The Norman Transcript


May 22, 2014

Thunder get roughed up in San Antonio

Spurs take 2-0 series lead with dominating win over Oklahoma City

SAN ANTONIO — There is getting beat and there is getting beat down. Oklahoma City experienced the latter Wednesday in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.

Facing an already uphill battle, the Thunder were run off the court 112-77 by San Antonio at the AT&T Center. The 35-point loss tied the worst playoff loss in franchise playoff history.

“We’re disappointed,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “We’re disappointed in how this game turned out. It definitely doesn’t feel good and it shouldn’t. I hope our entire locker room doesn’t feel good. You shouldn’t feel good. We got our butts kicked.”

The Spurs now lead the best of seven series 2-0 with Game 3 coming Sunday. That gives the Thunder three days to hear about how brutally bad they looked Wednesday.

The one silver lining Oklahoma City has to grasp is its own history. Facing the same team in the 2012 conference finals the Thunder dropped the first two games only to come back and win the next four and advance to the NBA Finals.

“We’ve been there before,” Kevin Durant said. “That’s all we can say. We try not to say, just (because) we were down 0-2 two years ago and we end up winning, we’ll do the same thing. We really have to figure it out on how we need to get better.”

However, that Thunder team two years ago was loaded and healthy. The current Thunder are not and, Wednesday, appeared broken physically and psychologically by the time the game ended. And the Spurs don’t plan to let up.

“We just talked about that in the shower,” San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili said. “We cannot take anything for granted. We had a great start and ended up losing the series. We are playing a team that is so talented and has so many ways of scoring, especially such a great players like Durant, who can shoot over three people if he wants. It is never over until you win the fourth game.”

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