Today the Oklahoma City Thunder will begin playing their second round series against their arch rivals, the San Antonio Spurs. Oklahoma City has not won a series against the Spurs since the 2012 season in which OKC went on the the Finals. This season series was split between both teams 2-2 both teams winning on their home courts. Here are OKC’s 3 keys to moving on:
1. Win at least on of the road games in San Antonio to have either an even series or a 2-0 Thunder lead. If the Thunder can take one of the games in San Antonio, and we all know what OKC can do on their home court, then OKC would be going back to San Antonio with a 3-1 series lead. Then there will be 1 game in San Antonio which is a game that is not necessarily a “must” with that big of a lead in the series. Then it’s back to OKC and that is where the Thunder could end it all 4-2. This is definitely a possibility if the Thunder players work as hard as they did against Dallas.
2. Don’t let LaMarcus Aldridge get hot, because if he does than he becomes a threat from everywhere on the court. He can hurt you but driving into the paint or from pulling up from beyond the arch. All OKC needs to do is prevent Aldridge from heating up by playing lock down defense or not allowing him to get the ball in the first place. This is a very difficult task for OKC but they are very capable of doing said task.
3. Don’t fight with the Spurs like OKC did when playing Dallas. Despite OKC’s amazing showing in Round 1 there was a lot of pushing and shoving, something OKC needs to stay away from against the Spurs. Oklahoma City can not afford one of the stars being suspended or ejected against the Spurs. The Spurs and the Thunder are arch enemies and there is more of a possibility of a fight braking out but Thunder Nation trusts our guys and we believe that they will stay away from the pushing and shoving and play some Basketball.
If Oklahoma City can do all three of the above tasks than they will be moving on to the Western Conference Finals against either the Warriors or the Trail Blazers. The past two times that OKC has played the Spurs in the playoffs, the winner goes on to play in the NBA Finals. This raises OKC fans trust for the Thunder and their praise for Big Blue. THUNDER UP AND LETS GET THIS SERIES!!!