Game Thread at 8:00 PM CST
The Thunder are back at home tonight to attempt their first close-out game of the Western Conference Finals. If we hadn't spotted enough symmetrical lines between this version of the Thunder and past versions, here is one more. The Thunder as they currently exist burst onto the map in 2010 by playing a tough series against the Lakers. In that series, the Lakers were up 3-2 and OKC was desperately trying to hang on to even the series in Game 6. Despite leading the Lakers late, OKC was done in by a mixture of factors including some poor possessions, poor play by Kevin Durant, and a fortunate tip-in by Pau Gasol that decided the game. Tonight the Thunder are in their own stadium, in Game 6, and they have a chance to undo that failed Game 6 from 2010. We are waiting, watching.
It is of course unfair to even begin to try and boil down this series to singular talking points, but if I had to try, I'd do it this way:
- When OKC counters Spurs' runs, OKC wins
- When OKC controls Tony Parker, OKC wins
Prediction: Thunder 105, Spurs 100