May 21, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) drives against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) in game two of the Western Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. San Antonio beat Oklahoma City 112-77. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs 2014: Sorry OKC, The San Antonio Spurs Are On A Mission


 

Sometimes there’s just nothing you can do.

The San Antonio Spurs are on a mission. There’s nothing that’s going to stop them, so save your compassion for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Sure, they are forced to play against the sensational Spurs without their defensive backbone (Serge Ibaka), but if you’ve seen any of the first two games in this series, he wouldn’t have made that much of a difference anyways.

Spurs still would be up 2-0.

And while it’s fun to place blame, how about we give credit instead?

Let’s credit Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. Heck, let’s even give Boris Diaw some credit for not coming into this season overweight.

But how often can a team fuel an 82-game season, plus a very dominant playoff run based on the prior season? I mean, yes, it’s nice to say it, but that’s not an easy thing to do.

After a while, it’s just easy to forget. But the Spurs haven’t.

And maybe it’s because of their age, or maybe it’s because they feel like this is a final run with this core (OMG HOW MANY TIMES HAVE WE SAID THIS BEFORE)? Either way, they deserve all the credit in the world. We shouldn’t be discounting their performance thus far just because the Thunder are playing without their third best player.

Third.

OKC is playing without Ibaka, a defensive specialist that can hit a jumper here and there. Plenty of people are making it seem as if they’re out there without the league’s MVP (Kevin Durant) or without one of the most electric guards in all the NBA (Russell Westbrook). That isn’t the case.

And after a 17-point loss in Game 1 and a 35-point loss in Game 2, perhaps this series is already over? For those that believe that if Ibaka was playing in this series it’d be different, does Ibaka’s presence compensate for a 52-point difference? Yea…

OKC still has the MVP and they still have a top-three guard in this league. And yet, they still can’t stop the Spurs’ onslaught. That’s telling.

The Spurs are on a mission. They want to get back to the NBA Finals and get that title that they should’ve won last season. And if that happens to come against the Miami Heat, that’ll be all the more sweeter.

But, sorry OKC, you just happen to be in the way of a freight train right now. There’s nothing that’s going to stop the Spurs at this point. Not even you, MVP.

Game 1 was the opening act, Game 2 was an epic monologue. Game 3 is coming. I can’t wait to see what the Spurs do as an encore.

 

 

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