Oklahoma City (2-2) at San Antonio (2-2)
When: Tuesday, May 10th 2016
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Time: 8:05 ET | TV: TNT
The Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs meet Tuesday night in a pivotal Game 5 of their Western Conference Semifinal series at AT&T Center. Oklahoma City used a strong fourth quarter to propel them to a Game 4 victory and evened up the best-of-seven series at two a piece. Kevin Durant had a monster game scoring 41 points and played a team-high 43 minutes. Durant was held to 16 points in the opener, but has put together three solid games and is now averaging 27.8 points in the series. Point guard Russell Westbrook is averaging 22 points and 10.5 assists through the first four games despite shooting just 33.3%. The Thunder have been thrilled by the play of 22-year-old center Steven Adams, who has grabbed 10 or more rebounds in each of the four games while averaging 9.8 points and 12.3 rebounds. Backup shooting guard Dion Waiters scored 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting in Game 4 after taking just 17 shots (6 makes) over the first three games.
The Spurs collapsed with an awful fourth quarter on Sunday and were outscored 34-16 in the deciding frame. “I think down the stretch in the fourth quarter, we made too many mistakes,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told reporters. “Just not remembering who we were guarding and how we wanted to play. But having said that, they out-toughed us, they battered us on the boards. At the same time, they had some other players that joined in and made shots.” Veteran center Tim Duncan has been a complete non-factor in this series averaging three points and 3.8 rebounds. He went scoreless in Game 4 in only 12 minutes of action. Point guard Tony Parker was strong offensively for the second straight game with 22 points and is averaging 20.5 over the past two games after just 4.5 over the first two. LaMarcus Aldridge, averaging 30.8 points in the series, is just 16-of-39 shooting over the last two games after being a remarkable 33-of-44 over the first two contests.
The Thunder believe they can win this series and if they can pull off an upset tonight, they just might. Oklahoma City has already won a road game in this series and I think they keep it close, but in the end, the Spurs win.
Pick: Thunder +7