The Oklahoma City Thunder have beaten the Dallas Mavericks 4-1, just a day after the San Antonio Spurs completed a sweep of the Memphis Grizzlies. Both teams now move on to the Western Conference Semi-Finals.
The Thunder and Spurs have met twice in the playoffs before. The first time was in the Western Conference Finals back in 2012. The Thunder lost the first two game of that series, but managed to sweep the next four games and move to the NBA Finals. Scott Brooks was praised for his game-to-game adjustments, and James Harden's play was essential. The Thunder met the Mavericks again in the 2014 Western Conference Finals. Serge Ibaka was out with injury for the first two games, and the Thunder got blasted. But Ibaka returned for Games 3 and 4, inspiring Thunder home wins. The Spurs were able to close out Games 5 and 6 though, before moving on to win the championship that year.
This year, the Thunder and Spurs split their series, 2-2. But one of the Spurs's wins came with the Thunder locked into their seed, and the Spurs playing their bench. So really, it's anyone's guess as to how this series could turn out.
The schedule is out, here's when to tune in!
Thunder vs. Spurs series schedule (All times central)
Game 1 - Sat. April 30 at San Antonio - TBD
Game 2 - Mon. May 1 at San Antonio - 8:30 p.m.
Game 3 - Fri. May 6 at Oklahoma City - 8:30 p.m.
Game 4 - Sun. May 8 at Oklahoma City - 7 p.m.
Game 5 (if necessary) - Tue. May 10 at San Antonio - TBD
Game 6 (if necessary) - Thur May 12 at Oklahoma City - TBD
Game 7 (if necessary) - Sun. May 15 at San Antonio - TBD
Any initial thoughts on the Thunder's playoff matchup?