NBA playoffs: Thunder bounce Spurs; Tim Duncan’s future in doubt.

  OKLAHOMA CITY — If the San Antonio Spurs fell off a cliff somewhere in the course of their second-round playoff series, it was because the Oklahoma City Thunder pushed them. Players age. Teams struggle. Games are lost to slumped shooting or flustered decisions. Yet Oklahoma City took a proactive role in bringing these facts of basketball life to the …

Remember The Alamo! And Remember Tim Duncan.

While the rest of the basketball world watched with morbid curiosity, San Antonians were afraid to look. Tim Duncan’s career, for all its boring glory, may have reached its end, leaving a sadness in and around town that is difficult to explain. We ignore the possibility that it’s all over, and put on our bravest face. The homegrown Texan machismo …

The Officiating Was Fishy As The Thunder Stunned The Spurs In Game 5.

“Your pretty stunned when Jason (Phillips, the ref) doesn’t call that when Kawhi (Leonard) tries to foul (Russell Westbrook)?” That’s what was asked of Gregg Popovich on the post-game podium, and his answer goes a long way towards explaining why we’re not going to pin too much of Game 5’s outcome on the refs, despite how obvious some missed calls …

10 things you need to know about OKC-Spurs before ‘pivotal’ Game 5.

  An NBA series follows a format. There’s the opening Game 1, the crucial Game 2, the “pivotal” Game 3 where the series usually turns, the “must-win” Game 4 for whoever is down (either 2-1 or 3-0), followed by either “the decisive” or once again “pivotal” Game 5. In this case, Game 5 will be the latter for the Spurs …

Spurs Not Themselves In Game 4 Loss To Thunder.

In many respects this was a topsy-turvy game with the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder switching their normal game plans. For example, whereas San Antonio’s ball movement was spotty, Oklahoma City’s half-court sets featured all kinds of weak-side action and dive cuts, as well as kick-out and drop passes. The proof of this is the discrepancy in team …

Don’t cry over Game 2’s officiating nightmare, the Spurs certainly won’t.

If you want to wring your hands, feel free. You can cry into your cereal, post tweets or website comments of outrage, kick, yell, scream … do whatever you want in the wake of Monday night’s officiating chaos at the end of Spurs–Thunder Game 2. The uncalled offensive foul on Dion Waiters — which head referee Ken Mauer said is …

Spurs game 2 ends in the worst no call in NBA playoff history.

The San Antonio Spurs Vs OKC game ends in controversy with the worst no call in NBA playoff history. Now before we start with the circus that was the ending of game 2 let’s dig a little deeper. Was this a blatant no call or was this something more sinister? We all know what drives the NBA and that is the …

Oklahoma City still embarrassed by lopsided loss.

  SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder were still embarrassed, shocked, frustrated and angry the morning after a horrendous loss to the San Antonio Spurs in their series opener. “All the negative ones you can think of,” Oklahoma City center Stephen Adams said of the collective mood. “That’s exactly what the whole team’s feeling, but then you have …

Spurs will test the Thunder in ways Mavericks never could.

Oklahoma City earned passage to the second round of the playoffs on Monday night, though not without first withstanding the best shot of a depleted Dallas team. It’s not hyperbole to say the Mavs did all they could; injuries thinned out the lineup to the point it could barely function, and yet gutsy efforts up and down the roster ensured …

Kawhi Leonard Pushes Spurs to 40-1 Home Record.

The San Antonio Spurs lost just once on their home floor this season, and matched an NBA record with a 102-98 overtime win Tuesday night against the visiting OKC Thunder. Kawhi Leonard scored a game-high 26 points against a Thunder team that was resting its stars with Playoff seeding already settled. The 1985-86 Boston Celtics are the only other squad …

Kevin Durant completely changes his opinion of Kawhi Leonard.

After San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard was named NBA Finals MVP back in 2014, Kevin Durant went on Twitter to imply that Indiana Pacers wing Paul George was the superior player: It sparked a forgettably silly controversy and led to Durant posting a non-apology on his Facebook page (transcript via Pro Basketball Talk): This the last time I’m gonna …