As we get closer and closer to the NBA end of the season, the Playoffs picture also get clearer and clearer. A good example of this, is the latest Spurs´game as for coach Gregg Popovich, it was more evidence that the Spurs need to be more consistent.
Tony Parker had 21 points and six assists, and San Antonio stopped Oklahoma City’s four-game winning streak with a runaway 130-91 victory over the Thunder on Wednesday night.
Boris Diaw scored 19 points and Tim Duncan had 16 for San Antonio (44-26), which has won 11 of 13. Kawhi Leonard finished with 14 points in the Spurs’ highest scoring game of the season.
”I think in general we played the way that we have to play to win a basketball game,” Popovich said. ”That consistency is what we are looking for and we have not gained that yet. We see that nights like this, or in Atlanta, where we played the way we need to play and hope to play, we are a pretty good basketball team. We just have not been consistent.”
Thunder star Russell Westbrook was held to 16 points on 5-for-16 shooting. He left midway through the third quarter with the Spurs leading by 30.
Westbrook averaged 32.7 points, 11.2 assists and 9.6 rebounds in his previous 13 games, but the Spurs sent numerous defenders at the MVP candidate to hold him in check.
Westbrook and Parker pushed the ball on almost every possession early on, setting a torrid pace. San Antonio stretched its lead to 44 points in snapping a six-game skid during the regular season to Oklahoma City. The Spurs scored 71 points in the first half, the most the Thunder have allowed in any half.
”It was a tough night on both ends of the floor,” Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. ”We have to get better. We have to regroup and bounce back. This is definitely not a night to remember, but it is one to get better from and we will.”
The Thunder (41-30) had four turnovers in the first six minutes, resulting in 10 of the Spurs’ first 14 points. San Antonio lost to Dallas on Tuesday night, blowing an early lead in falling 101-94.
Furthermore, the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James isn’t thrilled with how things have gone with Kevin Love. But several sources close to the situation in Cleveland claim that James has tried to make it work but that he’s frustrated by Love’s inability, and in some ways unwillingness, to get with the program. Remember, James pushed the Cavs to trade Wiggins to the Timberwolves to acquire Love, who could be one-and-done in Cleveland.
The fact that Love picked his college roommate, Russell Westbrook, for MVP instead of his current teammate has also become a thing, even if James said it was no big deal.
The funny part? The report was published on Wednesday night, just before the Cavaliers played the Memphis Grizzlies, who are the second best team in the West. Love had 22 points and 10 boards in the game, shooting 10-for-13 from the field. James had a 20-8-5 line himself. Cleveland won 111-89, its eighth win in nine games.
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