SAN ANTONIO (Sporting Alert) — The Oklahoma City Thunder will look to tame the mighty San Antonio Spurs in Game 2 of their Western Conference finals on Tuesday.
San Antonio beat the Thunder 101-98 in Game 1 of the series on the back of 26 points from Manu Ginobili to take their streak of wins to 19 games.
Ginobili was delighted to have come big at a time when the Spurs needed him, but he was more focus on winning.
“It helps to have a scoring night, don’t get me wrong,” he said. “But I’m not worried about scoring 26 a game because there’s something more important than me. We’ve got a lot of weapons.”
A win Tuesday would see Gregg Popovich’s side joining three others teams in NBA history with a winning streakof 20 games or more.
However, Ginobili is only looking to win the series.
Or does he?
“We really don’t care,” Ginobili said. “We are close — seven games — from accomplishing something way better than a streak. (The streak) is happening, it’s fine.
“But we always think about next time and how tough it’s going to be.”
The Thunder were losing just its second game of the playoffs and will certainly be hoping to bounce back quickly.
Veteran point guard Derek Fisher is confident his teammates are good enough to beat the Spurs, but admits that they must close key players down early.
“They found some rhythm. They were able to attack us through penetration,” Fisher said. “We spent a lot of time trying to talk about doing the job, taking away the penetration of Ginobili and (Tony) Parker.
“We didn’t do that in the fourth quarter.
“You can’t give up a 30-point quarter in a playoff game and expect to win.”
Again, Oklahoma City will be looking to Kevin Durant, Sixth Man of the Year James Harden and Russell Westbrook to shoulder most of the scoring, while Tim Duncan and Gary Neal will be San Antonio’s other scoring options.