “It messed up our rhythm a little bit…it worked pretty well for them because they got back into the game. In the fourth quarter, we came out flat and they were very aggressive. In the end, we got the stops and the win.”

 

 

 

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Johnson, Barkley, O’Neal and Smith

 

O’Neal on different coaching styles and how Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich addressed Tony Parker late in the game: “I played for some great coaches – one was a yeller, one wasn’t a yeller. When you’re dealing with great coaches who like to coach and get in your face, you listen to what they say, not how they say it.”

Smith on the Spurs ability to get good shots: “The Spurs can play multiple ways, they are a diverse team. Even when they run, they take quick shots but they are still good shots. A lot of teams run, get sped up and take their first available shot, which isn’t always good.”

Barkley on the difference between the Thunder and the Spurs: “The Spurs don’t have anybody who has to explode [offensively] for them to get over 100 points. That will be the difference in this series in the long run.”

Smith on how the Thunder need to improve on defense: “Oklahoma City has to defend better. At this point, you can’t really stop anyone in the league but you have to make shots tougher. The shots that the San Antonio Spurs are taking haven’t had a hand in their face or guys running at them making them put the ball on the floor.”

The box score:

Oklahoma City
Player Pos Min FGM-FGA FTM-FTA 3PM-3PA +/- OR Reb A Blk Stl TO PF Pts
K. Durant F 41:44 10-17 8-8 3-4 -6 1 5 5 2 3 3 4 31
S. Ibaka F 38:48 3-11 2-4 0-0 -9 5 10 0 4 2 2 2 8
K. Perkins C 24:42 1-5 1-2 0-0 -14 3 5 1 2 1 4 3 3
R. Westbrook G 40:38 10-24 4-5 3-7 -3 2 7 8 0 0 0 3 27
T. Sefolosha G 15:10 1-4 0-0 0-0 -10 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
J. Harden 33:55 10-13 10-13 0-1 +3 2 7 4 0 2 0 6 30
D. Fisher 25:50 2-11 4-4 2-5 +9 1 3 1 0 1 1 4 10
N. Collison 9:09 0-2 0-0 0-0 -3 1 2 0 0 1 0 4 0
D. Cook 5:11 0-1 0-0 0-0 -5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
N. Mohammed 4:53 0-0 0-0 0-0 -7 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
C. Aldrich  DNP — COACH’S DECISION
L. Hayward  DNP — COACH’S DECISION
R. Ivey  DNP — COACH’S DECISION
R. Jackson  DNP — INACTIVE
E. Maynor  DNP — INACTIVE
Totals 240 37-88
(.420)
29-36
(.806)
8-17
(.471)
- 16 40 19 8 10 10 28 111
San Antonio
Player Pos Min FGM-FGA FTM-FTA 3PM-3PA +/- OR Reb A Blk Stl TO PF Pts
T. Duncan F 36:18 2-11 7-10 0-0 +16 3 12 6 4 0 3 2 11
K. Leonard F 35:21 7-12 1-1 3-6 +9 2 10 0 2 1 1 1 18
B. Diaw C 26:39 4-5 0-0 1-1 +12 1 7 2 1 1 2 5 9
T. Parker G 39:43 16-21 1-2 1-2 +15 0 3 8 0 0 2 4 34
D. Green G 26:42 4-10 0-0 2-7 +14 0 5 2 1 1 2 2 10
M. Ginobili 25:43 6-11 7-8 1-5 -3 1 1 4 0 0 2 4 20
M. Bonner 16:59 1-2 1-2 1-2 -4 0 2 1 0 0 0 2 4
S. Jackson 12:28 1-4 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 3
T. Splitter 11:20 1-1 6-12 0-0 -6 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 8
G. Neal 8:41 1-1 0-0 1-1 -6 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 3
J. Anderson 0:06 0-0 0-0 0-0 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Blair  DNP — COACH’S DECISION
P. Mills  DNP — COACH’S DECISION
D. Byars  DNP — INACTIVE
C. Joseph  DNP — INACTIVE
Totals 240 43-78
(.551)
23-35
(.657)
11-26
(.423)
- 8 41 27 8 3 13 26 120

 

Officials: Monty McCutchen, Tony Brothers, Ron Garretson
Attendance: 18,581
Time of Game: 2:44
Technicals
Oklahoma City
- Coach (2:32 – 3rd Qtr)
- S. Ibaka (0:00 – 3rd Qtr)
San Antonio
- S. Jackson (0:00 – 3rd Qtr)

4 Responses to “In Game 2 of WCF, Tony Parker scores 34 to offset Durant, Harden and Westbrook 120-111 (with TNT notes)”

  1. Temple3 says:

    Angry man made 2 shots. 2.

  2. Temple3 says:

    Of course, one of those buckets was “The Dunk Heard ‘Round the Retirement Center.” AARP is a byatch!!!!

  3. TheLastPoet says:

    Y’all still hatin on the Spurs lol!

    C’mon if I – me of all people – can forgive the Spurs (and the NBA at large) for attempting to turn corny-ass David Robinson into a Race Man aka the “Admiral” … if I can forgive their coach who is STILL running around yelling at grown Black men like he’s Ken Howard on The White Shadow … if I can forgive them for ever pretending that nickas like Bruce Bowen, Avery Johnson, Jacque Vaghn (friggin Jacque Vaughn???) et. al. were legitimate NBA players … if I can forgive the fact that the Spurs start not one but TWO Pepe le Pew’s who off the court ain’t tryna do nuthin but screw all American women, including your wife… if I can forgive the artful flopping of Manu Ginobli, descendant of the Spanish slave-catching Mayan killing elite now settled in New World Argentina (this cat actually dove at James “beard” Harden’s knees the other night and ain’t nobdy said nuffin???) …

    If I can forgive all dat and just sit back and enjoy how the new old Spurs play ball, then can’t y’all?

    :-)

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