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Is There Any Chance Of The Thunder Beating The Spurs In The Playoffs Without Serge Ibaka In The Lineup?

Submitted by on May 19, 2014 – 10:55 amNo Comment

During the 2013-14 NBA regular season, the Oklahoma City Thunder absolutely owned the San Antonio Spurs. Although the Spurs went a league-best 62-16 during the regular season, the Thunder went 4-0 against them and seemed to have their number during all four of their games. So when both teams advanced to the 2014 Western Conference Finals last week, we were expecting a really great matchup between them. But now, it sounds like the WCF might be a bit of a dud thanks to a devastating injury sustained by OKC.

Shortly after the Thunder beat the Los Angeles Clippers in the last round of the playoffs, OKC announced that their star forward Serge Ibaka wouldn’t be able to play during the remainder of the postseason due to a calf injury. They revealed that Ibaka is going to needs lots and lots of rest and time away from basketball in order to let his calf heal. And with that announcement, they zapped a lot of the life out of the OKC team and its fans. Because Ibaka was one of the matchup nightmares for the Spurs that made it so easy for the Thunder to defeat them four times during the regular season. Does the loss of Ibaka really mean that the Thunder have no chance of beating the Spurs, though?

Well, it’s certainly not going to be easy for the Thunder to beat the Spurs without Ibaka, that’s for sure. But they can do it, if Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are able to raise their games collectively in the series. That means that both players need to look for their shots while simultaneously making the most of each and every possession. The Spurs are an incredibly efficient team on both sides of the ball so, to win, the Thunder are going to need to counteract that by being as efficient as they can possibly be as well. Otherwise, it’s going to be a long series for OKC.

Do you think that the Thunder have a chance of beating the Spurs? Or is Ibaka’s injury going to be too much for them to overcome? The series tips off tonight in San Antonio.

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