SAN ANTONIO (Sporting Alert) — After sweeping the defending champions Dallas Mavericks and making light weight of the LA Lakers, the Oklahoma City Thunder now turns its attention to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, starting on Sunday night.
Both teams have been impressive in the post season and will back themselves talented enough to win the series and move on to the championship game to face either the Miami Heat or the Boston Celtics, which start their series in the East on Monday.
San Antonio got to this stage by sweep the LA Clippers and star forward Tim Duncan is looking forward to getting the series on the road.
“It’s been a while since we’ve been in the Western Conference finals,” Duncan said. “And it’s been a week kind of sitting here stewing and waiting on it.
“All of that together makes it an exciting series to start.”
Kevin Durant and the Thunder have been playing like champions and a few pundits believe that after seeing them eased past Kobe Bryant and Lakers in five games, a win at the AT&T Center would set things up nicely for the series win.
At the same time though, a level headed Durant believes it will be a tough series.
“I know they’re the No. 1 seed — they’re a tough group, they haven’t lost in a couple months.
“But I think we bring another dimension to the table as well and we come out and compete.”
OKC v Spurs Stats Leaders
Kevin Durant – (OKC) – 28.0
Russell Westbrook – (OKC) – 23.6
Tony Parker – (SA) – 18.3
James Harden – (OKC) – 16.8
Tony Parker – (SA) – 7.7
Russell Westbrook – (OKC) – 5.5
Manu Ginobili – (SA) – 4.4
James Harden – (OKC) – 3.7
Tim Duncan – (SA) – 9.0
Kevin Durant – (OKC) – 8.0
Serge Ibaka – (OKC) – 7.5
Kendrick Perkins – (OKC) – 6.6