SAN ANTONIO (Sporting Alert) – The Oklahoma City Thunder will look to bounce back from the opening game of the Western Conference Finals when they face the San Antonio Spurs again in Game 2 Wednesday tonight.
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Playing with the influential Serge Ibaka in Monday night’s Game 1, the Thunder were beaten 122-105 and head coach Scott Brooks is hoping his team can quickly bounce back to level the series before heading home.
San Antinio, playing with confidence, had all the answers for everything tactics Brooks used, but the visitors struggled at both ends of the floor to stop the hosts from running over them.
“You have to be able to do it all against this team,” Brooks said. “The pick-and-roll ball handler is really good.
“The screen setter is really good and then the spacers on the floor are all 40 percent three-point shooters.
“You have to be really good with your coverage.”
Brooks continued: “We can make some adjustments to help ourselves, but we still have to execute it and do it every time.
“Doing it doesn’t guarantee they are going to miss a shot, but it gives you the best chance.”
Nick Collison, who made his first-ever playoff start for the Thunder in Game 1, will again start for the injured Ibaka on Wednesday night.
Both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook continues to deliver, but Brooks will be hoping for more contribution from the rest of players.
Durant, despite admitting that the Tony Parker-led Spurs will be tough to break, still remains confident.
“Mentally I’m just telling myself I can do it and be really good at it,” Durant was quoted as saying. “I’m staying confident no matter what happens and am just watching film to see how I can get better in those spots.
“I’m always asking questions of the coaches, of what they want me to do in those spots, what sets we need to run and how I can give myself up for the team.”