a blog by Big Red
The Spurs led by LaMarcus Aldridge's 38 points absolutely demolished the Thunder 124-92.
I've only posted the 1st half highlights, simply because the game was over by then. In the first half, Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge combined for 45 points, singlehandedly outscoring the Thunder. The final score at the end of the first half was 73-40. The Spurs scored 43 points in the first quarter tying a franchise record.
Billy Donovan had no idea what to expect, and he got out coached in every aspect of this game. Gregg Popovich called a time out to yell at his team when they ran ONE terrible offensive set, despite being up 28 points... When you got a coach whose willing to chew his players out when they fuck up one possession, you know you got something special. Oh and we learned that Popovich doesn't fuck around with stupid questions.
Atta boy Pop, way to stick it to the man, (throwback to School of Rock). This game was over from the get go, and I honestly thought this series was going to be close. On the very first play of the night, Kawhi Leonard gave us a little foreshadowing of what this series is going to look like, or at least I think that's what this was.
There's plenty of time for the Thunder to bounce back but if they leave LaMarcus Aldridge open like they did tonight, there's no chance they can advance past the Spurs. Aldridge shot 78% from the field, with 38 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Meanwhile the Thunder's superstars Durant and Westbrook combined for a whopping 30 points. Durant had 16 and was clearly sulking during the post game press conference.
While the Thunder had a poor shooting night, the Spurs played great defense on Durant and Westbrook, and forced both of them to take tough shots all night long. Just a week earlier Mark Cuban claimed that Russell Westbrook was not a "superstar", and while it's just one game, Westbrook certainly didn't prove Cuban wrong. Russell shot only 26% from the field with 14 points on 19 attempts from the field. Pathetic if your going to argue he's a superstar. Everyone has bad nights, but it's the second round of the playoffs, and the Thunder can't afford to have either of their top 2 guys playing like this. Westbrook is a triple double machine, and last night he barely made any tallies on the stat sheet.
The Thunder hope to try and steal game 2 in San Antonio, but by the looks of this one that's not going happen. Not to mention the Spurs tied the best regular season home record of all time with a record of 40-1. Game 2 is set for Monday at 9:30 eastern time and can we watched on TNT.
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