Spurs demolish Thunder to open Conference Semifinals

The Spurs completely obliterated the Thunder in Game 1 of their Western Conference Semifinals series on Saturday night. They obviously didn't get a rhythm. That's the basis of the problem that OKC has had for years now. Leonard spent much of Game 1 guarding Westbrook, helping force him into a 5-for-19 night from the floor. But the truth is that this is a new Thunder core, untested in the postseason. Of course that would require major adjustments - both schematic and mental - from Billy Donovan's crew. The Elias Sports Bureau notes that is the most points scored by a player who played 30 or fewer minutes in a playoff game in the shot clock era (since 1954-55).

And they just weren't ready. By that time, the Spurs were done with their 124-92 singing of the Thunder, but, really, the outcome was decided by halftime. Not for the moment when they needed to bring the intensity. Not for the moment, not for the environment, not for the opportunity. "Just active the whole game". He had 38 points on 18/23 shooting and at one point he even hit a shot as he was falling over and had no sight of the rim. "He got us into the sets we wanted to be in and generated a lot of offense for us". "That's the confidence-booster I need". If they don't rebound, the Spurs will hold a huge series lead and be in the drivers seat to finish the series early.

Andre Roberson: 0 for 2. Serge Ibaka led the team in scoring with 19 points, but that's where the highlights stop, as Kevin Durant scored just 16 points while Russell Westbrook shot five of 19 for his 14 points. Thunder players, coaches and associates would be the first to tell you that.

Speaking of Durant, there may never have been a more frustrated KD on the floor. The two-man game with Tony Parker and LaMarcus Aldridge, Kawhi Leonard's devastating transition jams, Manu Ginobili's wizardry, and a number classic Tim Duncan moves on the block. Durant was steaming postgame, answering questions tersely as you'd expect Westbrook to.

After the demoralizing loss, Durant was asked, "What goes through your mind after a game like that?" The Spurs, coincidentally, were the last team to do it before Saturday, in 2006 against the Kings, and each of the previous five teams to accomplish that feat went on to win that series. But it shows that there's not a calm sense that the Thunder can recover. San Antonio put Adams in pick-and-pop all night. For those that want to watch Game 2 on Monday, the game can be seen on TV on TNT and watched online via a live stream via the TNT Overtime app. Here's how to watch online.

Donovan said there wasn't a discussion with the players about playing extended minutes in the first quarter. It occurred late, late in the first quarter.

Look, let's not beat around the bush. We've got two guys on this team that can get a bucket.

There were still moments of offensive brilliance during the Spurs' 67-win campaign. The Thunder on the other hand had to grind it out against the Dallas Mavericks in a highly physical series, winning it 4-1.

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