Post Up: Color of Money

by May 22, 2014

Spurs 112 – Thunder 77 (San Antonio leads 2-0)

Seventy percent on a test in grade school usually translates as average. Somewhat of a “meh” C grade, nothing great—but hey, the kid didn’t fail, right?

Seventy percent from the arc in the Western Conference Finals always translates as epic. Completely awesome and admirable, everything great—and hey, the man tied his Playoffs high from the three with a 7-10 shooting night.

Danny “The Color of Money” Green, as he’s sometimes called, was on fire. With 21 points all resulting from the arc, he helped his San Antonio Spurs silence the Oklahoma City Thunder (who shot 2-20 from the same place) in blowout fashion.

With another 22 points from Tony Parker and guys like Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw all in double figures, the Spurs cruised to a home win to go up 2-0 in the series.

The vets again took advantage of Serge Ibaka’s absence as they scored 54 points in the paint. They dominated the rebounding game too, 53-38.

At the end of the first quarter, OKC led by two points, but things escalated quickly in the second and third against their favor. The Spurs scored almost twice as many points than the Thunder in the middle two periods. This was cool, though:

At the start of the fourth, the score was 91-66, advantage Spurs. But the game was pretty much over before then. With 1:47 remaining on the clock in the third, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook sat down, never to get up again. They shot a combined 13-40 from the field, and each put up 15 points in less than 30 minutes of play. Rookie Steven Adams led all players with 33 minutes on the floor and finished with 9 points.

Now down 2-0, the Thunder must rally in Oklahoma City before their chances slip away for good. Game 3 is set for Sunday at 8:30 p.m. EST at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

If it wasn’t clear before, it’s definitely clear now—there’s nothing average about this San Antonio Spurs team. If the Oklahoma City Thunder want to compete for the top honor, they’ll need everyone on the team to step up his game. Average won’t cut it.